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TORONTO, January 11, 2022 / CNW / – Corus Entertainment Nelvana, a leading international producer, distributor and licensor of animated and live action content for children, and TIME Studios Children and Family, the recently announced children’s and family programming division of Emmy Award®-winning TIME Studios, has teamed up to develop the new original series for preschoolers Leela Island. Marking the first development partnership between the two internationally acclaimed companies and the first preschool content deal for TIME Studios, the comedy-adventure animated series features a curious five-year-old girl named Leela who discovers she has inherited a gift that allows her to transform into any animal she wishes and see the world through her eyes, thus gaining a new perspective on her own childhood problem.

Leela Island (CNW Group / Corus Entertainment Inc.)

Leela Island is a show that will help children learn to see the world from other people’s point of view. As one of the first Afro-Latina girls to appear in a preschool animated series, Leela Island will go a long way to address the lack of representation in children’s content both in front of and behind the camera, ”said Maria perez-brown, Kids and Family manager, TIME Studios. “We are delighted to be working with Nelvana to bring this important preschool property to life.”

Leela Island is created and written by a team of diverse and esteemed storytellers, including award-winning writer Fracaswell Hyman (Gullah Gullah Island, Taina, Little Bill, and The famous Jett Jackson) and Maria perez-brown (Gullah Gullah Island and Taina), developed in partnership with the writer Janice Burgess (People at the back yard).

“We are incredibly passionate about Leela Island and I believe that Leela will become an icon for children all over the world, ”said Athena Georgaklis, Development Manager, Nelvana. “The caliber of talent behind this project is unmatched and is evident in the series’ perfect blend of heartwarming and magical moments and fierce, empowered storytelling. Working with the TIME team has been a real highlight.”

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About Nelvana
Entertaining children for over 50 years, Nelvana is one of the leading international producers and distributors of animated and live action content for children. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and world-renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and action series, and ancillary consumer product programs. Nelvana content is broadcast on Corus Entertainment children’s channels in Canada and in more than 180 countries around the world. The Nelvana Library has over 4,800 episodes of programming and has received more than 70 major international awards, including Emmys® and Canadian Screen Awards. Visit the Nelvana website at

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About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high-quality brands and content on platforms to audiences around the world. Attracting audiences since 1999, the company’s multimedia offerings portfolio includes 33 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital and streaming assets, animation software. , multimedia technologies and services. Corus is an internationally renowned creator and distributor of content through Nelvana, a world-class animation studio expert in all formats and Corus Studios, a globally recognized producer of successful scripted and unscripted content. The company also owns the innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada, leading 2D animation software provider Toon Boom and children’s book publishing house, Kids Can Press. Corus’ premium brand list includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, Adult Swim, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV, Global News,, Q107, Country 105 and CFOX, as well as the widely distributed Canadian streaming platforms STACKTV, Nick +, the Global TV app and Curiouscast. For more information visit

About TIME Studios
From one of the world’s most iconic brands, TIME Studios is an Emmy Award-winning® television, film and immersion studio focused on the development, production and distribution of unscripted and scripted stories. top quality products that shake the world. With technical innovation and brand-defining visual language dating back 98 years, TIME Studios aims to impact communities and the world at large with ideas that forge true progress. Combining the industry’s leading creators with TIME, one of the most trusted brands reaching audiences of over 100 million people worldwide, TIME Studios is uniquely positioned to bring broad audiences to the most impactful stories in the world. world. Recent projects include, Black Gold (Paramount +), Big Vape (Netflix), John lewis: Good Trouble (CNN Films), Amazing Grace (Neon), Right to Offend (A&E), Ricky powell: The Individualist (Showtime), Mass Effect: The Story of YouTube, Kid of the Year (Nickelodeon / CBS), TIME100 (ABC) and the first scripted project for TIME Studios, Women of the Year (Amazon).

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