Thursday, April 18, 2013

Upcoming Brand New Animated Nickelodeon Co-Production "Blake And The Aliens" Renamed As "Get Blake"; Former Klasky Csupo Executive Eryk Casemiro Joins France's Marathon Media As New Chief Creative Officer

The entertainment news website C21Media is reporting the Nickelodeon News that Nickelodeon's upcoming brand new animated series "Blake and the Aliens", a co-production between Nick USA, the French television production company Marathon Media ("Totally Spies!", "Gormiti"), the French children's television channel Gulli, and Game One, has been renamed and will be now called "Get Blake". The all-new animated series "Get Blake", 52 episodes x 13 minutes, will be about a 13-year-old boy named Blake, who one morning gets attacked by a trio of evil, alien squirrels who have been sent from the future to undermine Blake's self-esteem, ensuring he does not grow up to become the superhero Captain Blake, defender of the universe and their sworn enemy.

C21Media is also reporting in the same article that Marathon Media has appointed Eryk Casemiro, a former Klasky Csupo ("Rugrats", "The Wild Thornberrys") executive who was the senior Vice President (VP) of creative affairs for seven years at the multimedia entertainment production company until 2003, as the studios new chief creative officer:
Marathon hires new CCO

Marathon Media, the French company behind animated hits Totally Spies! and Gormiti, has appointed a new chief creative officer from the US.

Eryk Casemiro joins Marathon having previously worked as senior VP of creative affairs at Klasky Csupo (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys) for seven years until 2003, when he left to work as an independent producer on projects such as Olivia, The Mr Men Show and Poppy Cat.

He has relocated from the US to France for the Marathon role, which will see him manage the creative aspects of all current kids’ productions at the firm and lead its team of exec producers.

He will report to Vincent Chalvon-Demersay and David Michel, CEO and MD of Marathon Media respectively. “Eryk’s arrival is a logical move for Marathon Media as we are expanding our activities in LA with the recent greenlight of Get Blake,” said Chalvon-Demersay and Michel.

Get Blake is a coproduction between Marathon, Nickelodeon in the US, Gulli in France and Game One, described by Casemiro as “Terminator with squirrels.”

“It follows a teenage boy who becomes the target of alien squirrels who’ve come from the future to eliminate him,” Casemiro told C21. The comedy toon is aimed at six- to 11-year-olds.

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Also, from Kidscreen:
US producer to head up creative at Marathon

Zodiak Media-owned French animation company Marathon Media has tapped American Emmy Award-winning producer Eryk Casemiro to serve as chief creative officer for its Kids division.

Casemiro will manage the creative aspects of all current kids productions and will lead a team of executive producers. He will also be overseeing development and production opportunities for new content for children and families across all media platforms.

Casemiro’s development experience as a studio executive, writer, creator and producer spans more than 450 half-hours of television and four motion pictures. During his seven years as SVP of creative affairs at Klasky Csupo, Casemiro helped launch the Rugrats movie franchises, as well as television series including The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power and As Told By Ginger. Since then, he has written and produced children’s literary properties including Olivia, The Mr. Men Show and Poppy Cat.

His arrival in Paris is timed with Marathon’s expanding activities in L.A. The company recently got the green light for its first co-production with Nickelodeon US, Nickelodeon International, Gulli and Game One for the toon Get Blake, originally called Blake and the Aliens (pictured).

Tags: Eryk Casemiro, Marathon Media, Zodiak Media