BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Genius Brands International, Inc., a global brand management company dedicated to providing entertaining and enriching ‘content with a purpose’ for toddlers to tweens, announces the U.S. television premiere of its new animated children’s series, “Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab.”
The series has been produced in association with Georgia Public Broadcasting. Featuring comedy, adventure and hijinks as well as inspiring fun, “Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab” demonstrates that innovation can foster creativity, imagination, a can-do spirit and positive entrepreneurism. The 26x30 minute series begins airing on U.S. public television stations in April 2015 (check local listings).
“Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab is full of fun, comedy, exploration and adventure,” said Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO, GBI. “We’re showing kids how fun science can be and encouraging them to explore the limits of their imaginations.”
“We’re thrilled to present this fun and imaginative series that inspires kids’ natural curiosity while encouraging them to push conventional scientific and technological boundaries through experimentation,“ said Georgia Public Broadcasting President and CEO Teya Ryan.
The animated series follows Angie, a 12-year-old prodigy and her young science club who accidentally discover “Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab” – a ‘tricked out’ dream lab equipped with gizmos and gadgets, including two of Edison’s very last inventions: a hologram that brings Mr. Edison himself “to life,” and a virtual reality machine that lets them go anywhere. It even has a wacky (and slightly nervous) robot called Von Bolt, who becomes part of every adventure. In each of the episodes, Edison encourages and inspires the kids in scientific and technological explorations, including physical science, life science, earth science, space science and other fun and engaging areas.
Thomas Edison voiced by American singer, songwriter and Berklee College of Music Professor Livingston Taylor. Emmy-nominated writer Steve Banks (SpongeBob Square Pants) wrote the pilot episode; Grant Moran (Word Girl, New Adventures of the Magic School Bus) and Betsy McGowan (Senior VP Kids' WB!, co-creator Camp Lakebottom) are co-story editors; Emmy Award-winning Michael Maliani (Madeline,
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego) serves as co-producer and director; Kevin O’Donnell is the series co-creator; and Emmy Award-winning Mark Young (All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Tutenstein) serves as co-producer.
An academic team led by Professor Emeritus, Don Roberts of Stanford, and Dorothy Singer of Yale, have overseen the development, as well as the episodic content to ensure it meets E/I (educational and informational) standards.
Most importantly, "Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab" will be a fully immersive multi-media property that crosses a variety of platforms to entertain. An interactive website, digital applications, toys, games, electronics, in-school curriculum and more are all in development.