Big Bad Boo’s culturally diverse new animated series 16 Hudson has found a new home in Canada. The show’s 39 X 7-minute episodes and three holiday specials will be premiering on TVO Kids in the greater Ontario region on August 21, 2018, followed by Knowledge Kids on September 3rd, 2018. Further broadcast partners will launch later this year including SRC Radio Canada in French, ICI TV in Persian and the SVOD channel Oznoz.
Created by studio co-founders Shabnam Rezaei and Aly Jetha, the 2D animated show follows Lili, Sam, Amala and Luc as they explore their small neighborhood at 16 Hudson and show viewers what friendship is all about. Holiday specials celebrate Chinese New Year, Diwali, and Persian New Year through the eyes of these kids.
“Airing the show in three languages across Canada alone is a testament to the nature of 16 Hudson,” says Rezaei. “For the first time, we are normalizing families that you see every day in real life on TV.”
16 Hudson is the first preschool show to feature a main character, Luc, with 2 Dads, the first show to have main characters that are Iranian (Lili), Chinese (Sam) and “Halfies” (Amala who is half-Irish, half-Indian), the first original Vancouver-based preschool show to be female-directed and produced, and the first preschool series with a majority led female crew.
Big Bad Boo has plans to distribute the show worldwide in multiple languages, similar to previous original shows 1001 Nights and Mixed Nutz. The studio is also releasing free digital media components including three digital storybooks, three online games on TVOKids.org and at the show’s own website 16hudson.com.
Based in New York and Vancouver, Big Bad Boo Studios’s catalog includes Lili & Lola, Mixed Nutz, and 1001 Nights, which was nominated for 13 LEO awards with 4 wins. The progressive studio is currently producing Bravest Knight with Hulu and developing Judge Jodhi with CBC as well as a series of digital games and apps. The company’s own streaming channel Oznoz provides cartoons in 10+ languages including classics such as Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Babar and more>.
Here is the show’s catchy title song: