Global family mega-hit maker Kenn Viselman (Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine) has announced a partnership with Mondo TV Studios, part of Mondo TV Group, for an exclusive partnership in the United States and Canada for its award-winning world-wide phenomenon MeteoHeroes, which has already sold into 144 countries and 22 languages.
On April 22, 2022, the MeteoHeroes will make their broadcast debut on PBS with an Earth Day Special. Combined with a companion series, Real Superheroes Don’t Wear Capes, executive-produced by Kenn Viselman, MeteoHeroes is planned to premiere in late summer 2022 on PBS.
Based on a series of books, MeteoHeroes is among the most successful Cartoonito children’s series of all time in Italy, and is popular around the globe. The world premiere of the second season of MeteoHeroes (52 episodes x 13′) will air on Cartoonito in Italy in April 2022.
MeteoHeroes, which recently came in first place at the 30th annual Kids First! Film Festival, is about a group of six pint-sized superheroes, each of whom represents a different continent and a different natural element. Working in tandem to fight climate change disasters, our fearless heroes go to battle to save our planet, using their own unique superhuman abilities that can control weather phenomena.
With humour and respect for its audience, the series sends the important message to children that you don’t need superpowers to save the world. MeteoHeroes is the only children’s series dedicated entirely to climate and environmental issues. Each episode focuses on issues related to ecology and respect for nature.
North American distribution and marketing for both the series and its first collaboration, videogame MeteoHeroes – Saving Planet Earth for Sony PlayStation, will be managed by Kenn Viselman’s itsy bitsy Entertainment Company (TibECo) in partnership with the show’s co-producers Mondo TV S.p.A and leading weather forecasting centre Meteo Operations Italia (MOPI). Viselman will also personally serve as showrunner and executive producer of the Americanised version of the series for a North American audience. This deal was brokered in 2021 by media executive Emilia Nuccio.
Maria Bonaria Fois, CEO of Mondo TV Studios, says: “Kenn Viselman has an unmatched reputation for finding, building and developing hit brands and shows in the North American market. His insights into production, distribution, marketing, and brand development will, we are sure, bring MeteoHeroes success in one of the biggest and most competitive kids’ markets in the world. And, of course, he loves the show! We’re delighted to be working with Kenn.”
“In over three decades of working in the world of children’s and family entertainment I have never seen a reaction to a kids’ series like I have with MeteoHeroes – and I’ve seen some pretty huge reactions,” says Kenn Viselman. “The success of the series is its ability to help families deal with children’s increasing climate anxiety and give the audience hope while speaking to them in a fun and honest way. There is no issue more urgent or germane to children’s lives than climate change, and the message that a superhero lives in each of us with the capacity to change the world is one I am thrilled and honoured to shout from the rooftops.”