Created by TV veterans Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg, Esme & Roy is nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards this year; and recently won a 2019 Kidscreen Award for Best New Preschool Series.
Esme & Roy, the award-winning original animated series, is returning for a second season. Produced by Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated content, and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the new season (26 x 11-minutes) and a special (1 x 22-minutes) will air on Treehouse in Canada and HBO in the U.S. in early 2020.
“Since its debut, Esme & Roy has sparked strong emotional connections with kids and families around the world for its exceptional storytelling, brilliant animation, and loveable characters,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana Enterprises. “With a second season greenlit, and a wave of international distribution deals, we’re delighted to build on the momentum of Esme & Roy and present an all-new season with our incredible partners at Sesame Workshop.”
Season 2 of Esme & Roy continues to invite children into a colourful world where even the littlest monsters can overcome big challenges. In every episode, monster-sitters Esme and Roy help younger monsters through familiar situations – trying new foods, feeling scared during loud thunderstorms, and more – through play and mindfulness strategies. Infectious humour, imaginative design, and expressive voice talent, including Millie Davis (Wonder, Odd Squad) and Patrick McKenna (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs [series], Hotel Transylvania: The Series), bring the world of Esme & Roy to vibrant life.
“As Sesame Workshop celebrates Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary this year, we continue our legacy of innovation with more content in production than ever before,” said Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Educational Media and Licensing, North America, Sesame Workshop. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Nelvana on a new season of the beautifully-animated Esme & Roy and look forward to bringing even more laughter and learning to viewers worldwide.”
Distributed internationally by Nelvana outside the U.S., Season 1 of Esme & Roy was recently picked up by ARD and ZDF’s joint children’s channel KiKA in Germany alongside other key networks, including: Disney Junior Southeast Asia, covering 15 territories including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong; NRK in Norway; SVT in Sweden; YLE in Finland; Minimini in Poland; HOP in Israel; and DKids in the Middle East and North Africa.