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RC2 Corp. to Underwrite "Thomas & Friends"

HIT Entertainment has signed up toy licensee RC2 Corporation as a new underwriter for the Thomas & Friends TV series, World Screen reports. Through the partnership, RC2′s Learning Curve brand will receive 15-second credits at the open and close of Thomas & Friends. In addition to on-air messaging, the program will include cross-sell and promotional […]

PBS KIDS Sprout Announces Executive Appointments

PBS KIDS Sprout today announced two senior executive appointments: Sandy Wax will join the network as President effective November 2, and Andrew Beecham has joined the network as Senior Vice President of Programming. In addition, Diana Kerekes, Vice President and General Counsel of Content Development for Comcast Corporation, will assume a seat on the PBS […]

"Big Big Friend Day" Comes to PBS KIDS

On November 25, PBS KIDS will present a two-hour block of episodes from both Clifford The Big Red Dog and Dragon Tales. The episodes will focus on friendship and respecting others. [Source: PR Newswire]

PBS KIDS Sprout Launches

PBS KIDS Sprout has launched as a round-the-clock preschool network available on digital cable and satellite, World Screen reports. The network features shows such as Bob the Builder, The Berenstain Bears, Jay Jay the Jet Plane and Dragon Tales, among others.

"Cyberchase" Online Contest Opens in September

Two Intel Centrino Mobile Technology-based notebook computers–one for the winner and one for the winner’s school or community group–will go to a Grand Prize winner as part of the third annual Cyberchase Online Contest, WNET said today. In addition, the Grand Prize winner will receive Cyberchase products donated by Flying Minds. Ten First Prize winners […]

"Maya & Miguel" Toys Coming in August

Toy Play will launch a line of toys for kids ages four to eight based on the PBS Kids’ animated series Maya & Miguel, the company says. The collection will include the ¡Eso Es! Maya doll; a collectible set of two-inch characters; Maya with Twinkling Bobbles; and Maya’s Messenger Bag & Doll Carry Case. The […]

"Cyberchase" Miniseries Coming in July

PBS Kids will broadcast “Hacker’s Transformatron,” a four-episode Cyberchase miniseries, beginning July 25, the network says. The story will feature Tony Hawk playing slider’s long-lost father, Coop. In addition, Cyberchase will launch new interactive games in July at its website. [Source: Business Wire]

Jay Jay Goes Interactive

Jay Jay the Jet Plane‘s upcoming season is set to include a new interactive element as well as a new Latino character friend for Jay Jay. Ten new episodes are scheduled to air on PBS Plus in October, with an additional ten episodes planned for 2006. [Source: C21Media]

Tony Hawk Joins "CyberChase"

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will lend his voice to an upcoming episode of CyberChase. The episode will air on PBS Kids as the finale of a four-parter (July 25 – 28) entitled “Hacker’s Transformatron.” In the concluding episode, the CyberSquad must save their friend, the cool cyber-teen Slider, from Hacker’s clutches. Slider will also be […]

"Jakers!" Moves to Weekdays in September

PBS Kids will begin airing Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks Mondays through Fridays beginning September 5, AWN reports. The network has ordered twelve more episodes of the series.

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