Friday, August 1, 2014

PBS Kids Premieres Odd Squad This November #PBSKids





NEW LIVE-ACTION SERIES ODD SQUAD TO PREMIERE ON PBS KIDS
THIS NOVEMBER

Multiplatform media property is designed to help kids ages 5-8 build math skills

PBS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 14, 2014 – Today at its annual meeting with PBS member stations from across the country, PBS KIDS announced the premiere date for its newest series ODD SQUAD. The live-action media property follows two young government agents, Olive and Otto, who use math skills and collaboration to investigate weird and unusual phenomena. ODD SQUAD will premiere Wednesday, November 26, 2014, on PBS KIDS with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes, along with integrated digital and offline content. The series will air on weekdays following the premiere (check local listings).

ODD SQUAD is created by Tim McKeon (The Electric Company, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!) and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Sinking Ship Entertainment. It is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families.

In each episode of ODD SQUAD, the young agents use math to put things right when oddness strikes. Olive and Otto solve cases ranging from disappearing zeroes to runaway dinosaurs, and the agents often find additional clues in the “Mathroom,” a futuristic space that is just a teleport away.

“We are excited to bring a new math show to the PBS KIDS line-up this November, particularly at a time when STEM education is proving to be so important,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “Research shows that kids perform better when exposed early to math concepts, and ODD SQUAD introduces these topics in a fun and engaging way. And as viewers join Olive and Otto on their extraordinary adventures, they will also learn the importance of working together, communication and perseverance — skills that are integral to problem-solving and success in school and in life.”

The ODD SQUAD television series is part of a multiplatform media experience that will include interactive content online and on mobile. With ODD SQUAD’s digital content, kids will have the opportunity to solve cases and stop oddness, just like Olive and Otto and the rest of the Odd Squad. The show’s interactive features will include games, parent resources, mobile apps and more.

ODD SQUAD is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to use the power of media to help open up worlds of possibilities for children. PBS KIDS serves young audiences wherever they live, learn and play — through educational apps, on TV, online and in the classroom.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number-one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Fred Rogers Company
The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the nonprofit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. For more information, visit us at www.fredrogers.org.

About Sinking Ship Entertainment
Sinking Ship Entertainment is an award-winning production and interactive company that creates and produces groundbreaking kids TV and transmedia content. Since its founding in 2004, Sinking Ship has created and produced numerous children’s TV series and has been on the forefront of TV production and interactive media for kids. From being selected as one of the first partners of Amazon Studios with the upcoming series Annedroids, to achieving Nick Jr.’s highest debut of all time with the action-packed Emmy-nominated series Dino Dan, Sinking Ship Entertainment brings dynamic content to audiences around the world with shows broadcast in more than 130 countries. Other series highlights include the award-winning This is Daniel Cook, This is Emily Yeung and Are We There Yet?: World Adventure. Find out more at www.sinkingship.ca.

About CPB
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

About The Ready To Learn Initiative
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness.

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Your Favorite ABC TV Shows Roll Out on DVD This Fall #ABCNetwork




Your favorite ABC shows are headed to DVD this fall. Here's what's coming down the pipe: 
  • Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD August 19th
  • Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Tenth Season on DVD September 2nd
  • Castle: The Complete Sixth Season on DVD September 16th 
  • Nashville: The Complete Second Season on DVD September 23rd
  • Scandal: The Complete Third Season on DVD September 23rd 
  • Revenge: The Complete Third Season on DVD September 26th 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Guests Stars On #KidPresident #HubNetwork



FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA TO GUEST STAR ON
THE HUB NETWORK’S “KID PRESIDENT®: DECLARATION OF AWESOME”
DISCUSSING THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY EATING AND EXERCISE,
AIRING AUGUST 9

Special Appearances by Actress Christina Applegate, Comedian/Musician
Reggie Watts, Actress/Writer Carrie Brownstein and the PS22 Chorus



LOS ANGELES — First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the importance of kids staying active and eating healthy every day as part of herLet’s Move! Initiative in the season finale of “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome,” airing Saturday, August 9 at 7 p.m. ET4 p.m. PT on the Hub Network, champions of family fun and the only network dedicated to providing kids and their families entertainment they can watch together. The episode, “Kid President Made an Episode About What the Kids Need to Know,” also includes celebrity appearances by actress Christina Applegate (“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”), comedian/musician Reggie Watts (“Simplified”), actress/writer Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”) and the PS22 Chorus from New York.
Also on his quest to discover “what the kids need to know,” the episode features Christina Applegate helping Kid President understand the value of being true to himself. Kid President has “can phone” interviews with Reggie Watts and Carrie Brownstein who give kids some advice. In his finale pep talk, the PS22 Chorus sings an inspirational jam while Kid President helps build a playground for kids in need. 

The series is executive produced by actor Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) and Novak’s brother-in-law and show creator, Brad Montague, for SoulPancake Television, LLC. The season has featured interactions between Kid President and a variety of guest stars, including Kevin Costner (“Draft Day”), Gene Simmons (KISS), Jamie Foxx (“The Amazing Spiderman 2”), Craig Robinson (“Get On Up”), Mario Lopez (Host, “Extra”), ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (Musician), musical group “A Great Big World” and more.

The docu-variety series reflects the universal values of kids and families across the country as seen through the lens of Kid President, whose playful spirit and positive approach to life inspires viewers to change this world for the better. “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome” is produced by SoulPancake Television, LLC, which was founded by Rainn Wilson. Wilson and Kid President creator Brad Montague are executive producers of the series; Shabnam Mogharabi, Sarah North, and Golriz Lucina serve as co-executive producers. 

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About the Hub Network
The HubNetwork is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) that champions family fun by providing relatable, funny, family friendly entertainment experiences that children and their parents can enjoy together. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at HubNetwork.com. The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in more than 70 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find the channel in your area, please visit HubNetwork.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

Visit the Hub Network on Social Media:

Twitter @HubTVNetwork
Instagram @HubTVNetwork


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Sesame Street Adds A Half Hour Long Afternoon Show Starting September 1st. #SesameStreet #PBSKids



PBS KIDS TO ADD NEW HALF-HOUR SESAME STREET PROGRAM
ON AIR AND ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS THIS FALL

Extending the reach of the iconic series produced by Sesame Workshop,
the new bonus program will air in addition to the hour-long SESAME STREET,
starting Monday, September 1, 2014, on PBS KIDS.

Arlington, VA, June 18, 2014 – Furthering a commitment to using the power of media to educate and entertain America’s children, PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET will introduce a bonus half-hour program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. Starting Monday, September 1, the additional half-hour program will air on weekday afternoons on PBS stations, complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings (check local listings). For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online atpbskids.org/video, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel.  By offering this bonus half hour of SESAME STREET in an additional timeslot and through a growing number of digital services, PBS KIDS hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series. 

“With this new half-hour program, we are excited to build on SESAME STREET’s 45-year legacy on PBS with a format that will make the series more accessible on mobile devices, where PBS KIDS’ reach is growing exponentially,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In just the past year, the number of users streaming video on the incredibly popular PBS KIDS Video App increased 34 percent.1 The new half-hour format will give PBS KIDS the opportunity to offer SESAME STREET to even more families, making it easy for parents to help their kids build essential school readiness skills with one of their favorite shows.”

Through the extensive reach of PBS KIDS, the new afternoon SESAME STREET program will offer families even more access to the iconic series that for decades has helped prepare kids for success in school and in life. PBS KIDS reaches more kids ages 2-8 and more moms with kids under age 12 than any other kids TV network, and nearly 99 percent of homes in the U.S.2, 3 PBS KIDS averages more than 12 million unique visitors per month online, and more than 1.5 million users stream video on the PBS KIDS Video App each month.4, 5 PBS KIDS reached 11.9 million low-income families last year, many of whom do not have access to cable or satellite TV.6

“We’re thrilled to extend our reach on PBS. What better way to celebrate our 45th anniversary season than to touch more children’s lives,” added Terry Fitzpatrick, Chief Content and Distribution Officer at Sesame Workshop. “These days, families expect to be able to connect with their favorite SESAME STREET friends at any time of day. The new afternoon show is a great complement to our continuing efforts to reach more kids with engaging lessons that will help them grow smarter, stronger and kinder.”

The half-hour version of SESAME STREET will help kids learn a variety of skills, including the school readiness skills – such as impulse control and socio-emotional lessons – for which parents are increasingly seeking resources. With its comprehensive curriculum – or as Sesame Workshop calls it, a whole-child approach – SESAME STREET makes a measurable difference in children’s lives. In fact, a variety of studies prove SESAME STREET’s educational impact. A longitudinal study by the University of Kansas found that American children who frequently viewed SESAME STREET as preschoolers had high-school grade point averages that were almost 16 percent higher than those who did not watch.7

Each half-hour episode of SESAME STREET is a shortened version of each one-hour program and will include a “Street Story,” a “Word on the Street” segment, a celebrity vocabulary segment, songs, spoofs, dance breaks and popular segments like “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” or “Super Grover 2.0.”

Since its debut on PBS in 1969, SESAME STREET has provided millions of families with trusted, engaging content, and has earned extensive critical acclaim. More moms watch SESAME STREET than any other preschool program and SESAME STREET has won more Emmy Awards than any other show in TV history.8 More information about SESAME STREET is available at pbskids.org/sesame.

1, 5 Google Analytics, April 2013 – April 2014.
2 NTI NPower Live+7 Reach % for All PBS Stations and all Child TV Networks, 12/31/2012-12/29/2013, 6-minute qualifier and 50% Unification.
3 PBS Station List and Nielsen Universe Estimates, 2012-2013 season.
4 Google Analytics, Q1 2014.
6 Nielsen NPower Reach report Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2013/Live+7 data.  Low income defined as HH earning less than $20K a year.
Huston, A.C. et al. (2001). Sesame Viewers as Adolescents: The Recontact Study. In S. Fisch & R. Truglio (Eds.), “G is for Growing: Thirty Years of Sesame Street Research (pp. 131-143). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
8 Sesame Street Brand Tracking. Total Viewers All mentions. Q. 730 When considering Dec. 2013. Among regular viewers of each show. Nielsen Media Research. Npower F25-49/HHLD w/ child <3 5="" based="" cume="" live="" min.="" on="" reach="" u="">

About PBS KIDS PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About Sesame WorkshopSesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind SESAME STREETthe landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.



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