News

UNIVERSAL KIDS EXPANDS ITS UNSCRIPTED SLATE WITH TWO NEW SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT

“TOP CHEF JUNIOR: REMIX” AND “CREATE THE ESCAPE” INVITE KIDS TO CALL THE SHOTS AND BRING THEIR PASSIONS TO LIFE

New York, NY – May 9, 2019 - Universal Kids – the TV network that playfully celebrates kids’ everyday adventures – is expanding its unscripted slate with two new series in development – “Top Chef Junior: Remix” and “Create the Escape.” The news was announced today by Karen Miller, Senior Vice President, Content, Universal Kids.

“Universal Kids is incredibly excited to celebrate kids’ endless imaginations and talents with these new projects that tap into today’s biggest trends for families – cooking and game play,” said Miller.

“These shows will inspire families to share real life experiences together.”

Universal Kids Development:

“Top Chef Junior: Remix”

Produced by Magical Elves - the Emmy Award-winning team behind Bravo’s Top Chef and Universal Kids’ Daytime Emmy Award-nominated Top Chef Junior - with Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon serving as Executive Producers.

Three kids who have a knack for cooking or baking square off in two rounds of competition in this Top Chef Junior spin off. Special guests – including some fan favorites from Top Chef and Top Chef Junior – serve as mentors and judges and lend a helping hand to the competitors. Each episode features a unique theme like “Camping” and “Sports” with fun culinary challenges.

“Create the Escape”

Created by Universal Kids.

Escape rooms have surged in popularity in the US and have dominated pop culture in recent years. They offer players of all ages the opportunity to work together as a team, each using their own skill set, to solve a series of puzzles with a little fun and adventure along the way. In Create the Escape, three kids design and build an escape room from scratch in each episode. A host and design experts will assist the kids in transforming their ideas into reality – the only limit is their imaginations. In a fun twist, their family members, teachers, or guest celebrities will try to escape the room when it’s finished. Create the Escape empowers kids to bring their ideas to life – they are the creators and visionaries.

About Universal Kids:
Universal Kids is the TV Network that playfully celebrates kids’ everyday adventures. The programming activates fun and creativity in every kid, every day with a fresh mix of content including animation, DreamWorks’ exclusives like Where’s Waldo?, scripted and unscripted hits like Top Chef Junior, The Voice Kids, and American Ninja Warrior Junior. Launched in 2017 and available in 56 million homes, Universal Kids is part of NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Lifestyle group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Universal Kids is available for kids and families across all platforms, including on air, online, On Demand and via mobile with the Universal Kids app.

About Magical Elves:

Magical Elves is the veteran production company behind Emmy Award-winning hits “Top Chef” (Bravo) and “Last Chance Kitchen” (Bravo), Peabody Award-winning “Project Runway” (Bravo), IDA Award winner “Time of Death” (Showtime), and the recent streaming successes “Nailed It!” (Netflix) and “Sugar Rush” (Netflix). Other credits include “Project Greenlight” (HBO), “Cleveland Hustles” (CNBC), “There Goes The Motherhood” (Bravo), “Braxton Family Values” (WETV), “Tamar & Vince” (WETV), “Shine On” (DirectTV), “All In With Cam Newton” (Nickelodeon), “Last Comic Standing” (NBC), “Cold Justice” (Oxygen), and “Top Chef Junior” (Universal Kids). In addition to their TV credits, Magical Elves has enjoyed theatrical successes. They released “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” in 2011, earning critical acclaim and nearly $100 million at the box office, which was then followed by the company’s directorial debut, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” the fifth-highest-grossing concert film of all time. “Under the Electric Sky,” the team’s second feature directorial effort, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; and their 2017 music documentary “Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul” premiered on Showtime. Magical Elves is a part of The Tinopolis Group’s portfolio of production companies.

UNIVERSAL KIDS CONTACT:
Jennifer Corcoran
212-664-2190
Jennifer.Corcoran@nbcuni.com