Disney Junior US has picked up CG-animated preschool series Dino Ranch, produced by Canadian media companies Boat Rocker Studios and Industrial Brothers.
Created by Industrial Brothers’ Matt Fernandes, the 52 x 11-minute show follows the Cassidy family as they deal with life in a world where dinosaurs still roam the earth. The adventure series—which is currently in pre-production—aims to introduce kids to concepts like problem-solving, life-long friendship, caring for animals and strengthening family and community connections.
Dino Ranch is set to premiere in the US in 2021, followed by an international roll-out. Additionally, Boat Rocker Studios will handle the global distribution, brand and licensing for the show, with a global toy deal expected to be announced soon. Prior to this, Boat Rocker and Industrial Brothers inked a master toy deal with Fisher-Price for animated series Kingdom Force, another preschool show created by Fernandes.
Last year, Boat Rocker Media bolstered its kids and family business when it announced it had acquired UK-headquartered FremantleMedia’s entire kids and family entertainment division. This February, as the company continued to integrate the division’s assets under its Studios shingle, New York-based Bob Higgins was appointed Boat Rocker’s EVP, content, kids and family. His remit includes all co-production with Industrial Brothers.
While the theme of dinosaurs in kids content is a perennial one, Disney’s linear channels have really been taking viewers back in time recently, also picking up Cyber Group Studios’ CGI-animated series Gigantosaurus and eOne’s Cupcake & Dino—both of which premiered earlier this year.
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