Kid’s CBC Launches New Preschool Series “The Adventures of Napkin Man!” Starring Yannick Bisson on December 30

From CBC.ca: Kids’ CBC presents a new preschool series about a different kind of superhero with THE ADVENTURES OF NAPKIN MAN! airing Monday to Friday at 9:30 a.m. (10 NT) beginning Dec. 30.  Each episode takes children inside the classroom of fun-loving and compassionate preschool teacher Mr. Anthony, played by Yannick Bisson of CBC’s hit primetime series Murdoch Mysteries. Featuring a mix of live action and animation, children are taken on fun-filled adventures which help them to better understand and manage their feelings. Using his special pen, Mr. Anthony draws Napkin Man, a superhero who leaps off the napkin and magically comes to life in an animated world. As the children look on, Napkin Man (voiced by Bisson) and his friends play out a story that sheds light on the emotional issue at hand. Through comedy and catchy original music, children learn to identify and label emotions, recognize the physiological symptoms associated with different emotions, develop fun and easy strategies to calm down and feel better, while discovering creative ways to solve problems that lead to negative emotions. Read more... read more

Yannick Bisson to front The Adventures of Napkin Man

From Playback Online: Yannick Bisson, the lead talent on CBC hit Murdoch Mysteries, has been named to the lead position on new kids TV property The Adventures of Napkin Man. The news was announced at MIPTV. The TV series, from Little Airplane Productions and Breakthrough Entertainment, was first unveiled last October. The CBC is helping to develop the 13 by 30-minute series, which combines live action and animation. It will also distribute the program internationally. Little Airplane will handle U.S. distribution. Read... read more

Breakthrough Make Plans for Napkin Man

From Animation Magazine: Breakthrough Entertainment and Little Airplane Productions have teamed up to produce The Adventures of Napkin Man, a 13 x 26 show that combines animation and live action to help preschoolers address everyday challenges and concerns through nurturing main characters, age appropriate comedy and catchy original music. Breakthrough Entertainment will produce the new preschool series, and recently launched Canadian animation studio Little Tugboat Productions, led by industry veteran Brenda Nietupski, will render animation services on the series.   The first broadcaster to air the show is Canadian public broadcaster CBC, which developed the series with Breakthrough, and will debut it in September 2013. Breakthrough Entertainment will introduce the series to the market at MIPCOM 2012. Little Airplane Productions, which created the concept for The Adventures of Napkin Man, will handle U.S. distribution. The series was created by Little Airplane’s Tone Thyne and Josh Selig. Read more at:... read more

Little Tugboat Press Release

TORONTO – Little Tugboat, a new Canadian production company, has been formed to create original television programming for young audiences. Little Tugboat is owned and controlled by company President and Director Brenda Nietupski, who previously served as Director of Programming, Treehouse & Discovery Kids Canada at Corus Entertainment. Josh Selig, Founder and President of Little Airplane Productions, is Vice President and Director of Little Tugboat and has an interest in the company. “Josh and I have similar perspectives on quality children’s programming,” said Nietupski, “Our goal with Little Tugboat is to create the highest quality children’s content while building strong creative alliances among the most talented companies and individuals we know.” “I’m excited to be joining forces with my friend Brenda to launch our Little Tugboat,” said Selig. “Canada is the center of the universe when it comes to production and we look forward to Little Tugboat making some truly beautiful shows here, starting with ‘The Adventures of Napkin Man.’” Little Tugboat will be working with industry leaders, Breakthrough Entertainment and Little Airplane, on their first project, “The Adventures of Napkin Man,” a live-action/animated series for preschoolers now in development with the CBC. The series is a CRTC co-venture between Breakthrough and Little Airplane created by Josh Selig and Tone Thyne. Little Tugboat will render animation services with the live-action elements of the pilot directed by J.J. Johnson of Sinking Ship Entertainment. “I’m thrilled to be working with Little Tugboat on ‘The Adventures of Napkin Man,’” said Kim Wilson, Creative Head, CBC Children’s and Youth Programming. “Some of the industry’s top creative minds are not only part of this... read more