From a media release:
Aircraft Pictures (2018 Academy AwardÂ® and Golden Globe Award-nominated producers of the animated feature film â€œThe Breadwinnerâ€) in association with American Greetings Entertainment (creators and producers of â€œBuddy Thunderstruckâ€ – the 2018 Emmy nominated stop-motion series) today announced they will be partnering to produce an all-new and contemporary scripted take on the venerable Holly Hobbie™ brand as a live-action kids series. â€œHolly Hobbieâ€ will make its US debut in Fall 2018 exclusively on Hulu, followed by its debut in Canada on Family Channel.
In a first-of-its-kind co-commissioning structure, the series has also been pre-sold to leading US childrenâ€™s cable outlet, Universal Kids, who will have the linear rights to the series after it streams on Hulu.
First introduced by American Greetings in 1967, Holly Hobbie is recognized worldwide as the bonneted â€œBlue Girlâ€ in paintings and illustration, accumulating more than 50 years of fans and $1B in worldwide licensed product sales. This new 10 episode single-camera series, produced by showrunner Sarah Glinski (â€œDegrassi: Next Classâ€, â€œDegrassi: The Next Generationâ€), updates Holly as an aspirational, modern-day 13-year-old singer/songwriter. A dreamer and doer, Holly plans on saving the world someday but is happy to start in her own small town.
Beginning principal photography in May 2018, the new series is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund. â€œHolly Hobbieâ€ Producers are Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures (â€œThe Breadwinnerâ€, â€œBruno & Boots: This Canâ€™t Be Happening At Macdonald Hallâ€) with Karen Vermeulen, Ryan Wiesbrock and Sean Gorman of American Greetings Entertainment (â€œTinpoâ€, â€œBuddy Thunderstruckâ€ and â€œCare Bearsâ€) and Matthew Wexler (â€œD.N.Aceâ€, â€œPaw Patrolâ€) of Wexworks Media serving as Executive Producers alongside Sarah Glinski. In addition to Glinski, the writing team includes Courtney Jane Walker (â€œDegrassi: The Next Classâ€, â€œLiving in Your Carâ€) and Cole Bastedo (â€œThe Next Stepâ€, â€œMr. Youngâ€).