FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 1, 2017
SNL’S KENAN THOMPSON PARTNERS WITH POCKET.WATCH TO CREATE LIVE ACTION SKETCH COMEDY SHOW FOR KIDS
New series will once again reteam Thompson with Albie Hecht, pocket.watch’s Chief Content Officer and former President of Nickelodeon Entertainment, to bring an entirely new premium sketch comedy show to market
LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 1, 2017 – Pocket.watch, a media brand that creates, acquires, distributes and curates content for kids age 2-11 across a variety of platforms, today announced that it has partnered with Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon’s All That, Kenan and Kel) to create an all new live-action sketch comedy for kids. The new series, pocket.watch presents SKOOGLE, is created and Executive Produced by Thompson along with co-producers Josh Server (All That) and Mason Gordon (Slamball) and Executive Producer Albie Hecht, pocket.watch’s Chief Content Officer and the original development executive behind All That.
Thompson, who is now the longest running cast member of Saturday Night Live, launched his career as a child star on the top-rated kids sketch show All That, which spun off numerous hits for Nickelodeon including the series Kenan and Kel and the feature film Good Burger. The new show, SKOOGLE, is a premium sketch comedy show featuring Thompson as the voice of SKOOGLE, an Alexa like digital assistant for kids who has been created to help kids everywhere with their daily problems. Along with his kid entrepreneur inventors (our Cast), SKOOGLE will satirize everything from service apps to streaming entertainment to social media.
Thompson explains the inspiration for the show’s format as “the ‘never too young’ entrepreneurial spirit that is encouraging kids everywhere to start their own businesses at any age. And have a blast doing it!”
“Kenan Thompson is a comedic genius,” said Albie Hecht, Chief Content Officer at pocket.watch. “At Nickelodeon, I witnessed first-hand Kenan and his fellow cast members ability to turn everyday scenarios into hilarious adventures. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to once again reteam with Kenan and bring premium sketch comedy to a new generation of fans.”
This announcement marks the first major series production for pocket.watch. Kenan Thompson is represented by United Talent Agency (UTA), Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano, and Michael Goldman. For more information about pocket.watch and the company’s upcoming slate of content, please visit: http://dev.pocket.watch.
Pocket.watch is a media brand that creates, acquires, distributes and curates entertainment for kids ages 2-11 and presents it across a variety of platforms. The company was founded in March 2017 by Chris M. Williams and is located in Culver City, CA where it maintains an office and studio. The management team is made up of studio veterans and visionaries from traditional and digital entertainment including Albie Hecht, Jon Moonves and David B. Williams. Investors include Third Wave Digital and United Talent Agency (UTA), as well as notable strategic angels including Les Moonves, Robert Downey Jr. (Team Downey) and Jon Landau.