TORONTO, May 29, 2018 /CNW/ - DHX Television's Family Channel, Universal Kids and Six Eleven Media are pleased to announce that production has begun on the new live-action series Greenfields. Created by Derek Harvie, the half-hour, single camera comedy follows 12-year-old Max and his eclectic group of friends as they navigate the highs and lows of running a start-up company. The 20-episode order is being filmed in Toronto, with the series scheduled to debut on Family Channel (Canada) and Universal Kids (U.S.), NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's network for kids 2-12, in fall 2018.
"With its original storyline, laugh-out-loud comedy and cast of colourful characters, Greenfields is the perfect fit for our premier lineup of kids' and family content," said Michael Goldsmith, Vice President, Original Production, DHX Television. "We have no doubt that today's kids will relate to the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the series. We're thrilled to be working alongside the creative minds of Derek Harvie and the team at Six Eleven Media on this inventive new show."
"It's been a privilege collaborating with our broadcast partners at Family Channel and Universal Kids on this series, and I'm looking forward to filming with our outstanding cast and crew," said Charles Bishop, Executive Producer, Six Eleven Media. "This show features a group of natural born tween entrepreneurs who aren't afraid to try new things, put their ideas out there, and prove that kids really do run the world."
Twelve-year-old Max Graham (newcomer Ricardo Ortiz) is President and CEO of a tiny start-up company, which he runs out of his parents' garage with his neighbourhood pals. Their goal: to invent an amazing product, change the world and maybe even make a bajillion dollars! With every flop – and there's quite a few – the gang learns valuable lessons, creates closer bonds and comes one step closer to their BIG idea, all the while trying to find the balance between business and friendship.
Featuring a predominantly Canadian cast, Greenfields stars Ricardo Ortiz as Max Graham; Arista Arhin (Odd Squad, Star Trek: Discovery) as the team's newest member and Chief Product Designer, Alicia Windsor; Mya Singh (Odd Squad) as Max's oldest friend and Head of Marketing and PR, Kaylyn French; Alec Dahmer as accidental class clown and Research Technician, Noodles; Jadian Toros as the youngest member of the team and Chief Financial Officer, Zeke; Adrianna Di Liello (Backstage, Annedroids) as Max's older sister, Chelsea Graham; Sandy Jobin-Bevans (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) as Max's dad, Bryan Graham; and Allison Price (The New Yorker Presents) as Max's mom, Helen Graham.
Greenfields is produced by Six Eleven Media in association with DHX Television's Family Channel and is executive produced by Derek Harvie and Charles Bishop with his team at Six Eleven Media. Greenfields is also produced with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund (CMF). International distribution will be handled by DHX Media.
About Six Eleven Media Six Eleven Media, an award winning international content creation and production company was founded in 2011 by Canadian industry veteran Charles Bishop. The company focuses primarily on socially relevant content for all media with a particular emphasis on children's and youth.
About Universal Kids Universal Kids represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands. As a kid-focused ecosystem with great TV content at the center, Universal Kids is programmed for the 2-12 year old audience, with a fresh mix of animated content, unscripted entertainment, and proven international hits. Launched in September 2017 and available in over 59 million homes, Universal Kids is available for kids and families across all platforms, including on air, online, On Demand and via mobile with the Universal Kids app.
Family Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a daily vacation for Canadian families, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family Channel subscribers have access to the Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.
DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming through premium subscriptions and its original production mandate, and creates and produces captivating in-market events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, Degrassi: Next Class and Teletubbies. DHX Media Ltd. has offices globally, and is traded on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange.
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