TORONTO HAS BEEN A MAJOR PRODUCTION CENTRE FOR KIDS’ TELEVISION – SINCE AT LEAST THE 1960’S

<POLKAROO from Polka Dot Door, TVOntario>

For decades, children around the world have been watching television produced in TORONTO. From the days of DeGrassi and TVO’s Polka Dot Door, to the CBC’s new Studio K, animators, writers, directors and producers have been turning out quality kids’ television series.

<KID’S DAY/2018 at the CBC Broadcasting Centre, July 18/2018>

Among the players – CORUS Entertainment, which envelopes YTV and Nelvana

Independent production companies such as Sinking Ship and Radical Sheep.

Broadcast pioneers – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and TVOntario, known for the daily CBC Kids and TVO Kids.

Mr. Rogers got his start at the CBC. In the 1960’s he appeared for the first time, on camera, in an early Canadian prototype for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Goosebumps, The Big Comfy Couch, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock were all made at least partially in TORONTO. So are today’s Annedroids, Paw Patrol & Super Why.

CENTENNIAL COLLEGE is home to a children’s media program – the only one of its kind in Canada. The college hosts the 7-year-old Children’s Entertainment and Media Centre for research on kids’ tv content. Centennial’s NATE HOROWITZ says “(Canadian) products tend to be not-so-much sweet cereal-driven or consumer-driven . . . and I think that’s what the industry here is about.”

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