Kids bulletin: TVOkids commissions Bristow, Splash scores with R. L. Stine

Kids bulletin: TVOkids commissions Bristow, Splash scores with R. L. Stine


TVOkids commissions Bristow Global Media for ‘Backyard Beats’

Canada’s TVOkids has commissioned Toronto-based producer Bristow Global Media for 26 x 11-minute series Backyard Beats.

The music and crafting series is aimed at 6-9 year-olds and explores music from all angles. Each episode features a host-led DIY segment, in which kids are challenged to build a musical instrument using everyday household items. It will air on the public broadcaster in 2020.

The show was greenlit by TVOkids director Marney Malabar, who will also executive produce the series for the broadcaster. Daniel Bourré, Sean Connelly, Marlo Miazga will act as executive producers for BGM.

Kew Media Group-owned BGM is also working on a companion game for the project, entitled Backyard Beats Builds.

Backyard Beats is BGM’s second TVOkids commission in three months, following a second series greenlight for It’s My Party! (13 x 22 minutes), which takes young viewers on a tour of the world’s greatest parties, from Diwali and Kwanzaa to Hanukkah and Oshogatsu.

Elsewhere, BGM recently struck a co-development deal with the BBC for kids programming.

Under the deal, the BBC’s in-house children’s animation team will work with BGM to develop its first animated project, Ricky Rocket, for the international market. Sean Connelly, VP of development; Marlo Miazga, VP of content; and Daniel Bourré, executive producer for BGMKids, will develop the project for BGM.

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