The makers of Ruby Skye PI are looking at moving the web series into other languages and the online marketplace.
The second season of the kids’ series, from Toronto-based Jill Golick Enterprises, is about to be shot and, based on the response to the first, is looking to broaden its reach by adding captions in French, Spanish and other languages.
“The only thing that’s preventing us is money,” said creator Jill Golick, who writes the live-action series with Julie Strassman-Cohn. Andrea Nevitt (The Doodlebops) produces.
Golick is also looking at selling the series through a pay platform, though iTunes itself is not a likely candidate because of what she calls the “difficulties” it presents to indie producers. The series currently streams for free at www.rubyskyepi.com.
Ruby Skye follows a teenager as she investigates mysteries in her Toronto neighborhood and is aimed at kids 8-14.
The 12 episodes of season one each ran between three and five minutes and drew accolades including a Rockie award at last year’s Banff festival and “best family pilot” at the New York Television Festival.
The new season, Ruby Skye PI: The Haunted Library, won funding from the Independent Production Fund and Ontario Media Development Corporation in Canada. It is not yet known how long the second season, which starts shooting in late May, will run.
“Each episode is as long as the story wants it to be,” says Golick. “We’re not sure how many episodes this story is going to want to be exactly.”