November 29 2011 – FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, today announced the global launch of the new wildlife TV game show Bindi’s Bootcamp, the first new property to come from FME’s partnership with Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, and Australia Zoo.
The partnership, under which FME is working with Australia Zoo and the Irwins to develop new worldwide opportunities for television and licensing, will see FME handle all brand licensing and distribution rights to Bindi’s Bootcamp.
Australian broadcaster ABC has commissioned FremantleMedia Australia to produce the series, in association with Sticky Pictures, to be shot on location at Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia.
Hosted by Bindi Irwin (Bindi: The Jungle Girl), Bindi’s Bootcamp offers young adventurers the chance to get up close to wildlife and prove they have what it takes to become an official ‘Wildlife Warrior’. Three teams will join Bindi on an action-packed adventure into the wild. Across zoo, jungle, safari and savannah locations, competitors will test their knowledge, inner strength and endurance. This is the only show where kids can experience close-up wildlife encounters, endure physical and mental challenges, and have lots of messy fun along the way. The contestants will start as animal lovers and, if they have what it takes to pass Bindi's challenges, leave as ‘Wildlife Warriors’.
Sander Schwartz, President, Kids & Family Entertainment, FME, said “We are proud of our burgeoning endeavours with the Irwin family and Australia Zoo. We are thrilled to welcome this fresh and compelling new show and format into our growing portfolio of kids’ brands. Bindi is an amazing young talent and will infuse this series with fun, excitement and charm. The Irwins have dedicated their lives to protecting endangered species and supporting wildlife and nature conservation, an ethos that forms the basis for all the fun, adventure and mayhem that will be a part of this show.
“We believe there is growing demand for original live-action kids’ entertainment series, and Bindi’s Bootcamp is a fantastic addition to that genre. We look forward to continuing to build our close working relationship with Sticky Pictures and FremantleMedia Australia and to introducing this show to the global marketplace.”
FME Kids & Family Entertainment division was founded in 2009 and has quickly become a worldwide leader in the family entertainment business. With 12 titles in production in collaboration with top producers on four continents, FME Kids & Family Entertainment is already one of the most prolific independent producers and distributors of content in the sector today. Its growing portfolio of content spans across four key genres: preschool, kids comedy, action/adventure and tween/teen fare. FME Kids & Family Entertainment is bringing to networks around the world innovative and exciting shows for television and new media platforms in live-action, 2D animation, CGI, stop-motion, puppetry and real-time animation with programming targeting demographics ranging in scope from preschool through high school.
Bindi’s Bootcamp joins FME’s growing portfolio of kids’ live-action properties, which includes My Babysitter’s a Vampire, a genre-busting adventure/comedy; Really Me, a tween live action sitcom; and The Aquabats Super Show, a quirky comedy adventure that combines a hybrid of concert footage, live-action skits and animation.
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