IT’S PARTY TIME! NELVANA AND DISCOVERY’S PRODUCTION COMPANY, REDKNOT, GREENLIGHTS NEW ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES SUPER WISH
Series Created by Nelvana’s Vanessa Esteves and Emmy-Award Winning Adrian Thatcher
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TORONTO, February 4, 2021 – Get ready to enter The Happy Land of Birthdays as Nelvana and Discovery’s joint venture, redknot, greenlights its third series, Super Wish (52 x 11 min). Created by Nelvana’s Vanessa Esteves and Emmy-Award winning Adrian Thatcher, the animated series takes place in a magical world of birthdays. Produced by redknot, production begins Spring 2021. The series will air on Corus Entertainment’s YTV in Canada and Discovery Kids in LATAM in 2022.
The 2D-animated series aimed at kids 4-8 follows Jesse who inadvertently uses his extra special 10th birthday wish – a super wish – to wish his birthday party would disappear, and to his surprise, it does! Now he and his friends must venture through the mystical birthday dimension to track down and undo his wish. As they encounter wondrous characters and comical adventures, Jesse and his friends rediscover the magic of birthdays and how great it is to be a kid.
“Super Wish is a fantastical adventure filled with teamwork, friendship and colourful characters, created by Nelvana’s very own talented Vanessa Esteves and Adrian Thatcher, who lend their valuable breadth of knowledge to this project with their many years of experience in the industry,” said Pat Burns, Executive Manager, redknot. “The series is the perfect addition to redknot’s production slate as we work to develop and produce unique children’s content with positive messaging and developmental values.”
“Featuring familiar birthday elements such as candles and piñatas, and even gifts coming to life in unexpected ways, Super Wish is a fun, unique and exciting new series that explores the magical world of birthday celebrations, drawing inspiration from cultures around the world” said Adriano Schmid, Senior Director of Production, Discovery Kids Latin America. “The series also explores valuable lessons surrounding trust and friendship, taking responsibility and accepting others’ difference as strengths, all while having lots of fun!”
Vanessa Esteves is a supervising producer, writer and content creator with over 17 years of experience in the animation industry. Vanessa has worked in multiple genres with a strong focus on bridge-preschool and comedy. Vanessa has most recently overseen Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe, Max & Ruby and Ranger Rob along with Nelvana’s series of digital music videos, Toon Bops.
Adrian Thatcher is a Toronto-based animated series director who has worked in animation for over 22 years at both Walt Disney Television Animation and Nelvana. In 2010, Adrian won a Daytime Emmy Award for individual achievement in art direction in recognition of his work on the Nelvana series, Willa’s Wild Life. Adrian’s most recent directing credits include Ollie’s Pack, Bravest Warriors, Ranger Rob, and Oh No, it’s an Alien Invasion! Super Wish is executive produced by Doug Murphy (Corus and Nelvana), Colin Bohm (Corus and Nelvana), Pam Westman (Corus and Nelvana), Pat Burns (redknot), Vanessa Esteves (Nelvana), Adrian Thatcher (Nelvana), and Adriano Schmid (Discovery).
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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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