Ahead of season one premieres, the premium unscripted kids and family series has been greenlit and gone into production.
Marblemedia has announced that season two of "All-Round Champion", its premium, unscripted kids and family series, has been greenlit and gone into production. This news comes ahead of the season one premieres of "All-Round Champion" on BYUtv in the US on 19th March and on TVO in Canada on 25th March. The series will also air on Canada’s Knowledge Network this summer.
Marblemedia acquired the format rights for a North American version of "All-Round Champion" from Beta Film. It was originally created by NRK in Norway, where, as "Best I Mest", it was hugely successful, winning a Prix Jeunesse as well as an International Emmy Kids Award for Non-Scripted Entertainment.
Matt Hornburg, Marblemedia’s co-CEO and executive producer of "All-Round Champion" comments: “We immediately saw something very special in this format, so are delighted that our partners at BYUtv and TVO Kids agree and have had the confidence to greenlight season two well ahead of the season one premieres. At a time when the world view seems to be that teenagers are glued to their devices this series reveals the passion and dedication that young people can bring to sport and shows just what can be achieved if you try something new.”
Michael Dunn from BYUtv says: “With inspiring young athletes, world-class sports stars, exciting competition, and edge-of-seat sporting tension, 'All-Round Champion' will be enjoyable viewing for all the family. We are proud to make an early commitment to a second season and hope that it continues to be successful for years to come. The format brings the best out of these talented children, allowing their characters to shine and celebrating their generosity of spirit towards each other. I am hopeful that, amongst other things, the show will encourage more kids and their families to try new activities.”
Marney Malabar, director of TVO kids adds: “Viewers look to TVO kids for programming that’s positive and educational. With its celebration of sportsmanship, resilience, and mentorship, 'All-Round Champion' is perfectly aligned with our values. We’re so excited for our audience to experience it!”
YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE SPORTS
Hosted by Canadian Olympian and World Champion hurdler, Perdita Felicien, "All-Round Champion" (11x60’) is an inspirational and feel-good challenge series that features ten of North America’s most celebrated young athletes competing in each other’s sports. Rising stars aged 12-15 from sports as diverse as swimming, golf, and gymnastics, test their abilities in a new discipline in every episode and score points based on skill, sportsmanship, and general improvement over the series. Each week, they’ll receive coaching from a major sporting star, such as American gymnast Alicia Sacramone Quin, who’ll help them overcome their fears and provide tips and help with technique. The non-elimination format sees all ten young sporting stars remain until the final episode when scores are added up and one athlete is declared the All-Round Champion.
In season two, also 11x60’, the focus has shifted to 10 winter sports, all different activities from season one. Featured celebrity guests include three-time X Games Champion Max Parrot (snowboarding), Olympic gold medal-winner Derek Parra (speed skating) and World Champion Sarah Hendrickson (ski jumping).
"All-Round Champion" is a Marblemedia production for BYUtv, TVO Kids and Knowledge Network. Producers are Matt Hornburg, Mark Bishop and Steve Sloan from Marblemedia; Michael Dunn, Andra Johnson Duke and Jim Bell from BYUtv, and Marney Malabar from TVO.