Founded in 1971, Nelvana is made up of two divisions. Nelvana Studios develops and produces animated content from its production facility in Toronto. The firm’s library has well over 3,200 half-hour animated episodes, including classic properties such as Babar, Franklin, Rolie Polie Olie and The Berenstain Bears, plus newer titles like Ruby Gloom and Jane and the Dragon. Nelvana Enterprises, meanwhile, is the international distribution arm of Corus Entertainment (the firm’s parent company).
In addition to this, the company is also involved with qubo, the bilingual multi-platform television network for children which includes blocks on NBC Saturday morning, Telemundo for Hispanic audiences and ION Networks, a 24/7 digital kids channel. Its programmes also run on KidsCo, the branded global channel for children which launched in April 2007.
“Each time that we build a show, we try to incorporate entertainment, education and safety,” explains Mark Northwood, VP of licensing for The Americas.
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