CAMPFIRE KISS

Feeling disconnected from her teenage son, a protective mother decides to step outside of her comfort zone and take him camping. But as soon as she arrives, she begins butting heads with her handsome cabin neighbor, a single father and outdoorsman who is also in search of a connection with his teen daughter. Friction soon sparks a flame as these opposites attract.

THE STINKY & DIRTY SHOW

The adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader, a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn that when things don't as expected, asking "what if" can lead to success. Based on the books by Jim and Kate McMullan. 

MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND

Set in outer space, the series follows the adventures of the Callisto family – seven-year-old Miles, older sister Loretta and their scientist parents Phoebe and Leo, who work for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority on a mission to connect the universe.

THE HOLLOW

It's Halloween eve on Shelter Island, and the small town is preparing for a killer storm. But the dark clouds gathering over the island are bringing with them a curse one-hundred years in waiting. As the woods give birth to an ungodly and insatiable creature of fire, bones, and earth, three sisters must scramble to stay alive through the long dark night of the Hollow. For it’s not something you can kill. It’s only something you can try and survive. The Hollow stars Deborah Kara Unger (The Game), Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights), Sarah Dugdale (Sugarbabies) and Richard Harmon (The 100).      

SCARECROW

With the Scarecrow Festival on the horizon, school teacher Aaron Harris (Robin Dunne of Sanctuary) is doling out punishment for six students serving detention, including the moody Tyler, Goth girl Nikki, wrestling team captain Daevon, and straight-A student Maria (Nicole Munoz of Defiance). Their task: help their friend Kristen Miller's (Lacey Chabert) family farm with some grunt work before it’s sold. But the cornfields circling the farm come with a legend—and Tyler takes macabre delight in recounting the tale: It never sleeps, it never dies, it can’t be stopped, hear their cries. The Scarecrow lives to kill us all. Keep it buried in the fall…    

HONEYMOON FOR ONE

Four-leaf-it's over! Golden Globe nominated Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives") travels solo to the rolling plains and sweeping landscapes of Ireland on a "Honeymoon for One," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. With co-stars Greg Wise ("Return to Cranford") and Patrick Baladi ("Mistresses"), Sheridan plays an advertising executive who is forced to end her engagement to a philandering fiancé and then steps way outside her comfort zone when she decides to go on the idyllic honeymoon – alone!

ROADKILL

An exciting road trip across Ireland's countryside takes a dark turn as a group of friends have a hostile encounter with a pack of mysterious gypsies. Now plagued with a black mark of death, they are doomed to be stalked and terrorized by a mythical bird of prey, whose insatiable appetite for human flesh is more than just urban legend. Eliza Bennett (Inkheart, Nanny McPhee), Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Lake Placid 3), and Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, Citizen X, and Oscar nominated Best Actor for The Crying Game) star in this creature feature from director Johannes Roberts (When Evil Calls, Forest of the Damned) and writer Rick Suvalle ("V.I.P.").

BOXES

BOXES is an animated pilot presentation produced for 20th Century Fox's "Inkubation" program. It is an office-place comedy about a quartet of disgruntled cubicle dwellers who work for the Boxdyne Corporation, a company that makes, packs, ships and tracks...boxes.

SPIDER-MAN: THE NEW ANIMATED SERIES

Based on the legendary Marvel comic book, the series centers on the adventures of Peter Parker, who develops superhuman powers after being bit by a genetically altered spider. Multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Harold & Kumar), singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb and television star Ian Ziering (TV's "Beverly Hills 90210") bring Peter, MJ and Harry to life, along with guest voice talent from rocker Rob Zombie, rap star Eve, Jeremy Piven, Kathy Griffin, Michael Clarke Duncan, Stan Lee and more.

VIP

In this campy syndicated action series, Vallery Irons (Pamela Anderson) comes to Hollywood having no idea that her big break will come from a date with a famous action star. While attending a star-studded movie premiere, a crazed fan pulls a gun – but her movie hunk turns into a coward, and it's Val who becomes an accidental hero (thanks to a swing of her purse.) Suddenly Val's thrown into a world of action and danger as the figurehead of a Hollywood protection agency (V.I.P. – Vallery Irons Protection), taking risks to protect others at a price few are willing to pay.

ASTRO BOY

The original animé superhero is back! Blast off with the all-new ASTRO BOY, a state-of-the-art update of Tezuka Osamu's classic series that started the animé explosion. Filled with exciting action, humor, and drama, ASTRO BOY tells the story of a young robot boy modeled after the son of a research scientist. This atomic-powered robot becomes a reluctant superhero who fights for justice and peace – for humans and robots alike! For the first time on DVD, this Collector's Edition contains the entire 50-episode series on 5 discs, with 29 episodes never before aired in the United States.

Rick's previously unannounced new series for Mattel that he created has finally been revealed as a 2D reimagining of "Thomas & Friends." See the initial press release below...

From Business Wire:

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.-- Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) announced today that it has greenlit 104 11-minute episodes and two 60-minute specials for the “Thomas & Friends” television series over two seasons. The Company has partnered with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio, a leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content, to co-produce the series starting with Season 25, which will premiere beginning in Fall 2021, and will introduce a new creative approach to the show, contemporizing the series for today’s families.

“Thomas & Friends” new creative direction builds on the long-standing success of the television series, which first launched in 1984. Starting with Season 25, the series will be animated in 2D. It will also build upon creative elements that have resonated with “Thomas & Friends” fans over the years by featuring comedic, playful stories and lessons told from Thomas’ point of view. Nelvana will help bring Thomas’ new 2D look to life, expanding upon Mattel’s existing relationship with Corus Entertainment, which serves as the Company’s Canadian licensing and broadcast partner for “Thomas & Friends.”

“‘Thomas & Friends’ enduring legacy and focus on the importance on friendship continue to resonate with global audiences, and we look forward to unveiling our new content to consumers next year,” said Fred Soulie, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mattel Television. “Nelvana is the ideal production partner for the series, understanding the importance of staying true to Thomas’ ethos and heritage while bringing the franchise to life creatively in new ways for today’s kids.”

“As the exclusive broadcast partner and licensing agent of the treasured Thomas brand in Canada, we are delighted to deepen our relationship with Mattel by becoming their production partner on the re-imagined 2D series, which will introduce Thomas to a new generation of young audiences,” said Pam Westman, President, Nelvana. “With stunning animation and fresh new stories, the 2D series allows us to play up the humor in the show while honoring the legacy of the world’s most-adored blue tank engine.”

Executive producers for Season 25 of “Thomas & Friends” include Fred Soulie, Adam Bonnett and Christopher Keenan at Mattel, as well as Colin Bohm and Pam Westman at Nelvana.

Thomas was first created in 1945 by Rev. W. Awdry in stories for his son, Christopher. Today, the character is just as beloved by children as he was when he first chugged down the tracks. Thomas’ stories are currently told through the television series, toys, books, apps, live events and more.

 

 

After successfully launching the (still to be announced) reboot of a beloved franchise for Mattel (that will debut on Netflix in the Fall of 2021), Rick has left to produce a new preschool animated series that he created for DreamWorks. Stay tuned for more information. 

Rick has left his position as Staff Writer on Disney Junior's T.O.T.S. to Produce and Head Write a (still to be announced) new series for Mattel. The series is based on an existing and beloved franchise that Rick has rebooted and re-developed for a new generation. The series will debut on Netflix in the Fall of 2021. Stay tuned for more updates. 

T.O.T.S. doesn’t premiere until next month, but Disney Junior today ordered a second season of the children’s toon and added Vanessa Williams and Megan Hilty to the voice cast.

Aimed at ages 2-7, the comedy follows the adventures of best friends Pip and Freddy, a tenacious penguin and a kind-hearted flamingo who are the only non-stork delivery birds in-training at Tiny Ones Transport Service, or T.O.T.S. Produced by Titmouse in association with Disney Junior, its stories suggest themes of positively interacting with and nurturing others while celebrating one another’s differences. Every half-hour episode has an original song and the recurring delivery anthem “Bringing This Baby Home.” 

Premiering on June 14, T.O.T.S. features two 11-minute stories that highlight the use of creative thinking, teamwork and problem solving to model for young viewers that there is more than one way to achieve a goal.

Jet Jurgensmeyer (Last Man Standing) voices Pip the Penguin, and Christian J. Simon (Sydney to the Max) as Freddy the Flamingo. Williams will play Captain Beakman, and Hilty voices K.C. the Koala.

Travis Braun (Vampirina) created T.O.T.S. and serves as co-executive producer along with Chris Gilligan, who also is supervising director. Vic Cook executive produces.

Rick recently sold an original preschool animated series concept to DreamWorks Television where he is busy working on the pilot script and series bible. Rick was also recently hired to develop a preschool animated series for Amazon Kids. Stay tuned for more updates on both series. 

Rick is excited to finally announce that he has been working on the writing staff of Disney Junior's newest animated series T.O.T.S. Created by Travis Braun (Disney Junior’s Vampirina and Disney Channel’s upcoming series Fast Layne), T.O.T.S. is about the hilarious adventures of best friends Pip and Freddy, a tenacious penguin and a kind-hearted flamingo, who are the only non-stork delivery birds in-training at Tiny Ones Transport Service (T.O.T.S.). As new members of the esteemed team, these junior fliers must take tender care in transporting baby animals – kittens, cubs, calves, bunnies, puppies and joeys among them – from the nursery to their forever families around the globe. Together, they will learn how to nurture and care for the babies and use creative thinking and problem solving to model for young viewers that there isn’t just one way to achieve a goal. The series is geared towards kids age 2-7, and is set for a premiere sometime in 2019.

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