Marakids will deliver innovative, quality content that inspires young viewers to explore the world beyond the screen.
Marakids launched in spring of 2017 as an offshoot of Maramedia, Scotland’s most successful natural history production company.
Our aim is to be the home of high-end children’s TV in Scotland and develop the best possible content for kids around the globe.
Our first commission is an ambitious 2 part series for CBeebies – Gudrun the Viking princess narrated by David Tennant
This exciting live action drama doc blends spectacular Natural History with the engaging stories of a young Viking princess as she learns the ways of the wild.
Shot entirely on location in Scotland this beautiful new and engaging series is Due for release Boxing Day BBC iPLAYER and January Transmission on CBeebies.
The company’s production team is headed by Maramedia’s founder Nigel Pope – original executive producer of Raven, creator of Big Cat Diaries; Maramedia Co – Founder Jackie Savery with a background in natural history production and childrens and Simon Parsons former head of BBC Children’s Scotland – executive producer of Live and Kicking, Copy Cats and brand manager for Balamory.
Press Release Glasgow July 2017
MARAMEDIA LAUNCHES CHILDREN’S BRAND “MARAKIDS” WITH UNIQUE PRE-SCHOOL VIKING SERIES
Maramedia, the Glasgow-based Indie specializing in top-end Natural History documentaries has announced its move into children’s programming with an exciting new commission for its Marakids brand.
GUDRUN THE VIKING PRINCESS
is a unique new format combining drama and factual entertainment for young children. The series of 20 x 5mins episodes for CBeebies mixes wildlife and landscapes, Viking history and a rich family of characters. Beautifully filmed in stunning Scottish surroundings, this enchanting series has been commissioned by Kay Benbow for CBeebies. The series will also be versioned in Gaelic for BBC Alba and transmission to be announced for 2018.
Drawing on Maramedia’s formidable experience of creating blue-chip Natural History, this new pre-school series will provide inspirational starting points for ways to connect young children with the wild environment as well as introducing the historical Viking period in a simple, charming and totally captivating way.
Maramedia, co-founded by Nigel Pope and Jackie Savery, has had a string of successes including Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart narrated by Ewan McGregor (BBC) and the recent David Attenborough vehicle – Hotel Armadillo for BBC Natural World and PBS. The company is now adding former head of BBC Scotland children’s production – Simon Parsons – to its line-up to take the company forward with exciting new innovative children’s programming for its Marakids brand.
From CBeebies, Executive Producer, Julia Bond said -
“We’re thrilled to be in production on this exciting new series mixing wildlife and landscapes, Viking history and a rich family of characters.
Gudrun The Viking Princess delivers a lovely narrative of building confidence and solving problems through interactions with the natural world, which we hope will inspire our CBeebies audience”.
“Bringing together children’s production and natural history in this unique new format is a dream combination and a commission we are thrilled to be embarking on for CBeebies,” added Nigel Pope, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Maramedia.