Nickelodeon & Network 10 Align for Taylor’s Island


Nickelodeon International and the ViacomCBS-owned Australian free-to-air broadcaster Network 10 have teamed up for the live-action kids’ series Taylor’s Island (working title).

Aimed at children aged 6 to 11, the series follows a girl named Taylor Young who is fascinated by the secrets surrounding a mysterious island. Together with a group of friends, she seeks to get to the bottom of the secrets and inexplicable events of Bermuda, embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. Taylor’s Island will bow across Nickelodeon channels around the world, beginning early 2022. Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) will premiere Taylor’s Island as an exclusive Viaplay Original on its Viaplay streaming service in the Nordic and Baltic markets.

A 20-episode-long series, Taylor’s Island is produced by Fremantle, with major production investment from Screen Australia. NENT Group’s original kids’ content slate also includes Saga’s Stories, Fixi in Playland, Mia’s Magic Playground, Peppy Pals and The Great Escape.

Jules Borkent, executive VP of Kids & Family at ViacomCBS Networks International, said: “This new partnership marks our first non-preschool Australian scripted live-action production for Nickelodeon channels around the world. As we continue to diversify our kids content pipeline, this is an exciting time for us to team up with ViacomCBS’s own Network 10 to bring new content to kids everywhere.” 

Beverley McGarvey, chief content officer and executive VP at ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing our first partnership with Nickelodeon International to create Taylor’s Island. This new original live-action series further cements our commitment to premium children’s content. It will be a fantastic addition and complement our diverse, entertaining and accessible slate of children’s programming already available on Network 10’s free-to-air channel, 10 Shake.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Content Sally Caplan said: “We’re thrilled to support this compelling and imaginative children’s series from the experienced team at Fremantle and an exciting group of established and emerging Australian writers. With its playful storylines and diverse cast of characters, I’m confident it will engage young audiences here and around the world.”

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group’s chief content officer, said: “Viaplay already offers the popular Nickelodeon content, and to co-produce Taylor’s Island is a natural next step to further strengthen our partnership with ViacomCBS. This creative live-action series is fast-paced, fun and filled with adventures and mystery that will appeal to our youngest viewers.”