26 September 2023

ABC partners to produce kids’ shows

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has partnered with its Canadian counterpart the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to support children’s entertainment production industry.

Announcing the joint initiative, the ABC said the Kindred ABC/CBC Animation Collaboration would fund new children’s animated projects in Australia and in Canada.

Under the initiative, the ABC and the CBC are to search for world-class, unique and creatively ambitious animation ideas to develop, with the potential for a future co-commission.

“Through this collaboration, ABC and CBC are looking for projects that feature a fresh, innovative and artistic animation style, and will appeal to Australian and Canadian audiences alike,” the ABC said.

“Core to any idea that will be considered by ABC and CBC are strong, unique and demonstrable senses of voice, story, setting and character,” it said.

“Given their shared commitments to inclusivity, diversity and gender equity, ABC and CBC expect the diversity of the story world and characters to be reflected in the creative team and that integrated and meaningful collaboration will occur throughout the creative process.”

The ABC said it was looking for two types of animation projects, one for tween (10 to 14 years) audiences with a female character-driven narrative or compelling ensemble cast, and one for preschool audiences, which explored an aspect of early childhood development that was not well represented in the current landscape.

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