ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SEASON 2 OF REDKNOT’S AGENT BINKY: PETS OF THE UNIVERSE
Nelvana and Discovery Greenlight Second Season of Hit Animated Preschool Series
For Immediate Release
TORONTO, January 7, 2021 – Three-two-one, blast off! redknot, a joint venture between Nelvana and Discovery, has greenlit a second season of their inaugural series, Agent Binky: Pets Of The Universe (52 x 11 min). Production for Season 2 begins Spring 2021 and will launch on Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse in Canada and Discovery Kids in LATAM later next year.
“Agent Binky: Pets Of The Universe is a playful and imaginative series filled with witty, slapstick humour that has connected with audiences around the world,” said Pat Burns, Executive Manager, redknot. “The new season will feature even higher stakes, more developed character arcs, and expansion into the P.U.R.S.T. world.”
Based on the bestselling Kids Can Press graphic novels, written and illustrated by the award-winning creator Ashley Spires, P.U.R.S.T. agents Binky, Gracie, Gordon, Loo and Nola are back on the case and ready to protect their human families from even more aliens, robots, and interstellar threats. Certified and ready for action, this furr-tastic team is determined to go where no pet has gone before! Equipped with even more gadgets, the agents set off on exciting adventures, exploring new locations and meeting new friends in Season 2. The new season will also feature more holiday-themed episodes.
“As one of our first projects with redknot, we are elated with the success the first season received both in Latin America and worldwide,” said Adriano Schmid, Senior Director of Production, Discovery Kids Latin America. “There was never any question to us that these space agents had more ‘tails to tell’. So we look forward to bringing young fans and their families fun stories about how innocence and resilience can go hand in hand, or paw in paw, in their case.”
Agent Binky: Pets Of The Universe launched on Treehouse in Canada in September 2019, and rolled out internationally in Spring 2020. The series airs on Treehouse (Canada), Discovery Kids (LATAM), Cartoon Network (EMEA), TF1 (France), SRC (French Canada), SENYU (China), Mediacorp (Singapore), and True (Thailand), and is set to launch on TVNZ (New Zealand) and TV8 (Lithuania) this Spring. Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe continues to garner strong ratings worldwide.
The first season was nominated for Kidscreen Awards’ Best New Preschool Series in 2020, and features a highly lauded Canadian voice cast including Paul Braunstein who received a 2020 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance, Animation as Gordon, and Julie Lemieux, who received a 2020 ACTRA Toronto Award nomination for Outstanding Performance – Female Voice, as Amelia in “Happy PURSTgiving”. Catch-up on Season 1 of Agent Binky: Pets Of The Universe on Treehouse On Demand and STACKTV, available on Amazon Prime Video Channels.
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redknot Inc. is a new production company crafted to develop, produce and distribute unique children’s content with positive messaging and developmental values. Co-created as a joint venture between Discovery Communications LLC and Nelvana Limited, redknot’s brand name was derived from the shorebird that travels between South America and Canada. The company’s content is distributed globally by Nelvana, with the exception of Latin America which is distributed by Discovery Kids.
Entertaining kids for nearly 50 years, Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,400 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Canadian Screen Awards. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com.
About Corus Entertainment
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. Engaging audiences since 1999, the company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 33 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, Adult Swim, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
About Discovery Kids
Discovery Kids is the leading pay TV network for preschoolers in Latin America, offering premium content for kids 4-8 years old. The channel celebrates the joy of being a real kid, welcoming all kids and celebrating their differences and uniqueness, while encouraging them to have fun exploring their world. ©2020 Discovery Inc., LLC, Discovery Kids and Discovery Kids’ logo are trademarks of Discovery Inc. LLC. All rights reserved.
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.
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