Ideas swirl and crackle. Bright colours fizz and sparkle, belly laughs explode and fireworks rocket into the imagination. Inside the hat are ideas, plans and potions that with a little magic add up to great cartoons and family television.
Wizard Hat is a fresh new entertainment company started by seasoned executives Pamela Slavin, Toni Stevens and William Fox. This experienced team has been internationally recognized with BAFTA awards, Emmy nominations, Gemini's, ACT, CFTPA and Parent's Choice awards. Our mission is to create entertainment that we are proud to watch with our families and friends. It has been our good fortune to work with some of the world's most respected broadcasters, co-producers and creative teams.
And we really like it when young adults come and tell us they loved our cartoons when they were seven years old.
Really, we do.
Pamela Slavin is the kind of Wizard who will do anything for a laugh. Her guidance counselor strongly suggested cartoons might be a safer way to channel this “gift”. For the last twenty years, Pamela has had the chance to work on some cherished childrens' series and specials.
Some of Pamela's writing and producing credits include Johnny Test (Teletoon/Cartoon Network), Rolie Polie Olie (Disney Channel/CBC), Little Bear (CBC/Nick Jr.), Arthur (PBS/BBC/TVO), Berenstain Bears (Treehouse), World of Quest (Teletoon/KidsWB), Tales from the Cryptkeeper (ABC), The Neverending Story (Teletoon/HBO), Max and Ruby (Treehouse/Nick Jr.), Busytown Mysteries (CBC),
Will and Dewitt (YTV), Donkey Kong Country (Teletoon).
Pamela has also had the privilege of lending a hand to friends on shows like Stella and Sam, Atomic Betty, Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs, and RoboRoach & Reg.
Pam always wanted to be part of a place like Wizard Hat where creative people could gather to inspire each other, bring some great ideas to life on screen, and wash out their own dirty coffee mugs at the end of the day because their mother doesn't work there.
Alma Mater: Ryerson, Toronto
Toni is equal parts Business Wizard and People Wizard. Everyone loves Toni. She has worked with some of the world's most talented artists, actors and stuffed puppets. As comfortable in live-action as she is in animation Toni has produced award winning television series and specials, features and documentaries, as well as factual series and lifestyle programming.
One of Toni's first jobs involved chasing Peter O'Toole out of his trailer with a frying pan. Since then, Toni's credits include Arthur (PBS/TVO), Johnny Test (Teletoon/Cartoon Network), Storytime with Thomas the Tank Engine (Fox Kids), Virtual Mom (CBC/Nickelodeon), Gotta Catch Santa (Teletoon/Cartoon Network), Will and Dewitt (Kids WB, YTV), Eckart (Teletoon), Caillou (TVO/PBS), What Katy Did (CBC/ITV), and Gerald McBoing-Boing (Cartoon Network/ Teletoon).
Alma Mater: Sheridan, Oakville
Bill Fox has worn many hats as an author, documentary filmmaker, journalist, academic, government and business Wizard. Bill was Executive VP Communications and Corporate Development at BCE. He was also Sr. VP Public Affairs at Bombardier Inc. and CN. Fox served as Press Secretary and Director of Communications to the Prime Minister of Canada. We didn't even make that up.
He is a former Ottawa and Washington Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star and appears frequently as a media commentator. His book, Spinwars was published by Key Porter Books. Bill has a whole bunch of fellowships and degrees from places like Harvard and the Sorbonne, and is pursuing his PhD, which will make him one of the rare Doctor Wizards. Fox has served as a director on the board of a number of corporations and cultural organizations including Walrus, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Toronto International Film Festival and The Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal.
Alma Mater: Carleton, Ottawa
Before we became Wizards we produced series that have received international recognition.
|Alliance for Children & Television||Grand Prize Best Program||Johnny Test III|
|Alliance for Children & Television||Award of Excellence Nomination||Busytown Mysteries|
|Pulcinella Award||Nomination||Busytown Mysteries|
|Parents' Choice Awards||Winner||Will & Dewitt|
|CFTPA Indie Award||Best Children's or Youth Series||Busytown Mysteries|
|Gemini Award||Best Pre-School Program or Series||Will and Dewitt|
|Emmy Nomination||Outstanding Children's Animated Program||Arthur XII|
|Gemini Nomination||Best Original Music for an Animated Program||Johnny Test III|
|Shaw Rocket Prize||Finalist||Johnny Test II|
|British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award||Best Animated Series||Rolie Polie Olie|
|Gemini Award||Best Children's Series||Rolie Polie Olie|
|Emmy Nomination||Animation Special Class||Rolie Polie Olie|
|Gemini Award||Best Animated Series||Little Bear|
|Gemini Award||Best Preschool Series||Little Bear|
|Alliance for Children & Television||Award||Little Bear|
|Humanitas Award||Little Bear's Surprise|
|Gemini Nomination||Best Children's Series||The Neverending Story|
|Cable Ace||Nomination||Little Bear|
|Cable Ace||Nomination||The Neverending Story|
|Gold Medal||The New York Festivals||Tales from the Cryptkeeper|
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Beany, Dribble and Melvin are the youngest members of the Thinkheads, a futuristic, fantastically funny family who take Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to the max. These hip-hop dancing kids make the earth a little bit greener while having a ton of fun! The Thinkheads are a happy, easy-going family who make the earth a little bit greener, while helping each other over the bumps in their anything but normal life. The Thinkheads take everything in stride because even though Wind Power, Solar, Power and Hamster Power keep them one step ahead of the game, when it comes to solving problems, they know there is no power like Brain Power! Targeted at five to seven year old children, The Thinkheads give viewers something to both laugh
and THINK about.
Something very wicked has a hold on the town of Grim Hill, - Faeries. The kind with glowing eyes and pointy teeth. Feared by ancient civilizations, they are all but forgotten in modern times. Thirteen year old Cat Peters has been touched by dark faerie magic but has a charmed feather that helps her see the truth when all is not as it seems. She knows that you have be careful what you wish for, thinking too much about school crushes and winning soccer games has sinister results in this spellbound town. Cat and her schoolmates Jasper, Clive and Mia have to keep the town of Grim Hill safe from powerful Celtic magic. The same force that make Cat’s pesky little sister act so strangely has all the teachers at Darkmount High school under its influence. Flunked tests turn to A’s in front of your eyes, tournaments are hexed and danger lurks down every hallway.
And you thought your teen years were scary?
We are delighted to be developing a preschool series based on the hilarious “Chicken, Pig, Cow” book series by Ruth Ohi and published by Annick Press. The preschool-targeted animated series will feature the comic adventures of a trio of animals.“The ‘Chicken, Pig, Cow’ books have garnered praise from preschoolers, parents and teachers alike and we believe that this success will translate to many platforms and continue to delight fans around the world.”“Chicken, Pig, Cow,” published by Annick Press in 2008, is the first of four books in the critically acclaimed series. Full of energy, humor and warmth, the books chronicle the adventures of three homemade plasticine animals, Chicken, Pig and Cow, who live in a Popsicle® stick barn at Girl’s house. The stories are all about being part of a caring group of friends, and whether it’s Cow accepting how she looks, making friends with the family pet, Dog, or all three animals realizing that what they have may be better than what they want, Chicken, Pig and Cow show preschoolers the joys of friendship, acceptance and working together.