High-quality kids programming that is non-violent, thoughtful and inclusive.

Good Fun for Kids

 

From 6am to 6pm daily, Knowledge Kids is the destination in BC for an outstanding line-up of high-quality, commercial-free programming for children aged 2-8.

 

Across the kids’ schedule, our programming aims to support the cognitive, social and emotional development of young learners by covering a range of subject areas, including:

  • Language and literacy.
  • Numeracy/math.
  • Science (observation, classification, inquiry, core concepts).
  • Movement, music and the arts.
  • Personal development (empathy, tolerance, coping skills, self-expression).
  • Problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Healthy lifestyles.

What We Look For

We take pride in offering high-quality television that is non-violent, thoughtful and inclusive. Beyond entertainment, we look for programming with learning goals that are age-appropriate and integral to the series concept and storylines. Producers may require input from an educational advisor to ensure those learning goals are realized in the research, writing or design of the series. Producers are also encouraged to develop companion materials and activities for use on the website to extend the experience of the series online.

Our mix of programming includes different forms of animation, stop motion, live action and mixed media. We look for series with a large number of episodes (minimum 26 to 65). We do not pre-license one-off shorts.

For program examples, visit knowledgekids.ca.


What We Look For in Digital Media

Producers wishing to access Knowledge’s Canada Media Fund (CMF) Performance Envelope for children’s series must also propose a digital media component that qualifies under the CMF’s “rich and substantial” guidelines.

Knowledge will consider proposals for games, immersive worlds, alternate realities or other interactive activities. Our preference is to integrate the rich media component within our own children’s website*, however we will consider externally-hosted models.

*NOTE: we are currently rebuilding our kids website to accommodate new content.

Knowledge-supported digital content should:

  • Support the learning goals of the television series.
  • Be age-appropriate, challenging and fun.
  • Be intuitive and simple to navigate, even without an adult’s help.
  • Be free from any requirements to collect personal information from its users.
  • See proposal checklist for submission requirements.

Financing

Knowledge does not provide development funding for children’s programming. Because Knowledge is a regional broadcaster, producers must secure a broadcast commitment from other Canadian regional broadcasters or from a Canadian national broadcaster to complete their financing in Canada. Proposals may be submitted once development is complete and a producer has received an expression of interest from other Canadian broadcasters. Knowledge will consider proposals wholly controlled by Canadian independent producers or the Canadian partner on an international treaty co-production which result in a series that qualifies as Canadian content.


Children Submissions

Television Component

  • Project bible.
  • Episode outlines and/or sample script.
  • Financing plan.
  • Budget top sheet.
  • Proposed production schedule.
  • Resumes of key creative personnel.
  • Animation sample, demo or pilot (as available).

Digital Media Component

  • Project Synopsis: outline the digital media concept and features and how they underpin the learning values of the television series.
  • Technology: outline the technology that is being used to build and deploy the project.
  • Key Contributors: identify your digital media development partner(s) and their relevant experience.
  • Budget and Financing: provide a budget and propose a financing plan as per CMF requirements.
Producers wishing to access Knowledge’s CMF envelope for children’s series must also propose a digital media component that qualifies under the CMF’s “rich and substantial” guidelines.

Contact

Phone: 604.431.3226
Email: kids@knowledge.ca
Website: knowledgekids.ca


Submission

We request two versions of your proposal:

1. Digital version emailed to: producers@knowledge.ca

2. Hardcopy version sent to:
Knowledge
Programming Department
4355 Mathissi Place
Burnaby, BC
Canada V5G 4S8

 

For more information, download:

Children's Proposal Checklist