Boat Rocker Brings Factual & Children’s Content to Cannes


At next week’s MIPTV, Boat Rocker Rights is slated to showcase more than 200 hours of new premium original factual and kids’ and family programming.

On the unscripted side, there is History in the Making, which marks Boat Rocker’s first fully self-financed program from its factual label Crooked Horse Productions. The show centers on dedicated craftsmen from around the world “who create unique pieces using methods of the past—from decades, centuries, even millennia ago,” said Jon Rutherford, the president of Boat Rocker Rights.

Additional unscripted highlights from the company are Late Nite Eats, Tougher Than It Looks, Last Stop Garage and Body Hack.

For kids and families, Bitz & Bob “is a new and pioneering preschool series that is the first to address the global shortage of female engineers,” noted Rutherford. “Bitz & Bob breaks down gender barriers and encourages girls from a young age to take an interest in STEAM-related industries.”

Also on offer is The Polos, another preschool program, this one based on the award-winning MarcoPolo Learning apps. Other kids’ and family highlights are The Next Step, Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers, Danger Mouse and Gudrun The Viking Princess.

Rutherford added: “We are delighted to bring such a rich and varied programming slate to MIPTV. This is our first market since we acquired FremantleMedia Kids & Family’s portfolio, and we look forward to talking to broadcasters about our expanded catalog of premium kids’ and family entertainment.”