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15 11 2017 - Media release

Greenlight for new kids series Spongo, Fuzz & Jalapeña


Spongo, Fuzz & Jalapeña

ABC KIDS and the Disney Channel Australia on Foxtel have jointly commissioned new animated series Spongo, Fuzz & Jalapeña from Cheeky Little Media, creators of internationally successful series Kazoops and Bottersnikes & Gumbles. The show has secured production funding support from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW’s Regional Film Fund.

The series is the brainchild of David Webster and was developed in-house at Cheeky Little Media with co-founder Patrick Egerton. Patrick Egerton and Isla Curtis will produce, Egerton and David Webster will executive produce, and Webster will also direct.

Aimed at 8-12 year olds, the 26 x 11 minute series follows the adventures of three best buds – Spongo, Fuzz and Jalapeña – and their life in Champignon, a town full of weird crazy contests. Theirs is a friendship that breaks all the rules as they attempt to achieve a world record at something… anything!

Cheeky Little Media’s David Webster said the show was, “Something we have been developing for a long time, and we’re extremely excited it’s now in production. We think the idea of a town dedicated to hosting an array of bizarre world championships is pretty funny and one that will appeal to kids. Our three heroes are all determined to win a trophy, any trophy, but really they’re just having a whole lot of fun along the way!”

Kazoops (2016) and Bottersnikes & Gumbles (2016) have screened on ABC KIDS, ABC ME and Channel Seven in Australia, as well as on CBBC in the UK and Netflix worldwide. Bottersnikes & Gumbles was nominated for Best Children’s Television Series at the 2016 AACTA Awards and was turned into a book series with UK publishing company Hodder Children’s Books; whilst Kazoops won Silver in the ‘TV Series: Children’ category at the 2017 Animation Effects Awards Festival and has released a line of toys with master toy partner TOMY.

“Animated children’s content represents a significant commercial opportunity for Australian production companies, as is evidenced by the numerous international partnerships forged by Cheeky Little Media,” says Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia. “This creative team have proven their talent for crafting delightfully unique story-worlds and we wish the team every success with this series.”

Spongo, Fuzz & Jalapeña will premiere on ABC KIDS in 2019, followed by a secondary broadcast on Disney Channel Australia on Foxtel.

Production credits: A Cheeky Little Media production for ABC TV and Disney Channel Australia, with funding support from Screen Australia and Create NSW’s Regional Film Fund. Developed with the support of Disney EMEA, A Stark Production and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

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