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Massive Monster Mayhem runs riot on Family Channel

“What’s the craziest things that kids love and how do we jam them all into one show?” That’s the question Art Spigel was asking himself when he ruminated on his newest project. The answer: a lot. Debuting Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family Channel, Massive Monster Mayhem is a mishmash of genres—live-action game show, comedy, CGI and sci-fi series—delivered at a frenetic pace.

Where else can you create a world where kids teleport to an alien planet or a hot dog can drive a robot? That’s just the tip of the iceberg with Massive Monster Mayhem. Co-created by Spigel, the veteran of kids’ programming recalled all the things he loved as a child—giant robots, wrestling, outer space and winning prizes—and jammed them into a television show.

Each episode is an ingenious combination of technology and old-school, as kids don costumes and become intergalactic heroes, facing off against each other in Intergalactic Battle Alliance challenges. The winner of those tests faces a monster sent by Master Mayhem (voiced by Daniel Davies and performed by Thomas Lorber), who has proclaimed himself “Greatest Ruler in the Universe.” Master Mayhem wants to rule Earth and these kids are our last hope. Shot against a massive green screen, CGI transforms the challenges to a space-based colosseum where Graham Conway and Devon Deshaun Stewart call the action from Wipeout-ish obstacle course to the monster movie-inspired smackdown of a cityscape finale. The competitor that successfully defends the world takes home $1,000.

Spigel teamed with Toronto video effects company Playfight to utilize a real-time CGI environment usually reserved for feature films like Avatar—he likens it to dropping the television cameras into a video game—when creating Massive Monster Mayhem.

But Massive Monster Mayhem isn’t just the competition. Master Mayhem is a shade-throwing, sarcastic fellow who delights in boasting of his powers in comedic segments between tests where he preps to destroy Earth.

“I think the humour is universal,” Spigel says. “As crazy as this is, we want there to be some co-viewing. Parents can appreciate the wrestling parody and kids can laugh because that monster looks funny when he breaks things.”

Massive Monster Mayhem airs Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family Channel.

Image courtesy of Family Channel.

 

 

 

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Blue Ant Media launches new animation studio Look Mom! Productions

From a media release:

Blue Ant Media, an international content producer, distributor and channel operator, announced today the launch of its new animation studio, Look Mom! Productions. The Toronto-based unit produces compelling creator-driven animated content for kids (6-11), teens and adults (18-34) and is led by Creative Director, Joshua Bowen, who joined Blue Ant Media in 2013 to launch Bite on Mondo.

Look Mom! Productions is currently in active development on two new animated, action-comedy series for the kids 6-11 category: Toy Hunters (26×11) which follows two brothers who move to Smalls Hollow after their grandfather leaves their parents his mansion as an inheritance. After meeting Bob Munson, owner of Munson’s Toys and Collectibles and his daughter Kaylee, the boys learn that their eccentric grandfather led a secret life traveling the world hunting down haunted toys; and Cloudface (26×11) which is about a character who desperately wants to be a person with his dapper suits and desire to help others, but is more like a big kid with his fun-loving ways and short attention span. While fiercely loyal to his friends, he often forgets to honour commitments and will drop whatever he’s doing in the moment if something shinier catches his eye. Look Mom! Productions will be seeking co-production opportunities for these two series at MIPCOM 2017.

Blue Ant Media will be showcasing Look Mom! Productions content and more at MIPCOM 2017 at booth R8.D7.

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator. From our production houses around the world, we create content for multiple genres including factual, factual entertainment, short-form digital series and kids programming. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a catalogue of 3,000+ hours of content, including the largest 4K natural history offering on the market. Blue Ant Media’s international channel business offers a portfolio of media brands such as Love Nature (International), ZooMoo Networks (International), Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada) and HGTV (New Zealand). Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei.

 

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Massive Monster Mayhem lands on Family Channel on Oct. 23

From a media release:

The biggest, baddest and most hilarious monsters are invading Family Channel with the world premiere of Massive Monster Mayhem on Monday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Real-life kids are pitted against Master Mayhem (the self-proclaimed “Greatest Ruler in the Universe”) and his squad of all-star monsters in the most grueling and toughest challenges known to mankind. A laugh-out-loud comedy, combined with sci-fi adventure and a reality game show, the action-packed competition series is like a video game brought to life! The series was co-created by Artur Spigel (Founder of 7ate9 Entertainment) and Michael Chaves. Spigel also serves as executive producer, along with Steven DeNure, Anne Loi, Asaph Fipke, Ken Faier and Josh Scherba of DHX Media.

Planet earth is under attack and it’s up to real-life kid heroes, to suit up and fight back! Combining cutting-edge, real-time CGI with pre-visualization technology, Massive Monster Mayhem showcases real-life kids competing in out-of-this-world challenges in hopes of becoming Earth’s champion and winning cool prizes. Contestants are eliminated through a series of three rounds, which conclude when the last player standing faces off against one of Master Mayhem’s colossal monsters. Every episode also features two hosts who provide hilarious commentary during the competition and non-stop hijinks from Master Mayhem and his monsters. Following the premiere, new episodes of Massive Monster Mayhem air every Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Family.

For those who miss an episode or want to watch on the go, episodes of Massive Monster Mayhem will be available on The Family Channel App and Family OnDemand beginning Tuesday, October 24. Fans can also head over to Family.ca to find out more about their favourite monsters.

 

 

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Sandy Jobin-­Bevans and Kylee Evans to host new family game show Just Like Mom and Dad

From a media release:

Award-winning global media production and distribution company marblemediais excited to announce husband and wife duo Sandy Jobin-Bevans and Kylee Evans as the new host couple of Just Like Mom and Dad, the modern remake of the hit 80’s series Just Like Mom.

Sandy Jobin-Bevans, a nine-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and actor, and actress Kylee Evans, will begin filming Just Like Mom and Dad this fall. Produced in association with YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the US, the 20-episode primetime family game show will premiere across North America in January 2018. marblemedia secured all remake and development rights in an agreement with Bell Media.

Kylee and Sandy are no strangers to kids and family entertainment. They both appeared on YTV/Nickelodeon’s hit sitcom Life With Boys, where Sandy played the loving, single father and Kylee played their neighbour. Sandy was also the co-host of the hidden camera game show, Deal With It and Kylee is known for her recurring roles in Good Witch and The Stanley Dynamic.

Just Like Mom and Dad is shot before a live, energetic studio audience on a bright, dynamic set filled with flashy lights, giant moving video screens, and a bigger and more tempting prize wheel. Each episode of Just Like

Mom and Dad will feature three parent-kid pairs. The game starts with two exciting, interactive question- answer based rounds where parents and kids will be quizzed on each other. The third and final round will be an exciting bake-off in a new, state of the art kitchen coliseum, but in this kitchen the kids are in charge and the parents are the taste-testers.

Studio Audience Experience
Just Like Mom and Dad is inviting everyone to join them in-studio for the live studio audience experience! Want to join in on the fun? You and your family can be a part of the Just Like Mom and Dad live studio audience and watch all the fun first hand! It’s easy!

Sandy and Kylee are ready to lead you through all of the bake-offs, big spins and even bigger prizes coming your way on this season of

Send an email to audience@marblemedia.com saying you and your family would like to attend a live taping of Just Like Mom and Dad.

Please include how many tickets you would need, along with your first and second choice for show times.

LOCATION
YEStv Studios
1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario L7R 4X5

WEEK ONE
Friday, October 13, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm

WEEK TWO
Friday, October 20, 2017 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 9:45am. – 1:00pm OR 3:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information, please visit www.justlikemomanddad.com.

 

 

 

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Strong girls battle evil in YTV’s animated adventure Mysticons

When it came to finding a critic for his new series, Mysticons, creator Sean Jara didn’t have to go far. He turned to his young daughter.

“She is definitely a fan,” he says with a laugh. “We started watching the animated storyboards and she’s seen every iteration of them … she’s getting a crash course in animation school.” Jara, whose resumé includes writing for Degrassi: The Next Generation, Falcon Beach, Naturally, Sadie and Johnny Test has made a splash with the high-profile animated fantasy program Mysticons, about a quartet of fierce girls who become legendary heroes and battle a dangerous foe.

Airing Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT on YTV, Mysticons comes from Corus Entertainment’s legendary Nelvana and promotes strong, confident, smart and funny girls. The 40-episode series boasts the voices of Alyson Court as Arkayna Goodfey, Drake City’s princess who just wants to be a regular teen; Nicki Burke as Zarya Moonwolf, a street-smart gal with charm (and a pet foz named Choko); Evany Rosen as Emerald Goldenbraid, an engineer and Arkayna’s best friend; and Ana Sani as Piper Willowbrook, an optimistic street kid who is best buds with Zarya.

And while Mysticons is aimed at young girls, the project didn’t originally start out that way. At its inception, the project was boy-centric to focus on a male audience.

“I was hired because I’m one of the go-to people when it comes to boy’s action, but after a few years of development Nelvana saw an opportunity to develop a more girl-centric show,” Jara explains. “We talked about it, made the decision and went full-steam ahead with this new point of view.” Jara says his original idea—based on the game Dungeons & Dragons—was scrapped and he thought, “What would my daughter watch?” The result is something that became much more special and awesome.

(l-r) Piper, Zarya, Arkayna and Em

“It was about giving girls a really good adventure show,” he says. “And then we focused on the friendship between the heroes. You don’t often have that in a hero group; you usually have four or five guys and one girl.” Jara also overhauled his writing room once the gender shift happened, hiring on scribes like Shelley Scarrow, Amanda Spagnolo, Sandra Kasturi and Elise Morgan to get key insight into female friendships and break thrilling stories.

There is a lot jammed into Mysticons‘ first episode. We quickly establish the futuristic world of Drake City and are introduced to our quartet of future warriors. Turns out there was once a group of Mysticons who fought evil but they’re no longer around. That’s when evil descends on Drake City in the form of Baron Dreadbane (voiced by Mac Heywood) and an army of skeletons bent on taking over. Arkayna, Zarya, Em and Piper—after getting their hands on the fabled Dragon Disk—are transformed into a new team of Mysticons who defend their fair city and its citizens.

“It’s a fast-moving pilot and I’m really proud of it,” Jara says. “There is an A and a B story running simultaneously … I’m really happy with the way it came out.”

Mysticons airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT on YTV.

Images courtesy of Corus.

 

 

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