LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — June 14, 2011- Saban Brands announced today the start of pre-production on a Christmas special featuring Julius and other beloved characters from the Paul Frank brand. This primetime event in the spirit of The Simpsons and with the heart of Modern Family is designed to enhance family entertainment and fun for viewers of all ages when it makes its debut in December of 2012.
Saban Brands has brought on a successful team of producers to bring this project to life including Mike Reiss, the Emmy-winning producer of The Simpsons and writer of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and the upcoming Ice Age: Continental Drift, as well as the Emmy-nominated producing team Erik Wiese and Cynthia True. Erik was a writer/director for the pop culture phenomenon SpongeBob SquarePants and they both served as co-creators and executive producers of Amy Poehler’s hit show The Mighty B! on Nickelodeon.
Based on Paul Frank’s colorful characters, the special will feature an animated Julius as he makes sure his friends have the best holiday ever, going to especially great lengths to show one special friend the true meaning of Christmas. Drawing on a long history of more than 15 years of inspiration, the special will pack pop culture fun with charm, creativity and whole-hearted sincerity that has been a staple of the brand for years.