PBS Kids Adds 9 Story Show to Fall 2019 Lineup


PBS Kids is slated to begin airing the new animated series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, from 9 Story Media Group’s Brown Bag Films, next autumn.

Aimed at children from ages 4 to 7, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum teaches social-emotional concepts alongside the stories of such historical figures as Rosa Parks and Leonardo da Vinci. The 37×30-minute multiplatform show is based on the books by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos. There is also an hour-long special.

9 Story Distribution International holds the worldwide distribution rights for Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum outside of Canada, while 9 Story Brands is handling global licensing and merchandising rights. The pilot episode will premiere during this month’s MIPJunior.

“At PBS Kids, our approach is deeply rooted in the belief that every child has unlimited potential,” said Linda Simensky, the VP of children’s programming at PBS. “We’re thrilled to extend this mission with the debut of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. With Brad Meltzer’s vision, the series will reinforce the idea that anyone can accomplish amazing things. Introducing our young viewers to iconic figures that have done just that will help them realize that they, too, can change the world.”

“For me, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum isn’t just a show—it’s my dream for my daughter and my sons,” noted Meltzer. “My dream is for all of us to witness how the most ordinary person can become truly extraordinary through their actions. I want to show kids that there is potential in each of us. Every hero in the show was once a kid—smart, curious and full of adventure—just like them. They, too, can be heroes.”

Vince Commisso, the president and CEO of 9 Story, added: “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is a truly special show that will inspire kids to believe they can change the world. I can’t think of a better way to empower the next generation. Brad and Christopher’s best-selling book series Ordinary People Change the World inspires kids and parents alike, and we’re thrilled to bring their Xavier concept to new audiences on PBS Kids and around the world via an animated series.”