“OLIVER ROCK” – THE NEW COPRODUCTION FROM PLANETA JUNIOR, SONY MUSIC AND ISLA AUDIOVISUAL
Music plays a key role in this live-action series for 7-12 year olds which combines action with plenty of comedy
Barcelona, 15th July 2015
Planeta Junior, a leading European family entertainment company, producer Isla Audiovisual and multinational corporation Sony Music have joined forces to co-produce a live-action series that will bring children closer to the music their parents listen to. “Oliver Rock” is based on the peculiar universe of Oliver’s dreams – and this boy’s dreams sound like a rock band trapped inside a labyrinth. The series is designed for 7-12 year olds – few attractive projects are tailored to this segment.
Based on an original idea by Isla Audiovisual, “Oliver Rock” has strong visual appeal that blends a variety of styles with action, comedy and a lot of music-based attitude. The stars of the series are one of the best rock groups on the planet: “The Olivers”. Bravo is the superhero singer; Brinco plays acoustic guitar, Black Flash is crazy about street sport and Beta is an android. Together they have loads of adventures reflecting the interests and concerns of any tween. The Billy Boom Band stars in every episode. This real rock group is formed by the members of La Sonrisa de Julia, whose first album “Pasarlo Bien” (Good Times) is already on sale, and who will compose songs especially for the series.
Comprising 26 episodes of 22 minutes, the series has an innovative format that will include music videos, street sport, puppets and surprising digital effects to complement the adventures of the four heros.
“Oliver Rock” is the first live-action series produced by Planeta Junior. The company is responsible for marketing the series and its licenses worldwide, and presented the production at MipTV, where it was very warmly received. Sony Music, Isla Audiovisual and Planeta Junior will start production on “Oliver Rock” this sumer.
Ignacio Segura de Lassaletta, Director General at Planeta Junior, noted: “Although we have worked with music-based series, this is the first time we will co-produce a live-action series with this profile. I can’t think of better partners than Sony Music and Isla Audiovisual to create a format that I believe the market has been asking for for some time.”
José María Barbat, President of Sony Music Iberia remarked: “Music content for young audiences has been a strategic business area for Sony Music España for some time. When we discovered the Billy Boom Band and its TV incarnation – Oliver Rock, we immediately wanted to be part of this amazing adventure, through which we again hope to change the rules of the game.”
David García, Director General at Isla Audiovisual added “For Isla Audiovisual, “Oliver Rock” is a strategic project and an incredible adventure. And you need to have the best people on board your adventures. Our partners Planeta Junior and Sony Music are hard to beat. Together we are going to work to make “Oliver Rock” a benchmark for children’s content.”
Please find the first “Oliver Rock” images here: http://we.tl/uUaA5vPsQK
About Planeta Junior:
Planeta Junior is one of Europe’s leading companies providing entertainment for pre-school, children and family audiences. It focuses on producing and distributing animated series and the rights derived from these IP’s. The company has offices in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe. Since February 2014, Planeta Junior has managed TV rights, licenses and promotions for DreamWorks Animation. Planeta Junior also continues to invest in its own production, this year featuring series like Egyxos, Heidi 3D, Sendokai Champions, Bubble Bip and Mutant Buster among others. Find out more at www.planeta-junior.com.
About Isla Audiovisual:
Isla Audiovisual is a producer that believes in making different TV programmes with an international vocation. Series like Rabia (Rage) which is about to be launched on Mediaset, have already been optioned in the US. Isla also creates formats for the US market. Star Crossed was the first series in the US to be produced from a non-local format that was yet to be made. Pre-production will soon start on Blood Matters. Other Isla series such as Frágiles (Fragile), Impares (Odd Numbers) or La Pecera de Eva (Eva’s Fish Bowl) have also been optioned. La Lista Tonta (The Stupid List) has just been released on Comedy Central, with 2 million hits on Youtube.
About Sony Music Entertainment:
Sony Music Entertainment is an international music corporation with a wide portfolio of artists including local talent such as Abraham Mateo, Amaia Montero, Dani Martín, Estopa India Martínez, Leiva, LOVG, Macaco, Malú, Manolo García, Sabina or Serrat and international names like AC/DC, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Marc Anthony, One Direction, P!nk, Pharrell Williams, Ricky Martin, Romeo Santos and Shakira.
The company has an extensive catalogue that includes some of the most important recordings in music history (for example those by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley , Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston to name a few). Sony Music Entertainment groups together a series of first class record labels, representing all genres. These include Epic, Columbia, RCA and Legacy. Find out more at www.sonymusic.es.