Canadian Production Company Little Tugboat Launches

"The Adventures of Napkin Man," a live-action and animated hybrid series is the company's first project.

Little Tugboat, a Toronto-based production company, has been formed to create original television programming for young audiences.

Brenda Nietupski, who was previously director of programming at Tree House & Discovery Kids at Corus Entertainment, will act as company president and director. Josh Selig, founder of Little Airplane Productions, will serve as vice president and director.

The company's first project is The Adventures of Napkin Man, a live-action and animated series targeted to preschoolers currently in development with CBC. Napkin Man, created by Selig and Tone Thyne is a CRTC co-venture between Breakthrough and Little Airplane.

The series centers on Mister Anthony, a preschool teacher who draws a superhero called Napkin Man for students. Little Tugboat will render animation services with live-action elements of pilot that was directed by J.J. Johnson.