By Jesse Whittock
The UK’s Hit Entertainment and Canada’s Nelvana Studio have joined forces on a new boys-skewed preschool animation from Lunar Jim creator Alexander Bar.
Mike the Knight (52×12′) is a CGI series set in a fictional medieval land called Glendragon, and follows the tribulations of a heroic knight. Marc Seal, the head writer on Bob the Builder, has penned the script.
Canadian preschool service Treehouse will initially air it in autumn 2011, and pre-sales already having been closed with unnamed broadcasters worldwide, though UK diginet CBeebies is thought to be on board.
Nelvana Enterprises gets broadcast and home entertainment rights in Latin America and France, as well as broadcast rights in the US. Hit takes rights in all other territories.
The show is being produced at Corus Entertainment-owned Nelvana’s base in Toronto, with executive producers from both sides of the pond overseeing production. They are Chris Rose and Marion Edwards from Hit; Jocelyn Hamilton and Irene Weibel from Corus; Treehouse TV’s Jamie Piekarz; Nelvana Studio’s Tracey Dodokin and Jackie Edwards from CBeebies.
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