Nelvana & TIME Studios Team for Original Preschool Series


Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and TIME Studios Kids and Family have partnered to develop the new original preschool series Leela’s Island.

The animated comedy-adventure series sees curious 5-year-old Leela discover she has inherited a gift that allows her to transform into any animal she wishes and see the world through its eyes.

Leela’s Island is created and written by a team that includes Fracaswell Hyman (Gullah Gullah Island, Taina, Little Bill and The Famous Jett Jackson) and Maria Perez-Brown (Gullah Gullah Island and Taina). It was developed in partnership with writer Janice Burgess (The Backyardigans).

Leela’s Island is a show that will help kids learn to see the world from others’ perspectives,” said Maria Perez-Brown, head of kids and family at TIME Studios. “As one of the first Afro-Latina girls featured in an animated preschool series, Leela’s Island will go far in addressing the lack of representation in children’s content both in front and behind the camera. We’re so excited to collaborate with Nelvana to bring this important preschool property to life.”

“We are incredibly passionate about Leela’s Island and believe Leela will become an icon for kids around the world,” added Athena Georgaklis, head of development at Nelvana. “The caliber of talent behind this project is unmatched and is evident in the series’ perfect blend of heartwarming, magical moments and fierce, empowered storytelling. Working with the team at TIME has been a true highlight.”