Genius Brands International announces the U.S. television premiere of its animated children’s series Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab (26 x 30) will come to national pubcasters in April of 2015. The show is produced in association with Georgia Public Broadcasting and will be distributed by American Public Television.
The 2D animated series follows 12-year-old prodigy Angie and her young science club who accidentally discover Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab — a tricked out dream facility equipped with a variety of gizmos, including two of the legendary scientist’s final inventions: a hologram that brings him “to life” to encourage the youths, and a slightly anxious robot called Von Bolt who joins the club on their scientific and technological explorations.
Thomas Edison’s hologram is voiced by American singer/songwriter and Berklee College of Music Professor Livingston Taylor. Emmy-nominated writer Steve Banks (SpongeBob SquarePants) wrote the pilot; Grant Moran (Word Girl, New Adventures of the Magic School Bus) and Betsy McGowan (SVP Kids’ WB!, co-creator Camp Lakebottom) are co-story editors; Emmy winner Michael Maliani (Madeline, Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego) is co-producer/director; Kevin O’Donnell is series co-creator; and Emmy winner Mark Young (All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Tutenstein) serves as co-producer).
An academic team led by Prof. Emeritus Don Roberts of Stanford and Dorothy Singer of Yale have overseen development and episodic content to ensure educational and informational standards. The show is planned as a fully immersive multi-media property; an interactive website, digital apps, toys, games, electronics, in-school curriculum and more are in development.