FIRST LAUNCH IN WESTERN EUROPE
London – 9th May 2008 - KidsCo, the joint venture channel owned by leading media companies NBC Universal, DIC Entertainment (DIC) and Corus Entertainment Inc. (Corus), has launched in Spain via local operator Teuve. The new children’s and family channel will also see a VOD service following later this year.
KidsCo programming in the region will include pre-school offerings such as Strawberry Shortcake, Boobah, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Dennis the Menace and Care Bears while older age groups can tune in to much-loved series including Sabrina, Inspector Gadget, Rescue Heroes and Sonic the Hedgehog. KidsCo’s Family Zone will also offer feature-length movies for the whole family.
KidsCo’s launch into Spain is the first stage of the channel’s rollout across Western Europe following the strategic expansion into the world’s TV markets with the channel now broadcasting in key territories including Romania, Ukraine, the Middle East, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Hong Kong and countries across sub-Saharan Africa. It is anticipated that KidsCo will be airing in up to 40 territories including Europe and Latin America within the next 18 months.
KidsCo Managing Director Paul Robinson commented: “Spain is a strategically important market for KidsCo and marks our first in Western Europe with our partner Teuve and platforms including Ono, Orange and R Cable. We are confident that KidsCo’s high quality, safe and trusted programming will add to the children’s television choice in Spain and will help build our position as the international 4th kids’ TV network.”
Graeme Stanley, Managing Director of Teuve added: “We are delighted to be working with Kidsco and look forward to the introduction of quality programming for Spanish television viewers.”
“Marking the beginning of our rollout through Western Europe, we are thrilled to launch KidsCo in Spain through Teuve,” stated Jeffrey Edell, President & COO, DIC Entertainment. “We are excited with the positive reception from platform providers around the world, and the tremendous growth and momentum of the channel witnessed to date.”
KidsCo features renowned animated and live-action television series and feature-length movies from pre-eminent, independent animation programme suppliers, DIC and Corus’ Nelvana. DIC’s programming library features approximately 3,000 half-hours of top quality series, including; Inspector Gadget, Strawberry Shortcake, Madeline, Dennis the Menace, Care Bears and more.
With more than 3,200 half-hours of kids’ programming, Nelvana Enterprises’ catalogue features international favourites such as Babar, Franklin, The Adventures of Tintin and Rolie Polie Olie.
About NBC Universal
NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.
About DIC Entertainment
DIC Entertainment, a fully-integrated global brand management company, is dedicated to creating, developing, producing, distributing, marketing and merchandising family-based intellectual properties. The Company serves as the worldwide licensor or agent for brands such as McDonald’s, Strawberry Shortcake, Horseland, Mommy & Me, The Beginner’s Bible and Eloise. DIC has distinguished itself by building one of the largest libraries of animation worldwide with approximately 3,000 half-hours of programming, including Inspector Gadget™, Dino Squad™, Strawberry Shortcake™, Horseland, Sabrina™, Madeline™, Liberty’s Kids™, Sonic The Hedgehog and Care Bears™. In 2007, DIC and CBS launched a new educational and informational Saturday morning programming block, “KEWLopolis on CBS.” As a pre-eminent supplier of kid’s programming worldwide, DIC has developed strategic partnerships with key broadcast partners throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. DIC also acquired Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, a Pan-European licensing agency that represents the licensing rights of a broad portfolio of world-renowned companies including DreamWorks Animation, MGM, Marvel, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom and The Football Association. DIC is headquartered in Burbank, California with offices in New York, Paris and London. For more information please visit www.dicentertainment.com
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
TEUVE: With 8 years of trajectory in the Pay TV sector, including a very important implication in Digital TV through satellite and digital terrestrial, Teuve has been consolidated as the main independent content provider for Pay TV through cable and ADSL, producing and distributing 10 TV channels as well as the associated services; VOD and mobile content offer.
TEUVE is the main thematic channel producer in Spain, with 7 movie channels (CINESTAR, CINESTAR +1, EXTREME, DARK, MGM, SOMOS, CINEMATK and CANAL 18) and 5 entertainment channels (NATURA, BUZZ, KIDSCO, TELECORAZÓN and PACHA). All of them are distributed through cable networks, available in more than 1.8 million households.