WILDBRAIN AND IQIYI TO LAUNCH JONNY JETBOY, NEW KEITH CHAPMAN SERIES, AT MIPCOM 2023
WildBrain’s MIPCOM slate also includes new original content for Caillou and Johnny Test
Toronto, ON – September 21, 2023 – WildBrain, a global leader in kids’ and family entertainment, is launching Jonny Jetboy (40 x 11’), a brand-new original kids’ series from Keith Chapman, creator of PAW Patrol and Bob the Builder, at MIPJUNIOR and MIPCOM 2023. WildBrain’s slate for the market will also include two additional new originals: the CG-animated preschool show Caillou (52 x 11’) and the all-new version of comedy series, Johnny Test (40 x 11’).
Every kid has the potential to become a hero, but becoming a hero doesn’t happen overnight! It takes years of practice, training, and dedication. Targeted at kids aged preschool 4-7, Jonny Jetboy follows the action-packed adventures of Jonny Jones, the youngest member of the Jones family, who are secretly a family of superheroes known as the JetFleet. Like every family, they don’t always get along, but when they work together, nothing in the world can stop them! Each week, Jonny will learn from his parents, his sister—and even the family’s pet tortoise—what it takes to be a true hero as they face off against the city’s villains!
Keith Chapman said: “I’m thrilled that Jonny Jetboy is now ready to be launched to the international market. It’s been an awesome journey so far, but I know this is just the beginning for Jonny. I can’t wait to see the series blast into the hearts and homes of families all around the world.”
Caroline Tyre, VP Global Sales & Rights Strategy at WildBrain, said: “It’s been fantastic to collaborate with iQIYI on Jonny Jetboy and to see another of Keith Chapman’s creations come to life. With Jonny Jetboy, Keith has once again used his creative genius to craft a series with all the right ingredients to entertain families worldwide, including action-packed adventures, heroic characters and high-tech gadgets. We can’t wait to introduce Jonny and the JetFleet to the international market at MIPJUNIOR and MIPCOM.”
Xiaoxuan Yang, Vice President of iQIYI, stated: “Deep within every child’s heart lies the dream of becoming a hero. I am delighted to collaborate with Keith and the Wildbrain team to unveil an extraordinary tale of a flying-themed hero, which will captivate children globally. I hope that iQIYI and Wildbrain can explore deeper collaboration beyond content acquisition.”
Jonny Jetboy is produced by iQIYI in collaboration with WildBrain as animation supervisor. The animation production was completed by China’s WinSing Animation Studio. The creative team behind the show includes Chapman and Michael Vogel, who serve as Executive Producers, and Jinming Lu from WinSing Animation Studio. Vogel is one of the creative forces behind My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and WildBrain’s new Strawberry Shortcake series, Berry in the Big City.
WildBrain holds worldwide distribution rights for Jonny Jetboy, excluding greater China.
Caillou – the first-ever CG-animated series (52 x 11’) for a preschool favourite
The new CG-animated Caillou continues to explore the daily life of an imaginative and curious four-year-old boy, who—like most preschoolers—is learning and growing a little more each day and doesn’t usually get things right on the first try, despite his best efforts. Through the support and encouragement of his parents, friends and neighbors—as well as through marvelous adventures in his very active imagination—Caillou reaches new understandings and discoveries as he learns to never give up and keep pursuing his goals until he succeeds. Produced by WildBrain and IoM, with showrunner Miklos Perlus, the series targets preschoolers aged 2-5.
Johnny Test – two new seasons (40 x 11’) of this hilarious kids’ classic
After concluding its original run in 2012, the Johnny Test library continued to build in popularity on Netflix, leading the streamer to commission two new seasons from WildBrain in 2020. From original creator Scott Fellows as showrunner and executive producer, and produced at WildBrain’s Vancouver studio, the new seasons see the return of Johnny, along with his loyal talking dog Dukey, his super-genius sisters Susan and Mary, and all the craziest kid-villains of Porkbelly! All-new all-out adventures, battles and experiments-gone-haywire await as the unshakable kid with the flaming hair tackles the challenges of adolescence with the help of his sisters and their most cutting-edge experiments yet.
WildBrain holds worldwide distribution rights to the full Caillou and Johnny Test libraries.
Buyers attending MIPjr and MIPCOM (October 13–19) are invited to screen Jonny Jetboy, Caillou and Johnny Test in the MIPJr screenings and visit WildBrain at stand #R7.N13 to learn more.
For more information, please contact:
Aimée Norman at The DDA Group
+44 (0) 7957 564 050
At WildBrain we inspire imaginations to run wild, engaging kids and families everywhere with great content and beloved brands. With approximately 13,000 half-hours of filmed entertainment in our library—one of the world’s most extensive—we are home to such treasured franchises as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Inspector Gadget and Degrassi. Our integrated, in-house capabilities spanning production, distribution and licensing set us apart as a unique independent player in the industry, managing IP across its entire lifecycle, from concept to content to consumer products.
At our state-of-the-art animation studio in Vancouver, we produce award-winning, fan-favourite series, such as The Snoopy Show; Snoopy in Space; Sonic Prime; Chip and Potato; Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City; Carmen Sandiego; Go, Dog. Go! and many more. Enjoyed in more than 150 countries and on over 500 streaming platforms and telecasters, our content is everywhere kids and families view entertainment. WildBrain Spark, our AVOD network, has garnered over 1 trillion minutes of watch time on YouTube, offering one of the largest selections of kids’ content on that platform. Our leading consumer-products and location-based entertainment agency, WildBrain CPLG, represents our owned and partner properties in every major territory worldwide. Our television group owns and operates some of Canada’s most-viewed family entertainment channels.
WildBrain is headquartered in Canada with offices worldwide and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: WILD). Visit us at wildbrain.com.
About iQIYI, Inc.
iQIYI, Inc. is a leading provider of online entertainment video services in China. It combines creative talent with technology to foster an environment for continuous innovation and the production of blockbuster content. It produces, aggregates and distributes a wide variety of professionally produced content, as well as a broad spectrum of other video content in a variety of formats. The Company distinguishes itself in the online entertainment industry by its leading technology platform powered by advanced AI, big data analytics and other core proprietary technologies. iQIYI attracts a daily subscriber base of more than 100 million, and its diversified monetization model includes membership services, online advertising services, content distribution, online games, IP licensing, talent agency, online literature, etc.