Nelvana Nabs Studio B’s Being Ian

Kid programming producer and distributor Nelvana has acquired global distribution rights to the new animated series Being Ian from fellow Canadian producer Studio B. Nelvana will manage TV sales in all territories except Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain and Portugal, where Studio B maintains rights to the 52×22 tween comedy.

Created by Ian Corlett (Yvon of the Yukon) and designed by Marv Newland, Being Ian centers on film fanatic Ian Kelly, whose love for cinema and filmmaking fuel his imagination and help him deal with his quirky family. Slapstick silliness and wry humour combine when Ian’s crazy fantasies turn a typical day at the beach into Castaway or an ordinary camping trip into The Blair Witch Project.

Being Ian has become a hit with the target audience of kids 9-12 on Canada’s YTV, and has been sold to ABC Australia, Netherlands Public Broadcasting, Spain’s LUK and MBC in the Middle East. Nelvana will help the series expand internationally, and will do the same for Studio B’s other new series, Class of the Titans.

Owned by Corus Ent., Nelvana boasts a stable of properties that includes Emmy Award-winning and globally renowned shows such as Rolie Polie Olie, Babar, Franklin and Beyblade.