TV News Desk
Mar. 21, 2017
Wind Dancer Films, the film and television company behind many beloved TV sitcoms and box office successes, officially entered the children's television space in 2016 with the launch of its critically-acclaimed series READY JET GO! on PBS KIDS. Now, Wind Dancer has pulled back the curtain on a full slate of new animated and live-action projects for kids, families and beyond. In addition to the recently-announced upcoming second season of Ready Jet Go!, its inventive CG- animated series created by Craig Bartlett (Dinosaur Train, Hey Arnold), a hit with audiences in the U.S. and around the world, the company has joined forces with a veritable who's who of top names in children's media - among them Carin Greenberg, Tod Mesirow, and Craig Bartlett once again - to deliver a range of exciting new on-screen entertainment.
"We're thrilled that our first-ever children's series, Ready Jet Go!, has been an out-of-this-world success," said Dete Meserve, Executive Producer of the series and Principal of Wind Dancer Films. "Our priority continues to be creating quality entertainment offerings for kids and families and we're very excited to be working on these smart and engaging new productions with the best-of-the best in the space."
Among the notable new projects that Wind Dancer now has in the works are:
Ready Jet Go! Season 2 - Season 2 of the popular series launches in early 2018 with 24 all-new episodes, an hour-long special and a range of new web games and mobile apps. READY JET GO! takes 3-8-year-olds on far-flung, fun and learning-rich adventures through astronomy, technology, scientific exploration, innovation, and invention. Since its premiere, the show has reached 34.3 million viewers, including 10.2 million kids on linear TV.* READY JET GO! content has been streamed more than 146 million times since January 2016.** In addition to airing on PBS stations, full-length segments from the series are available for streaming on pbskids.org and on the free PBS Kids Video app on a variety of mobile devices and platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. The series is also on Amazon Prime Video.
*Source: Nielsen NPOWER, 2/15/16-2/12/17, L+7 READY JET GO! Program Reach, 50% uni, 6+ qual, P2+ and K2-11.
**Source: Google Analytics Jan '16 - Jan '17
The World Wide Webbers - An exciting new animated pilot for kids ages 4-8 designed to spark their interest in both literacy and geography. Created by Kim Berglund, a 15-year veteran in the kids' entertainment arena, the program follows the Webber kids and their family on a series of adventures around the world.
Not A Box - Winner of two Daytime Emmys, two Annie Awards and a Writers Guild Award, writer/showrunner Carin Greenberg (Tumble Leaf, Lalaloopsy, Octonauts) has joined the Wind Dancer team to pen the script for a pilot that adapts Antoinette Portis' award-winning book property, Not A Box, for the small screen.
Hello, I Love You - Wind Dancer has partnered with one of Canada's largest film and television production companies, Muse Entertainment (Life of Pi, Being Human), on this new live-action TV movie and series for tweens.
Good Sam - Based on the best-selling and award-winning novel by Wind Dancer Principal Dete Meserve, the company is producing the upcoming film for The Hallmark CHANNEL in partnership with Muse Entertainment.
Additional Wind Dancer Films productions now on the horizon include:
An animated, music-centered series for kids ages 5+, with award-winning READY JET GO! creator Craig Bartlett
An animated feature film for family audiences, with writer Robert Zappia (Christmas Is Here Again, Tom & Jerry)
A live-action comedy series about close friends who form a secret group and adopt a unique approach to solving tween problems, with YA author and award-winning writer Elise Allen (Gabby Duran book series) and Corey Powell (Doc McStuffins, My Little Pony)
A "maker" influenced CG-animated series for preschoolers with Kid Glove executive producer Brenda Wooding (SheZow, Space Racers)
The Wilde Family, an animated preschool Science series created by Rachel Lipman (Splash & Bubbles, Ready Jet Go) and Joe Purdy (Dinosaur Train, Ready Jet Go)
A live-action series about the stories behind cars, with Tod Mesirow of Robot Body Inc. (Mythbusters, Top Gear, KCRW/NPR's Car Guy)
About Wind Dancer Films Wind Dancer Films created and produced successful television series such as Home Improvement and Roseanne, along with box office successes such as What Women Want and Bernie. Founded by series creators Matt Williams and David McFadzean, and later joined by principal, Dete Meserve, Wind Dancer Films has produced hundreds of hours of comedies and family projects for film and television. www.WindDancer.com