New TV series focuses on social-emotional learning

HMH, WGBH partner to create TV, cross-platform learning series

social-learningHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and national public media producer WGBH today announced a co-production agreement for the creation of a television and cross-platform series based on the Gossie & Friends book series, published by HMH and written and illustrated by Olivier Dunrea.

HMH and WGBH will partner to pursue a domestic broadcasting arrangement for the series, as well as international co-production financing. The series will emphasize social emotional learning, which is a critical curriculum area for the preschool audience of two-to-five year olds.

With more than one million copies sold globally across all formats, the Gossie & Friends series is the story of a band of inquisitive goslings who navigate common childhood concerns, such as new siblings, sharing, and lost toys.

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Launched in 2002 with the publication of Gossie and Gossie & Gertie, the series has since grown to nineteen titles, has been reviewed by People Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the Huffington Post, among others, and been recommended by Parenting Magazine as a “must have” book for babies.

“This cross-media co-production arrangement – a first for HMH – underscores the Company’s expansion into children’s media production,” said CJ Kettler, Executive Vice President and Chief of Consumer Brands and Strategy for HMH. “Our position in the marketplace as an award-winning provider of acclaimed children’s books, as well as our early learning educational expertise, provides us with a unique advantage in children’s media and entertainment.”

“Bringing books to life through video and new media is a unique talent of our award-winning creators and children’s producers at WGBH,” said Brigid Sullivan, WGBH Vice President for Children’s and Educational Media. “We are delighted to bring the gentle and timeless world of Gossie and her friends to a broad audience of preschoolers, who, like these goslings, are experiencing first lessons in the art of friendship and thriving within a community.”

The Gossie & Friends television series will be developed by Carol Greenwald and Dorothea Gillim, executive producer of Curious George, with Gillim as executive producer.

“As one of our most celebrated children’s titles and characters, Gossie has brought joy to young learners all over the world,” added Gary Gentel, President, HMH Trade Publishing. “We are thrilled to extend the relationship we’ve enjoyed with WGBH on Curious George and Martha Speaks to a co-production partnership, bringing the world of Gossie & Friends to life in media.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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