Mr. Young, Justin Time head to Disney worldwide

Mr Young

Corus Entertainment-owned Nelvana Enterprises and Thunderbird Films have sold their live-action comedy series, Mr. Young (pictured), to Disney XD channels in the U.S. and around the world.

In addition to the U.S., the series will premiere this year in territories including the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience in Vancouver, Mr. Young stars Brendan Meyer as Adam Young, a whiz-kid-turned-teen-genius who, at the tender age of 14, is heading back to high school – as a teacher.

The series is produced by Thunderbird Films in association with Corus’ YTV and was created by Dan Signer, who also created Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm. and was previously senior writer and producer on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck.

Thunderbird Films has started production on a second season, bringing the total number of episodes to 52.

Meanwhile, Toronto prodco Guru Studio has inked a multi-territory deal for Justin Time.

The deal will bring the show to Disney Junior channels in Germany and Italy.  The 26 x 11-minute series launched on the newly minted Disney Junior in Australia and New Zealand this past June, and Disney Italy and Germany will launch the show this fall.

Discovery Kids Latin America, Discovery Familia in the U.S. and YLE Finland have also picked up the series for 2012.

Justin Time is fun storytelling full of adventure and friendship – these elements are very important to our Disney Junior audiences and we are very excited to have this show be part of our channel’s line up for both Italy and Germany,” said Patricia Hidalgo, VP, content and programming strategy Disney Channels EMEA, said in a statement.

The preschool-targeted show is created and developed by Brandon Scott, Frank Falcone and Mary Bredin. Season two is also currently entering production.

With files from Wendy Goldman Getzler, KidScreen Daily