TBN and Big Idea Content Group announced at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, they will partner to produce all new and original episodes of VeggieTales, the leading children's faith-based property. Coming to TBN Fall 2019, each episode will remain true to the classic VeggieTales brand to deliver clever storytelling, biblically-based lessons, and memorable songs. Big Idea Content Group is part of UPHE Content Group, a repertoire center of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The first new VeggieTales episode will be a Christmas special that will premiere during the holiday season on TBN and distributed on DVD and Digital download by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the new Christmas special Bob and Larry and the entire VeggieTalescrew bring a fresh and new story of the promise of Christmas: God With Us. Other new episodes will explore beloved Bible stories and lessons, including a nine-episode series on the fruits of the Spirit, as well as new adventures starring beloved super-hero characters, LarryBoy and the League of Incredible Vegetables. VeggieTales is distinguished as the most successful faith-based children's franchise of all time.
Original creators, Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, will reprise their respective roles as the voices of "Bob the Tomato," and "Larry the Cucumber." Vischer and Nawrocki will also join the creative team led by showrunner Todd Waterman (Mulan, Transformers Prime). The episodic series will provide VeggieTales content through 2021.
Big Idea Content Group and TBN are working together to launch the new episodes on the TBN broadcast channel and all other media platforms. Together with their teams, they will develop a comprehensive and extensive marketing plan to support domestic and international distribution.
"TBN is excited to partner with Big Idea Content Group to bring new life to a much-loved children's brand," said Tom Newman, Head of Development and Production, TBN. "These all new episodes will re-introduce VeggieTales to existing fans and remind new ones the importance of presenting biblical values through high-quality children's entertainment."
TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television worldwide through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. As part of their expansion, TBN will leverage the new VeggieTales episodes across their multiple platforms.
About the Trinity Broadcasting Network
Trinity Broadcasting Network is the world's largest and most watched faith-and-family broadcaster, reaching over 175 nations across the earth with inspirational and entertaining programming 24 hours a day in 14 languages and on 32 global networks. As the world's most influential non-profit religious broadcaster, TBN has led the way in expanding the impact of faith-based television across the earth through the creation of innovative content designed to reach every viewer demographic with the life-changing message of hope and grace. To find out more about the TBN Networks, visit us at www.tbn.org.
VeggieTales® is distinguished as the most successful faith-based children's franchise of all time and is a leading animated property in the US with moms of preschoolers. VeggieTales® has an incredible franchise history having sold 75+ million videos, 16 million books, 7 million CDs and 80M music
streams. VeggieTales® enjoyed four seasons as a top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the Qubo® children's programming block. The property's two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), rank as top performing children's films. Currently airing VeggieTales in the House is an Emmy nominated original Netflix series.
About UPHE Content Group
Headquartered in London, UPHE Content Group is a repertoire center of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis. UPHE Content Group is part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment.