Production Begins on New Series 16 Hudson


NEW YORK: In partnership with TVO Kids, Big Bad Boo Studios has greenlit production on the new animated series 16 Hudson.

The first season will consist of 39 7-minute episodes for TV, as well as a digital media component. 16 Hudson follows the adventures of four neighbors in a big city. Lili, Sam, Amala and Luc all come from different cultural backgrounds and live at 16 Hudson along with the elderly Mrs. Oldstein and a super named Ivan. The kids have fun together and embrace their similarities and differences.

The series is intended for kids preschool age and older and aims to promote “kindergarten readiness,” particularly as it relates to oral language, math, vocabulary and problem-solving skills. Additional partners on the series include Knowledge Network, CBC Radio Canada, ICI TV, the Cogeco Fund and the Shaw Rocket Fund.

“It is our goal to create shows that are well-balanced and reflect the true nature of the world kids live in today,” said Shabnam Rezaei, who co-created the show. “My daughter has friends with all kinds of backgrounds and those values are not being represented on the screen. We are here to change that.”

Rezaei added: “We are very excited to start production. I think that the fun adventures tied with the diverse traits and backgrounds of each character will stand strong on its own. I can’t wait to see how the target audience will respond.”