SLR Productions, the Emmy-winning Australian kids’ entertainment company behind Guess How Much I Love You, Alice Miranda and other popular brands, announces the start of production on the new, original CGI animated series Space Nova (26 x 24’; Kids 6-10), for Super RTL, ABC ME and NINE Network. The series received major production funding from Screen Australia and is financed with support from Create NSW.
“Space Nova is an exciting and captivating space adventure which follows the Nova family’s search for alien life throughout the universe. This is a great collaboration between esteemed partners Super RTL, ABC ME, NINE Network, Giggle Garage, Screen Australia, Create NSW, ZDF Enterprises and Australian Children’s Television Foundation. I am thrilled to launch into space and bring this incredible show to life,” said SLR Productions’ CEO and Executive Producer, Suzanne Ryan.
Juhaidah Joemin, Managing Director of Giggle Garage and executive producer of the series, added: “It is an exciting moment for Giggle Garage to launch our partnership with SLR Productions on this beautiful property. This is truly a global collaboration involving public and private partners from Australia, Malaysia and Europe; we are thrilled to be the co-producer and having our Kuala Lumpur studio as the main production studio for Space Nova.”
With development funding from Super RTL, ABC ME and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), Space Nova will be co-produced with Giggle Garage in Malaysia. The series will be distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises, excluding Australia and New Zealand which is being handled by ACTF.
It’s 2162 and life is a blast for space adventurer siblings Jet and Adelaide Nova. After all, what tween wouldn’t want to divide their days between living on an international space station and accompanying their parents on awesome interstellar missions?! Of course it’s not all asteroid chases and exploding star systems. Jet and Adelaide also have to attend school, do homework and attend to not-so-typical chores (like recharging the family robot and scrubbing their starship). Still, on weekends this Aussie astronaut family have their own unique way of unwinding, with Jet and Adelaide heading off with parents Hugo and Josie on mind blowing adventures to navigate unexplored planets, surf solar flares, hop between rogue stars and occasionally even discover previously unknown life forms.
On one of these adventures, the Novas stumble on “Star Dust,” a strange super-powerful rainbow substance left behind in an abandoned alien ship stuck in a living celestial butterfly, and everything changes. In fact, their discovery is so potentially explosive to the future of mankind, they must kept it secret from everyone they know, until they can unlock the secrets of the substance’s transformative powers and its potential connection to a far more intelligent alien civilization. Life just got daring, thrilling and more perilous than the Nova family ever imagined as they begin the quest of their lives!
Head of Content at Screen Australia, Sally Caplan said: “There is much to like about the sci-fi astro-world of Space Nova. The characters are inspiring and intelligent, the adventures are fun and educational and have scientific research and exploration at their core. Executive Producer Suzanne Ryan and the SLR team, Creative Director Jo Boag, Head of Development Melanie Alexander are an experienced team at the top of their game and I look forward to seeing this series that is distinctly Australian and reflective of our multicultural society find an audience here and around the world.”