Canadian Productions Take Center Stage at MIPJunior Session


TORONTO/MONTREAL: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada have partnered with the Shaw Rocket Fund to present three innovative Canadian productions that cross the boundaries between print and digital during a session at MIPJunior.

The MIPJunior session It’s All About Imagination! will feature the productions Bookaboo, Dot. and The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor. Bookaboo, created by Lucy Gooman, was developed for Canadian audiences by Sinking Ship Entertainment. The show is broadcast on CBC, Radio-Canada and TFO. It tells the story of a rock puppy who tours the world with his band and encourages kids to enjoy reading.

Dot., from Zuckerberg Media founder and CEO Randi Zuckerberg, tells the story of a tech-savvy young girl. Her adventures teach children that they can use technology to enhance their experiences and incorporate tech into their playtime. Produced by Industrial Brothers, the show airs on CBC in Canada and Sprout in the U.S. The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor, created by All Play, No Work, is a picture book, animated movie and series of games and puzzles all rolled into an app for kids.

Other Canadians featured at MIPJunior as part of the conference program include Deirdre Brennan, the VP of content at Corus Entertainment; Michael Hirsh, chairman of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group; Marney Malabar, the director of kids’ TV at TVO; and Lisa Olfman, CEO and co-founder of Portfolio Entertainment.