Amazon Freevee greenlights family-friendly series from Sinking Ship, eOne

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Live-action dramedy Beyond Black Beauty and competition series Play-Doh Squished will both air on the AVOD’s free streaming service in 2023.

A mazon’s Freevee AVOD platform (formerly IMDB TV) has greenlit coming-of-age dramedy Beyond Black Beauty and unscripted series Play-Doh Squished (pictured above) as part of its content slate for 2023.

Beyond Black Beauty is a copro between Amazon Studios, Toronto’s Sinking Ship Entertainment and Toronto-based Leif Films. It will be executive produced by Pilar Golden for Amazon Freevee; Leif Bristow and Agnes Bristow (A Tail of Love) for Leif Films; and J.J. Johnson (This is Daniel Cook) and Carla de Jong (Odd Squad: Mobile Unit) for Sinking Ship.

Meanwhile, Play-Doh Squished is a family competition series that Amazon Studios is co-producing with Entertainment One, Hosted by exec producer Sarah Hyland, it will feature teams of families and friends participating in physical and creative challenges using Play-Doh products.

Tara Long and Will Erb of eOne are exec producing with Hyland, and showrunners Allison Berkley (Earth to Ned) and Briana Vowels (American Ninja Warrior Junior) are already on board.

Based on the classic novel by Anna Sewell, Beyond Black Beauty follows aspiring Olympic equestrian Jolie Dumont as she struggles to adapt to a new lifestyle after moving to her mother’s childhood home in Baltimore. When she develops a bond with a spirited black horse named Beauty, Jolie begins to embrace life on the ranch, and ultimately discovers the true value of family and home.

Story by Cole Watson

This story originally appeared in Kidscreen