Breakthrough Entertainment and Buccaneer Media to Produce New Live-Action Series ‘Ride’ For Nickelodeon and YTV

(London/ Toronto – 9th March 2016) Leading international content production companies Breakthrough Entertainment and Buccaneer Media announced today an Anglo-Canadian co-production agreement with Nickelodeon and YTV in Canada to create a brand new live-action series.

‘Ride’ (20 x 30’) follows the adventures of Katherine “Kit” Bridges when she and her Dad, Rudy, move to England for his new job at Covington Academy, an elite equestrian boarding school.  Life at a new school is never easy – particularly when you are afraid to ride – but Kit will be able to handle any challenge she faces thanks to her new friend, TK….who just so happens to be the most stubborn and difficult horse at the Academy.

‘Ride’ was created by writers Jill Girling (‘Life with Derek’, ‘Satisfaction’) and Lori Mather-Welch (‘Would be Kings’, ‘Queer As Folk’).

Executive Producers for Canada’s Breakthrough Entertainment are Joan Lambur, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Michael McGuigan, Nat Abraham and Shelley Scarrow and Executive Producer for UK based Buccaneer Media is Tony Wood.

“We love having YTV and Nickelodeon as our broadcast partners on ‘Ride’.” said Joan Lambur, Breakthrough Entertainment’s Executive Vice President, Family Entertainment and Executive Producer. “They both share Breakthrough and Buccaneer’s vision for the series which has made this a wonderful collaboration.”

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Joan and the Breakthrough Entertainment team on ‘Ride’. I’m also delighted to be working with Nickelodeon on another major kid’s live action series after the success of ‘House of Anubis’”’ said Buccaneer Media CEO Tony Wood.

“With amazing partners like Breakthrough Entertainment and Buccaneer Media, we are able to tap into new talent, develop globally and jointly create fresh content for kids everywhere,” said Bronwen O’Keefe, SVP, Live Action – Development & Production.

“We love the fish out of water story about a young North American girl, Kit,  trying to fit in at an elite British equestrian school all while a mystery begins to unravel, ” said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. “YTV viewers will marvel at the eclectic cast, the stunning scenery and the majestic horses.”

“Lori, Jill and I want to thank YTV and Nickelodeon for their amazing support.”
said Shelley Scarrow, Executive Producer and Showrunner.

‘Ride’ comes on the heels of Breakthrough’s last successful collaboration with Nickelodeon and YTV, the popular tween series ‘Max & Shred.’ One of their most recent productions to air on YTV in Canada was the beloved family movie ‘Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables’ starring Martin Sheen.

‘Ride’ is Buccaneer Media’s latest major commission and first kid’s live-action production. Tony Wood, one of the UK’s most successful drama producers, was previously Executive Producer on Nickelodeon’s hit live-action mystery drama series ‘House of Anubis’. The company is currently in production with ‘Marcella’, writer Hans Rosenfeldt’s (‘The Bridge’) first English language drama series, for ITV.

For further information on Buccaneer Media please contact Justin Crosby at Boom! PR on +44 (0) 203 176 6688/ +44 (0) 7966 228361 Justin@boomdialogue.com

Please contact: Sue Baldaro at Sue Baldaro Public Relation for information on Breakthrough Entertainment at 647.802.0739 sue.baldaro@sympatico.ca

About Breakthrough Entertainment
Headquartered in Toronto, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. (BEI) is a world class studio, a leading global producer and distributor of acclaimed primetime comedy and drama series, as well as factual entertainment, documentaries, television movies, feature films, family entertainment and children’s animation. As one of Canada’s largest television production and distribution companies, BEI has licensed programs to major broadcasters worldwide.  A vertically-integrated entertainment studio, Breakthrough is involved in worldwide distribution as well as pre-sales, co-productions and third-party acquisitions.  In addition, Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks among one of the industry’s most respected producers of high quality digital entertainment including ebooks, webisodes and online and mobile games. www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow us on Twitter @breakthru_ent.

About Buccaneer Media
Buccaneer Media is an innovative and diverse content production company set up by Tony Wood, one of the UK’s most successful drama producers, in 2013.
Responsible for some of the UK’s most talked about television brands, Tony Wood was producer on scripted hits including ‘Coronation Street’. He is perhaps best known for being co creator of the British structured reality mega hit ‘The Only Way is Essex’. Headquartered in London, Buccaneer Media is committed to commercial work of excellence and volume in the fields of drama, reality, comedy and children’s programming. At its core, each genre is defined by high quality storytelling and a profound insight into character; this runs throughout all of our work. Buccaneer Media is creating high quality addictive television in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Germany. Current and recent Buccaneer Media productions include ‘Desi Rascals’, Sky Living’s first unscripted drama series and ‘Marcella’ for ITV. Buccaneer Media is also currently developing a TV series based in the UK Sci-Fi movie ‘Robot Overlords’.
Buccaneer Media is a partnership with Canada’s Cineflix Media.
http://buccaneermedia.com/ Follow @BuccaneerMedia on Twitter.

Ride Photo: Pictured: JOSH (Jonny Gray), ANYA (Rameet Rauli), WILL (Oliver Dench), KIT (Kendra Timmins), NAV (Manuel Pacific) and ELAINE (Alana Boden) in RIDE on Nickelodeon and YTV. Matthias Sebastian Clamer/Nickelodeon. © 2016 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.