From a media release:
Awarding-winning content creatorÂ marblemediaÂ is pleased to announce that its hit live-action preschool series,Â Hi Opie!Â returns to production for a second season (39×7â€™). Developed in partnership withÂ TVOKidsÂ and produced in association withÂ The Jim Henson Company, the series has been renewed byÂ TVOÂ (Ontario),Â City SaskatchewanÂ (Saskatchewan) andÂ Knowledge NetworkÂ (British Columbia). Start of principal photography has commenced in Toronto for Season 2.
The series centres around the social, emotional and intellectual escapades of Opie, a puppet custom-built by the experts atÂ Jim Hensonâ€™s Creature Shopâ„¢. As a kindergartner, Opie helps to show kids how to make the transition from home to school, teaching them skills needed to have a successful start in their educational careers. With each new day, Opie learns more about himself, his real kid friends and his teachers. Each story marks a new chapter in his personal growth as he learns through the process of play â€“ having fun, asking questions, learning the consequences of oneâ€™s actions and of course, being curious.
Season 2 is set to have new interactive elements that will expand on the popularity of the current website (www.hiopie.com) and feature new activities including games and a mobile app.
The series will be produced by marblemedia in association with The Jim Henson Company under Executive Producers Mark Bishop andÂ Matt Hornburg. Other Executive Producers includeÂ Marie McCann, TVOâ€™s Executive In Charge, Childrenâ€™s & Parents Media, creatorÂ Barbara SladeÂ (Angelina Ballerina,Â Rugrats) and The Jim Henson Companyâ€™sÂ Halle Stanford, Executive Vice President of Childrenâ€™s Entertainment. Returning for Season 2 is Co-ProducerÂ Lowell DeanÂ of Lolofilms Productions Inc., series ProducerÂ Lawrence S. Mirkin(Fraggle Rock) and Executive Story EditorÂ Kate BarrisÂ (Max & Ruby,Â Captain Flamingo). marblemediaâ€™sÂ Mik PerlusÂ will also serve as Co-Executive Producer on the series.
Season 1 of the series was recently licensed toÂ NetflixÂ in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Worldwide distribution is handled by The Jim Henson Company, other than in Canada, Australia and France, which is administered byÂ Distribution360, a marblemedia company.