Just Play was named the master toy partner for Floogals, Zodiac Kids Studios’ animation series for the U.S. and Canada. Brand Activation Consulting helped secure the deal, as the consumer products agents for Floogals in the U.S. The 52 x 11-minute series launched on Sprout earlier this year. [Read more...]
American Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, is revamping its licensing, entertainment, digital, and distribution teams, starting with the hire of former longtime Zodiak Kids executive Karen Vermeulen. Vermeulen joins AGP as its new head of global sales and co-productions, and will initially be based out of London.
The 24-hour preschool TV destination Sprout has its own kids’ tablet, the Sprout Channel Cubby, which will be available this October at Wal-Mart stores and at walmart.com. Produced by Ematic for kids ages 2 to 6, the Cubby features trusted entertainment and learning content preloaded onto the tablet, and will include special credits for vudu.com, allowing customers to download additional content.
The preloaded content accessible without Wi-Fi connectivity includes full episodes of Sprout shows, such as The Chica Show, Barney, Fireman Sam, Chloe’s Closet, and the premiere episode of Astroblast; music videos; and songs. Meanwhile, the preloaded, Sprout-recommended apps include Sproutlet Weather Report, favorite characters The Wiggles, and more. [Read more...]
The No. 1 children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will bring their preschool pop back to North America with the Ready, Steady, Wiggle tour. This fall, the quartet will delight families across the country in support of a new CD and DVD, Apples and Bananas, which will be available August 26, as well as a new season of their hit television show airing on Sprout in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada.
Founding member Anthony Field (aka Blue Wiggle), along with Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle), Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle), and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) will be joined on stage by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, and Henry the Octopus.
A complete list of tour dates and ticket information for the Ready, Steady, Wiggle! tour can be found at www.thewiggles.com.
Little Nina will be the newest addition to Sprout’s portfolio of original series. The animated series will feature the adventures of Nina, the host of The Good Night Show, as a young Latina girl. The series is expected to debut mid-2015.
The network has ordered 52 11-minute episodes of the animated show that will take viewers into the vibrant, multicultural neighborhood of Nina and her best friend Star. The show’s multilingual approach will incorporate English, Spanish, and sign language and will emphasize the value of communicating across multiple languages and appreciating other cultures.
Sprout has introduced Dial Darryl, a new recurring segment on The Sunny Side Up Show, created specifically for Sprout Host Hunt winner Darryl Williams. Dial Darryl will highlight different ways preschoolers and their families communicate and interact with loved ones in this digitally evolving age.
Every day on The Sunny Side Up Show, the hosts use technology to communicate live with viewers as they explore different themes such as friends, letters, or animals. When they need a little bit of outside help, they Dial Darryl who will assist them while in the middle of real-life situations any stay-at-home parent can relate to.
The Sunny Side Up Show hosts and Chica will connect with their new castmate for a live video chat. Dial Darryl will tap into everyday parenting questions, show themes, and more. The new segment will officially debut in January.
Sing It, Laurie!, the new animated musical preschool series co-created by children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner and Little Airplane Productions’ Josh Selig, is coming to 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout on March 25. For more info on the series, check out our previous post here!
Sing It, Laurie!, the new animated musical preschool series co-created by children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner and Little Airplane Productions’ Josh Selig is coming to 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout. The short-form series will debut exclusively on the network beginning Monday, March 25. Sing It, Laurie! is the first collaboration between Berkner and Little Airplane.
Starring Berkner’s voice and featuring her original music written for the series, Sing It, Laurie! is about a little girl who uses her music and songs to help her better understand the world. The series also stars recording artist Lisa Loeb, who performs the roles of twin sisters Mellie and Nellie. [Read more...]
The Jim Henson Company Appoints Mindshapes to Develop Interactive Educational Entertainment for Pajanimals, Sid the Science Kid
The Jim Henson Company has announced a partnership with Mindshapes, a leading kids’ mobile learning company. Under the deal, Mindshapes will create appisodes based on The Jim Henson Company’s current preschool series Sid the Science Kid and Pajanimals as well as content for new Henson properties that will be announced later this year. These appisodes will feature stories, games, and learn and play activities, as well as animated video and music content for a fun kid-friendly experience.
The first product, Sid the Science Kid’s Slide to the Side Appisode, will be available beginning in April, following the premiere of the new feature Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, premiering on PBS KIDS on March 25 (check local listings), and will coincide with the release of the movie on DVD and in iTunes. Later in the year will see the release of an appisode featuring the Pajanimals, the musical series that airs every night on 24-hour preschool channel Sprout and on the NBC Kids weekend block.
The Chica Show, Sprout’s newest original series, will join the NBC Kids Saturday morning lineup on February 9. The Chica Show made its television debut on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout on November 24. With its debut on NBC Kids, the show will double its reach to 115 million homes nationwide. [Read more...]