The Skinner Boys animated series for Nine

A new kids animation has been picked up by Nine.

The Skinner Boys, based on an original creation by Australian artist Steve Lyons, is a 26 x 30 minute animated adventure from SLR Productions (Gasp!, Deadly).

After world explorer Augustus Skinner dies his three young teen grandsons have inherited the a mansion and its contents. But Grandfather Skinner also left them a big surprise – they are now Guardians of the Lost Secrets… a collection of unique artefacts across the world that possess incredible powers. A fourth Guardian, teenage cousin Tara may be their biggest challenge of all.

Nine has partnered with SRTL (Germany), Telegael, Top Draw Animation and Home Plate Entertainment. The series will be distributed internationally by ZDF Enterprises.

Executive Producer and CEO of SLR Productions, Suzanne Ryan said, “I am thrilled to be working with the Nine Network Australia and SRTL on this dynamic animated series in conjunction with co-production partners Telegael and Top Draw Animation. We have top line partners joining us for The Skinner Boys including Home Plate Entertainment which will undoubtedly ensure the success of the series internationally as well as its relevance to the demographic. Based on an original Australian creation by artist Steve Lyons, The Skinner Boys has a great balance of artistic talent from across the globe and will bring what we feel is strong and universal appeal.”

Executive Producer, Drama of Nine Network Australia, Jo Rooney said, “We are pleased to be again working with Suzanne Ryan and the team at SLR Productions. Following the success of previous partnerships with SLR Productions on the animated series Gasp! and Deadly, we are excited to collaborate on this adventure comedy show. SLR Productions has a strong track record of delivering quality animated children’s programmes and The Skinner Boys will be a great addition to the line-up of shows Nine Network offers its C Drama audience.”

Melanie Alexander will serve as Script Producer with Jo Boag as Creative Director and Pablo de la Torre lands his first appointment as Animation Director for SLR Productions.

The series is expected to be completed by 2014.

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