Sunday, February 26, 2017

Disney Channel Orders Third Season of ‘Elena of Avalor’

Episodes from the second season of the award-winning animated series created and executive produced by Craig Gerber begin airing this fall.











Disney Channel has ordered a third season of its hit series about a brave and adventurous teenager who rules her kingdom as crown princess, Elena of Avalor. The animated series premiered in July 2016, quickly became television’s #1 series for Girls age 2-11 in the U.S. and is honored with a National Hispanic Media Coalition Award and an Annie Award nomination. It also ranks #1 in its timeslot among Kids in the U.K., Spain and Portugal.

Elena of Avalor also inspired a line of dolls from Disney Store and Hasbro, which recently reached the milestone of one million dolls sold, and the #1 costume at Disney Store for Halloween and holiday. New toys including the Palace of Avalor playset from Hasbro and dolls and role-play items from Jakks Pacific were debuted at Toy Fair in New York City earlier this month.

“With this new season order, the creative team, led by Craig Gerber and Silvia Olivas, has some exciting surprises in store for Elena on her journey to becoming queen,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Content & Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, in making the announcement. “We’re looking forward to having our young viewers follow along on Elena’s adventure, while also continuing to build the Elena of Avalor experience for them beyond the screen.”

Episodes from the second season are scheduled to premiere this fall on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

The Elena character is featured prominently at Disney Parks & Resorts where she greets well-wishers with stories and songs from her native land during special character appearances. Additional extensions for the series include: print and e-book titles from Disney Publishing; an Elena of Avalor original soundtrack album from Walt Disney Records; and multiple DVD releases from Walt Disney Studios, including the recently released Elena and the Secret of Avalor.

Elena of Avalor stars Aimee Carrero as the voice of Elena; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as the jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar, respectively; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando. The recurring guest voice cast includes: Constance Marie, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rich Sommer, Justina Machado and Jaime Camil.

The series was created and executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Craig Gerber. Silvia Olivas is co-producer and story editor and Elliot M. Bour is supervising director. John Kavanaugh is the songwriter/music director; Tony Morales is the composer; and acclaimed touring musician and Latin music instructor Rene Camacho serves as Latin music consultant. The theme song for the series is performed by Latin Grammy Award-winner Gaby Moreno. Elena of Avalor is produced by Disney Television Animation and airs daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

Source: Disney Channel & awn

Amazon Studios Greenlights Two New Original Kids Series

Two new series, ‘Pete the Cat’ and ‘Costume Quest,’ to be executive produced by Will McRobb, Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh and Fred Seibert, and will be available next year on Prime Video.

James Dean’s ‘Pete the Cat’ book series to be adapted into an animated series developed by Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh of ‘Phineas and Ferb’ fame.

SEATTLE -- Amazon announced it has ordered two new Amazon Original Kids Series, Pete the Cat, based on the award-winning book series, and Costume Quest, from the popular video games. Amazon’s new children’s series come from talented creators, including Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (Phineas and Ferb), Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) and Frederator Studios‘ Fred Seibert (The Fairly OddParents). Both series will be available exclusively for Prime members and will debut next year.

“The creative talent behind Pete the Cat and Costume Quest have a sensibility and pedigree that will resonate well with our customers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with such innovative and visionary thinkers in the business.”

Based on the award-winning book series by illustrator/creator and consulting producer James Dean, Pete the Cat is an animated kids series that has been ordered straight-to-series for 14 episodes. The show follows Pete the Cat, the coolest cat ever and his groovy guide to life -- from rockin’ out with his guitar to riding a skateboard. The series is a co-production with Alcon Television Group and will be developed by Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (Phineas and Ferb) and Appian Way production company. Harper Collins has published more than 34 Pete the Cat books, which have been translated into 13 languages and received 18 literacy awards, including the Theodore Geisel Seuss Award. Slated to voice as Pete’s parents are musical luminaries Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. Marsh is slated to executive produce along with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, and Laura Lancaster, as well as Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson. Alcon’s Ben Roberts is slated to produce, with Appian Way’s Nathaniel Posey slated to co-produce.

Based on the smash video game series by Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Broken Age) and the world originally created by Tasha Sounart, Costume Quest is a funny and mysterious animated series aimed at six to 11-year-olds. The show stars four kids facing off against the dark forces lurking in the shadows of their sleepy town of Auburn Pines. To overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, they must learn to unlock and master the magical powers of supernormal costumes—with each costume comes a new set of transformations and powers. The series is executive produced by Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) who also serves as story editor, as well as Frederator Studios’ Fred Seibert (The Fairly OddParents), Kevin Kolde (Adventure Time) and Eric Homan (Adventure Time). Costume Quest is produced at Frederator Studios, a WOW! Unlimited Media company.

Source: Amazon Studios & awn