BIG JUMP and Carbon Media have inked a deal to co produce Cheeky Dogs, based on the book “Too Many Cheeky Dogs” by author Johanna Bell and illustrator Dion Beasley.
Too Many Cheeky Dogs is a cheeky, cheerful, charming story about naughty camp dogs that is also perfect for literacy development through its use of counting, colours and rhythm, with wonderfully funny naive illustrations.
BIG JUMP PRESENTS ANIMATION EVENT, CARTOONAPALOOSA FOR CHEO!
Cartoonapalooza for CHEO was conceived originally as an animation community building event, much like Atomics Cartoonapalooza in Vancouver. Rob Davies of Atomic was kind enough to fill us in on their event and how their Cartoonapalooza helped create a sense of industry and community spirit, something we really wanted to build on here in Ottawa. There are over 500+ artists, producers, executives and all around incredible people in Ottawa that work really hard to brighten a kids day with fantastic stories and beautiful animation. We wanted to start an annual event that brings all the studios together for a night out and let loose in an environment where studios mingled with other studios, where freelancers emerged from their basements and professionals and executives stood shoulder to shoulder to celebrate our industry and have some FUN!
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TRICON ACQUIRES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR SHUTTERBUGS!
Toronto, Canada-based Tricon Kids & Family has secured international distribution rights to preschool series Shutterbugs, a new science- and math-themed animated preschool series from Ottawa companies Amberwood Entertainment and Big Jump Productions.
The discovery and exploration series, which is currently in production after a development deal was struck last July with Ontario’s public educational media organization TVO, weaves digital literacy, science, technology and comedy into its narrative to help equip early learners for the 21st century learning environment.
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NICKTOONS ROLLS OUT SEASON TWO OF SKATEBOARD PRO ROB DYRDEK’S ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES, WILD GRINDERS, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5, AT 8:30 P.M. (ET)
NEW YORK – Feb. 4, 2014 – Nicktoons is set to launch season two of the kickin’ animated series Wild Grinders, inspired by professional skateboarder and entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek’s (Fantasy Factory, Ridiculousness ) real-life experiences, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 p.m. (ET). The second season (26 episodes) of the half-hour series continues the comic adventures of Lil Rob, Meaty and his middle school skate crew, known as Wild Grinders, who are bound by their love of skateboarding. The show is created and executive produced by Dyrdek, is produced in partnership with Home Plate Entertainment and Dyrdek’s SuperJacket Productions. Telegael, Top Draw Animation, and BIG JUMP are also co-producers on the HD production. Following the premiere, Wild Grinders will air regularly on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.
The Wild Grinders cast includes: Rob Dyrdek as Lil Rob and Gene; Chanel West Coast (Fantasy Factory) as Flipz; Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel) as Jay Jay; and Erin Fitzgerald (Ed, Edd & Eddy, Monster High) as Stubford.
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BIG JUMP, AMBERWOOD DEVELOPING SHUTTERBUGS WITH TVOKIDS!
Ottawa, Canada-based kids and family producer Amberwood Entertainment and animation co BIG JUMP have struck a development deal with TVOKids for new animated preschool series Shutterbugs.
In June, the companies announced that they were teaming up on Shutterbugs, BIG JUMP’s first proprietary project.
The series follows an investigative reporter firefly, who with his horsefly and webbed spider pals, shed light on first-time experiences using their five senses and a wide angle lens.
“Shutterbugs is designed to help equip kids for the 21st century learning environment while being wrapped in an entertaining and engaging story,” said TVO creative head, children’s and parents’ media Pat Ellingson, in a statement. “It weaves digital literacy, science and technology, and at the same time models coping skills. And like all TVOKids content, Shutterbugs is based on the Ontario curriculum.”
Shutterbugs is created by BIG JUMP’s Cory Morrison and Amberwood’s Craig Young and Michael Milligan.
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BOUNTY HUNTERS PREMIERES JULY 17!
TORONTO (June 20, 2013) – The hunt for laughs is on as those beloved blue collar boys are back in the all-new animated series BOUNTY HUNTERS, premiering Wednesday, July 17 at 10 p.m. ET on The Comedy Network. The 13-episode half-hour series produced in Montreal and Ottawa, is executive produced and voiced by stars Jeff Foxworthy (BLUE COLLAR TV, THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW), Larry The Cable Guy (ONLY IN AMERICA WITH LARRY THE CABLE GUY, Cars), and Bill Engvall (THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW, HAWTHORNE), and also features Lisa Lampanelli (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, Lisa Lampanelli: Tough Love). BOUNTY HUNTERS follows funny guys Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Engvall as they track down fugitives for their two-bit bounty hunting business in the small southern town of Skeeter Creek.
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MUSE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS BIG JUMP BOUNTY HUNTERS!
America’s favorite funny guys Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Engvall track down fugitives for their own two-bit bounty hunting business in each of the half-hour episodes. The team will do their best to chase down fugitives, while trying to please the tough-as-nails bondswoman who throws them cases, voiced by Lisa Lampanelli. The guys will have to deal with friends and family like Jeff’s sassy ex-wife and her smarmy new husband, voiced by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, and the local rednecks like Jesco (who just so happens to be Jeff’s dad) voiced by Dave Thomas. Their bounties are always peculiar and are voiced by guest stars like Kellie Pickler. Blake Shelton, and Kix Brooks.
BOUNTY HUNTERS is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Parallel Entertainment, with animation services provided by BIG JUMP Productions. Directed by Cory Morrison, it is co-created by Glenn Clements, Ben Levin and Matt Burnett. Eric Horsted is the showrunner. Executive producers are Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Engvall, Eric Horsted, and Glenn Clements, as well as Joel S. Rice, Michael Prupas and Jesse Prupas for Muse Entertainment. JP Williams and Jennifer Novak executive produce for Parallel Entertainment; along with Jayson Dinsmore, Eliot Goldberg and Joe Livecchi for CMT.
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BIG JUMP WRAPS PRODUCTION ON THE MAGIC HOCKEY SKATES!
Amberwood Entertainment’s The Magic Hockey Skates, will air in Canada on both the CBC in English and SRC in French on December 16th and December 21st respectively.
The animated special was commissioned by the CBC and is being distributed be eOne Family, who to date have secured licenses with Disney XD Latin America, Teletoon France, RTS Radio Television Suisse, NRK Norway, Chello Central Europe and RTE in Ireland.
Based on a book of the same name, The Magic Hockey Skates is a 2D animated primetime TV special, penned by Lorne Cameron (Over the Hedge, The Nut Job, Brother Bear) The story follows one young boy’s inspirational journey as he gains confidence and self-respect with a little help from a pair of magic skates.
Produced by Ottawa’s Amberwood Entertainment, with animation from BIG JUMP.
TOONBOOM INTERVIEWS BIG JUMP’S KEY CREATIVE ON THE MAGIC HOCKEY SKATES!
Mixing Techniques and Teams to Create Holiday Magic
With its 4,000 square foot facility, BIG JUMP focuses on quality and undertakes an average of two to three series per year using the entire Toon Boom pipeline–namely Manager, Storyboard Pro, and Harmony. Their specialty is a seamless combination of traditional and digital techniques, which deliver impressive results. Led by Rick Morrison, President, Cory Morrison, Vice President/Studio Director, and Rodrigo Amador, Vice President/Studio Director, BIG JUMP brings together highly accredited specialists in all elements of production, producing projects from concept to post. Their collective experience in development, distribution, financing, and producing represents another attractive asset for their clients in realizing their projects to the screen. One of their latest productions stood out and received lots of attention due to the quality of its animation and the innovative approach BIG JUMP took to deliver it.
The Magic Hockey Skates (an Amberwood Entertainment production) is a twenty-two minute television special that is sure to charm the young at heart for many years to come. The Magic Hockey Skates first aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Channel (CBC) in English. The Magic Hockey Skatestells the heartfelt story of a young boy who begrudgingly buys second-hand skates which turn out to make him the best hockey player ever – via three magical wishes. Opting for a tradigital technique, this production was a pure and seamless mix of 50% traditional and 50% cut-out animation, combining character builds with old school drawings to create the classical look and feel. Spanning over six months, this production created close to sixty jobs, including four storyboard artists, thirty animators, six builders, and four compositors.
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