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Sphere Media lands Saving Me renewal and fact-ent commissions from Bell

BYUtv has ordered S3-4 of Saving Me

Canadian producer and distributor Sphere Media has landed a two-season renewal of its animated comedy-adventure series Saving Me and three new factual-entertainment commissions.

US broadcaster BYUtv has recommissioned Saving Me for third and fourth seasons. Produced by Sphere Animation (formerly Oasis Animation), the 2D animated comedy adventure follows a 61-year-old tech billionaire who travels back in time to team up with his 11-year-old self to save the planet.

The new seasons, each comprising 10 20-minute episodes, are scheduled for completion in June 2026. The exec production team includes Jeff Simpson, Andra Duke, Luke Johnston, Aaron Johnston, Kelly Loosli and Roddy McManus for BYUtv; plus Bruno Dubé and Marlo Miazga for Sphere. The showrunner is Willem Wennekers and the head writer is Craig Martin.

In addition, Sphere has secured two new fact-ent series commissioned from Canadian broadcaster Bell Media.

Drag Brunch Saved My Life is an eight-part series for Bell-owned streamer Crave hosted by drag star Priyanka; and Mark McKinney Needs A Hobby is a 10-parter created with Sphere’s senior VP of development Kim Bondi that follows the Canadian actor and comedian as he explores various hobbies.

Marlo Miazga, who was appointed head of Sphere’s Kids and Family division in April 2023 while also serving as president of unscripted and documentaries, said: “Achieving a green light under any circumstances is a buzz. To be able to announce three in succession across the group in today’s exceptionally challenging marketplace is a moment we’re grateful for and proud of.

“When we restructured our kids, factual, and animation units last year, our aim was to bring together Sphere’s creative teams to allow for a cross-pollination of ideas, energy, and resources. These new commissions are proof that the right corporate scaffolding not only makes business easier but can also unleash creativity.”

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