Little Wombat heads to TV, from SEVEN24 Films and marblemedia
The partnership of SEVEN24 and marblemedia is diligently working to bring Little Wombat to the little screen. The animated adventure will be based on Charles Fuge’s book series of the same name, starring Wombat and his world in the Hollow with friends like Koala, Frog, Mole, and many others. There is not yet a launch date or launch channel known for the series, but it’s likely to be picked up by a network looking to welcome a world of child-like curiosity! Maybe Disney Junior or Nick Jr. could make a nice home…?
SEVEN24 Films and marblemedia to Develop Preschool Animated Series Little Wombat
TORONTO, ON (June 28, 2011)—SEVEN24 Films and marblemedia today announced a partnership to develop Little Wombat, an animated series (26 X 11 minutes) for preschoolers based on the internationally acclaimed Little Wombat books by Charles Fuge. Through the adventures of Little Wombat, preschoolers explore, learn, and discover new things.
Each episode follows the mischievous marsupial Little Wombat and his friends Mouse and Koala as they adventure within the Hollow where they live. Although their adventures don’t always go smoothly, Little Wombat and his friends use teamwork to solve problems and complete their adventures successfully.
The adventures of Little Wombat continue online and on mobile devices. Kids are immersed in the world of Little Wombat through interactive digital books, bonus animated content, age-appropriate games, puzzles, and sing alongs.
“We’re pleased to be developing this series, and look forward to telling Little Wombat’s timeless stories through charming animation,” says Jordy Randall, Executive Producer, SEVEN24 Films. “The show really captures the fun and adventure of being a 4 year-old, where every day is filled with optimism and curiosity.”
“This is a great opportunity to expand the adventures of Little Wombat across multiple platforms,” says Matt Hornburg, Executive Producer/Partner, marblemedia. “Having already gained phenomenal success as a book series, the doors are open to bring these stories to life in other unique and exciting ways, including the TV series we’re currently developing.”
International distribution and format sales will be handled by marblemedia and SEVEN24 Films’ distribution arm, Distribution360.
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SEVEN24 Films is one of Canada’s foremost dramatic production companies. Managing Partners Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have created and produced dramatic features, mini-series, series, and television movies for CBC, CTV, CanWest Global, CBS, Lifetime, TNT, ABC Family, BBC, Disney Channel, Warner Brothers, Granada, Focus Features and Mandalay Television. Their efforts have resulted in over 300 hours of prime time dramatic programs, sold in hundreds of territories around the world. Notable SEVEN24 Films projects include: the hit family drama Heartland, the high-stakes conspiracy thriller Burn Up, the Gemini Award-winning Mayerthorpe and the Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain.
Founded in 2001 by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg, Toronto-based marblemedia is a content creation company at the forefront of television and new media production, devoted to telling stories that entertain and engage audiences across all platforms. marblemedia was named Company of the Year by the Canadian New Media Awards in 2008, and was recognized by the Hollywood Reporter as a Next Generation Content Producer in 2009. Notable marblemedia projects include: the teen competition series The Adrenaline Project; the hit preschool series, This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung; the first television series and website in American Sign Language, deafplanet.com; the mobile short film anthology Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction; Taste Buds, a Gemini Award-winning kids cooking and food adventure series; The Dating Guy, a hooked-up animated comedy about the single life of twenty-somethings in the city; Skatoony, North America’s first animated/live-action quiz show adventure that pits tweens and ‘toons against each other in four frantic, trivia-based rounds; Splatalot, a hilarious medieval-themed physical game show geared to the 8-12 year-old audience, currently airing on YTV in Canada and BBC in the U.K., and will premiere on ABC in Australia this fall. marble’s newest project is What’s in a Name?, a transmedia factual entertainment series and website that takes audiences through the naming of Canada’s most notable people, places and things, premiering this September on History Television (Canada).