Third time’s a charm for Guru Studio. The Toronto producer claimed the Production crown for the first time after placing third and second in 2018 and 2017, respectfully. This past year saw the company begin work on its new animated preschool series Pikwik Pack, which will premiere next year on Disney Junior and Hulu in the US, and on Treehouse in Canada. Guru also got to work on its upcoming underwater comedy-adventure series Big Blue for CBC Kids in Canada and ABC Kids in Australia.
Additionally, the company’s creative partnership with Nickelodeon and fellow Canadian content creator Spin Master continued to shine with the US launch of Spin Master’s preschool series Abby Hatcher in January, and a second season renewal by Nick in June. Guru is also providing animation for the seventh season of Spin Master’s hit Nick series PAW Patrol.
On the digital side, Guru wrapped production on the fourth season of preschool series True and the Rainbow Kingdom for Netflix. New content, including seasonal specials, music videos, full episodes and comedic shorts, is available now for streaming, and will continue to roll out next year. The IP’s YouTube channel also continues to grow, with more than 150,000 subscribers and 150 million views to date.
“We’re thrilled the industry recognizes us. We’re working on some of the best projects we’ve ever worked on,” says Guru’s president and creative director, Frank Falcone. “We’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary next year, so it’s great to be at peak growth production-wise after many years of steady growth.”
Looking forward, Guru is expanding its slate with new preschool and branded content projects, as well as moving into the adult—but family-inclusive—comedy space.