Showrunner Set for Preschool Show Flora of the Forest


LONDON: Emmy-winning producer Karen Fowler has joined King Rollo and Koko Rose Media as showrunner for Flora of the Forest, the preschool property formerly known as Deer Little Forest.

Fowler was behind the re-invention of The Electric Company, and also worked on the Jim Henson Productions series Dot. Created and co-developed by illustrator Jo Rose, Flora of the Forest is a 52×11-minute show that centers on a 7-year-old girl who lives with her research-scientist mom in a forest tree house.

Koko Rose Media holds the rights for the show. The TV distribution partner is Toronto-based Bejuba!, with global licensing agents including ThinkTank Emporium (U.S. and Canada), Burda Intermedia Merchandising (Germany and GST), and Empire Multimedia (China, Korea and Southeast Asia).

“As soon as I laid eyes on Jo’s original art, I fell in love with the project,” commented Fowler. “Breathing life into this 7-year-old animal-loving, tree-hugging, universe-exploring, adventurer girl and reimagining her world is just soooo satisfying.”

“Karen’s ability to bring a palpable sense of fun and wonder to screen has resulted in a world of infinite possibilities and highly original, aspirational characters,” said Koko Rose Media’s managing director Lisa Hryniewicz. “From independent Flora and her awesome mom, to the domesticated boy badger, and the meditating fox, kids will undoubtedly find brand-new friends in Flora’s forest.”

“A very strong production team is now even stronger with the addition of Karen Fowler,” added Leo Nielsen, the managing director of King Rollo Films. “We at King Rollo cannot wait to work with her and see her dynamic and inspirational sense of fun become a part of Flora’s world.”