SLR Productions & Giggle Garage Pact, Announce Space Nova Series


Australia’s SLR Productions and Giggle Garage in Malaysia have entered into a new collaborative partnership and are working together on the original CGI animated series Space Nova.

Space Nova, a 26×24-minute series aimed at kids ages 6 to 9, follows the space-adventuring siblings Jet and Adelaide Nova and their parents Josie and Hugo. Together, the Novas planet hop, dodge exploding asteroid belts, surf solar flares and try to connect with extraterrestrial life forms in the year 2162.

An original SLR Productions program, Space Nova was commissioned by Super RTL, ABC Australia and Nine Network, received major production funding from Screen Australia and is also financed with support from Create NSW. The series received development funding from Super RTL, ABC Australia and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). It will be distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises, excluding Australia and New Zealand, where distribution is being handled by ACTF.

Suzanne Ryan, SLR Productions’ CEO and executive producer, said: “SLR Productions is honored to work with Giggle Garage’s Juhaidah Joemin and Zeno Gabing. Space Nova is guaranteed to be a fun and thrilling space adventure and is providing a great framework for our studios to collaborate both creatively and financially in the future.”

Gabing, Giggle Garage’s executive director, said: “Today’s announcement with SLR Productions is another solid step in our journey in creating character entertainment properties for family and kids to enjoy around the world. We are inspired by Suzanne and her team’s vision in creating great content and are super excited to partner with them on future projects.”

Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister YB Gobind Singh Deo commented: “We are delighted to see our Malaysian animation companies partner with international producers and distributors. This is another validation of the skills and talents of Malaysia’s creative technology and digital content creators. Indeed, the animation industry here has a long track record of producing and creating world-class IP, which currently surpasses 38 IPs. This has generated more than RM237 million in revenue, more than 55 percent of which comprises exports to 120 countries. The government will continue to focus on developing our animation ecosystem, which includes talent growth to empower Malaysia’s position as a regional digital content creation hub. Giggle Garage, a company helmed by two Sabahans, based in Cyberjaya, has created stories and characters that are traveling around the world and symbolizes the diversity, skill and talent that makes Malaysia stand out in the digital arena.”

Surina Shukri, CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), said: “This is a testament that the Malaysian creative industry is truly one of the most exciting in the region with original IP creation and animation services being a core driver in this sector. It is inspirational to see one of Malaysia’s tech champions, Giggle Garage, produce this series together with SLR Productions, Super RTL, ZDF Enterprises and other key international partners. MDEC is at the forefront of our national endeavors towards developing a vibrant digital content and creative tech industry from Malaysia powered by a supportive ecosystem, which will nurture more world-class players. Digital content plays an important part in Malaysia’s Digital Economy aspirations, producing wonderful IPs, exporting titles and services worldwide, and providing careers and opportunities for more than 11,590 employees across the sector.”