No, Google, I did not mean “GarageBand.” Well, actually, I sorta did. But, it was spelled correctly when we titled this post “Grojband” which is the name of a new up-and-coming animated series. The folks behind Stoked and the Total Drama franchise (from Total Drama Island to Total Drama World Tour) have put together what they hope is the next big thing in toonland. Produced by Fresh TV, Teletoon Canada, and FremantleMedia Enterprises, Grojband will follow the story of Corey and his pals as they struggle to transform their garage band (see!) into a world famous rock group. They have the ambition, they have the talent (maybe), but they’re missing the lyrics — until Corey borrows them from his sister Trina’s diary!
All they have to do now is wait for Trina to keep living her rollercoaster life, steal the book again, write a new song to her words, then keep her from ever noticing — all while hoping everyone else notices them! Ahh, the life of a Rock Star. Where’s Guitar Hero or the X Factor when you need them??
The Grojband concept was created by Todd Kauffman, who will direct the series along with Mark Thornton. Kauffman is no slouch to the world of animation, already serving as the executive producer on shows like Sidekick. Check out more info from his blog at Neptoon Studios! And stay TOONed right here for our first glimpse of the cartoon in action!
Toronto, ON (October 3, 2011) – Fresh TV is thrilled to announce start of production of a new animated musical comedy series, Grojband (52 x 11 minutes), a TELETOON Original Production. FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) will serve as the worldwidedistributor for television, brand licensing, home entertainment rights and other ancillary rights (excluding Canada) for the series.
Geared towards kids 6 to 11 years of age, Grojband is an in-your-face animated comedy that delivers huge laughs and catchy tunes.
“We are psyched that TELETOON Canada has greenlit Fresh TV’s newest series Grojband,” said TomMcGillis, Executive Producer at Fresh TV. “This series is classic, gag-driven animation aimed squarely at our audience’s funny bones.”
“This is our third new series, and our first animated series, in less than two years with FreshTV,” said Bob Higgins, EVP of Kids & Family Entertainment at FME. “It’s a testament to the amazing creativity and production prowess of our partners at Fresh TV and a confirmation of our burgeoning relationship.”
The series follows cool-as-a-cucumber 12-year-old Corey and his three best friends – spunky base player Laney and unidentical brothers Kin and Kon – as they struggle to rocket their garage band to international stardom. When they realise their lack of lyrical creativity (the only thing stopping them from making it big, they believe),Corey hits the jackpot when he stumbles upon the diary of his drama queen older sister, Trina.
Every episode,Corey and his band scheme to steal Trina’s diary in order to mine it for awesome new song lyrics. And to make sure they’re awesome, all Corey needs to do is ensure his sister’s life remains squarely seated on an emotional rollercoaster, wait for her to write about it, pilfer her diary without her noticing and BINGO – another sweet hit is born!
“We look forward to working with Fresh TV and FremantleMedia on yet another successful show,” said Alan Gregg, Director,Original Content, TELETOON Canada. “Grojband’s eclectic characters, uniquevisual and narrative style as well as its fun and gritty music, sum up the unreal experience our viewers are looking for.”
Grojband was developed by Fresh TV, in association with TELETOON Canada Inc. and is distributed by FremantleMediaEnterprises (FME). The series is created by Todd Kauffman, and co-directed by Kauffman and Mark Thornton. Executive Producers are Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, Brian Irving and George Elliott, as well as FME’s Sander Schwartz and Bob Higgins. Associate Producer is Robin McLeod.
About FRESH TV Inc.
Fresh TV is a world leader in creating and producing family entertainment. This award-winning multi-media company set new audience delivery records when the Total Drama Island finale was the #1 telecast in Cartoon Network’s history and the series itself served as the anchor to Cartoon Network’s prime time comedy franchise HAR HAR THARSDAYS. Fresh TV’s first live-action series My Babysitter’s a Vampire, based on the successful movie of the week, premiered on Disney Channel in June 2011 and quickly became a summer hit.
Founded by Emmy-winning producers Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, George Elliott and Brian Irving, Fresh TV finances, develops and produces animated and live-action television that powerfully connects to the interests, influences and enthusiasm of tween and teen audiences around the world.
Fresh TV eats, sleeps and breathes to create television young people will love to watch right now. Current Fresh productions include the Total Drama franchise, 6teen, Stoked and the hit live action series, My Babysitter’s a Vampire and Really Me.
Fresh TV offers the services of world-renowned animation studio Elliott Animation which provides a full range of 2D, 3D-CGI and 2D Flash animation production services for major North American clients from its studios in Toronto and Hamilton, Canada.
About FremantleMedia Enterprises & FremandtleMedia
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA, talkbackTHAMES, FremantleMedia Australia and Original Productions amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating nearly 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), Hole In The Wall, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Take Me Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.
About FremantleMedia Enterprises’ Kids & Family Entertainment Division
FME Kids & Family Entertainment division was founded in 2009 and has quickly become a worldwide leader in the Family Entertainment business. With 12 titles in production in collaboration with top producers on four continents, FME Kids & Family Entertainment is already one of the most prolific independent producers and distributors of content in the sector today. Its growing portfolio of content spans across four key genres: preschool, kids comedy, action/adventure and tween/teen fare. FME Kids & Family Entertainment is bringing to networks around the world innovative and exciting shows for television and new media platforms in live-action, 2D animation, CGI, stop-motion, puppetry and real-time animation with programming targeting demographics ranging in scope from preschool through high school.