CANADA: Tricon Films makes kids move

Toronto-based company expands into children's programming production and distribution.
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Tricon Films and Television is to make its first foray into kids' programming, lining up new talent-based series The Next Star as its first project.

The format has unlimited scope for adaptation, according to the firm: The Next Star could be a singer, musical theatre performer, movie actor or TV host for example.

The show auditions thousands of hopefuls aged 15 and under, but only six will be chosen for televised mentoring, with the overall winner being chosen by the viewers.

The original series, created by Tricon and currently airing on YTV in Canada, is focused on finding the next music star.

Carrie Mudd, VP of distribution and development at Tricon, said: "This is a unique format offering talented youngsters top-notch support and training to give them the very best shot at the big time. It's an adaptable concept; The Next Star could see hopefuls mentored in a variety of industries.

"We feel this is a strong project to take our first step into kids programming and look forward to presenting it at Mipcom."


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