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School Zone Broadens Digital Distribution for Charlie & Company Series, Partners with Toon Goggles™
Charlie & Company Inspires Curiosity, Nurtures a Love of Learning and Empowers Preschoolers by Teaching Them the Skills They Need to Succeed in School
Grand Haven, MI (May 12, 2016) – Today, School Zone Publishing announces its partnership with Toon Goggles™ for digital distribution rights of its Intellectual Property, Charlie & Company. The colorful, easy-to-use Toon Goggles SVOD platform appeals to children of all ages and features educational, action and preschool shows. With over 4.6 million registered users and over 350,000 monthly active users currently, Toon Goggles is a favorite among kids and parents alike as they hand-select their programming directly from animators and animation rights holders to give children the most engaging and personal experience possible, and Charlie and Company will make a beautiful addition to the library content.
“2016 has been all about creating new distribution deals for Charlie & Company that will introduce millions of kids to our wonderfully engaging and educational platform,” said Jonathan Hoffman, president and CEO of School Zone. “First was our announcement with Ameba and now Toon Goggles™. Our team continues to impress me every day, and I can’t wait to tell you what’s next.”
Featuring original music by renowned singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark, Charlie & Company is an educational series for children ages 3-7 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. Developed by a team of award-winning producers, Charlie & 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.
“We believe kids should be able to watch what they want, where they want and how they want, and we’re honored to be able to provide Charlie & Company with that same experience,” said Lee Adams, chief creative officer of Toon Goggles™. “Designed specifically for children to be in charge of their viewing experience, Toon Goggles™ is honored to be one of the first distribution partners for Charlie & Company as we think it’s a great addition to our hand-curated selection of preschool programming.”
“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 of School Zone.
In addition to Charlie & Company, School Zone Publishing Company is one of the world’s leading providers of kids’ education tools and resources, including the highly anticipated Little Scholar Mini tablet, new educational workbooks and interactive flash card sets.
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 TOON GOGGLES™
Toon Goggles™ is the premier destination for On-Demand Entertainment for Kids™. The kid-safe and parent-friendly service offers a vast and diverse amount of animated and live-action programs, engaging games, a comprehensive radio section and tween entertainment news. Toon Goggles includes ad-free preschool and educational shows, as well as free content with pre-approved, child-appropriate advertising. Users have the option to upgrade to a premium membership and opt-out of advertisements. The platform is fully COPPA-compliant (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), boasting a strictly enforced screening process to ensure that all material is clean, safe and age-appropriate. Designed specifically for children to be in charge of their viewing experience, Toon Goggles’ easy-to-use interface lets kids watch their own personally selected programming anywhere and at any time.
Toon Goggles is available online at http://www.toongoggles.com and as an app on the iTunes App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Windows®8 and on all Sony phones and tablets, and pre-installed on a variety of devices. Toon Goggles can be found on the Sharp Aquos LED TV, Techno Source’s Kurio7 Android™ Tablet for Families™, Oregon Scientific’s Meep! Tablets, Barnes & Noble’s critically acclaimed NOOK® HD.