I recently took part in a video podcast about the creation of cartoons with top notch fellow Ottawa based creators Phil Ivanusic and Dave Cooper. Moderated by the voice of our community Mr Mike Valiquette.
For any budding creators interested in pitching in kids TV, Ill be part of a panel at the TIFF Industry conference April 20th titled "How to prepare and sell your show bible" along with many other very talented individuals in hopes of giving the audience some tips and samples of our process.
More information available at the link below:
From AWN :
eOne Announces Broadcast Sales for ‘Winston Steinburger’ in France and BelgiumEntertainment One inks deal with Cartoon Network in France and OUFtivi in Belgium for its new animated comedy series ‘Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong’ developed in collaboration with animation studio Sticky Pictures.
Toronto, Canada’s Entertainment One (eOne) is taking its animated comedy series Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong overseas to air in the UK, Poland, the Middle East and North Africa.
Targeting kids six to 12, the 2D animated show will debut on POP in the UK this month, on Poland’s Teletoon in December, and on MBC Group in the Middle East and North Africa beginning in September 2017. The new broadcast partners join a number of channels already airing Winston Steinburger, including ABC3 Australia, Teletoon in Canada, Clan TVE in Spain and BIGGS in Portugal.
eOne is also in discussions to expand the show’s broadcast footprint with additional territories, including France.
Winston Steinburger was developed by eOne in collaboration with broadcasters Teletoon Canada and ABC3 Australia.
Today marks the last day of OIAF 2016. It's always so great to see old friends, make new ones, and experience the camaraderie among fellow industry folk. This year I was a part of a development panel called "Forks in the Road" about the specific path our productions took to eventually end up on TV. (Image below borrowed from Startoon)
I'm not the most seasoned public speaker, so unsure of just how much constructive information was actually conveyed, but appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the panel none the less. Thank you Michelle and Brandon (and Jamie and Miles) for the experience.
As part of the panel, I put together a few images on the various stages of Winston design throughout development and thought it might be something worth sharing here as well.
Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong originated in 2009 as a short film idea. Although it did get finished, and there were parts that I felt came out pretty funny, I was never happy enough with the final product to release it to the public.
The next stage of development came when I entered the "pitch this" contest at the Ottawa Animation Festival in 2010. I ended up entering the Winston idea and formatting quite a bit of what I did for the original short film into a pitch for the series. It was at this stage that the characters started to become a bit more refined, with the addition of Hampton the Hamster who started out as one mean dude in a flying hamster ball.
The follow stage of development came after the show was picked up for development by Teletoon (and it's distributor E-One Family). We were commissioned to make a short demo for the series and below are the updated designs we used. *Note - Pam (the girl in the top left corner) and Hampton (the hamster) were designed by Mr. Steve Lambe while in production with Mercury Filmworks.
After that, the designs moved on to the next phase of development which was putting together the series bible, as well as marketing and promotional documents. Winston and Dudley ended up staying the same, while Hampton (the former hamster) again got an update into more of an alien creature. A few more characters were also added at this point including Sgt. Sasha Spritz (Winston's hero), and Cutty (Winston's guardian and owner of the restaurant where Winston and Dudley work).
The next round of redesign came after the show was officially green-lit for production. There was a request to age Winston up, so the following exploration was based off of that request.
And here are the final designs for the series (went with #2 from the above choices and then refined his structure a bit to feel a little more lose). You can ignore the "older version" warning on Hampton as this was based off of a few things inside his build.
Looks like Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong will be airing in Australia on ABC ME Sept 19. Big congrats to the team.
I did some early development work on this series a few years back, and excited to see it coming to TV. Congrats to everyone at Industrial Bros.
Premiering September 6th at 8 a.m. on CBC.
I'm happy to release a little mobile game that I've been poking at on the side called Roll the Six. More info below:
ROLL THE SIX
Toronto’s own urban cycling game for mobile devices.
You’ve scored tickets to tonight’s game. Your goal is to bike from Parkdale to the Downtown core before tipoff. Cruise down Queen while avoiding the trash on garbage day. Dodge the local wildlife as you detour through Trinity Bellwoods Park. Use the tourists to your advantage on Bremner Blvd, where you make your final run to the stadium before the start of the game.
Roll the Six allows Torontonians to bike the city like a local, without ever learning to ride a fixed gear.
A few years back, I created a little animated pitch for some Pre-School interstitials called Bare Bear. The idea came out after working with the character from the"On the Subway" short, and thought he'd transition well into something for a younger audience. Obviously since then, Cartoon Network produced something with a similar name, and this project never ended up gaining any traction, but thought it worth sharing here none the less. Hope you enjoy it.
Exciting news for Winston:
LONDON: Entertainment One (eOne) has secured broadcast deals in Spain and Portugal for its animated comedy series Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong.
In Spain, free-to-air broadcaster Clan TVE acquired the first season of Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong. In Portugal, pay-TV network BIGGS also picked up season one of the 2D-animated show. Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong will begin airing in Portugal this fall.
The 52×11-minute series follows the adventures of a thrill-seeking space kid named Winston Steinburger, his feline best friend, Sir Dudley, and Hampton, an uptight alien. The trio explores the galaxy together in a homemade space cruiser. The show was developed in collaboration with Sticky Pictures and co-produced with broadcasters TELETOON Canada and ABC3 Australia.
Monica Candiani, the head of international sales at eOne Family, said, “The deals with TVE and BIGGS demonstrate that the fast, funny humor of Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong translates to audiences around the world. We’re delighted that the show has found a home on these channels so that kids in Spain and Portugal can join Winston on his madcap adventures through space.”
Full article below:
Worldscreen - Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong.
CBC kids has just updated their website with a bunch of coloring pages, videos, and games based on the Napkin Man series. I designed all of the characters for both seasons of the show, so really fun to see them come to life.
Feel free to check it out HERE
Really excited to announce that a new property I have been developing with Phil Ivanusic from League Productions has been optioned by Radical Sheep in Toronto. You can find out more information about the project on their website here.
I've recently noticed a few press releases for an upcoming Jim Henson series called DOT. It's a pre-school series based on a really cute book written by Randi Zuckerberg (sister of the famed Facebook mogul) which was written as a bridge for kids and parents to understand how to incorporate technology productively throughout their lives. I was lucky enough to of been chosen to direct the pilot demo, and am really proud of the way it turned out.
Looking forward to seeing this come to life from the good folks at Industrial Bros. in the near future.
More info available HERE.
Like hot dogs? Enjoy cold beer? If you live in the Ottawa area and are interested in catching some minor league baseball, my film ON THE SUBWAY will be showing between innings at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Park as part of Ottawa Indie Fest this coming Thursday July 16th.
Come on down!
Details at link below:
Ottawa Indie Fest in the Ballpark
I'm thrilled to announce that I was honored with the Emerging Talent award at this year's Youth Media Alliance gala in Toronto. I'm extremely flattered with the kindness of those involved, who even went as far as to make a little tribute video on my behalf (available below)
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute to this, it was truly a special evening. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this industry.
I'd also be doing my self a disservice if I didn't mention here that Mike Valiquette over at the Canadian Animation Resources also wrote up a really kind note about myself and the event.
You can link to it HERE
Thanks again to everyone involved.