Pukeko Pictures has signed a first look deal with Michael Polis through his Los Angeles-based Atomic Toybox production company for the development of new children's television projects for the global market.
In addition, Polis will develop and work with Pukeko to secure broadcast and co-production deals for new and pre-existing Pukeko Pictures’ children's properties.
A proven senior level strategist and producer specializing in brands and intellectual property, Polis has significant expertise in marketing, licensing and property development, having created content for some of the world’s most celebrated brands. As the former president of W!ldbrain Entertainment and executive vice president of branded entertainment and consumer products at DHX Media, he created and executive Produced "Umigo," a trans-media property developed to teach math and literacy skills. In addition, he served as executive producer on key productions including "Yo Gabba Gabba!" for Nickelodeon as well as projects for HBO, Disney and Mattel.
Pukeko Pictures, together with ITV Studios, is currently in production on "Thunderbirds Are Go," a remake of the classic series originally produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson that will debut on ITV and CITV in 2015.
“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Michael, a well-connected and respected leader in the children’s television industry," says Andrew Smith, chief executive officer, Pukeko Pictures. "Together with Michael we look forward to continued success in creating high-quality, globally recognized children’s television brands.”