Paris, 30 June 2016 – MIPJunior today announces the 2016 MIPJunior World Premiere TV Screening of “Splash and Bubbles,” produced by The Jim Henson Company (“Dinosaur Train,” “Sid The Science Kid,” “Doozers”) and Herschend Enterprises (“Dollywood,” “Harlem Globetrotters”), and scheduled to debut in fall 2016 in the U.S. on PBS KIDS®.
Featuring 80 x 11 minute episodes, “Splash and Bubbles” is unlike any other ocean-themed animated series, diving into marine biology and ocean science to encourage kids aged 4–7 to explore the diversity and spectacle of our natural undersea world. Through humorous characters and fun-filled storylines, supported by lively music with a Motown flair, children everywhere will soon be exploring the ocean alongside their favourite new underwater friends.
“Splash and Bubbles” is produced using the Emmy Award-winning Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a proprietary technology from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ that allows puppeteers to perform digitally-animated characters in real-time, enabling the animation to be more lifelike and spontaneous, resulting in a unique and fresh look that is unlike traditional CG. Herschend Enterprises will support the series with broad-reaching location-based entertainment including live-shows and experiential attractions at theme parks, aquariums and other venues.
“Splash and Bubbles” has received an enthusiastic response from the entertainment community since we first announced it, and we are fortunate to have such strong partners on board who share our passion to introduce children to the vast world of marine biology,” commented Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company.
“We are excited to partner with The Jim Henson Company, a world-class family entertainment company, to create life-changing emotional connections between children and the ocean,” added Andrew Wexler, CEO of Herschend Enterprises. “Through “Splash and Bubbles”-themed experiences, we can bring the same memories created every day in our aquariums and theme parks to children’s living rooms and lives.”
“Reed Midem’s MIPJunior is the perfect way to present the world premiere of our newest series ‘Splash and Bubbles’ to the industry,” commented Richard Goldsmith, EVP, Global Distribution, The Jim Henson Company. “Featuring colourful characters, humorous stories and vibrant music, it is destined to be a hit with children around the world, inspiring them to learn more about our ocean and the diverse life teeming within it, and encouraging them to care for this essential part of the world we all share.”
“Splash and Bubbles” follows the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown, where he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue colouring matches her colourful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls. Together, Splash, Bubbles and their friends embark on adventures to explore the world’s undersea habitats, make new friends and learn about the many different ways life looks and lives in the ocean, celebrating the importance of diversity along the way.
Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital media innovators and preschool educators, “Splash and Bubbles” is grounded in a marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery. The series also introduces the concepts of ecological balance and the importance of taking care of the ocean.
“We are especially proud the MIPJunior World Premiere TV Screening welcomes such an inspiring series for children, celebrating learning, discovery and diversity. The quality of talent and experts associated with “Splash and Bubbles,” as well as the incredible production team involved, confirms MIPJunior is a premier choice for launching premium kids programming to an international audience,” comments Lucy Smith, Director of MIPJunior.
“Splash and Bubbles” will premiere Wednesday, November 23, 2016, on PBS KIDS. Created by John Tartaglia (“Imaginocean,” “Johnny and the Sprites”), “Splash and Bubbles” is executive produced by Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford of The Jim Henson Company, Julie Phillips and Merrill Puckett-Miller of Herschend Enterprises, as well as John Tartaglia, Michael Shawn Lewis and Jill Shinderman. Tom Keniston is producer and David Skelly is supervising director. The Jim Henson Company oversees all distribution and merchandising for the property; Herschend Enterprises administers all location-based themed entertainment rights, including live-shows. The series is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIPJunior will be held in Cannes on 15-16 October, ahead of the MIPCOM global entertainment content market. The inaugural MIPJunior World Premiere TV Screening of “Splash and Bubbles” will take place on Saturday 15 October late afternoon, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez in Cannes.
About MIPCOM – MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each October, the industry’s major players converge in Cannes to turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals, from blockbuster programming to ground-breaking partnerships. And MIPJunior is the leading showcase for kids programming, uniting the world’s most influential buyers, sellers and producers the weekend before MIPCOM. Over two days, these influential players, along with publishers and licensing executives, present, discover and screen the very latest content, giving them the edge on concluding deals at MIPCOM. Please visit www.mipcom.com
About The Jim Henson Company – The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals, as well as the CG-animated preschool series Doozers, the upcoming digital citizenship series for preschoolers Dot. and the Netflix series for young preschoolers Word Party. Top titles currently in production include the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS® and the Netflix Original preschool show Julie’s Greenroom, starring award-winning actress Julie Andrews. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, Henson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! and the TV film Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character- building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of- the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show.
About Herschend Enterprises – Committed for more than half-a-century to Creating Memories Worth Repeating®, Herschend Enterprises is the largest family-owned attractions corporation in the U.S. Our team of more than 10,000 employees works daily to create wholesome, immersive entertainment experiences with soul and depth for every generation. With a focus on bringing families closer together, we create, develop and operate entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties spanning 24 locations in seven states, attracting over 14 million people annually. Today, our properties include the world famous HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, award-winning theme parks like SILVER DOLLAR CITY in Branson, MO, and DOLLYWOOD, our partnership with Dolly Parton in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, top tier aquariums – NEWPORT AQUARIUM and ADVENTURE AQUARIUM, water parks, hotels, and other highly entertaining standalone attractions. As of Summer 2015, guests can also experience genuine Southern hospitality and storytelling from Dolly’s front porch with a visit to DOLLYWOOD’S DREAMMORE RESORT. For more information, visit www.hfecorp.com
About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit www.cpb.org and follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn.