‘JG and the BC Kids’ Starts Preproduction with Toonz Media Group, Elijah Rock Productions and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment to Inspire Children to Embrace Themselves and Others
Janet Hubert as Producer; Raven Goodwin to Voiceover;
Ron Myrick as Animation Director & Composer Wendell Hanes Of Volition Sound in NYC
June 24, 2020- Even before her son was born, actress and producer Janet Hubert knew that she would never find the kind of toys, accessories or even story narratives that truly reflected who he was. In a world where his identity was starkly under-represented, Hubert wanted to create something to inspire him, and millions of other kids like him. And so, JG & the BC Kidswas born.
Toonz Media Group (TMG), Elijah Rock Productions, and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment announced today that they have started preproduction on a feature length animated movie, which will be followed by a TV series.
The animated feature and series follows Janet Granite aka JG, a super intelligent and athletic scientist and inventor who travels the world to find special kids. JG shows these special kids to be confident about who they are, no matter what they look like or what their interests are. A group of talking dinosaurs with their own superpowers helps her as she works with these kids and fights off the evil Dr. Zandor who wants to control Earth. JG & the BC Kids encourages kids to embrace differences, to find their own strengths, and to be confident and courageous in life.
Signed aboard the project so far is a talented and award-winning team:
Actor, writer, producer and director Ericka Nicole Malone (Executive Producer) and Philip Robinson are co-producing JG and the BC Kids along with Toonz. Malone was the inspiration for Hubert to bring JG back to the forefront. Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment stands for principle and family values and in JG and the BC Kids, that is what she saw. Malone is an African American mom who knows first-hand the need for more products for ethnic children.
P. Jayakumar, Chief Executive Officer of Toonz Media Group, says the studio is very excited to partner with actor, producer and creator Janet Hubert and Ericka Nicole MaloneEntertainment: “We feel it is high time that such stories were told, especially when the world is striving to move towards greater equality and justice. The targeted age group for this series is also important, as these are the formative years when children pick up and nurture values for life. We are thrilled to partner with Janet Hubert to bring to life this film and TV series.”
Ms. Hubert emphasized that the series will reflect diversity in the real sense and will have characters from many ethnicities: “I knew that Toonz would be the perfect partners to understand and bring to life, JG who is a strong and super smart character. You can be both. It is past time to bring street smart kids and booksmart kids together to create ‘life smart’ kids and do it in a fun, exciting way.”
About Elijah Rock Productions
Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment is led by Ericka Malone, who has written, directed, and produced more than 9 stage plays through her production company, including her smash stage play In Love with Tyrone. Ericka has also produced a sitcom pilot Ward of the State, starring Janet Hubert.
About Toonz Media Group
Toonz is a 360-degree media powerhouse with over two decades of unparalleled experience and one of Asia’s most active animation production studios (over 10,000 minutes of 2D and CGI kids and family content per year). Toonz, having worked with many of the leading entertainment studios, channels and networks including Marvel, Nickelodeon, Turner, Disney, Netflix, Dreamworks, Lionsgate