PBS Kids greenlights 9 Story’s Xavier Riddle

The animated series is based on author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos' Ordinary People book series.

PBS Kids has greenlit the animated kids series, Xavier Riddle & the Secret Museum (74 x 11 minutes), produced by 9 Story Media’s Brown Bag Films in Toronto.

Based on author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos’ book series Ordinary People Change the World, the series follows Xavier Riddle and friends as they go on adventures and meet real-life historical figures when they were kids. It’s aimed at kids aged four to seven.

In addition to the show’s first season, Xavier Riddle & the Secret Museum will also have accompanying interstitial content and a one-hour special.

Exec producers on the project include Meltzer, Eliopoulos, 9 Story CEO Vince Commisso, Fonda Synder and Rob Weisbach. The series is directed by Peg + Cat‘s Cory Bobiak, while Dino Dan‘s Meghan Read will serve as executive story editor.

9 Story Distribution International holds the worldwide rights to the series (excluding Canada), while 9 Story Brands is handling global licensing and merchandising rights.

Xavier Riddle & the Secret Museum is scheduled to debut on PBS Kids linear and digital platforms in fall 2019. The show’s pilot episode will debut at MipJunior in Cannes later this month.

In May, Scholastic Entertainment announced it was teaming up with New York-based 100 Chickens and 9 Story/Brown Bag to reboot Clifford The Big Red Dog. The 29-episode series is set to bow on Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids next fall.

9 Story Media Group purchased Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films in 2015. The following year it added an an international distribution arm based out of Brown Bag’s Dublin office. Finally, in late 2017, 9 Story officially brought its Toronto studio under the Brown Bag banner.