Toronto, ON, 31 July 2019 – DHX Television’s Family Channel, CBBC and Beachwood Canyon Productions (BCP) are pleased to announce that production is underway on the new tween live-action gymnastics series Springboard (formerly Up In the Air). Created by Frank van Keeken (The Next Step, Lost & Found Music Studios), the half-hour drama series is scheduled to debut on Family Channel (Canada) and CBBC (U.K.) in 2020. The 15-episode order is currently being filmed in Toronto, Ontario.
“We’re delighted to announce that production on Springboard is underway,” said Joe Tedesco, Executive Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television. “Family Channel has seen tremendous success working with Frank van Keeken in the past on such shows as Wingin’ It, Lost & Found Music Studios, and of course, The Next Step. We are excited to collaborate with his team at Beachwood Canyon Productions, and with CBBC to bring this new aspirational and heartfelt intergenerational series to our audience.”
“The CBBC audience are already huge fans of Frank van Keeken’s work and love the expert blend of emotion and aspiration in his characters,” said Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content for BBC Children’s. “Springboard, with young gymnast Jenny’s engaging and enabling journey, looks set to attract an equally besotted army of fans.”
“We are thrilled to be teaming up with DHX Television and CBBC to create this inspiring gymnastic drama,” says Frank van Keeken, Creator and Executive Producer. “Our cast includes amazingly talented gymnasts and we are excited to introduce them to our young audiences and their families around the world.”
Springboard follows Jenny Cortez, a talented young gymnast, who moves to a new city when her family gets the opportunity to run their own gymnastics club. With new friends and an intimidating new school, Jenny looks to persevere and become the gymnastics legend she was born to be.
Springboard stars Morgan Wigle as Jenny Cortez; Tom Hulshof as Jenny’s brother, Joon Cortez; Helena Marie as Jenny’s mother, Whitney Cortez; and Shawn Alex Thompson as Jenny’s Grandfather, Gus McIlroy. The series also stars Francesca van Keeken (The Next Step), Jordan Clark (The Next Step), and newcomers Ajanae Stephenson, Natasha Zaborski, Holly Belbeck, Abby Stretch, Keira Still, Luca Assad, Osias Reid, Leonidas Castrounis, Parker Lauzon and Hailey Vynychenko.
Springboard is produced by Beachwood Canyon Productions in association with DHX Television’s Family Channel and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken with his Beachwood Canyon Productions team. Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek, JANN) and Ben Murray (JANN, Working the Engels) also serve as executive producers. International distribution will be handled by DHX Media.