Corus Entertainment acquired the Canadian broadcast rights for Guru Studio’s newest original preschool series, Pikwik.
The animated series, which began production last August, will launch in Canada on Treehouse in early 2020 to coincide with the U.S. premiere on Disney Junior.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Corus come on board with Pikwik,” says Jonathan Abraham, vice-president of sales and business development at Guru Studio. “Treehouse’s reach in Canada is unparalleled, and together with our broadcast partner Disney Junior in the US, we have incredible support to reach a wide audience.”
“Guru is renowned for brilliant storytelling and stunning animation and Pikwik is no exception to that,” said Lisa Godfrey, vice-president of original content, Corus Entertainment. “Pikwik is the perfect fit for Treehouse and will capture the hearts of parents and delight our young viewers with its vibrant cast of characters and non-stop fun.”
The preschool series for kids ages 2–5, follows team leader Suki the hedgehog, Axel the racoon, Hazel the cat, and Tibor the hippo, as they work together to deliver surprise-filled parcels to the colorful residents of Pikwik. The 52 x 11 minute episodes are packed with big adventures while underscoring the social value of teamwork, responsibility, and critical thinking.
Pikwik was created by Guru Studio’s President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone and Vice-President of Creative Development Rachel Reade Marcus.
“We are delighted to be working with the talented team at Corus,” said Frank Falcone, President and Executive Creative Director at Guru Studio. “We are looking forward to introducing our adorable characters and charming universe to preschoolers across the country.”
The series is also slated to air on Disney Junior Australia/New Zealand, Korea, and India.
Earlier in the year, Guru Studio announced that Playmates Toys had acquired the master toy license for Pikwik with plans to bring to market a complete line of figures, playsets, vehicles, plush and roleplay items based on the series.