JP Kids and ThinkQuest Team Up to Grow the Internet's Largest Educational Site

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from JP Kids, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- JP Kids, Inc., one of the nation's
 leading independent kids' media companies, announced today that it has formed
 a strategic partnership with ThinkQuest(R), the most heavily trafficked
 educational destination on the Internet, with an estimated 120 million hits
 and 2 million unique users per month.  JP Kids will create and sell
 sponsorship packages, and work with ThinkQuest to repackage and distribute
 ThinkQuest's library of student-created content across a variety of media
 platforms, such as television, publishing and Internet content syndication.
     "ThinkQuest is the most comprehensive student-generated educational
 resource on the Internet," said Jeff Pinsker, President of JP Kids.  "These
 teams of students have done an amazing job of making learning fun and
 interactive, and they've covered virtually every topic you could think
 of -- from the physics of baseball to Japanese art!"
     Recognized as a Yahoo! Pick of the Year and an USA Today Hot Site, the
 ThinkQuest Library of Web sites ( http://www.thinkquest.org ) was created by
 teams of high school students around the world who competed for over
 $5 million in scholarships in the history of the contest.  There are over
 4,000 student-created Web sites -- a great number of which focus on important
 social issues like world hunger, AIDS, cultural exchange and the environment.
     The ThinkQuest Internet Challenge matches teens of different backgrounds,
 continents, and cultures to create educational websites.  These teams work for
 more than eight months to gather data, conduct research, and learn about the
 Internet as an educational medium while they build interactive,
 information-rich sites.  Upon completion, the entries become a permanent part
 of the ThinkQuest Library, available to teachers, students, and Internet users
 across the globe.
     "We are delighted to partner with JP Kids, a responsible leader in the
 kids' media industry," said Dr. Terry Rogers, President and CEO of Advanced
 Network & Services, the non-profit corporation that founded ThinkQuest.  "I am
 confident that JP Kids' expertise in multimedia distribution and creative
 development will enhance the significant impact that the ThinkQuest program
 has on learning."
     "We're thrilled to work with a group that shares our commitment to
 enriching kids' lives through technology," stated James Steyer, Chairman and
 CEO of JP Kids.  "JP Kids exists to change the world for kids through quality
 media, and our alliance with ThinkQuest takes us one step closer to
 accomplishing our mission."
     Advanced Network & Services, Inc., www.advanced.org, is a not-for-profit
 corporation dedicated to advancing education by accelerating the use of
 computer networking applications and technology. Advanced Network & Services
 has initiated several new programs in support of education and science,
 including the ThinkQuest program.  Advanced Network & Services also supports
 university research and development related to the advancement and the use of
 Internet applications and technologies such as Internet2, The National
 Tele-Immersion Initiative and Internet Protocol Performance Measurement. For
 more information about the ThinkQuest program, visit www.thinkquest.org, or
 call 914-765-1134.
     JP Kids is a leading, independent kids' media company offering creative
 kids' content that is both entertaining and educational.  JP Kids' properties
 cross multiple platforms, including television, books and the Internet. The
 Company recently acquired the award-winning teen Web site react.com. Since
 taking it over, JP Kids has more than doubled the traffic.  JP Kids also
 developed the hit Disney Channel original series The Famous Jett Jackson, and
 has completed production on 65 episodes and a Jett Jackson television movie.
 In addition to numerous other projects, JP Kids and Yahoo! are jointly
 developing Yahooligans! as a multiple media franchise for television, film,
 books and the Internet.  JP Kids' international television partners include
 Millimages (France), RTV Family Entertainment (Germany), and Alliance Atlantis
 (Canada).  JP Kids is headquartered in San Francisco, with production/sales
 offices in New York and Los Angeles.  For more information, please visit
 www.jpkids.com.
 
 

SOURCE JP Kids, Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- JP Kids, Inc., one of the nation's
 leading independent kids' media companies, announced today that it has formed
 a strategic partnership with ThinkQuest(R), the most heavily trafficked
 educational destination on the Internet, with an estimated 120 million hits
 and 2 million unique users per month.  JP Kids will create and sell
 sponsorship packages, and work with ThinkQuest to repackage and distribute
 ThinkQuest's library of student-created content across a variety of media
 platforms, such as television, publishing and Internet content syndication.
     "ThinkQuest is the most comprehensive student-generated educational
 resource on the Internet," said Jeff Pinsker, President of JP Kids.  "These
 teams of students have done an amazing job of making learning fun and
 interactive, and they've covered virtually every topic you could think
 of -- from the physics of baseball to Japanese art!"
     Recognized as a Yahoo! Pick of the Year and an USA Today Hot Site, the
 ThinkQuest Library of Web sites ( http://www.thinkquest.org ) was created by
 teams of high school students around the world who competed for over
 $5 million in scholarships in the history of the contest.  There are over
 4,000 student-created Web sites -- a great number of which focus on important
 social issues like world hunger, AIDS, cultural exchange and the environment.
     The ThinkQuest Internet Challenge matches teens of different backgrounds,
 continents, and cultures to create educational websites.  These teams work for
 more than eight months to gather data, conduct research, and learn about the
 Internet as an educational medium while they build interactive,
 information-rich sites.  Upon completion, the entries become a permanent part
 of the ThinkQuest Library, available to teachers, students, and Internet users
 across the globe.
     "We are delighted to partner with JP Kids, a responsible leader in the
 kids' media industry," said Dr. Terry Rogers, President and CEO of Advanced
 Network & Services, the non-profit corporation that founded ThinkQuest.  "I am
 confident that JP Kids' expertise in multimedia distribution and creative
 development will enhance the significant impact that the ThinkQuest program
 has on learning."
     "We're thrilled to work with a group that shares our commitment to
 enriching kids' lives through technology," stated James Steyer, Chairman and
 CEO of JP Kids.  "JP Kids exists to change the world for kids through quality
 media, and our alliance with ThinkQuest takes us one step closer to
 accomplishing our mission."
     Advanced Network & Services, Inc., www.advanced.org, is a not-for-profit
 corporation dedicated to advancing education by accelerating the use of
 computer networking applications and technology. Advanced Network & Services
 has initiated several new programs in support of education and science,
 including the ThinkQuest program.  Advanced Network & Services also supports
 university research and development related to the advancement and the use of
 Internet applications and technologies such as Internet2, The National
 Tele-Immersion Initiative and Internet Protocol Performance Measurement. For
 more information about the ThinkQuest program, visit www.thinkquest.org, or
 call 914-765-1134.
     JP Kids is a leading, independent kids' media company offering creative
 kids' content that is both entertaining and educational.  JP Kids' properties
 cross multiple platforms, including television, books and the Internet. The
 Company recently acquired the award-winning teen Web site react.com. Since
 taking it over, JP Kids has more than doubled the traffic.  JP Kids also
 developed the hit Disney Channel original series The Famous Jett Jackson, and
 has completed production on 65 episodes and a Jett Jackson television movie.
 In addition to numerous other projects, JP Kids and Yahoo! are jointly
 developing Yahooligans! as a multiple media franchise for television, film,
 books and the Internet.  JP Kids' international television partners include
 Millimages (France), RTV Family Entertainment (Germany), and Alliance Atlantis
 (Canada).  JP Kids is headquartered in San Francisco, with production/sales
 offices in New York and Los Angeles.  For more information, please visit
 www.jpkids.com.
 
 SOURCE  JP Kids, Inc.