Disney Channel Greenlights Second Series Of Record-Breaking Music-Filled Drama THE LODGE starring Sophie Simnett
DISNEY CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS SECOND SERIES OF THE LODGE
- Second season to start filming on location in Northern Ireland in early 2017 with Zodiak Kids Studios returning to produce
- Announcement comes after September’s UK premiere is the highest rated series debut on Disney Channel in the last four years
Today Disney Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) greenlit a second season of the music-filled drama, Disney’s The Lodge. The announcement follows the exceptional performance of the series in the UK with the 23rd September launch the highest rated series premiere on Disney Channel in the last four years, and the biggest telecast of 2016 with tween girls aged 8 to 12 across all UK children’s channels. The Lodge also premiered simultaneously in Canada, with the US following shortly after on 17th October. The series will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of the year.
Created and commissioned by Disney EMEA, the second season will be once again produced by Zodiak Kids Studios with filming scheduled to begin early 2017 in Northern Ireland.
The Lodge is a life affirming emotional rollercoaster that in the first series has seen 15 year old Skye’s journey of self-discovery following the death of her mother, as she moves from a big city to exciting rural life. The second season will see our core cast face new challenges, attempt to solve a new mystery and navigate emotional relationship and friendship stories. Music will also continue to play a big role in series two with upbeat choreography and 12 original songs planned.
Raymond Lau (Dani’s Castle CBBC), from Zodiak Kids Studios UK production arm will return to produce the 15 x 22 minute season. Steven Andrew (Secret Life of Boys, CBBC/ABC Australia) will serve as executive producer and Lee Walters will continue on as head writer.
David Levine, Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA and General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland comments “We know we have something special in The Lodge. We have an exceptionally talented cast, chart worthy music, a glorious setting, fantastic story and great production partners, all of which have come together to create something just a little bit different. The reception to the show in the UK has been outstanding and we are excited to see how our audiences across EMEA respond as it continues to roll out across our remaining territories.”
Steven Andrew, Executive Producer on The Lodge comments “We are excited to be back on board and returning to Northern Ireland for another series of The Lodge. We’ll get to know our characters even better, there will be more surprises, fantastic music, action and of course lots of drama. ”
Disney EMEA drives the investment in, and development of, animation and live-action programming for both European and global distribution. Disney EMEA has already achieved great success with series such as The Evermoor Chronicles, Violetta (Disney Channel); Henry Hugglemonster and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (Disney XD).
About Disney Channels EMEA
Disney Channels EMEA represents the most successful portfolio of kids’ channels in Europe, Middle East and Africa, available in 117 countries and in 22 languages. During July – September 2016, Disney Channel ranked in the top 3 rated kids channels in 6 out of 16 measured markets (France, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary, Romania), including: #1 kids channel in Portugal, Hungary, Romania, #1 pay TV kids channel in France, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands and Romania. In EMEA, Disney Channel is available in 21 languages across 19 visual feeds in 117 countries in over 145 million households Globally, the portfolio of channels under Disney Channels' Worldwide management are available in 163 countries/territories, with 82 visual feeds, in 34 languages. TWDC Channels are available in over 503 million unduplicated households worldwide.
About Zodiak Kids
Zodiak Kids is a global independent leader in kids entertainment, combining Banijay Group’s dedicated kids production company, consumer products and sales division. The company’s production arm is Zodiak Kids Studios with offices in Paris & London. Zodiak Kids has dedicated international sales and consumer products teams representing programming from Zodiak Kids Studios and third party producers. Zodiak Kids boasts one of the largest, high-quality kids catalogues in the world, which includes; Mister Maker, the ultimate arts and craft show; The Ranch, a hit in France and Germany; Zack & Quack, the pre-school show rolling out worldwide; LoliRock, the brand new girls series bursting with magic, mystery and music; Waybuloo, the CBeebies pre-school hit; Extreme Football, the full CGI series packed with spectacular challenges; Totally Spies!, the international hit animation series; Get Blake!, the unique slapstick animated cartoon series; and Floogals the unique CGI series the #1 show on Sprout in the US with kids 2-5 this year.