FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCHOOL ZONE’S “CHARLIE & COMPANY” NOW AVAILABLE ON KIDOODLE.TV®, A LEADING GLOBAL ONLINE PLATFORM FOR KIDS
The leader in early education resources, School Zone Publishing Company has signed its fifth digital distribution deal for its Intellectual Property, Charlie & Company
GRAND HAVEN, M.I. (Aug. 23, 2016) – School Zone Publishing is proud to add Kidoodle.TV® to its repertoire of streaming platforms for its preschool series Charlie & Company. Through Kidoodle.TV, millions of kids across the globe will now have access to watch beloved characters Charlie and his ‘Anywhere Teacher’ Miss Ellie.
“We embarked on a mission this year to focus on digital distribution efforts for our preschool series Charlie & Company to reach as many kids possible, and now thanks to Kidoodle.TV®, we’re extending that offering worldwide,” explained Jonathan Hoffman, president and CEO of School Zone Publishing. “I’ve been watching the distribution paradigm shift in kids’ content, and I truly believe Kidoodle.TV® is in a position to own the industry like the networks used to years ago.”
Charlie & Company features original music by multiplatinum-selling singer/songwriter Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe and tells the story of a beloved Golden Retriever (Charlie), School Zone’s ‘Anywhere Teacher’ (Miss Ellie) and all of Charlie’s friends as they learn about the alphabet, counting, creativity, writing, math and so much more. Developed by a team of award-winning producers and fully financed by School Zone, Charlie & Company capitalizes on the latest trends in kids’ entertainment, including a combination of live action and 2D animation, as the storyline 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, such as a sing-along about shapes and colors.
“We care about what kids see and what families want, and live action with educational merit continues to resonate. Charlie & Company hits both of those points, so we are excited to bring this award-winning brand with great characters and a focus on educational basics to our growing global audience,” said Jared Dielwart, chief content officer of A Parent Media Co. Inc., owner of Kidoodle.TV®.
Kidoodle.TV® is an online subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service (web, app and IPTV-based) designed for kids eight and under, featuring hits from popular children’s content producers from around the world, with no commercials and a robust suite of parental controls and other family-friendly features, such as the ability to upload user-generated videos. It’s designed to keep little viewers happy within a safe, time-controlled environment while allowing for independent navigation and discoverability. Parents and caregivers receive peace of mind knowing that all shows are hand-selected by Kidoodle.TV and vetted for fun, engaging educational elements and wholesome entertainment value. Uniquely, parents may participate in the content selection process by using the title selection feature found within the gated ‘Parents Room’ and choosing to upload their own family videos for their kids to enjoy.
“Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been saying, ‘watch what we’re going to do this year.’ By now offering Charlie & Company on a global scale through Kidoodle.TV®, it’s the cherry on top for us and, believe it or not, we’ve got more exciting news to come soon as well,” added Hoffman. In addition to Charlie & Company, School Zone Publishing Company is one of the world’s leading providers of kids’ educational tools and resources, including the award-winning Little Scholar Mini tablet, new educational workbooks and interactive flash card sets.”
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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, ﬂash cards 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. The new Little Scholar Mini tablet offers the same great content, as well as the full Charlie & Company series. Charlie & Company is now streaming on Ameba TV, ToonGoggles™, Highbrow, X and Kidoodle. 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 www.schoolzone.com.
Kidoodle.TV is an over-the-top, streaming entertainment service for children with no adult content, no commercials and robust parental controls. It allows users the ability to upload, store, watch and share user-generated content and family videos within the Kidoodle.TV environment using its Family Moments™ feature*. Kidoodle.TV is owned by A Parent Media Co. Inc., a family-focused company and has received the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Award. It is a proud Member Listed as part of the kidSAFE® Seal program. Try Kidoodle.TV for free by signing up at www.kidoodle.tv/register or downloading the app in the App Stores, and enjoy our Freemium service with 2GB of digital data storage for your family videos and home movies. Visit www.kidoodle.tv to learn more.
* Content and feature availability may vary by location and will change from time to time.