Apple TV+ Announces Summer Kids and Family Slate

Apple TV+ has announced summer premiere dates for a slate of new original series, specials, shorts and returning shows for kids and families.

Due June 24 is a special and shorts for “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show.” Jack and his friends set out to solve a kindness mystery: Who’s behind the random acts of kindness popping up all over town? Plus four shorts where Jack interviews real kids about their acts of kindness in their hometowns, and gives them a DIY bird feeder kit they can hang up as a symbol of being a Kindness Ambassador. “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show” is co-created and executive produced by McBrayer and Santomero. The series is produced by Emmy Award-winning 9 Story Media Group (“Blue’s Clues & You!,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”) with animation by its Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films (“Doc McStuffins,” “Vampirina,” “Karma’s World”). 

Available July 8 is season one of “Duck & Goose.” Inspired by the New York Times bestselling books by Tad Hills, “Duck & Goose” is a preschool series that celebrates the unique friendship of Duck and Goose, two best feathered friends that don’t always see beak to beak. That is until they discover that embracing and appreciating each other’s differences can help them think up entirely new ideas to help solve everyday challenges, both big and small.

Season one of “Best Foot Forward” premieres July 22. Based on the book Just Don’t Fall by real life paralympic athlete, author, motivational speaker and comedian Josh Sundquist, the live-action series follows 12-year-old Josh Dubin as he goes from homeschool to public school, eager to experience everything middle school has to offer! But along the way, Josh also faces a brand-new set of challenges, including how to get an entire school of kids to see past his prosthetic leg, and get to know him for who he is. With the support of his parents and the help of his best friends, Kyle and Gabriella, Josh learns, laughs and grows, eager to come back every day for more. 

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Season one of “Amber Brown” premieres July 29. Based on the best-selling book series by Paula Danziger, with more than 10 million copies in print, “Amber Brown” is an unfiltered look at a girl finding her voice through art and music in the wake of her parents’ divorce. Directed and written by Bonnie Hunt (“Life with Bonnie,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show”), the series stars Carsyn Rose (“The Rookie,” “Cousins for Life”) and Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Cruel Summer”) with an ensemble cast including Darin Brooks (“Blue Mountain State,” “The Croods: Family Tree”) as Max, and newcomer Liliana Inouye (“The Slows”) as Brandi Colwin. 

Season two of “The Snoopy Show” bows Aug. 5, with new adventures with the happy-dancing, high-flying, big-dreaming beagle, who’s joined by best friend Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

The “Peanuts Classics” platform debuts Aug. 5. The Peanuts gang is featured in classics from Mendelson/Melendez Productions including “A Charlie Brown Celebration,” “He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown,” “He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown,” “It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown,” “It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown,” “There’s No Time For Love, Charlie Brown,” “Why, Charlie Brown, Why?,” “You’re in Love, Charlie Brown” and “You’re The Greatest, Charlie Brown.”

The new “Peanuts” special “Lucy’s School” debuts Aug. 12. In the special, the Peanuts gang is anxious about starting at a new school in the fall, inspiring Lucy to start her own school instead, but teaching isn’t as easy as it sounds. “Lucy’s School” is a love letter to teachers and an appreciation of what makes teaching such a noble and fulfilling profession. It explores the fear of change, and shows Lucy facing and overcoming her fears with the support of her friends.

Season one of “Surfside Girls” premieres Aug. 19. From WGA Award winner and Daytime Emmy Award nominee May Chan (“American Girl: Corinne Tan,” “The Astronauts”), and based on the best-selling graphic novel series of the same name by author Kim Dwinell, the live-action series is about best friends Sam and Jade as they solve supernatural mysteries in their sleepy California beach town. These best friends must combine their polar-opposite strengths of imagination and logic in order to solve the seemingly supernatural mysteries that hide just beneath the surface of their town. 

Season one of “Life by Ella” bows Sept. 2. In the series, Ella returns to school with a brand new perspective, excitement for what the future holds, and a major seize-the-day mentality. With her best friend by her side, she is ready to tackle everything she was too afraid of before and determined not to let the minutia of fake friends and social media status distract her.

FilmRise Inks Content Deals With Rooster Teeth, Lorne Michaels’ Above Average

New York-based film and TV studio and streaming network FilmRise has inked content deals with Rooster Teeth and Lorne Michaels’ Above Average Presents.

Under the deal with Above Average, a division of Broadway Video, FilmRise will create streaming TV episodes featuring a variety of comedy sketches taken from the more than 40 hours available from the Above Average library. FilmRise will distribute the newly formatted comedy series to all digital platforms as well as feature it on the FilmRise Comedy AVOD App and its FAST Channels. 

“Our deal with Above Average expands our digital native offerings to include comedy with high-profile, high-quality programming,” Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions at FilmRise, said in a statement. “Above Average is a brand that features some of the biggest names in comedy and has over 8 million subscribers in its network and 2.4 billion views on YouTube.”

“We are thrilled to expand Above Average’s audience to streaming viewers around the world,” Marc Lieberman, president of Above Average, said in a statement. “Since the launch of Above Average, we have watched the network grow exponentially, and are excited to partner with FilmRise’s innovative team to expand our digital footprint worldwide.”

Initially FilmRise will roll out two seasons, consisting of 15 episodes each. Episodes will range from 22 minutes to 30 minutes long. The programs will include comedy sketches from “7 Minutes In Heaven,” featuring talent such as Paul Rudd, Tina Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Poehler and Andy Samberg, among many others; “Cool Kids’ Table”; “Forgotten Assholes of History”; “Hudson Valley Ballers”; “I Wanna Have Your Baby”; “Is This Okay?”; “Paulilu Mixtape”; “Sound Advice”; “The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People”; “Thingstarter”; and “Waco Valley.”

FilmRise plans to launch the first two season in July 2022.

Under the Rooster Teeth deal, FilmRise has acquired the exclusive SVOD, AVOD and FAST rights to more than 400 episodes across three properties of digital native content from the subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery. The three properties are the first animated series that FilmRise has acquired for the digital native content division.

The deal includes exclusive SVOD, AVOD and FAST rights to all episodes of “Red vs. Blue,” “Camp Camp” and “Nomad of Nowhere.” FilmRise will curate groupings of episodes seasons from each property and package them into traditional half-hour TV style seasons and episodes for streaming audiences.

“We are thrilled to expand our rapidly growing slate of digital-first content with these incredible programs from Rooster Teeth, a digital entertainment pioneer that has created a passionate global fandom and lifestyle brand,” Einhorn said in a statement. “FilmRise recognized early on the huge landscape of talent in the digital native content space. We’re delighted Rooster Teeth will partner with our expansive streaming network to bring their content to wider audiences.”

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“Our partnership with FilmRise provides instant worldwide international distribution and exposure on multiple streaming platforms leveraging our global fan base, expanding our programming into many new territories and bringing new fans into our community,” Geoff Yetter, head of licensing and consumer products at Rooster Teeth, said in a statement.

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“Camp Camp”

“Red vs. Blue” is an animated comedy set against the Halo video game world, chronicling the lives of soldiers on the Red Team and the Blue Team. “Camp Camp” is an animated comedy series surrounding the misadventures of a cynical 10-year-old sent to summer camp against his will. “Nomad of Nowhere” is a Western-fantasy hybrid, following bounty hunters Captain Toth and Skout as they track the Nomad (a non-verbal scarecrow) for his magical capabilities. The series examines the relationship between the two female bounty hunters in the face of the ever-evolving nature of their adventures. All three series were produced in-house by Rooster Teeth’s animation studio in Austin, Texas.

Episodes of ‘Alma’s Way’ Among Titles on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in May

New episodes of “Alma’s Way,” “Let’s Go Luna” and “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” are on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in May.
 
The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. 

Four episodes of “Alma’s Way” are streaming now in volume five of the series. In “Do the Waltzango/Big Brother Boot camp,” Eddie and Becka can’t agree on what kind of dance to do together, so Alma helps the pair create a brand-new, mash-up dance. Then, in “Checkers Champ/World’s Greatest,” André gets nervous about playing against grownups in a checkers tournament. Luckily, Coach Alma is there to help. In “Granny on the Go/Chacho’s Day Out,” Alma and Junior take Chacho to the playground, and in “Steggie Rescue/Alma Hits the Right Note,” Alma, Eddie, and Junior play a late-night game with Steggie at a sleepover.

Four episodes of “Let’s Go Luna” also are streaming now in volume 10 of the series. In “Give Me a Sign/Hip Life,” the gang visits Kumasi, Ghana, where Andy helps a friend celebrate his true artistic self by painting a new barber shop sign for his father. Then, in “Muddy Miracle/Fabuloso’s New Clothes,” Andy destroys Señor Fabuloso’s suit by mistake and must make things right before the Circo show in Kumasi. In “What a T-Wreck!/Way of the Gaucho,” disaster strikes when Andy helps a paleontologist assemble a dinosaur skeleton in Argentina.  Plus, in “Beetlemania/Robo Kid,”  Andy helps a lost pet find its owner in the huge city of Tokyo.

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Five episodes in volume 12 of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” start streaming May 20. In “Fishtastic/The Pink Ness Monster,” Pinkalicious and Peter are excited to go fishing at the beach. Pinkalicious realizes that there is more to being a magni-fish-cent fish besides the color of your scales. Then, in “The Secret Life of Henrietta/Photographer Peter,” Daddy agrees to let Pinkalicious and Peter borrow his old polaroid camera. In “Friendship Bracelets/The Upside Down O Matic,” Pinkalicious and Jasmine make each other friendship bracelets. In “Robotta’s Singing Delivery Service/The Rhyme Off,” Robotta responds to a command, and Pinkalicious and Peter get an idea to set up their own delivery service. Then, in “Pirate Dreamboat/Peter’s Megaphone,”  Captain Toothy McSquint returns and is amazed that Pinkalicious and Peter have found his long lost pirate ship.

Apple TV+ Bows Trailer for May 6 Peanuts Mother’s Day Special

Ahead of the premiere of the new Mother’s Day special “To Mom (And Dad), With Love” on May 6, Apple TV+ unveiled the trailer for the original special, which is based on the classic “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz.

“To Mom (And Dad), With Love” is a Mother’s Day celebration of friendship and family featuring the Peanuts gang. While the other kids are excited to celebrate the special day, for Peppermint Patty it’s just a reminder that she didn’t grow up with a mom. With her good friend Marcie by her side, she soon realizes that real families come in all shapes and sizes, and that Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank that special person in your life who means the most to you. Meanwhile, Snoopy and Woodstock embark on an epic adventure to find Woodstock’s long-lost mom.

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Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, the special is directed by Clay Kaytis and executive produced by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Paige Braddock, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts, Amir Nasrabadi and Anne Loi, and produced by James Brown and Timothy Jason Smith.

 

Mattel’s ‘Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go — Best Friends’ Due on DVD May 24 From NCircle

Mattel’s Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go — Best Friends will be released on DVD May 24 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.

The disc features eight episodes of the series, in which Thomas and Percy are practically inseparable and everyone on the Island of Sodor knows they’re rarely seen without one another.

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The series  delivers meaningful life lessons as Thomas learns that the “high road” is not always the easy choice. 

New Episodes of ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ Among Titles Available on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April

New episodes of “Elinor Wonders Why,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Molly of Denali” are available on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Six new episodes of “Elinor Wonders Why” will be added to the PBS Kids Prime Video channel April 22, along with an hour-long special Elinor Wonders Why: A Wonderful Journey hitting the channel April 19. In A Wonderful Journey, the gang goes camping at Hidden Lake, where they meet an inventor named Bianca and find a way to help frogs that are being affected by a nearby road project. 

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Five new episodes of  “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” will hit the channel April 15. In the new volume, Daniel and Katerina come up with a new way to play together in “Daniel and Katerina Listen to Each Other.”

Nine new episodes of “Molly of Denali” will also launch on the channel April 12. In a special two-part episode “Basketball Blues,” Molly is in a basketball shooting slump, and Tooey and Alaskan basketball star Kamaka Hepa try to help her out.

Mattel Feature ‘Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams’ Headed to Digital and DVD May 10 From NCircle and Distribution Solutions

Mattel’s animated feature Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams will be released on digital and DVD May 10 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.

Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams takes the cultural icon across the country to New York City as Barbie enrolls in a highly competitive summer program at the Handler School for Performing Arts where she meets a fellow student named Barbie Roberts. They become fast friends and quickly adopt nicknames inspired by their beloved hometowns, Malibu and Brooklyn, for their many new friends to distinguish them when together. The film includes all-new music.

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The cast includes America Young (Barbie Dreamhouse Adventure) as the voice of Barbie “Malibu” Roberts, Amber May as the voice of Barbie “Brooklyn” Roberts, Greg Chun (“Star Wars: Visions”) as the voice of George Roberts, Kirsten Day (“Gossip Girl”) as the voice of Skipper, and Emma Adele Galvin (“Blue Bloods”) as the voice of Daisy.  

 

Apple TV+ to Bow Animated Kids Series ‘Pinecone & Pony’ April 8

Apple TV+ will bow the new animated series “Pinecone & Pony” April 8.

Based on the book The Princess and the Pony by New York Times best-selling author Kate Beaton, the series comes from DreamWorks Animation and First Generation Films.

“Pinecone & Pony” is an eight-episode animated comedy for kids and families about a young girl named Pinecone who, with the help of her best friend Pony, is learning that there’s more than one way to be a warrior. Together, they show their world how to challenge expectations.

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New Sesame Workshop Programs to Debut on HBO Max

WarnerMedia Kids & Family and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” announced the next phase of their content partnership with new series to premiere on HBO Max.

“Sesame Street Mecha Builders,” the first of many new Sesame Workshop originals for WarnerMedia’s Cartoonito preschool programming block, is set to debut on HBO Max and Cartoon Network in early May. More animated series and specials, including newly greenlighted family miniseries “Charlotte’s Web,” upcoming preschool shows “Bea’s Block” and a “Sesame Street”-themed reimagining of The Nutcracker, also are set to debut this year.
 
“Sesame Street Mecha Builders” reimagines Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby as robot heroes in training who use their STEM superpowers to solve wacky larger-than-life problems. Animated in a 3D style, the series is designed to help older preschoolers practice foundational critical thinking skills. The first five episodes will air on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network on May 9, hitting HBO Max the following day. Launching later in the year also on Cartoonito, “Bea’s Block” will introduce viewers to a world where vibrant and diverse wooden block characters — Bea and her friends — tumble, stack and roll their way through kindness-filled adventures. Both series will include fully integrated educational curricula and music.
 
“Our relationship with Sesame Workshop is critical in ensuring that we have an ongoing lineup of content that parents find unquestionably safe, educational and entertaining for their kids to enjoy,” Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. global kids, young adults and classics, said in a statement. “The new and classic properties we’re developing together have just the right multigenerational appeal to resonate with parents and children alike, with fresh music and characters offering some surprises along the way.” 

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“Building on Sesame Workshop’s legacy of innovation in the children’s entertainment space, we’re thrilled to continue partnering with WarnerMedia Kids & Family as they build an industry-leading library of both preschool and family-focused content,” Steve Youngwood, CEO of Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “From brand new adventures to reimagined classics, everything we create at Sesame Workshop is bursting with the kinds of compelling characters and storylines that today’s kids love, built on a solid educational framework that parents can trust — perfect for creating new family traditions.”
 
The upcoming Sesame Street: The Nutcracker, premiering during the 2022 holiday season, is an animated special that follows Elmo and his new puppy, Tango, on a fantastical holiday adventure. The special will populate the holiday story with “Sesame Street” characters, blending new and classic music.

Production on “Charlotte’s Web,” an animated family miniseries based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White, will begin in the coming weeks. 
 
Available now on Cartoonito on HBO Max and Cartoon Network are the “Sesame Street” spinoff “The Not Too Late Show With Elmo” and the animated “Esme & Roy.” HBO Max is also the home of “Sesame Street”; new episodes of the iconic series’ 52nd season premiere on the platform every Thursday, with decades of classic episodes available on demand. 

FilmRise Picks Up Distribution Rights to Children’s Programming From WildBrain

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has announced a partnership with WildBrain to distribute children’s programming.

The deal gives FilmRise non-exclusive North American English and Spanish-language distribution rights to more than 900 episodes across 10 children’s programs on AVOD and FAST platforms. 

Programs included in the deal are all four seasons of “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego,” starring Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno as the voice of Carmen; both the classic and new adaptations of “Strawberry Shortcake,” including WildBrain’s new original series “Berry in the Big City”; the first four seasons and movie spinoffs of the animated sci-fi adventure “Slugterra”; “Kid vs. Kat”; “The L.A. Complex”; “Sabrina”; and “Super Mario.” 

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“As one of the world’s premiere children’s content creators and distributors, WildBrain has an incredible library of well-known productions and brands for younger audiences,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “We are fortunate to be partnering with them as we continue to expand our children and family programming offerings.”

“Partnering with FilmRise allows our popular properties to reach a larger and wider range of audiences,” Lara Ilie, VP of revenue share and transactional at WildBrain, said in a statement. “We are excited to share these lovable programs with more families.”