Picture Box picks up Guardians: Evolution

The Canadian distributor is shopping the sci-fi stop-motion animated series for kids (pictured) at MIPCOM, along with factual series Selling Big.
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Picture Box Distribution Inc. has acquired stop-motion series Guardians: Evolution, which the distributor is shopping at MIPCOM this week.

Guardians: Evolution is produced by Karma Film, the producer behind the Gemini Award-winning, animated children’s series Wapos Bayfor the Aboriginal People Television Network (APTN).

Guardians: Evolution follows a group of young teens as they wake up from a deep cryogenic sleep to discover that civilization has been destroyed and they are 41 million years into the future.

Six half-hour episodes, aimed at kids aged six to nine years old will be airing on the network this fall.

“We think the sci-fi storyline married with the unique stop-motion look of the series will be of great interest to the international marketplace,” said Kate Sanagan, partner and director at Picture Box, in a statement.

Guardians: Evolution is produced in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan by Anand Ramayya, Doug Cuthand, Dennis Jackson and Melanie Jackson. The show was inspired by a short story written by Dennis Jackson when he was in high school.

Picture Box is also launching factual series Selling Big in Cannes. The 13-episode half-hour series goes behind the scenes of big equipment auctions. The producers were given access to the world’s leading auctioneer of large equipment, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, and will feature the colourful characters and bidding wars behind the purchase of industrial machinery that had $1 billion in sales in Canada last year, according to a release from Picture Box.

Selling Big is a great take on the transactional genre,” said Sanagan in a statement. “It’s Mighty Machines for adults.” The series is produced by Mountain Road Productions in association with Blue Ant Media.

Picture Box Distribution,  headed up by Marilyn Kynaston and Kate Sanagan, has offices in Vancouver and Toronto.