DHX Media and Walker Productions, a global division of the Walker Books Group, have partnered with the U.K.’s Kindle Entertainment to create a new comedy series based on the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever.
The series, which has been commissioned by CBBC, will feature the multi-award-winning actor Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler, who is also the author of the book series.
The live-action/animation series will follow 12-year-old Henry ‘Hank’ Zipzer, a smart and resourceful boy with a unique perspective on the world because he has dyslexia.
“The stories are inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler and how he felt growing up with dyslexia,” says Sue Nott, executive producer, independents, CBBC Drama. “At CBBC we try to reflect the lives of children back at them and Hank Zipzer shows that achievement comes in all shapes and sizes–and it’s set to be very funny too.”
DHX Media will handle international sales for the 13 x 30 children’s show, which will air on CBBC early next year.
“There is a wealth of creative talent behind this show–our first collaboration with Walker Productions and Kindle Entertainment–and this promises to bring Henry’s vision to the screen in all its comedic glory. We anticipate a great deal of international interest,” says Steven DeNure, president and chief operating officer, DHX Media.