Nickelodeon International and Network 10 have announced their first-ever partnership, greenlighting live-action TV show Taylor’s Island (working title).
The show will be produced by Fremantle with significant production investment from Screen Australia, and premiere across Nickelodeon channels globally in early 2022.
Nordic Entertainment Group is also a partner to the agreement, and will premiere Taylor’s Island as an exclusive Viaplay Original on the Viaplay streaming service in Nordic and Baltic markets.
Taylor’s Island, a twenty x twenty-minute action comedy filmed in Queensland follows Taylor Young, a girl who is fascinated by the phenomena surrounding a mysterious island after her uncle disappeared there.
With a gang of friends including Nori, a wisecracking local rebel; Meesha, a tough-as-nails thrill seeker; Ellis, a hypochondriac and born worrier; and Taylor’s stepsister Lila, an aspiring vlogger, Taylor is determined to get to the bottom of the secrets and inexplicable events of the island.
Jules Borkent, Executive Vice President, Kids & Family, ViacomCBS Networks International, said, “this new partnership marks our first non-preschool Australian scripted live-action production for Nickelodeon channels around the world.”
“As we continue to diversify our kids content pipeline, this is an exciting time for us to team up with ViacomCBS’s own Network 10 to bring new content to kids everywhere.”
Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer & EVP, ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand, said “we are thrilled to be announcing our first partnership with Nickelodeon International to create Taylor’s Island.”
“This new original live-action series further cements our commitment to premium children’s content. It will be a fantastic addition and complement our diverse, entertaining and accessible slate of children’s programming already available on Network 10’s free to air channel, 10 Shake.”
Screen Australia’s Head of Content Sally Caplan said, “we’re thrilled to support this compelling and imaginative children’s series from the experienced team at Fremantle and an exciting group of established and emerging Australian writers.”
“With its playful storylines and diverse cast of characters, I’m confident it will engage young audiences here and around the world.”
The news follows Nickelodeon International’s recent production partnerships in markets like China with Deer Squad, a co-production with iQiyi; Israel with Spyders, Nickelodeon International’s first original co-production with Ananey Studios; and India with The Twisted Timeline of Sammy & Raj, the brand’s first collaboration with Viacom18.
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