The who’s who of web video is becoming more like that of real life with every passing day. Appearing soon in a webisode near you will be animated versions of Warren Buffett, Martha Stewart (at age 10), Gisele Bündchen and Carl Sagan (posthumously), as well as real-life actors Jennie Garth and Talia Balsam. And the names behind the scenes aren’t too shabby either.
AOL today unveiled a relationship with new children’s digital studio A Squared Entertainment and the two companies’ plans for four original children’s web series. Each property will post episodes running 3-5 minutes long as well as related games and content, and AOL will syndicate the shows throughout the web.
Here’s what your kids will be watching:
Secret Millionaire’s Club — Warren Buffet (in animated form) mentors a group of kids on their adventures in business and finance. This appears to be a revived or ongoing project, as there are news stories on it dating back to 2006. The show is set to launch in the fall of this year.
Gigi & The Green Team (working title) — an animated Gisele Bündchen plays a superhero who protects the environment by night. Launching fall 2009.
Little Martha (working title) — a 10-year-old Martha Stewart (yes, also animated) “operates an event planning company from her tricked-out treehouse.” Topics include cooking, crafting and gardening. Launching spring 2010.
Kosmos — the late, now-animated Carl Sagan combines science with space adventure in the vein of educational series Cosmos. The series was developed by Ann Druyan, co-creator of Cosmos and creative director of NASA’s time capsule on a phonograph record, “Voyager Interstellar Message.” Launching spring 2010.
Bonus: Also announced today, The Broadroom from Meredith’s More magazine — “a humorous look at workplace issues facing women.” Candace Bushnell (Sex in the City, Lipstick Jungle) is signed to write and produce cross-promotional magazine columns; Ellen Gittelsohn (Roseanne, Designing Women) will produce; Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Talia Balsam (Mad Men) will star; Maybelline will sponsor. (via MediaWeek)