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Animation series ‘Jonny JetBoy’ flies for iQiyi and Wildbrain

Chinese video streaming company iQiyi has teamed up with Canadian company Wildbrain to co-produce the children’s animated series “Jonny Jetboy”. The series was conceived by Keith Chapman, creator of “PAW Patrol” and “Bob The Builder” and will run for an initial forty 11-minute episodes.

The story follows Jonny Jones, the youngest member of a family of heroes, as he learns to become a superhero like his JetForce family. They pledged to protect the high-tech city Calamity Canyon from its many villains. Jonny wields a JetGlove and is the fastest member of the force, but often struggles to control his special powers.

The agreement marks the first global partnership for original Chinese intellectual property entered into by WildBrain’s dedicated team in Shanghai. Now underway, production is taking place at Chinese animation studio WingSing with WildBrain as supervisor. Delivery is scheduled for 2023.

The Canadian company also handles global distribution and licensing outside of Greater China.

Chapman, Michael Vogel (“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and WildBrain’s new Strawberry Shortcake series, “Berry in the Big City”) and WingSing’s Lu Jinming (“GG Bond”) are credited as executive producers.

“Previously, iQIYI and WildBrain collaborated mainly on content acquisition. ‘Jonny Jetboy’ marks the collaboration of the creative scene for both parties. With international and domestic first-class teams, as well as WildBrain’s strength in international distribution and licensing in the global market, this is a key step for iQIYI in building internationally recognized intellectual property,” said Yang Xiaoxuan, Vice President of iQiyi.

Both companies expect to be able to leverage each other’s capabilities in production, distribution and consumer products.

iQiyi is China’s second-largest conventional video broadcaster with over 100 million paying subscribers according to its latest quarterly report. The company recently laid off a significant portion of its staff and industry reports indicate it may scale back its expansion program in Asia. But he continues to launch new shows.

Wildbrain has a content library of 13,000 half-hours of filmed entertainment, including the brands “Peanuts”, “Teletubbies”, “Yo Gabba Gabba! Caillou”, “Inspector Gadget”, “Johnny Test” and “Degrassi”. Its Vancouver studios produce series such as “The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space,” “Chip & Potato,” “Carmen Sandiego,” and “Go, Dog.” Go!” He also operated four television stations.