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Sprout Strengthens its Commitment to Original Programming With Greenlight Of New Series Remy And Boo

07 February 2017

Newest Sprout Original Series Remy and Boo Picked Up for 26 Episodes

Network Doubles Down on Hit Series Floogals and Nina’s World, Rolls Out Diverse Multi-Genre Development Slate

Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour preschool network, will expand its growing original programming slate with the addition of Remy and Boo. Slated to debut on Sprout in 2018, Remy and Boo continues to build upon the network’s portfolio of high quality original content for families. The series was created by Matt Fernandes of Industrial Brothers and will be produced by Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios.

Set in the near future, this CGI- animated series tells the story of the friendship between five year old Remy and her newfound robot friend Boo, who is programmed to learn and feel real emotions. The show follows their journey of love, friendship, and what it truly means to be human.

Sprout has also announced second seasons of two of its most popular originals. Floogals – Sprout’s highest rated show in both women 18-49 and kids 2-5 for the last quarter – will go into production with Nevision for a season 2 launch in 2018; episodes will again be executive produced by Nigel Pickard with the same creative team as the first season.

In addition, the network will move forward with its signature show Nina’s World – produced by Pipeline Animation Studios - with a season 2 greenlight for 26 new episodes. Rita Moreno continues her role as Nina’s Abuelita in this Hispanic-themed series.

With a firm commitment to original series, Sprout is investing in a deep development slate, with priorities including:

Little Shaq – executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal and inspired by Shaq’s real life childhood, the series follows an outsized boy’s funny and often awkward adventures in his urban American neighborhood. From Universal Cable Productions, the series is also executive produced by Full Fathom Five’s James Frey and Todd Cohen.

Ivy and Bean – Based on the bestselling book series by Annie Barrows and produced by Kindle Entertainment, this animated show features two best friends who never meant to like each other.

Make + Do – Studio-based live action show starring Sunny Side Up’s Carly Ciarrocchi. The show features three teams with the same mission, the same materials… and unlimited possibilities in the world of kid crafting. Produced by Breakthrough Entertainment.

Norm of the Forest –Norman is the superintendent of the forest, fixing the problems of its highly eccentric characters with a touch of magic and can-do attitude in this animated comedy. Written by Alex Rockwell and Judy Rothman.

Powerbirds - Animated comedy created by Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Stephen P. Breen. The show features two pet parakeets who live top secret superhero lives, saving the world – and their neighborhood – one kind deed at a time.

Wombat and Rabbit – Twin brothers (not really) who put on the world’s greatest magic show (not really). Although their tricks constantly go haywire, nothing deters these screwball best friends from trying to become the best magicians they can possibly be. Created by Greg Dummett and Steve Westren.

“We know that moms and kids are coming to Sprout in large part for our original programming – and our 21% growth rate in women 18-49 tells us it’s resonating,” said Amy Friedman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Development, Sprout. “Our mission is simple: we help kids grow into good people. We focus on compassion, curiosity, courage, and challenge in every bit of content we create – and we feel very lucky that we get to do this every day.”

“We are delighted with Sprout’s incredible commitment to this show and we look forward to beginning production immediately with our partners at Boat Rocker to bring this unique and timely story to life – Remy and Boo reminds us that love is the shining light at the foundation of our shared humanity, no matter our age, gender or background”. said Matt Fernandes and Arthur Spanos, co-founders of Industrial Brothers.
Boat Rocker rights will be distributing Remy and Boo internationally and managing the merchandising and licensing for the brand on all platforms.

To learn more about Sprout’s programming, please visit Sprout Online.
About Boat Rocker
Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. Under its banner are Boat Rocker Studios (which includes Temple Street, Jam Filled and Radical Sheep), Boat Rocker Rights, Boat Rocker Brands, Boat Rocker Ventures and Boat Rocker Digital. A selection of its projects include The Bagel And Becky Show (Teletoon), Kody Kapow (Sprout, Zodiak Kids), The Loud House (Nickelodeon), Orphan Black (BBC AMERICA, Space), Killjoys (Syfy, Space), X Company (CBC), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), The Next Step (Family Channel), Lost & Found Music Studios (Family Channel, Netflix), Wingin' It (Family Channel), Million Dollar Critic (W, BBC America), Over the Rainbow (CBC), Recipe to Riches (CBC, Food Network, Global), Canada's Next Top Model (CTV) and Darcy's Wild Life (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more information on Boat Rocker Media and connect via Twitter and Facebook. 

About Industrial Brothers
Industrial Brothers specialises in the creation of original and entertaining content with memorable characters that tell unique stories for kids of all ages. In addition to creating its own IP for global broadcasters, Industrial Brothers is currently in production on Dot! with The Jim Henson Company (CBC/Sprout) and on Top Wing with 9 Story Media Group (Nick Jr) as well as working with leading toy companies like Spin Master, to provide creative services for premium long-form animation content. Boat Rocker Media is a significant minority shareholder in Industrial Brothers and the two companies have an exclusive first look deal for Industrial Brothers’ original productions. For more information on Industrial Brothers please visits www.industrialbrothers.com

About Sprout
Sprout is the 24-hour preschool TV network where kids are Free To Grow™. Through engaging, original content and entertaining characters, Sprout encourages kids to develop into good people with curious minds, compassionate hearts, and courageous spirits. Sprout’s original programming includes series such as “Terrific Trucks,” “Nina’s World,” “Floogals,” “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave” and the only LIVE morning show for preschoolers, “Sunny Side Up,” which broadcasts live from NBCU Studios in Rockefeller Plaza. Sprout, which launched in 2005, is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Now in over 59 million US homes, Sprout is available for kids and their families across all platforms including on-air, online at SproutOnline.com, On Demand, and via mobile with the Sprout Now and Sprout Playground apps.

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