TORONTO, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Following the highly successful first
season, TVO and Sinking Ship Entertainment continue to encourage
Ontario kids to give back to their communities during the second season
of Giver, airing Wednesdays at 6:30 pm beginning April 30, repeated Saturdays at 2 pm.
Co-produced by TVO and Sinking Ship Entertainment, Giver is a live-action TV series that inspires children across the province
to get involved and contribute to the places they live, reclaiming and
enhancing local playground spaces in parks all across Ontario.
In partnership with the Ontario Parks Association, TVO and Sinking Ship
Entertainment put a call out to communities across the province to find
those in need of a new or improved playground for local kids. During
each of the 10 episodes in season two, a group of kids aged 6-12 come
together to volunteer their time with host Michael Lagimodiere and the
enthusiastic Giver team to build a playground in their community. With a deadline of only
three days to bring their vision to life, they must decide on the
playground's theme, find out what their community wants, and how they
will build it.
Generating an overwhelming response from community members who eagerly
participated in season one, the second season is no different; kids,
families, volunteers, and local business all play a pivotal role in
making the re-imagined park happen for their neighbourhood. During
season two, the team takes on even bigger builds. For the first time in
Giver history, the team rebuilds a school playground with help from 375
students, as well as a playground at The Bob Rumball Camp for the Deaf
in Parry Sound.
Spanning across the province, the Ontario communities featured in season
two are Toronto, Sarnia, Thunder Bay, Parry Sound, Niagara Falls, Linwood, Scarborough, Port Hope, Waubaushene, and Monkton.
"Giver exemplifies TVO's commitment to building citizen engagement, and
provides a great platform for kids to see how their good intentions
combined with hard work can benefit an entire community," says Patricia
Ellingson, TVO's Creative Head of Children's and Parents' Media.
"Watching these kids take a playground that's falling apart or
non-existent, and create a space designed to bring families together is
nothing short of amazing and inspiring.
"There's simply no show like Giver," says J.J. Johnson, series creator and partner at Sinking Ship
Entertainment. "In just three days, six local kids are able to inspire
a community to transform an underused space into something that
everyone can benefit from. Giver tangibly shows kids that anything is possible when a community pulls
together for a common goal. Let's Giver!"
Extending the Giver experience is www.giver-tv.com, which is bigger and better with fresh games and activities, such as Playground Paradise, where kids and parents build and maintain their own playground; and Giver Get Building, in which kids and parents can build park equipment with virtual tools
and materials. Also new are video updates on parks from the first
season of Giver. Kids can also download plans and drawings to start their own projects,
and explore before-and-after photos of all the parks.
Giver was a recipient of the 2013 Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence
for "Best Television Program, All Genres, Ages 6-8." In addition, Giver was nominated for "Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or
Series" at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.
Toronto I Love Toronto Park (April 30)
Sarnia Music Park (May 7)
Thunder Bay Sleeping Giant Park (May 14)
Parry Sound Camp Park (May 21)
Niagara Falls Boat Park (May 28)
Linwood Gnome Park (June 4)
Scarborough World Park (June 11)
Port Hope Ganaraska Trail School Park (June 18)
Waubaushene Sawmill Park (June 25)
Monkton Farm Park (July 2)
About Sinking Ship Entertainment
Sinking Ship Entertainment is an award-winning production and
interactive company that creates and produces ground-breaking kids TV
and transmedia content.
Since its founding in 2004, Sinking Ship has created and produced
numerous children's TV series and has been on the forefront of TV
production and interactive media for kids. From being selected as one
of the first partners of Amazon Studios with the upcoming series Annedroids, to achieving Nick Jr.'s highest debut of all time with the
action-packed series Dino Dan, Sinking Ship Entertainment brings dynamic content to audiences around
the world with shows broadcast in more than 130 countries. Other series
highlights include the award-winning This is Daniel Cook, This is Emily Yeung, Giver and Are We There Yet?: World Adventure. Find out more at www.sinkingship.ca.
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,
Available for Interviews:
Patricia Ellingson, Creative Head of Children's and Parents' Media, TVO
Michael Lagimodiere, Host, Giver
J.J. Johnson, Producer/Partner, Sinking Ship Entertainment
For further information:
Amira de Vera, Associate Publicist, Pennant Media Group