June 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charlie & Company Returns For Volume 2 After Huge Success
School Zone’s Education Children’s Series Begins Filming for season 2 of Hit Show
Grand Haven, MI – School Zone, one of the world’s leading publishers of kid’s education tools and resources, will begin production of its highly-successful children’s series Charlie & Company. Building on season one, the new episodes will continue to find creative ways to teach preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders important core skills, and will be available on School Zone’s Little Scholar children’s tablet. The award-winning tablet, which originally debuted in 2014, recently launched an updated version.
“Our comprehensive research shows that Charlie & Company is informative, relatable and fun for kids in grades PreK-1,” said Jonathan Hoffman, President and CEO of School Zone Publishing. “As the School Zone team works with the experts from both coasts directors and actors for the series, we’re even more dedicated to bringing the best quality product to young children and positively inspiring the early education community.”
Featuring original music by well-renowned singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark, season 2 will continue with the adventures of the beloved Golden Retriever (Charlie), Miss Ellie, and all of Charlie’s friends as they learn about the alphabet, counting, and creativity; as well as reading, writing, math and so much more.
“The mix of animated characters and live action demonstrations is a format that appeals to so many children across the country,” said Danielle Augustine, who plays Miss Ellie in Charlie & Company. “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to help educate and entertain young kids through this great series.”
Production for Charlie & Company season 2 begins June 8th, throughout several locations in Michigan, including the Knickerbocker Theater in Holland, the Coast Guard in Grand Haven and the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. The new episodes will be available for purchase online this fall. To learn more about Charlie & Company, visit SchoolZone.com or visit your local Meijer retailer, where you can test out the series on the Little Scholar tablet.
“This spring we worked with the Dubit Group, a leading research firm out of London to facilitate a focus group prior to shooting Volume 2 of Charlie & Company, giving us some insight into what kids and parents liked about the show and any improvements we could make before production began. For example we shortened up some of the music and made some adjustments to the jokes, so the kids could relate a bit more to the topics at hand,” said Barb Peacock, Managing Director of School Zone. “We’re prepared to do everything we can to make this a hit, and we think we’ve made some great improvements to the upcoming series to do just that!”
ABOUT CHARLIE & COMPANY
Charlie & Company is an educational video series for children ages 3-7 that blends live action with animation as children are taken on exciting adventures with Charlie, a fun loving Golden Retriever, and all his friends. Along the way kids are taught lasting lessons in fun, unique ways like a sing-along about shapes and colors.