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Mammoth Academy on TV!

April 8th, 2013


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NEWFLASH for all Mammoth Academy fans…

Sardine Productions partners with TVO to develop a MAMMOTH children’s series.

“Montreal-based Sardine Productions has signed a development deal with TVO, Ontario’s public educational media organization, to take The Mammoth Academy from a book series to a children’s television series.


“Woolly mammoths Oscar and Arabella, along with their many friends, embark on an exciting adventure when they start school at the one and only Mammoth Academy, where learning means mucking about and getting your paws, trunk, woolly hair and tail into the thick of things and deliciously dirty! Based on a series of books by British writer and illustrator Neal Layton, the project is certain to be a MAMMOTH experience in a 52 X 11 minute format.


“We’re excited to partner with Sardine Productions to develop The Mammoth Academy for pre-schoolers.” says Patricia Ellingson, TVO’s Creative Head of Children & Parent’s Media. “Mammoth is full of whimsy, heart and ‘makes you think.’ Every story encourages the audience to wonder, question and investigate the world around them.”


The Mammoth Academy is the kind of BIG project we like.” says Ghislain Cyr, President of Sardine Productions. “The Mammoth Academy has that rare combination of natural appeal and intrinsic value. Set in the Ice Age, it is nonetheless warm and fuzzy, and totally contemporary.”


“About Sardine Productions Inc.Founded in 2002 by Ghislain Cyr, Sardine Productions is a boutique animation production company dedicated to creating distinctive original content for both domestic and international markets. To learn more about Sardine Productions:


About TVOKids

“TVOKids exists to help Ontario’s 21st century learners be successful in school and in life. Developed for every kind of young learner and covering virtually all Ontario Curriculum areas for grades JK-5, TVO-produced children’s programs, web activities and mobile apps are built in collaboration with TVO’s on-staff educator and classroom-tested to ensure specific educational objectives are met. According to a 2011 Ipsos Reid poll, Ontarians rate TVOKids both the most trusted and most educational children’s media brand in Canada. TVOKids airs daily on TVO from 6 am to 7 pm. The award-winning is home to over 170 educational games and TVOKids offers a growing inventory of educational mobile apps for all platforms.


About TVO

“TVOis Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit”


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