Beano Studios, the business behind the relaunch of the Beano as a global entertainment network, is announcing its first TV commission, with the Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed series (52 x 11 minute episodes) due to air on CBBC in late 2017.
Ordered for CBBC by Channel Controller Cheryl Taylor, the format will showcase a new-look and feel CGI Dennis for TV. In a world full of comedy and action-packed adventure, Dennis, Gnasher and his crew are set to bring their high energy humour and inimitable sense of fun to CBBC in 2017.
As the first commission for Beano Studios, the company says the series marks the start of great things for the newly founded production arm of the business, which already produces mischievous short-form Beano Originals shorts, which appear on YouTube and Beano.com.
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed is being produced by Beano Studios, and the new series is Executive Produced by Michael Elson for Beano Studios, former COO at Moving Picture Company, alongside Jo Allen, Executive Producer for CBBC.
“We’re thrilled to be working with CBBC on the new series, which will see us bring Dennis to life and bang up to date in CGI for the next generation of Beano fans,” commented Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios.
Cheryl Taylor, CBBC controller also said “Dennis and Gnasher have been unleashing their own particular brand of mischief on CBBC for many years and their ardent fans will be delighted by this wonderful new series from two of the UK’s most notorious rascals.”
Working with BAFTA and Emmy award winning animators Jellyfish Pictures, the series is directed by Boris Hiestand whose credits include the Harry Potter films, Asterix and the Vikings, The Angry Birds Movie and Pirates.
Beano Studios is a brand new multimedia company that’s here to create, curate and deliver mischievous entertainment for kids of all ages worldwide. Producing diverse entertainment across multiple touch points; including TV, digital content, theatrical projects, consumer products and the much-loved comic and annual.
At the heart of Beano Studios is digital children’s network, Beano.com packed with funny, rebellious and imaginative content. Made available for free on all digital devices and working across YouTube and PopJam, the platform is a one-stop destination where kids go to let their imagination roam free.
The new Beano platform is joined by a redesign of the printed comic (one of Britain’s most iconic and long-standing children’s comics) and The Beano Annual (Britain’s biggest selling annual).
Beano branded products are available at shop.beano.com, with a full cross-category range of consumer products planned.
Housed under Beano Studios, each strand will deliver a dose of fun and mischief to ensure laugh out loud entertainment for generations to come.
Beano Studios is a standalone business within the DC Thomson & Co. Ltd. Group of companies.
• For more information, visit www.beano.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.