Three National Geographic Kids series are headed to the brand’s subscription-based YouTube channel, which launched in May as part of an unprecedented pilot program.
Toronto, Canada-based 9 Story Entertainment inked the licensing agreements for the reality show Survive This (pictured, 24 x 22 plus two 45-minute finales), the factual-based show Making Stuff (104 x five) and the animated comedy Best Ed (52 x 11).
Aimed at kids ages six to twelve, the National Geographic Kids channel features animated and live-action content. It is available in English internationally for US$3.99 per month and offers a free 14-day trial before purchasing.
In Survive This, which is created in the tradition of his series Survivorman, Les Stroud empowers eight teens to explore their connection to the wild. The series challenges the teens to push their limits, overcome their fears and develop lifelong survival skills.
Making Stuff follows the adventures of Gears, an animated host made out of spare parts from the factory floor and his animated pal Wiz, whose x-ray vision helps children understand the inner workings of the machines they meet. Designed to show young viewers how objects they encounter every day are made, the series is shot in HD in real factories, food plants and wherever items such as gelato, chocolate, teddy bears, kayaks, jigsaw puzzles and model trains are made.
Best Ed is an animated series about an unlikely friendship between a dog named Ed and a squirrel named Buddy.