Imagine Kids & Family, the recently formed division under Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, and Meredith Corporation’s in-house TV production company Four M Studios, have partnered to mine Life Magazine’s archive of over ten million photos, many never before seen, to develop premium children’s television programming. The first project under the partnership is animated series Life For Kids, executive produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Grazer and Howard, Imagine Kids & Family President Stephanie Sperber, and Four M Studios’ Bruce Gersh and Bruce Robertson. Life falls under Meredith’s vast entertainment and lifestyle portfolio.
Life for Kids is a fresh take on informative entertainment for kids. The series will use images from America’s preeminent picture magazine, Life, as a jumping-off point to bring history to life in a new, fun, engaging way. Each animated episode presents a true story from Life’s archive, exploring topics of sports, space, arts, world exploration, natural disasters, and technology.
Life documented American and global life from its inception in November 1936, when it announced its mission to cover stories of large scope and complexity in a uniquely visual way. The magazine created the images that captivated generations of Americans who learned about the world around them, from sports to politics to war to pop culture and more. The archives include over ten million photographs from the late 19th century to the 21st century and over 125,000 stories shot for Life magazine, of which only about 5% were published.