Toonz Media Group finds a pal in Keith Chapman

With two Netflix pickups and a partnership with Island of Misfits Media Ventures under his belt, the PAW Patrol creator is exploring the world of farm kittens.
April 9, 2020

Keith Chapman is ready to pal around with Toonz Media Group on another paw-focused preschool series. Chapman, the creator of PAW Patrol and Bob the Builder, is partnering with the Indian animation company on the 52 x 11-minute CGI show Paddypaws & Pals.

The agreement will see Toonz responsible for the show’s financing, development and production, while Keith Chapman Productions will oversee creative for development and production. Toonz-owned companies Telegael (Ireland) and Imira Entertainment (Spain) will handle production and distribution, respectively, with the series set to be delivered in October to coincide with MIPCOM. 

Created by Chapman and his wife Emily Chapman, Paddypaws & Pals stars a naughty kitten living on a farm, and features an interactive hide-and-seek concept. The IP was originally conceived by the Chapmans as a children’s book.

Paddypaws & Pals is the fourth new show recently announced by Chapman. In October, he inked a development deal with Canadian animation studio Island of Misfits Media Ventures for the CGI-animated series Farmer Mars. The 52 x 11-minute preschool show is an original concept from Chapman, and tells the story of a young Earth boy who gets a job farming fruits, vegetables and flowers on the red planet.

Netflix picked up Chapman’s new preschool series with Spin Master, Mighty Express, in February. The 52 x 11-minute show is set to debut with the SVOD globally (excluding Canada) in September, and focuses on a group of kids who run train stations.

Additionally, Chapman serves as an executive producer on the animated show Buddi, which was picked up by Netflix in March. The early preschool series comes from creator Jason Jameson and London-based Unanico Studios, in association with Shanghai Motion Magic, GCI Film, FroG-Land Production and Spider Eye Studios.

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