Canadian-US kids entertainment company, bulbKIDZ has launched with industry veterans Nancy Aries Koff and Kiersten Halstead at the helm, announcing their first preschool animation original, Gopher It! (52 x 11’).
Involving Award-winning Canadian creators, Andrew Sabiston and Ron Rubin, this Canadian production is presently in development and slated for Fall 2022 (Season one) and Spring 2023 (Season two) release.
bulbKIDZ focuses on premium children’s and family content through the identification of key intellectual properties that inspire, entertain and connect with young viewers and their families for co-viewing opportunities. The company acquires, develops, produces, and distributes captivating projects for global consumption.
Commenting on the launch and the new project announcement, bulbKIDZ co-founder and Content Strategy & Global Sales EVP Koff stated, “Our main objective is to develop strategic partnerships in creating and distributing meaningful and relevant entertainment on all platforms worldwide, making for great storytelling. We provide programming solutions for multi-viewing targets, connecting culture to kids.”
Aimed at kids three to six, Gopher It! is an adventurous edutainment series about a young gregarious gopher who travels all over the animal kingdom to help, and learn from, an unforgettable bunch of furry, scaly and feathered friends. From pole to pole and every habitat in between, travel with our hero, Chester on his extraordinary escapades as he visits the wildest destinations on earth. Adventure, learning, laughter, music and heart are at the core of every episode. So get ready, get set … and let’s, Gopher It!
bubKIDZ co-founder and Creative Development & Global Operations EVP Halstead added, “Gopher It! falls perfectly in line with our company mission to develop diverse content with international appeal, through entertaining relatable characters, music, and engaging content for preschoolers to tweens. We’re thrilled to be working with the talented Andrew Sabiston and Ron Rubin on Gopher It! as they have years of experience in bringing characters’ voices to life.”
Sabiston mentioned, “With his boundless curiosity and playful, caring heart, Chester dials into the way kids think. We can’t wait to see our little gopher travel the world with bulbKIDZ,”.
“We’re truly excited to GO, GO, Gopher It! and are thrilled to know that Chester is in such great hands with Nancy and Kiersten!” noted Rubin.
Collectively, Koff and Halstead have a rich history in the children’s entertainment space, with over four decades of experience in development, production, licensing and distribution. The duo have worked on multiple highly successful animated titles including Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Disney XD), Shin Chan (TV Asahi), Skylanders Academy (Activision & Netflix) along with multiple original series such as Kong – King of the Apes (Netflix), Tarzan and Jane (Netflix), Super Monsters (Netflix), S.M.A.S.H! (HBO Max & Super RTL), among many others.
bulbKIDZ offers production management, in full partnership, from start to finish. Having proven experiences in early IP creative development, pre-production, production, and post-production management with premium global studio and vendor resources to compliment broadcasters’ content needs worldwide, Koff and Halstead have acquired a deep understanding of the creative process and global sales, offering a holistic, personal approach to every project.
In addition to Gopher It!, bulbKIDZ continues to strategically seek out unique children’s titles for all platforms.