Apr 10, 2015
Foothill shores up co-pro team for Boy and the Dinosaur
Santa Barbara, California-based Foothill Entertainment and its UK affiliate Foothill Europe have secured co-production deals for its animated preschool series Boy and the Dinosaur
with UK-based Shooting Star Animation and Canadian prodco Echo Media.
Worldwide distribution for the Canada-UK treaty co-production will be handled by Foothill outside of the co-pro territories, and scripting and storyboarding on the series will begin immediately.
The 52 x 11-minute series, which was the third-most viewed show at MIP Junior for two consecutive years, has also been pre-sold to several yet-to-be announced international broadcasters.
Boy and the Dinosaur
follows the unique relationship between an ordinary boy and a dinosaur, who happens to be his best friend and mentor. It blends broad physical comedy with original music and a simple educational philosophy.
On the British side, Paul Couvela (Bob the Builder
) has been tapped to direct the series. David Bunting (Shaun the Sheep
, The Tigger Movie
) is on-board to produce and Davey Moore (Octanauts
, Thomas & Friends
) will serve as writer.
In Canada, Dominique Mendel of Montreal-based Echo Media (Toopy and Binoo
) will executive produce.
Shooting Star was established earlier this year by its MD Russell Dever, who also founded the company’s affiliate 1461 Productions (Rollie and Friends