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(left to right: Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland; scene from Big Blue).

From animation powerhouse Guru Studio comes a new sci-fi comedy about caring for our planet and each other.

Created by Gyimah Gariba, named one of Animation Magazine's 2020 Rising Stars of Animation, the animated series will make its world premiere December 4 on CBC Kids.

November 3, 2021 – Guru Studio, a leader in children’s entertainment, is pleased to announce today it has teamed up with Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland and his Beatclub team to produce the theme song for its newest animated property, Big Blue. The series was created by Guru Studio designer Gyimah Gariba, who has built a massive online following for his distinct illustrative style, and developed with CBC Kids. Gyimah was named one of Animation Magazine's 2020 Rising Stars of Animation and one of “15 Young African Creatives Rebranding Africa” by Forbes. The animated series will make its world premiere on CBC Kids beginning Saturday, December 4.

The imaginative series for kids 5-9 follows sibling underwater adventurers Lettie and Lemo who lead a quirky submarine crew with a magical ocean fairy stowaway named Bacon Berry.Together, they just might unravel the mysterious secrets of their underwater universe! The series drops young viewers deep into a wacky world of comic adventure, while helping to redefine what a family means and how caring for one another is the most important thing of all.

“Trying something different is what it’s all about and being a part of a kids show that’s so unique is as different as it gets for me,” said Timbaland. “I’m looking forward to speaking to the next generation and helping to make a difference.”

Big Blue is produced by Guru Studio, the powerhouse animation studio behind the global phenomenon PAW Patrol, the Netflix Original series True and the Rainbow Kingdom, and new series Pikwik Pack on Disney Junior and Hulu. The series will premiere exclusively in Canada on CBC Kids and will be available to stream on CBC Gem, CBC’s streaming service. Additional international broadcasters on board include Nickelodeon in the UK, ABC Me in Australia, CTC Kids in Russia, and NRK in Norway.

Timbaland is currently developing a brand new creative enterprise called Beatclub, a music marketplace and creator club which is a place for A-list producers to sell beats, sound packs and loops online. The new company aims to be the creative hub of the music industry.

About Guru Studio

Guru Studio is a creative-driven entertainment company renowned for creating, developing and producing internationally acclaimed and highly successful shows including its Emmy nominated Netflix Original series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom; PAW PatrolTM and Abby Hatcher produced in collaboration with

Spin Master and Nick Jr.; Mattel’s Ever After High; and its own two-time Emmy Award nominated preschool series Justin Time in association with Disney Junior. The company is currently producing original comedy-adventure series Big Blue with the CBC, and its newest preschool series Pikwik Pack airing on Disney Junior US. Guru Studio also contributed visual development on the Academy Award nominated animated feature The Breadwinner, which brought the rich ‘story world’ sequences to life. Led by President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone, Guru Studio is an industry leader in animated storytelling for kids of all ages.

About CBC Kids

CBC Kids’ mandate is to inform, enlighten and entertain Canadian kids from 2 to 13 and their caregivers on CBC TV, CBC GEM, and, as well as on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role is trengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.


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