Québec-based creative media company secures first commission from Radio Canada for original 2D animated series, ‘Dex and the Humanimals.’
Steve Couture and Ken Faier have teamed up to create Epic Storyworlds, sister company to Faier’s Epic Story Media. The two bring decades of experience in children’s media to their new Québec-based operation which will serve global audiences with IP across television, digital, gaming and consumer products, focusing on 360˚ franchise creation. Couture is the founder and former CEO of Frima and Faier served as SVP, GM and then SVP and executive producer for DHX Media following their acquisition of Nerd Corps Entertainment, where he served as president for over 10 years. He also purchased DHX Media’s interactive division which operates under the name Epic Story Interactive.
The new venture has secured its first commission from Radio Canada for an original animated comedy-action series Dex and the Humanimals (6 x 11’), which will air on its on-demand platform TOU.TV. The series is co-financed with assistance from the Shaw Rocket Fund, CMF, and Québec City. Created by Raymond Boisvert and Paul Stoica, Dex and the Humanimals is a 2D animated series aimed at 6 - 11-year-olds.
Audiences join Dex as he saves the world from destruction by battling Kaz, a cold and calculating cyborg, and her cybernetic henchmen. Driven by an unquenchable thirst for power, Kaz is building an unstoppable army of cybornimals, extending the tentacles of her evil organization over the entire Humanimal world, threatening its very existence. The Humanimals follow Dex as he transforms and evolves into an unexpected hero, creating The Wilds, a group of rebels resolved to protect the world from Kaz’s destructive plans.
“Coming from a gaming and digital background where innovation was the driving force of our work, my goal with Epic Storyworlds is to create original, dynamic properties which can resonate across media from TV to connected toys,” commented Couture. “I am delighted to be forming a sister company to Ken’s Epic Story Media and to benefit from his wealth of expertise in this space. We are off to a strong start with a commission from Radio Canada and are grateful to them and our financing partners for their support on Dex and the Humanimals – a colorful, futuristic property with heaps of potential.”
“I have known Steve for many years and have always had a great respect for how his mind works,” added Faier. “He envisions how franchises fill a place in kids’ hearts through great story, play and experiences. Our goal at Epic Story Media is to work with the best creators in the world and align ourselves with partners who can help develop and flesh out wonderous creative franchises. We are thrilled to be launching Epic Storyworlds with Steve - the combination of our experience will further our reputation as the go-to for passionate creatives.”
Source: Epic Story Media