Local governments and communities in Ontario, Canada have an opportunity to improve on and build new public play spaces through a kid fueled reality TV show. GIVER is now queuing up for its third season. Co-produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment – makers of the smash hit Dino Dan and other critically acclaimed children’s titles – this show is hands on design, community engagement, team building and leadership development.
TVO, Ontario’s public broadcaster, is airing simple, authentic community stories that demonstrate what kids are capable of accomplishing given the opportunity. Each episode ends with the celebration of new play opportunities. It’s a format that’s worked well the first two seasons and resulted in some industry recognition.
2013 Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence
• Winner – “Best Television Program, All Genres, Ages 6-8”: Giver
• Nomination – “Best Convergent Website”: Giver-tv.com
PlayGroundology first checked in on GIVER as it was getting out of the gates in season one. Now that the show is established, we’re hoping there will be an expansion beyond Ontario and into other provinces perhaps even other countries.
In the meantime, we’re happy to help producer Kristen McGregor spread the word. Applications/Calls for Submissions for interested Ontario communities close on March 1. Don’t miss the boat!
Season two of GIVER begins airing April 30 on TVO.