SKY KIDS has announced a new deal with Beano Studios to produce a brand-new TV show SO Beano!; inspired by the rebellious and anarchic ethos of Beano.com, the multi award-winning digital kids platform.
Filmed at Sky’s state of the art facilities – and to be available for customers on Sky, the SKY KIDS app and NOW TV kids platform – the new presenter-led entertainment show is inspired by the hottest trends and most loved content on Beano.com – from mad dance crazes and LOL-tastic comedy sketches to guest challenges and fresh new cartoons.
26x15min episodes, aimed at 8-11-year olds, showcase brilliant, young, diverse UK creatives both in front of and behind the camera. The show includes eight unique sketch acts and fresh talent in the form of presenters, animators, comedy writers and performers.
The show is hosted by rising YouTuber Joe Tasker, comedy actress Nimisha Odedra, online fan favourite Emma Shaw and Joseph Robinson who makes his debut TV appearance .
Showrunner George Sawyer (writer for Emmy Award winning Horrible Histories and BAFTA nominated Disney animation Counterfeit Cat) brings his directing and producing expertise to Beano Studios’ flagship entertainment show.
Sky has 23 million customers across seven countries – UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, so this is a major development for Beano Studios, which has already had huge success with its Dennis and Gnasher show.
SO Beano! marks the continued evolution of Beano Studios from a much-loved comic to a highly innovative, multi-platform entertainment producer and digital network, engaging kids across all screens with long and short form content.
Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios’ said: “It’s so great to work with the highly innovative, creative team at Sky Kids and bring the very best of our riotous daily Beano digital mayhem to its audiences! We’re really excited to showcase new, young and unsung UK digital talent with such a well known broadcaster.
“This new TV show embodies our kid-led mentality by bringing their loves and obsessions to screens across the land in a festival of hyper-relevant mayhem!”
Head of Sky Kids, Lucy Murphy added: “We can’t wait to bring a bit of mischief to Sky Kids this autumn! This show really celebrates all the humour, mayhem and irreverence that kids (and their parents) love from the Beano.. There isn’t a kids show out there like it and it promises to bring something fresh to our screens that taps into everything kids love.”
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.