YouTube Originals announces expansion of children’s series Slate


YouTube today announced an expansion of its offering for children and families through 2023 – with partners like the popular YouTuber Joe Sugg and the Headspace meditation app. (Talk about a diverse collection.) YouTube describes the new additions as “diverse” and “global,” and says the projects are part of its “previously announced $100 million commitment to moving forward with quality children’s, family, and invest in educational programs”. .

A bulletin from YouTube states:

“Building on the tremendous success of the Kids Fund slate with approximately 330 million lifetime views – 18 prestigious awards and nominations (winning a Prix Jeunesse, Webby Award, Content Innovation Award and an Emmy and NAACP Image Award nomination) – and presentation One-third of its total content is in multiple languages, YouTube Kids & Family made an impact around the world with its originals and is committed to producing even more quality children’s programming this year.”

Premiere is on May 13th funeral talk, an animated series based on the graphic novel of the same name. Sugg voices Adam, a history buff and talk show host who is visited each episode by a famous deceased historical figure, including Mozart, Ching Shih, Cleopatra, Josephine Baker and Ibn Al-Haytham. According to the synopsis, he will “dig up the dirt on some of history’s most famous, infamous, and incredible characters and unearth the untold and surprising stories of these amazing characters.”


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The Guava Juice Show will premiere on June 4, following 14-year-old Roi (Roi Fabito), his best friend Jenny (Bethany Brown) and talking guava fruit called guava (Adrian Petriv) travel into parallel worlds and dimensions via a magical multiverse hopping bathtub. On June 17th, the Lupita Nyong’o produced series Super Sema will premiere its second season, which follows the young superheroine “as she uses her technological skills to change the world and protect her city of Dunia from the villainous robot Tobor”. On July 15, competition series The Big Tiny Food Face-Off will feature young chefs struggling to make very real, very tiny dishes in hopes of taking home a tiny trophy.

There will also be a variety of new programs for preschool audiences, including Buster’s BIG Halloweena Halloween special featuring characters from the popular series go buster on an adventure to find the missing city pumpkin. The Eggventurersan innovative engineering series aimed at a young demographic will see egg characters build Rube Goldberg machines to solve problems. Jam Van is a music series hosted by best friends Lamb and Anne the Alligator, who travel across the country visiting famous musicians and celebrities. Finally, tab time will see actress Tabitha Brown Teaching children “how to live their best life”.

YouTube has expanded its offering to 2023 and beyond. Next year will see the arrival of a partnership between Lili Singh and the mediation app Headspace for Mindful adventures on Unicorn Island. The synopsis is:

In each episode, young Lilly is transported to Unicorn Island, a colorful wonderland where life’s struggles manifest themselves in fantastical ways. With the help of her imaginary friends, Lilly learns new mindfulness activities to overcome her problems and brings those skills back to the real world to deal with her real problems. The school series is produced by Headspace’s multiplatform production studio Headspace Studios and Unicorn Island Productions.

Are further out and in development The Magic Cookbook, a cooking show for school children that combines fantasy and reality. The synopsis is:

Out of executive producer Whoopie Goldberg, Tom Leonardis and created by Nobody’s Hero and ITV America, The Magic Cookbook is a high-quality, hybrid cooking show for school children that blends fantasy and real elements into one immersive experience. Among the thousands of recipes that exist around the world, there is ONE cookbook that has EVERY recipe. This special cookbook takes its readers to any restaurant in the world at any time. In each episode we meet a young aspiring chef who wants to prepare a truly incredible meal for a specific person or event. As our young restaurateur searches for the perfect recipe, they arrive at the bookstore where the owner (Whoopi Goldberg) allows them to browse the magical cookbook and then travel through time and space to learn more about the dish and its recipe, its culture and learn history. before returning to prepare the actual food in the real world.

Also in development The Ann Ziety Show, an animated comedy. Read the summary below:

Created by GraveRobber Productions, The Ann Ziety Show is an animated comedy series for school kids and tweens that follows the soap opera adventures of teenage Rachel (Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter). Julia Michaels) and her imaginary enemy Ann Ziety (Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gina Rodriguez) with humor and empathy to destigmatize the mental health conversation. Each episode examines how children deal with anxiety and introduces specific coping skills, such as: B. imagining your safe space, accessing your inner wisdom, opposing actions and remote control.

Additionally, the YouTube-first Bob the Train preschool franchise will return, as Bob “navigates the challenges, fun, and excitement of Toot Town through songs and lessons on perseverance, self-help, and friendship.” In the meantime Maddie’s urban jungle will offer school-age children a series about the discovery of urban wildlife by a zoologist Claudia Zenkert and filmmaker Brady Valashinas.

Each of these series is available on their respective YouTube channels. Watch a roll of the shows here:


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