The UK-based kids’ content producer, Platinum Films has formed a joint venture with the adventurer Bear Grylls to develop his first animated series for children, Bear Grylls Young Adventurer.
The production of the animated movies will be headed up by BRON Creative and YBG Films, who will also manage the worldwide media distribution in all markets excluding the UK and Asia.
In addition, BRON has appointed Epic Story Media as the worldwide licensing and merchandising agent – again excluding the UK and Asia – for the adventure movie franchise. Epic Story has already begun assembling the roster of licensees for the brand.
Ken Faier at ESM, said: “Bear Grylls is an international icon, celebrated for his unwavering sense of adventure and respect for the natural world. We are thrilled to be partnering with Bear, BRON and YBG Films on his first ever animation project specifically crafted for his legions of young fans, aimed at inspiring them to be braver, stronger, kinder and above all – to never give up.
“We look forward to forging licensing partnerships that harness the adventure, survival and spirit of his incredible global brand.”
The adventurer and star of the animated series, Bear Grylls, added: “This series of movies is all about bringing the spirit of adventure and exploration to young kids in a way that fires up their imagination, empowers them and brings out the adventurer in them all.
“What’s great is that the movies are funny, translatable and thrilling at the same time; instilling values that are important for everyone – to follow your dreams, to succeed through failure and to never give up – but these movies also take kids on epic adventures, in far flung places around the globe. Bear Grylls Young Adventurer is inspiring, exciting and unique, but above all it is rooted in fun, friendship and survival. All vital things for kids.”
Bear Grylls Young Adventurer will fuse original storytelling with the story of the global adventurer through four cinematic animated features. The films showcase Bear’s fictional childhood exploits over the course of four instalments, currently in production at Pinewood Studios in the UK. Delivery is scheduled for Summer 2020.
The first film, titled Bear Grylls Young Adventurer: Endangered sees the teen survivalist travel to Borneo and Sumatra. The film’s stories will center on Grylls as a young boy at a ‘Hogwarts-like school’, Castleton, set in the UK, where he will deal with the usual childhood challenges and go on global adventures as part of a secretive group called Secret Ops Squad (S.O.S).
Grylls will lend his voice to narrating the project.