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School Zone Announces First Digital Distribution Deal for Its Charlie & Company Series with Ameba TV, Making It Accessible To Over 30 Million Connected Devices

School Zone’s Charlie & Company Is a Preschool Series That Inspires Curiosity, Nurtures a Love of Learning and Empowers Preschoolers by Teaching Them the Skills They Need to Succeed in School 

Grand Haven, MI (March 8, 2016) – This week, School Zone Publishing announced its first distribution deal with Ameba TV for its Intellectual Property, Charlie & Company. Featuring original music by well-renowned singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark, Charlie & Company is an educational Preschool series that tells the story of a 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.

“We’re excited to announce that our first distribution partnership for Charlie & Company is with Ameba TV, a top kids’ streaming service,” said Jonathan Hoffman, CEO and president of School Zone. “Ameba puts Charlie & Company into the hands of some 30 million kids and their TV connected devices, such as XBOX 360, ROKU, LG, SONY and Amazon Fire, as well as millions of computers, smart phones and tablets across North America. This is an exciting moment for the brand, and we will have even more news to share soon.”

Ameba TV is a children's video streaming service that is full of active, engaging and intelligent programming. Ameba gives kids access to a vast library of safe, smart and entertaining shows while giving parents complete confidence that their children are only watching content created for them.

"We are dedicated to finding the best possible content to add to our growing library, and our partnership with School Zone reflects that commitment,” noted Tony Havelka, president and owner of Ameba. "Charlie & Company personifies the best in high quality production that kids, parents and educators are seeking and are certain to enjoy.  The episodes feature lovable characters telling stories with simple and specific themes accompanied by engaging songs. We are so excited to be adding Charlie & Company to our line-up of 3,000+ episodes of quality kids’ programming and look forward to introducing School Zone's special series to a whole new group of young audiences everywhere."

Developed by a team of award-winning producers, Charlie and Company capitalizes on the latest trends of kids’ entertainment, including a combination of Live Action and 2D animation, as the story line and characters find creative ways to teach preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders important skills they need to succeed in school. Along the way, kids are taught lasting lessons in fun, unique ways, like a sing-along about shapes and colors.

“Understanding the importance of early education was something that we emphasized when creating this series. Every episode of Charlie & Company caters specifically to children and features Miss Ellie, our ‘ANYWHERE TEACHER,’ who guides viewers through an adventure that’s based inside a school zone,” said Barbara Peacock, managing director, School Zone.

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ABOUT SCHOOL ZONE

For 35+ years, School Zone Publishing has paved the learning trail for toddlers through grade school kids with proven tools trusted by teachers and parents worldwide. Their early learning workbooks, flashcards and software are designed by educators and focused on developing success in math, reading, spelling and more. With research-based content delivered across multiple learning platforms, School Zone connects with kids “where they are.” In 2013, School Zone introduced its flagship product, the Little Scholar educational tablet for kids, which is equipped with over 200 preloaded apps, books, songs and videos. School Zone is a family-owned company that is focused on excellence, responsive to customers, alert to emerging technology and committed to community. For more information, visit https://www.schoolzone.com.

ABOUT AMEBA

Canadian-based Ameba TV is the Free On-Demand Entertainment destination for kids offering 24/7 instant access throughout North America to a wide array of award-winning, enriching, age-appropriate kids’ TV entertainment. Featuring thousands of episodes of educational, musical, and multilingual programming to children ages 2 through 12. Ameba is currently accessible via the web and on multiple screens including television, computer, tablets and smart phones. Our top-tier platform partners include: XBOX 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, Sony, Amazon Fire, Web, Mobile and tablet, (iOS, Android).

School Zone Announces First Digital Distribution Deal for Charlie & Company with Ameba TV