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ZDF Enterprises on board of SLR Productions’ second season of top rating animated series ‘The Skinner Boys’

Sydney, Australia and Mainz, Germany, 9th September 2015

Following on from the success of the first series of SLR Productions’ top rating animated adventure, comedy series ‘The Skinner Boys: Guardians of the Lost Secrets’, ZDF Enterprises is delighted to announce its participation in a second season as international distributor with returning partners Nine Network, Super RTL and Telegael.

Executive produced by SLR Productions’ Suzanne Ryan and Telegael’s Paul Cummins, the second series will also feature SLR Productions’ Creative Director Jo Boag, Producer Yasmin Jones, Script Producer Melanie Alexander and first time Animation Director for SLR Productions, Eugene Linkov.

“I am thrilled to be producing a second series of Skinner Boys with our broadcast partners the Nine Network in Australia  and Super RTL in Germany, our co-production partners Telegael in Ireland  and our distribution partners ZDF Enterprises’ said Executive Producer and CEO of SLR Productions, Suzanne Ryan “Audiences in Australia and Germany have really responded to the action, humour and non-stop adventures of The Skinner Boys and it’s wonderful to be working with the same talented team of writers, cast and artists on season two’.

“We are pleased to be working again with Suzanne Ryan and the team at SLR Productions’ said Executive Producer, Drama of Nine Network Australia, Jo Rooney. ‘Following the success of previous partnerships with SLR Productions on the animated series Gasp! and Deadly, we are excited to collaborate on this adventure comedy show. SLR Productions has a strong track record of delivering quality animated children's programmes and ‘The Skinner Boys’ will be a great addition to the line-up of shows Nine Network offers its C Drama audience”.

Germany’s Super RTL programmer, Carsten Goette said “We are very proud of our partnership with SLR Productions on this series. Our first viewing of ‘The Skinner Boys’ instantly revealed the potential of the series and convinced us to invest in developing and producing with our partners this high-quality animated series”.

Telegael CEO Paul Cummins said “The Skinner Boys is an epic adventure series where young Tara, her three Skinner boy cousins and their faithful butler, travel the world to the most exotic places to find lost, ancient, magical artefacts and keep them safe from the forces of evil. Following on the success of season one, Telegael is delighted to partner once again with SLR Productions, Nine Network, SUPER RTL and ZDF Enterprises to produce twenty-six more exciting episodes.”

“At ZDF Enterprises we are pleased to be entrusted with the international distribution of a further production from Suzanne Ryan and her team. Following the live action series “Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures” and the animated series “Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs”, we are now eagerly awaiting the new adventures of The Skinner Boys together with children from all around the world” said Arne Lohmann, VP ZDFE.junior at ZDF Enterprises.

As all who experienced the adventures of the first series will recall, following the death of World explorer, Augustus Skinner, his three teen grandsons inherited the big, old Skinner mansion.  Grandpa Skinner left them not only his grand mansion but also another more intriguing surprise  - they are now Guardians of the Lost Secrets... a collection of unique artefacts across the world that possess incredible powers.  If that wasn’t enough, there’s an even bigger surprise in store. Grandpa Skinner appointed a fourth Guardian, their feisty teenage cousin Tara. As these boys know almost nothing about girls – she’s probably their biggest challenge of all and vice-versa.

Together the four teenagers continue to outsmart the world’s evil who are constantly outfoxed by these goof-ball teens who, as anonymous Guardians, must dedicate their lives to protecting these ancient artefacts and continue the legacy of the Guardians of the Lost Secrets.

The Skinner Boys is based on an original creation by Australian artist Steve Lyons.


About SLR Productions
SLR Productions is one of Australia’s leading Emmy and multi award winning children’s entertainment companies, specializing in the creative development and production of world-class media content.  Established in 2002 by CEO, Suzanne Ryan, SLR Productions is recognized for successful global brands such as two seasons of the acclaimed preschool property, Guess How Much I Love You™, two seasons of animated adventure comedy series The Skinner Boys, newly launched animated series Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinosaurs, the live-action series Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures, and the Emmy Award winning animated series I Got a Rocket™.  SLR’s passion is to make creative, adventurous, imaginative and exciting programmes for audiences worldwide.

The company has produced more than 145 hours of content across 160 territories worldwide. With its highly experienced development and production teams headquartered in Sydney, SLR partners with major broadcasters, producers, distributors, publishers and creative.


About Telegael

Telegael is one of Europe’s leading animation and television production houses. Established in 1988, the multi-Emmy® and IFTA award winning studio works with international producers, distributors and broadcasters to develop, co-produce and finance animation and live-action content for the global market. Telegael’s broadcaster list partners includes some of the biggest names in global broadcasting including Disney, Discovery Kids, ZDF, Cartoon Network, PBS Sprout NBC Universal, Super-RTL, KIKA, BBC, Nickelodeon, HBO and France Televisions. Telegael has co-produced more than 600 750 hours of television. Our productions have been distributed to over 140 territories throughout the world and have been translated into more than 40 languages.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


‘The Skinner Boys: Guardians of the Lost Secrets’, Season 2