NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- HIT Entertainment,
representing licensing and television distribution for Chapman
Entertainment, proudly joins forces with PBS KIDS Sprout, the first and
only 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online
for kids ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers, to bring the latest
sensation from Chapman Entertainment, Fifi and the Flowertots, to the US.
Produced by Chapman Entertainment and airing exclusively on PBS KIDS
Sprout's 24-hour cable television channel in the US, Fifi and the
Flowertots will premiere on January 14, 2008. Fifi will air on Sprout daily
during The Sunny Side Up Show live morning show block from 9 a.m. -- noon
ET, while clips, games and printouts will be available at SproutOnline.com.
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"We are thrilled to introduce Fifi and the Flowertots to children in
the US with our television partner PBS KIDS Sprout," said Claudia
Scott-Hansen, Rights Syndication, US, HIT Entertainment. "The visually
stunning Fifi and the Flowertots features wholesome characters and fresh
stories that will surely resonate with preschoolers here, as it has
Val Fry, Director of Licensing Chapman Entertainment says: "We are over
the moon that HIT Entertainment has secured this television deal for Fifi
and the Flowertots in the US, and we look forward to the next exciting
stage in the growth of our internationally successful property."
"With the tremendous success of Bob the Builder(TM) on Sprout, we are
so excited to launch this wonderful new Keith Chapman creation," said
Andrew Beecham, Senior Vice President of Programming for PBS KIDS Sprout.
"Fifi and the Flowertots is sure to appeal to our young viewers and their
parents, and we look forward to adding it to our line-up of innovative
Sprout originals and trusted, gold-standard preschool favorites."
Fifi and the Flowertots is a stop-motion animated children's television
series that follows Fifi and her group of little Flowertot friends as they
go about their lives in Flowertot Garden. There are always things to make,
games to play, problems to solve, and many adventures to be had in the
garden that is always blooming.
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax
Partners, is one of the world's leading independent children's
entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes
properties, such as Barney(TM), Bob the Builder(TM), Thomas & Friends(TM),
Pingu(TM), Fireman Sam(TM), Angelina Ballerina(TM) and Rainbow Magic(TM).
HIT represents Fifi and the Flowertots(TM) in North America and Japan and
acts as a worldwide representative for The Jim Henson Company's library of
classic family brands and as representative for The Wiggles(R) in the UK.
HIT also owns the Guinness World Records(TM) publishing and television
property. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and
video production (including studios in the US and the UK), publishing,
consumer products licensing and live events. With a catalogue of more than
1,000 hours of young children's programming, HIT sells its shows to more
than 240 countries worldwide, in more than 40 different languages and has
operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. In 2005, the Company
joined Comcast Corporation, PBS and Sesame Workshop to launch PBS KIDS
Sprout(SM), a 24-hour digital cable channel and VOD service for
preschoolers. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.
About PBS KIDS Sprout
PBS KIDS Sprout(SM), the first and only 24-hour preschool destination
available on TV, on demand and online for kids ages 2-5 and their parents
and caregivers, was created as a partnership among Comcast Corporation, HIT
Entertainment, PBS and Sesame Workshop. Since debuting its video on demand
(VOD) service in April 2005, PBS KIDS Sprout has become the #1 On Demand
service for younger children, generating over 300 million orders. The
24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the
website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of
child from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive programming.
Currently, Sprout is available in 35 million unique households.
The network's program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based
children's shows includes: Sesame Street(R), Bob the Builder(TM), Barney &
Friends(TM), Thomas & Friends(TM), Angelina Ballerina(TM), Sagwa: The
Chinese Siamese Cat(TM), Caillou(R), The Berenstain Bears(TM), Jay Jay the
Jet Plane(R), Teletubbies(TM), Dragon Tales(TM), Pingu(TM), Make Way For
Noddy(TM), Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks(TM) and more.
About Chapman Entertainment
Chapman Entertainment, founded by Greg Lynn, Keith Chapman and Andrew
Haydon, is an independent company specializing in the creation,
development, production, and IP management of children's and family
properties. Keith Chapman is the originator of Bob the Builder and creator
of Fifi and the Flowertots and is the first person to have achieved global
success with three preschool TV properties at the same time.
Fifi and the Flowertots has now been sold to over 160 territories
worldwide and is currently the number one preschool license for girls in
the UK (Source NPD Pre-School Plush and Puzzles).
Roary the Racing Car is Chapman Entertainment's second property, It
launched in May 07 and is already racing ahead to become a winning license
reaching the UK NPD top 10 preschool licenses after only a couple of months
of toy sales.
SOURCE PBS Kids Sprout