TORONTO, Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - TVO premieres new children's series Hi Opie!, about a 5-year-old who navigates his way through the struggles and
successes of kindergarten for the first time. Hi Opie! is a TVO developed live-action series, teaching preschoolers
kindergarten readiness skills, helping to ease their transition from
home to school.
The show features Opie, a custom-built puppet created by Jim Henson's
Creature Shop, as he interacts with new real kid friends, gets to know
his teachers and discovers a whole new world, all while learning
important life lessons.
Targeted to ages 3-5, preschoolers and their families can tune in to
watch the sweet and lovable Opie as he overcomes challenges and works
toward a positive resolution at school.
In Opie The Special Helper, Opie gets chosen as the classroom's Special Helper and learns about
sharing when he forgets to split his responsibilities with another
Opie's Gotta Go presents a classic kindergarten predicament when Opie doesn't want to
miss the lesson on making a glow-in-the-dark comet, but he's really
Special guest appearances by media personality Pay Chen (The Pay Chen Show) and musician Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene) in the episodes, Not Ms. Doney and Opie Rocks, offer great co-viewing experiences for parents to join in on the fun
with their kids.
Kids can get a sneak peek of episodes on tvokids.com from August 18-22 and on TVO August 25 at 7 am and 12 pm ET, August 29
at 7 am ET. The series premieres on September 1, 2014 and will air
daily Monday to Friday at 10:30 am and 1 pm. In addition to the on-air
broadcasts, families can play along with Opie in his virtual
interactive classroom at tvokids.com/games/hiopie.
"This fall marks the implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten
province-wide and Hi Opie! provides kids the skills they need to make a successful transition into
school, for the first time," said Pat Ellingson, Creative Head of
Children's & Parents' Media, TVO. "As Opie explores and reaches new
goals, he helps role-model the ways in which children can excel in
kindergarten and throughout school."
"Kids will love Opie for his enthusiasm, sensitivity, silliness, and
insatiable curiosity - all traits that kids recognize in their own
experience," said Lawrence S. Mirkin, Series Producer, Hi Opie! "Families will genuinely enjoy sitting down together to watch Opie on
Hi Opie! was developed in partnership with TVO and is produced by marblemedia in
association with The Jim Henson Company. The series will also premiere on September 1, 2014 on City Saskatchewan
(Saskatchewan) at 9:00 am CST and on Knowledge Network (British
Columbia) at 11:50 am PT. Hi Opie! is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund,
Canada Media Fund and The Bell Fund.
For more information and updates, follow @HiOpie_TV or "like" Hi Opie! on Facebook.com/HiOpie.TV and join the conversation with the hashtag #HiOpie.
TVOKids exists to help Ontario's 21st-century learners be successful in
school and in life. Developed for every kind of young learner and
covering virtually all Ontario Curriculum areas for Grades JK-5,
TVO-produced children's programs, web activities and mobile apps are
built in collaboration with TVO's on-staff educator and
classroom-tested to ensure specific educational objectives are met.
According to a 2011 Ipsos Reid poll, Ontarians rate TVOKids both the
most trusted and most educational children's media brand in Canada.
TVOKids airs daily on TVO from 6 am to 7 pm. The award-winning tvokids.com is home to over 170 educational games and TVOKids offers a growing
inventory of educational mobile apps for all platforms.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
About marblemedia develops, produces and distributes engaging multiplatform entertainment
experiences for audiences around the world. With nearly 250 hours of
programming distributed in more than 200 territories, marblemedia has
been honoured by Playback Magazine with the 2013 Outstanding
Achievement Award, in addition to being named Transmedia Producer of
the Year (2011) by the publication. marble has won a Canadian Screen
Award, two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was
identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The
Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch and
operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff. The company was
co-founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001. www.marblemedia.com, @marblemedia and Facebook.com/marblemedia.
For further information:
TVO Public Relations Specialist
Phoenix PR for marblemedia