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Jam Media's Nova Jones receives double order second season; BBC Studios and Universal Music board series
14 Apr 2022 :
Nova Jones
BAFTA-winning Irish production company Jam Media have confirmed 20 new episodes for their intergalactic live-action-comedy series, which will air on RTÉ2 and CBBC later this year

With ten episodes in season one, the second season will have double the fun with 20 episodes in store. A co-production with RTÉ Kids and CBBC Studios, the recommission comes hot on the heels of a ratings success for both BBC and RTÉ with season one, which premiered on CBBC and RTÉ2 last September, and achieved over one million views on the BBC iPlayer.

This comedy sci-fi and music series aimed at 8 – 12-year-olds follows 18-year-old pop star Nova Jones and her tween sister manager McLaren on tour through the galaxies bringing her special light to the darkest regions of space. Along the way, she drops out of this world singles, stellar albums, and plays sell-out gigs to her fans across the universe. Nova Jones is the biggest star in the galaxy and boy does she know it. Now the intergalactic pop sensation has her sights set on more — more fame, more colour, more costumes, more music, more dance, and definitely a lot more planets to tour.

Series Two will also see Universal Music come on board this cosmic journey with JAM Media, RTÉ Kids, and CBBC as they create the 20 x 24-minute episodes to be broadcast simultaneously on BBC and RTÉ in November, with BBC Studios co-funding and handling international distribution rights. Shooting has just commenced in Belfast, Northern Ireland with funding from Northern Ireland Screen and Screen Ireland.

Singer Molly Rainford, who was a Britain’s Got Talent finalist in 2012, is back in the title role of Nova Jones, while Grace Barkley returns as McLaren, her younger yet more mature sister. With original music throughout, Nova Jones oozes talent and makes an impact with her out-of-this-world fashion in this quirky comedy. While Nova is performing for her legions of fans all across the universe, it’s up to McLaren to organise her superstar big sister’s tour schedule, her many moods, and to untangle the various knotty situations that Nova gets them into.

Nova Jones is executive produced by Showrunners Alan Shannon (Roy, Jessy and Nessy), John Rice (Becca’s Bunch, Roy) and Andrew Ellard (Red Dwarf). This surreal series was created by Helen Serafinowicz (Motherland). Sarah Muller and Suzanne Kelly will executive produce for BBC and RTÉ respectively alongside Amelia Johnson for Studios. Original songs are written by Matthew Graham and Jessica Hammond (Konica).

“The series has truly resonated with UK and Irish viewers and we look forward, through our partnership with Studios, to bringing Nova Jones to a global audience,” said CEO of Jam Media John Rice. “From her confidence, fashion sense, humour and poptastic songs, Nova has a unique potential to speak to a whole generation of kids around the world in this surreal and hilarious series.”

Richard Gordon, Managing Director of Jam Media’s Belfast studio added: “We’re delighted to be producing another 20 episodes of the epic Nova Jones right here in Belfast. The re-commission of the series is a testament to the superb local talent and crew that Northern Ireland has become synonymous with in recent years.”

Head of Children’s & Young People’s Content RTÉ, Suzanne Kelly said: “Nova Jones is a series that has delivered the ultimate triple threat for RTÉ. As well as becoming a cornerstone series that we can wrap our kids schedule around, it has also delivered out of this world cut through cross platform and all of this wrapped up with a killer soundtrack! We and our audience are delighted to welcome Nova, McLaren and the rest of the Jefferson Starship crew back for 20 more fun-filled, sing-a-long episodes.  Nova is a star on the rise and we here at RTÉ Kids are delighted to be along for the ride!”

Sarah Muller from the BBC added: “After the success of the first series that launched last year on CBBC and iPlayer, we are excited to bring viewers two more series of this vibrant musical comedy. In these new series, we plan to extend the songs so there are even more opportunities for viewers to enjoy Nova’s dazzling performances.”

BAFTA winning JAM Media, with operations in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, is one of the leading creators and producers of multi-award winning animated and live action content for the children’s and pre-school audience. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, innovative, story-driven brands across multiple platforms based around engaging characters with humour and heart as their core values. The company also organises the hugely popular Animation Dingle festival now in its 10th year.

The company was founded in 2002 by fellow animators John Rice, Alan Shannon, and Mark Cumberton.





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