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Kidobi - Press Release

About Kidobi:

Kidobi is an award-winning, online preschool destination that creates tailor-made video playlists based on a child's age, interests and skills. Kidobi adapts to the child's skill level and preferences using technology developed with educators and child development experts. Kidobi's software will automatically create a personalized learning channel for your child that's ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Parents can also choose educational topics, set the difficulty level and search our library themselves to find exactly what they're looking for.

Contact Kidobi:

55 Queen Street East, Suite 705
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1R6
Canada
Phone: (1) 647 477 5620
E-mail: info@kidobi.com



Feb 6 2014

Kidobi Puts Focus on Physical Fitness with Exergaming Series Master Karate Todd

Toronto/New York


Kidobi’s latest content partnership emphasizes fitness by encouraging active participation over passive viewing. Children are encouraged to perform the exercises and get moving while learning the basics of karate, nutrition, and physical fitness.

Toronto/New York, February 6, 2014 – Personalized video platform Kidobi has announced a new content partnership with Master Karate Todd, an interactive exergaming video series that promotes fitness and health. The content will be available on the Kidobi website and mobile apps beginning next month.

“We created this series to give children a chance to have fun and get some exercise while learning about nutrition and fitness along the way,” said Julian Ford, creator of Master Karate Todd and an AAU National Karate Jr. Olympic Gold Medal Champion. “We’re happy to work with Kidobi to help more children have fun while their learning.”

“Kidobi is designed to give kids and parents more value for their screen time,” said Leo Henning, Founder & CEO of Kidobi. “By encouraging active participation, Master Karate Todd and Kidobi are a great alternative to passive television viewing.”

Henning will be speaking at the iKids Conference in New York City on February 13, 2014. Kidobi has been shortlisted for the 2014 iKids Award for Best Streaming Video Platform in the preschool category. Kidobi was the only Canadian company to win at the 2013 iKids Awards.

Kidobi is available online at www.kidobi.com, or as an app for iPad and Android devices.

Master Karate Todd will also be broadcast on WNYC TV channel 25, the official television station for New York City, from March 2014 through September 2014.

About Master Karate Todd:

Master Karate Todd, LLC & Ford Brothers Productions animation studios are committed to producing family values based entertainment by telling great stories using high quality animation. FBP & MKT, LLC work to achieve this by participating in the investment, creation, development, production and distribution of quality animated content. The company creates their own unique shows, products and events for children. For more information please visit www.masterkaratetodd.com.

Nov 20 2013

Kidobi and Mark Animation Announce Exclusive Content Partnership to Take Language Learning Programming Online

Toronto


The two Canadian companies have formed an exclusive content partnership to support the launch of the Mandarin-English language learning program Miaomiao (13 x 2’). Available online exclusively from Kidobi, the preschool series teaches Mandarin vocabulary and is supported by the companion iPad app Learn with Miaomiao.

Toronto, November 20, 2013 – Online children’s platform Kidobi and studio Mark Animation have announced an exclusive content partnership for the release of the new series Miaomiao (13 x 2’). The Mandarin-English preschool series will be available exclusively on Kidobi.com and Kidobi’s mobile apps for iPad and Android devices.

The announcement coincides with the launch of the first in a series of Learn With Miaomiao mobile apps, available on the Apple App Store. With interactive animations and the same loveable characters from the Miaomiao TV show, kids learn Chinese and English words while they play with Miaomiao, a young girl, and her pet dog Doudou (pronounced Doh-Doh).

“Language learning content is in high demand among parents. That’s why we’re delighted to announce this new partnership with Mark Animation that provides our viewers with exclusive access to Mark Animation’s terrific new program Miaomiao,” said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi.

“Learning a language doesn’t have to feel like Sunday school,” says Leo Yu He, producer for the Miaomiao programs. “With Miaomiao, kids really have fun, they learn positive lessons like cooperation and manners, and along the way they naturally pick up some useful vocabulary in another language.”

This partnership, and the success of the two young companies, underscores the strength and diversity of Canada’s digital media sector. Mark Animation was featured in the ‘Best of Canada Showcase’ at MIPJunior in Cannes this past October and production has already begun on the second season of Miaomiao. Back in February of this year, Kidobi was the only Canadian company to be honoured at the inaugural iKids awards, winning Best Streaming Video Platform in the preschool category.

About Mark Animation:

Mark Animation was among seven studios featured in the recent “Best of Canada” showcase at MIP Junior, a leading international television market for kids content. The Toronto-based cross-media studio was also featured in the “Canada Showcase” organized by Telefilm during this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Miaomiao has received support from leading media funding agencies in Canada, including Canada Media Fund, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, and investment from the Shaw Rocket Fund. A Chinese-language version of Miaomiao airs exclusively on New Tang Dynasty Television in Canada.

Oct 22 2013

Kidobi And Simon & Schuster Launch Ready-To-Read Web App

Toronto


New web app brings personalized recommendations to early reading.

The online video platform Kidobi and publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster are introducing the new Ready-to-Read Recommendation App, which provides reading recommendations for early readers ages three to eight.

Designed to support the development of early literacy skills by matching young readers with books at the optimal level of difficulty, the Ready-to-Read Recommendation App is now available at http://www.Kidobi.com/Ready-to-Read. The web app analyzes the child’s age, interests, and reading level, helping parents find books that suit their child’s reading level.

The app features many popular titles including Olivia, Eloise, and Mike the Knight, as well as favorites from beloved children’s author Eric Carle.

Kidobi sees the launch of the new Ready-to-Read web app as an extension of its mission to provide powerful tools that support parents in today’s digital age. “Personalization is at the core of what we do at Kidobi, using technology to give each child content that is at just the right level for them,” said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. “With the Ready-to-Read Recommendation App, we’re able to bring that element of personalization to the books they read as well, which we hope will contribute to more kids developing a lifelong love of reading.”

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with Kidobi to promote literacy confidence and provide helpful resources for young readers and their families,” said Julie Christopher, Associate Marketing Director, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. “Our goal is for beginning readers to feel successful whether they are just starting out at the Rising Star level or have mastered the Megastar level, because with Ready-to-Read, they’re all reading stars. The Recommendation Application takes that empowerment a step further by allowing parents to create a customized list of books for their new reader. It’s a valuable tool for finding the perfect book for your child.”

Kidobi is available online at Kidobi.com, with mobile apps for iPad and Android devices available from the App Store and Google Play. The Ready-to-Read web app is now available at Kidobi.com/Ready-to-Read.

About Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing:

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Beach Lane Books, Libros para niños, Little Simon®, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight®. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. In addition to numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners, Simon & Schuster publishes such high-profile properties and series as Eloise, Olivia, Raggedy Ann & Andy™, Henry & Mudge®, The Hardy Boys®, Nancy Drew®, the Dork Diaries series, the Mortal Instruments series, Mike the Knight, and the original Cupcake Diaries and Creepover series. For more information about Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, visit our website at http://www.simonandschuster.com.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at http://www.simonandschuster.com.

Oct 10 2013

Children’s Video Platform Kidobi Announces a Global Distribution Partnership With Yellow House English

Toronto


Language learning content from Yellow House English is now available to Kidobi subscribers around the world.

Online video platform, Kidobi, announced today a new content partnership with Yellow House English, the company behind two preschool series designed to help young children learn English. Baby Beetles (20 x 5’) and Tom and Keri (26 x 7’) are available now on Kidobi.com, as well as through Kidobi’s mobile apps for iPad and Android devices. Both series will be available to Kidobi subscribers globally.

Both series were created by Claire Selby, a writer and composer specializing in English as an additional language for children. Baby Beetles is a unique series of animated songs designed to teach the first 160 words and phrases of English to children whether as their first, second or an additional language. Tom and Keri is a new series to help preschool children aged 3-6 learn English. The 26 episodes follow Tom and Keri on adventures with songs, laughter and lots of new characters to meet in their magic yellow playhouse.

Kidobi provides personalized content recommendations for preschool children, allowing their parents to easily influence the kind of content their child sees. “Parents are asking for content with an emphasis on language learning. Our partnership with Yellow House English demonstrates our commitment to give our viewers what they want,” says Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. “We expect language learning to be a big part of Kidobi’s future.”

“We’re thrilled to have our content featured on Kidobi’s unique video platform,” says Artur Gniadek of Yellow House English. “It means that our programs can find the right audience, making the learning experience even more effective.”

About Yellow House English:

Yellow House English believes that all children can learn English successfully. The most important step is to start learning at a very young age. Millions of children around the world learn English better and faster with series by Yellow House English author and composer, Claire Selby. Claire has been writing successful materials for use in schools, on TV, as apps, for children’s entertainment and for home-learning for over 10 years, so Yellow House English is a name you can trust to deliver high quality educational products.

Sep 25 2013

Foothill Entertainment and Kidobi Head to Cannes with a New Distribution Partnership

Toronto


Preschool video platform Kidobi bolsters its library with the addition of several series from Foothill Entertainment.

Foothill Entertainment and Kidobi have announced plans for a digital distribution partnership that adds several preschool series to the ground-breaking web-based SVoD platform. Foothill will be adding Animal Stories (52 x 5’), Barney (13 x 5’), Eddy the Bear (26 x 11’), Little Monsters (52 x 5’), Microscopic Milton (26 x 5’), and Zot the Dog (13 x 11’) to Kidobi’s extensive library of preschool content.

The content will become available in the coming weeks to subscribers in Canada and the U.S. on Kidobi.com as well as through Kidobi’s mobile apps for iPad and Android devices.

“We’re delighted to be working with Foothill Entertainment because we know our audience is going to love their programs,” said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. “Our technology lets parents relax, knowing their child’s screen time is appropriate. And with great content, such as these series from Foothill, we’re putting smiles on the kids’ faces, too.”

“Kidobi is unique among digital platforms and their approach is very innovative,” said Jo Kavanagh-Payne, President of Foothill Entertainment, who is also being featured in this year’s Mip Junior Preview. “This partnership supports our goal of establishing the broad audience this great content deserves. In today’s world that means having a strong presence online.”

The announcement comes just ahead of this year’s MIPCOM and MIP Junior markets in Cannes. At this year’s market, Foothill Entertainment will be showcasing many exciting properties including Boy and the Dinosaur, which was the third most viewed show at MIPJunior last year.

About Foothill Entertainment:

Founded in September 2000 by former DIC Entertainment Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Gregory Payne, and Jo Kavanagh-Payne, former Link Television Entertainment, Inc. Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations, Foothill specializes in the co-development and distribution of children’s and family entertainment programming. Their company is based in Santa Barbara, California. Foothill Europe is based in London.

Sep 18 2013

Kidobi and “Bananas in Pyjamas” Team Up to Make Screen Time Count

Toronto


The 3D animated series featuring the beloved, pyjama-clad duo will be available on the multi-platform streaming video service Kidobi.

Online video platform, Kidobi, announced today that the world-renowned television show, Bananas in Pyjamas will be added to Kidobi’s library of preschool videos available in the U.S. Now kids ages 2-6 can watch the popular television series online at http://www.kidobi.com or through Kidobi’s mobile apps. The series was licensed through Endemol Worldwide Distribution in a deal negotiated by David Wollos, Content Ambassador for Kidobi and Matt Creasey, SVP Sales and Acquisitions for Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

Broadcasting in 235 countries, Bananas in Pyjamas is the 3D CGI animated, children’s series featuring the adventures of twins B1 and B2. With episodes displaying the characters’ good humor, life-lessons, generosity and optimism, Bananas in Pyjamas is a great example of the high-quality, non-violent shows available on Kidobi’s unique platform.

“Our goal at Kidobi is to always provide our viewers top-notch content that children and their parents both love. That’s why we’re proud to work with the world’s leading producers and distributors to bring our audience the best children’s content available,” says Leo Henning, Chief Executive Officer of Kidobi. “The characters are confident, generous, and optimistic, which is one of the reasons Bananas in Pyjamas is such a great addition to our library. Both Kidobi and Bananas in Pyjamas want to improve the lives of children around the world by making their screen time count.”

The platform features programming from other international leaders’ in the field of children’s media, including Sky Vision, Studio 100 Media and Germany’s Your Family Entertainment, owner of one of Europe’s biggest program libraries. Partners are granted tools to make digital distribution a breeze and allow them to deliver content to parents and children around the world in seconds.

Kidobi creates personalized learning channels for every viewer in order to give each child the right content at the right time. All the content is pre-screened and rated by early childhood experts. Parents also have the ability to guide the programming using Kidobi’s unique personalization tools. Kidobi removes parents’ guesswork by automatically generating customized video playlists for children. Each video is based on educational topics such as social skills, mathematics, science and much more. The platform’s cutting-edge, intuitive technology adapts to children’s unique skill level and creating tailored-made playlists that match their interests, so children are engaged and entertained as they learn.

Kidobi is currently available online at http://www.Kidobi.com, with mobile apps for iPad and Android devices available from the App Store and Google Play. Bananas in Pyjamas is produced by Southern Star Entertainment / Southern Star Singapore (An Endemol Group Company) in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

About Bananas in Pyjamas:

Since first airing in July 1992 as suited characters, Bananas in Pyjamas has been a phenomenal success now broadcasting in 235 countries, continuing to be loved by pre-schoolers across the globe. Now they are back with a new CGI animated series which premiered in Australia on ABC2 in May 2011, on Disney Junior in Canada in March 2013 and in the United Kingdom on both Channel 5 and Cartoonito in July 2011. The series is maintaining exceptional ratings and viewership across all channels. Bananas in Pyjamas is produced by Southern Star Entertainment/Southern Star Singapore (a division of Endemol Group) in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jun 25 2013

Kidobi Wins Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Children's Products Award Program for 2013 for Making Screen Time Count

Toronto


Winner selected among hundreds for an educationally oriented and stimulating product for children

Online video content provider, Kidobi, has been awarded the Best Vacation Product for Dr. Toy's Guide for 2013. Products awarded Best Vacation Award promote activity, creativity, and learning by complementing children's experiences during vacation at home or on the road.

Using extensive criteria Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) very carefully chose among hundreds of toys for the Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Children's Product. Kidobi was recognized for its sophisticated components and intuitive technology that customizes personalized playlists to fit each child's learning needs and developmental stage.

"Kidobi understands the value of play during the summer as an essential tool in the overall learning process," says Leo Henning, Chief Executive Officer of Kidobi. "We are thrilled that our product has been recognized for its high quality that promotes active participation, learning experiences, and nurtures creativity."

Kidobi is an online video content provider that removes parents' guesswork by automatically generating customized video playlists. Each video is based on educational topics such as social skills, mathematics, science and much more. The platform's cutting-edge intuitive technology not only adapts to children's unique skill level, it provides tailored-made content that matches their level of interest so children are engaged and entertained as they learn.

Dr. Toy's Guide features products that follow high standards of safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, learning skills, good value for price, and fun. Kidobi is currently available online at www.Kidobi.com, with mobile apps for iPad and Android devices available from the App Store and Google Play.

March
13
2013

Kidobi and Your Family Entertainment Provide Screen Time Parents and Pediatricians Can Feel Good About


Toronto / Munich


New research suggests that increasing exposure to prosocial content can reduce aggression and improve scores of social competence among children. Preschool video platform Kidobi and Your Family Entertainment give parents the tools and the content to ensure their child’s screen time features non-violent, prosocial programming.


Research published earlier this month in the journal Pediatrics concludes that reducing children’s exposure to violent media, while increasing their exposure to prosocial content, can positively impact their behaviour. A companion paper published alongside the study urges pediatricians to focus as much on quality as quantity when it comes to children’s screen time.


For busy parents looking to manage their child’s screen time, preschool video platform Kidobi may be just what the doctor ordered. Kidobi’s software allows parents set filters to limit certain types of content, for example violent programming, meaning parents can influence their child’s screen time without having to micro-manage every video.


“Creating a technical solution for parents to easily manage their child’s screen time is just one side of the issue,” says Leo Henning, Founder and CEO of Kidobi. “We wanted to partner with producers and distributors that share our values and can offer compelling, high-quality, prosocial content. Your Family Entertainment is the perfect example of a company that does just that. ”


Kidobi offers a huge range of preschool programming from top producers and distributors, including Germany’s Your Family Entertainment, which owns one of Europe’s biggest program libraries. “We are pleased to contribute to the success of KIDOBI with our high-quality and non-violent programs,” says Klaus Forch, EVP Sales & Legal, Your Family Entertainment. “Series such as Altair, Urmel and Albert have an educational focus and are loved by kids as well as by parents all over the world.”


Kidobi lets parents create a customizable child profile which guides the programming shown to their child. Violent or scary content can be restricted using filters and a child’s interests can be added to their profile to further personalize the experience.


Earlier this month Kidobi was awarded Best Preschool Streaming Video Platform at the Annual iKids Awards at the Kidscreen Summit. “We are pleased that the great preschool content of our partner Your Family Entertainment, among others, has helped us to win this highly acclaimed prize,” says Leo Henning.


“Kidobi has achieved a major goal by winning the iKids award and as one of the major suppliers we are honoured to have contributed to this success,” says Klaus Forch, Your Family Entertainment AG. Kidobi is available online at Kidobi.com and as a mobile app available from the App Store and Google Play.



About Your Family Entertainment:


Your Family Entertainment AG (YFE) presents high-quality entertainment with nonviolent and educational focus for kids, teens and the whole family. The company has its origins in the well-known Ravensburger AG. Since 1981 a library of around 3,500 half hours of children's and youth programs has been developed continuously – one of Europe’s biggest program libraries in the field of family entertainment. Your Family Entertainment operates the award winning payTV channel 'yourfamily' for children and families in German-speaking Europe. After winning the HOT BIRD TM TV AWARD in 2010, the channel was again nominated for the award in 2011. In 2012 the free-TV channel RiC was launched, which is also available via live stream on the Internet.

Feb 13 2013

Toronto-based Kids' Tech Firm Kidobi Wins Best Streaming Video Platform

Toronto / New York


Canadian children's website Kidobi has been named the Best Streaming Video Platform in the Preschool category at the inaugural iKids Awards last week in New York. The 2013 iKids Awards were designed to highlight the best digital offerings for kids. The winners were selected unanimously by a panel of five industry judges.


Kidobi, the only Canadian company recognized at the event, uses a sophisticated algorithm to create personalized playlists for each child while allowing parents to influence the programming their child sees through a customizable profile. As each child watches Kidobi, the software adapts to the child by refining the selection of content for that viewer. This allows Kidobi to make better choices for each viewer the more they watch.


"Personalization will play a vital role in the future of both content distribution and education. This award demonstrates that the industry understands the importance of adaptive platforms like Kidobi," said Leo Henning, Founder and CEO of Kidobi.


Henning sees the potential for Kidobi to become much more than a streaming video platform. "Our goal is to leverage the power of technology to help kids, so it's important that we support a collaborative approach that allows parents, kids, and child development researchers and educators to work together."


Kidobi is currently available online at www.kidobi.com, with mobile apps for iPad and Android devices available from the App Store and Google Play. In 2013 Kidobi will focus on establishing new partnerships, expanding to more platforms, building their content library, and adding new features.

Jan
29
2013

Kidobi Expands its Preschool Content Library With New Programming from Sky Vision


Toronto


Adaptive kids' video platform Kidobi has bolstered their library with the addition of several preschool series from UK distributor Sky Vision. In the deal announced today, Kidobi will stream Sky Vision content to their premium subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.


The series will become available on www.kidobi.com in the coming weeks and include Castle Farm (25 x 5'), City of Friends (52 x 10'), Hana's Helpline (26 x 10'), Happy Valley (52 x 5'), The Music Makers (26 x5'), and the multi-award winning series Jakers (52 x 30').


"We're very excited to add this fantastic slate of preschool programming to our growing library," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "With incredible series like Jakers and City of Friends, plus Kidobi's extensive tools for parents, we're able to offer preschoolers and their families an unparalleled online experience."


Kidobi's online library features thousands of videos from dozens of top producers and distributors from around the world. The service helps parents make screen time count for their kids by creating a personalized learning channel for each viewer. An extensive suite of parental controls allow parents to influence their child's programming while ensuring that the content meets their child's evolving needs. The service is available online at www.kidobi.com, as well as in Apple's App Store and Google Play.


About Sky Vision


Sky Vision is the global distribution arm of UK broadcaster, BSkyB. Delivering multi-platform entertainment, Sky Vision brings content to life for audiences around the world. It offers a boutique-style approach for all content providers to deliver a globally-managed distribution service.

Jan
22
2013

myKaZootv Adds Family Friendly Music to Kidobi’s Video Platform


Toronto


Toronto, January 22, 2013 – Family-friendly music company myKaZootv and preschool video platform Kidobi announced today a distribution partnership that brings myKaZootv content to Kidobi's personalized video platform for kids.


Kidobi, which tailors content to each child's needs and tastes, will feature select music videos from myKaZootv's acclaimed children's artists on its website and mobile apps. As Kidobi expands its content library, there is a growing demand for music that appeals to kids and their parents.


"From a very early age parents and children connect through music," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "It's universal and accessible to the very young, and it's something that parents want to share with their children. We're delighted to welcome myKaZootv and their great artists to our content line-up."


"We're passionate about giving children and their parents a fun and imaginative music experience,"
said Richard Ellis, Founder of mKaZootv and its sister company myKaZoo Music, a joint venture with Universal Music Group. "Kidobi enables us to continue in our goal of helping our artists reach more children and families."


"We see so much potential in our partnership with Kidobi,"
says Rick Dobbis, partner at myKaZootv. "There are hundreds of independent children's artists around the country making great music and videos with little coordinated access to national publicity, marketing and distribution. Kidobi will help us to provide them with an additional, very valuable, touchpoint to the audience."


Kidobi's library features animated, stop-motion, and live-action preschool videos from top producers and distributors from around the world. Kiodbi's content covers traditional educational subjects such as science, early literacy and social development, as well as topics as diverse as cooking, children's yoga, music, and more.


About myKaZootv


myKaZootv is an always-on, interactive multi-channel video platform, broadcasting music videos for children, with features that make it better than television. The channel offers parents and kids a safe, focused environment showing hundreds of entertaining music videos by top artists, kid hosts and humorous educational interstitials, all organized by topic and artist and easily selected by young viewers.

Nov 20 2012

Kids' App That Helps Manage Screen Time for Preschoolers Wins Support from Parents

Toronto


Preschool video platform Kidobi is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the PTPA Winner's Seal of Approval. Kidobi creates personalized learning channels for each viewer based on their age, interests, and parental input, among other factors, to help parents give their children better value for their screen time.

Designed to help busy parents ensure their child gets the right content at the right time, Kidobi gives parents peace of mind that their child is getting content that is safe and age appropriate. Kidobi is available online and as a mobile app for iPad and Android devices, allowing parents to access their child's personalized learning channel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Being honoured with the influential Seal of Approval from PTPA Media Inc. is a huge achievement for a product geared to families, children or parents. "We're happy that parents see the value in giving their kids a more personal experience when it comes to online video," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "With kids spending more and more time watching videos online, the demand for apps like Kidobi will continue to grow."

"At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative products that families can trust," says Sharon Vinderine, CEO and founder of PTPA Media Inc. "When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and web sites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers. Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless."

Kidobi was among many entries from across North America competing to earn the PTPA™ Seal. Independent parent volunteers evaluate products in their own homes to ensure that PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience – not on commercial considerations. As a result, the PTPA Media™ Seal has quickly gained recognition as an international leader in certifying consumer products for quality, effectiveness and value. Their CEO and founder, Sharon Vinderine has appeared on nearly 50 morning shows as a reliable source for the latest and greatest in family products. The media and parents alike trust the collective opinion that PTPA Media represents.

PTPA Media has North America's largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents and was rated the Most Trusted Seal by 22,000 parents.

Consumers looking for high-quality products and services can rest assured when they see the PTPA Winner's Seal; it's evidence of a products excellence from having been evaluated by unbiased parent testers.


About PTPA Media Inc.

PTPA Media provides an objective framework for appraising and promoting new products designed to enrich family living. The company's mission is to marry innovative companies with discerning consumers, to improve consumer access to quality products and services for their families and homes.

PTPA Media Contact Information: Janine Streiter, Tel: (905)738-1447 x.240 For more information visit www.ptpamedia.com.

Oct
6
2012

Kidobi Adds Preschool Content from Mondo TV to its Innovative SVoD Platform


Toronto


Mondo TV has partnered with Kidobi to distribute several series in North America on the preschool SVoD platform. Bug's Adventures (13 x 13'), Jurassic Cubs (26 x 13'), Toy Toons (26 x 13') and Turtle Hero (26 x 26') will be available in the coming weeks on Kidobi.com, as well as Kidobi's mobile apps for iPad and Android devices.


Kidobi continues to establish itself as the most innovative children's platform on the web, creating tailor-made playlists for each and every viewer. Since its inception, Kidobi has drawn the attention of preeminent children's content producers around the world.


"We are thrilled to have a world leader in children's content recognize the value and potential in our platform. Our partnership with Mondo TV speaks to the momentum we've been building as top producers and distributors recognize the importance of digital distribution as part of their overall strategy," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi.


The announcement comes on the heels of Mondo TV's recent co-production and distribution agreement with Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) for the animated series based on the popular cartoon character 'Modhesh.


Mondo TV joins the ranks of top producers and distributors around the world who have partnered with Kidobi, including BRB International, CCI Entertainment, Distribution360, RGH Entertainment, Studio100 Media, Your Family Entertainment, and many more.

Sep
11
2012

Kidobi Launches a Free Version of Their Personalization Software to Help Parents Manage Children’s Media


Toronto


Parents of young children now have another tool to help deal with screen time overload as Kidobi launches a free version of their personalization software. Driven by rising rates of screen time, particularly among young children, Kidobi empowers parents to "make screen time count" by giving parents the means to customize their children's programming to fit their unique values.


Kidobi's free service allows parents to build and edit playlists of children's videos from around the web and tailor the programming to their child's unique needs. "Preschoolers watch 32 hours of TV every week, making it their primary activity. Parents should be involved in what their kids are watching but this is a huge burden for parents," says Leo Henning, Founder & CEO of Kidobi and a father of three young girls. "Asking parents to make sure their kids' screen time is well-spent is an impossible task because of the sheer volume of content they're watching."


Henning recognized that a one-size-fits-all solution would be inadequate. "Every child has different needs and every parent has different opinions on what constitutes quality screen time," asserts Henning. "Kidobi was developed to let parents implement their own best practice when it comes to children's media, without having to work overtime."


Kidobi's technology incorporates artificial intelligence and expert ratings with reviews that are crowd-sourced from parents to allow for granular control over what content will be shown to each child.


Parents can set content filters, time limits and create a personalized curriculum, which Kidobi uses to program the child's personal learning channel. For a more hands-on experience parents can browse through the video library to create and share their own playlists on a huge variety of subjects.


The free version of Kidobi gives parents access to the company's advanced parental controls to manage curated children's content from YouTube. Parents can purchase access to Kidobi's Premium Video subscription package, which features thousands of educational and entertaining videos at the sale price of $4/month (regularly priced at $8/month).


Earlier this summer Kidobi launched mobile versions of its software for iPad and Google's Android operating system.

Jun
28
2012

Kidobi Expands its Reach with the Launch of its Android App


Toronto


Preschool video platform Kidobi today launched their latest mobile app which is now available on Google's Android platform. The app is compatible with Android versions 3.1 and above, making Kidobi's mobile app available on hundreds of devices, including smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs.

 

The announcement follows the recent release of their iPad app, which is available now on the Apple App Store, as the company aggressively pursues multi-platform expansion. The company plans to make the Kidobi app available on additional platforms later this year.


"We've had a very positive response from parents about our iPad app," said Kidobi CEO Leo Henning, "Now we're able to take Kidobi to more platforms and help even more parents make their child's screen time count, regardless of the device they use. Google's Android provides a strategic advantage as it allows us to deploy Kidobi to a huge number of devices, from Smart TVs to tablets to smartphones."


Kidobi is a subscription-based service that provides educational and entertainment content for preschoolers in a unique way. The service creates personalized playlists based on a child's age, developmental stage, and their parents' preferences while following a personalized curriculum for each child.


Kidobi was designed to let parents be as involved as they choose. "It's an advanced educational tool that helps them jumpstart their preschool child's education and get involved with what their child is learning through an individualized curriculum, progress reports and activity suggestions," Henning explained. "But we also understand that parents today are busier than ever. So you can just turn it on and it works like a TV, only the programming is customized to your child."

Jun
1
2012

Kidobi Takes Their Mission to 'Make Screen Time Count' to the iPad


Toronto


As screen time among children continues to rise, Toronto-based software company Kidobi is creating digital tools for parents to help "make screen time count.‟ Children today have unprecedented access to screen media, with preschoolers spending an average of 32 hours each week watching television. Today the company announced the release of their iPad app, available for free in the App Store

 

Kidobi is a new online video platform for preschoolers that creates a personalized curriculum for every child and adapts to their level as they go, giving them the reinforcement needed to master new skills and learn at their own pace. With children spending more time with screens than they do in school, there is a growing need among parents for an accessible means to ensure the content their child is exposed to is appropriate and reflects their values.


The Kidobi iPad App allows Kidobi subscribers to access their child's personal learning channel directly from the device. With the iPad app or on Kidobi.com, parents and their children get access to thousands of educational and entertaining videos for kids.

The idea for a preschool personalization platform came about as a result of one parent's frustration with searching online for educational content for his daughter. Back in 2008, Founder and CEO of Kidobi, Leo Henning, spent a little time searching online for educational content that matched his daughter's needs and interests. The difficulties he encountered finding content at the right level, on an appropriate topic, not to mention something his daughter liked, were non-trivial. "It was excruciating," recalls Henning. "I know what she's interested in and I know when something is too advanced for her, but there were no guidelines or tools to help. Essentially, I had to pre-screen everything and make my best guess. I knew there was a simpler way."


When he looked for a solution and found none, he decided to build one. Henning went on to develop a tool that would allow children to access quality educational and entertainment content that was at the right level for each viewer, building in lots of features for parents to guide the programming.


The company, which launched Kidobi.com last summer, says it is responding to the needs of their customers. "Parents' and children's use of iPads has grown substantially in the past year. They expect to be able to access all of their services through that device," said Leo Henning, Founder and CEO of Kidobi. "Now parents can help make their kids' screen time count on the iPad as well." The company plans to release a mobile app in the Android App Market in the coming weeks.


The parental controls on Kidobi.com and Kidobi for iPad allow parents to block, rate, and save videos directly from the player. Parents are able to customize the programming by adding filters, interests, or setting a curriculum focus for each child from their Kidobi account. More than ever, Kidobi is an essential part of the mobile experience for preschoolers and their parents.

Apr
3
2012

Fishtronaut Dives into Digital Distribution on Preschool Platform Kidobi


Toronto / Sao Paulo


Kidobi and TV Pinguim today announced a partnership that will see the popular animated preschool series Fishtronaut available in the U.S. and Canada on Kidobi.com.

 

Fishtronaut is an environmentally-focused, educational preschool series produced by Brazilian animation studio TV Pinguim. In each episode, Fishtronaut and his friends explore the world's mysteries above and below water revealing fun and interesting facts about animals, the environment, and more in a unique and entertaining way. Children are encouraged to engage interactively by tapping and clapping along with Fishtronaut and his friends to discover clues and solve mysteries.


"Fishtronaut does a great job encouraging young viewers to interact with the show," said Kidobi's Director of Research & Content, Eric Sorenson. "It covers a range of topics related to ecology and the environment in a way that is accessible to preschoolers while encouraging respect for diversity. Best of all it's a lot of fun."


"Fishtronaut is already one of the most watched programs on Discovery Kids Latin America, now we're very excited that kids in Canada will get to enjoy it using this great new platform."


About TV Pinguim


TV PinGuim, Brazil's most experienced and acknowledged animation company, was founded in 1989 by Celia Catunda and Kiko Mistrorigo to create entertaining, educational, distinctive and bold programming for children of all ages. TV PinGuim's animation portfolio covers a diverse range of subjects from science/sci-fi to art and the environment. TV PinGuim's biggest hit to date is the high-rating series Fishtronaut.


TV PinGuim
Kiko Mistrorigo
kiko@tvpinguim.com
Tel: + 55-113-884-1821
Apr
2
2012

BRB International Expands Digital Presence in a New Worldwide Digital Distribution Partnership with Kidobi


Toronto / Barcelona, Spain


Spanish production and distribution company BRB International announced today a new content partnership that will see over 40 hours of children's programming land on Kidobi's subscription-based service.

 

The programs, available at www.kidobi.com in the coming weeks, include Teo (45 x 7'), Bernard (52 x 3'), David the Gnome (26 x 26'), Around the World with Willy Fog (26 x 26') and The Mozart Band (26 x 26'). All titles will be available to Kidobi's subscribers worldwide.


"Working with BRB is a great fit for us because we share many of the same values," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "We support BRB's philosophy to educate young viewers and communicate positive values in an entertaining way. At the same time they understand that digital distribution is essential in building the strongest audience for their content worldwide."


Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, BRB continues to be one of the leading European production companies. The enterprise, which has garnered many accolades and awards over the years, has recently positioned itself at the forefront of the audiovisual sector in new technologies.


"BRB has a strong digital presence and our partnership with Kidobi allows us to strengthen that position." said Marijo Arnaiz, Digital Media Director at BRB. "Kidobi's platform is unique in that it gives each child something different and unique to their tastes. We're glad to be a part of this innovative new approach."


About BRB International


An international company founded in Spain with 40 years experience in the production, distribution and licensing of high quality television programmes. BRB's animated series have been seen around the world, and characters such as David the Gnome, Dogtanian and Willy Fog are widely recognised as classics. Currently BRB is producing innovative and branded series through the development of its Catalan studio Screen 21, like Bernard. In the field of licensing, the company manages aside of all BRB's titles an impressive catalogue too.


BRB International
Yolanda Muñoz
Yolanda@brb.es
Tel: +34 91 77 11 400
Apr
1
2012

Kidobi licenses Animasia Studio's ABC Monsters for Online Distribution


Toronto / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Animasia Studios and Kidobi today announced that the Malaysia-based animation studio has granted digital preschool platform Kdiobi SVoD rights for the animated preschool series ABC Monsters (22 x 22') in Canada and the U.S.

 

The educational preschool series will be available to subscribers on Kidobi.com later this spring.


In the series twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. The ABC Monsters are wonderfully curious and happy creatures and often wander off from Alphabet Gardens to try new and fun things, invariably getting themselves lost in the process. In each adventure Alice and her good friends Brian and Cherry Berry, must search high and low for one of the missing monsters. Armed with their Magical Dictionary, the three friends follow letter related clues given to them by a host of characters that they meet along the way.


"ABC Monsters is an ideal addition to Kidobi's library," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "It has an educational component, while at the same time each episode is a great adventure. We think our viewers will love this imaginative program."


The agreement announced today builds on several major announcements from both companies in the past weeks. ABC Monsters is the latest in a slew of content acquisitions by Kidobi, including over 150 hours of animated preschool content from Spanish producer/distributor Motion Pictures. Animasia Studio has also recently announced that their animated sports comedy series Bola Kampung will be developed into a feature film to be released at the end of 2012. The new distribution


About Animasia Studio


As a one-stop answer to the production of digital contents, Animasia Studio, a 2D Animation Studio, offers out-of-the-world creative animation through an on-going idea of oozing colour, fun, adventure and turning still life into motion animated series & cartoon series. Busting our way through multimedia, animation and various artworks, we're proudly the first few ISO certified (ISO 9001:2008) animation company and also an MSC Malaysia Status Company with more than 10 years of experience in animation. Running since 1996, we have stalked and swatted our way into taking our clients to a height of winning numerous awards in Asia. Though sleepless nights, cheer leading and till-death-do-us-part episodes, understanding the clients' visions and meeting their standards is our home run. In the capacity of character design, concept artwork and storyboarding, Animasia Studio, the biggest animation service provider in Malaysia, has excelled many Government Ministries and creative companies based in Malaysia and abroad.


Animasia Studio
Raye Lee
raye@animasia-studio.com
Tel: (603) 7784 7731
March
28
2012

m4e/Telescreen Embraces Content Personalization in New Digital Distribution Partnership with Preschool Platform Kidobi


Amsterdam / Munich / Toronto


m4e/Telescreen and Kidobi today announced a new digital distribution partnership that will bring several animated series from the extensive m4e/Telescreen catalogue to Kidobi's rapidly expanding online library. The agreement gives the preschool-targeted streaming video platform SVoD rights to five series in Canada and the U.S.

 


In the agreement, Kidobi will distribute Anton (26 x 5'), Brothers Flub (26 x 22'), Plonsters (52 x 3'), Rudi & Trudi (26 x 11'), and Salty's Lighthouse (40 x 11'). The addition of these titles strengthens Kidobi's ability to deliver unique content to its growing preschool audience throughout North America.


Kidobi is taking children's video content to a whole new level by curating children's content from around the world and creating tailor-made playlists for each and every viewer. Since its inception, Kidobi has drawn the attention of preeminent children's content producers around the world.


As a forward-thinking company, m4e/Telescreen recognizes that new distribution models will need to be established as consumers continue to spend more and more time consuming content online. "Kidobi is a really innovative platform, for content providers and viewers alike." said Sjoerd Raemakers, Managing Director of Germany's m4e Group distribution outlet Telescreen. "With so much content available to consumers online today, curation and personalization are going to play a big role in terms of what succeeds online."


"This is a natural partnership for both companies," added Eric Sorenson, Director or Research & Content at Kidobi. "m4e/Telescreen has produced some incredible programs and they recognize that new technologies are disrupting traditional distribution models. Kidobi allows companies like m4e/Telescreen to take a proactive approach to dealing with these changes in a way that supports young viewers and their parents."


m4e/Telescreen joins other top producers and distributors of preschool content in embracing Kidobi's unique online distribution platform.


About m4e/Telescreen:


The m4e Group is an international brand management and media company for children's and family entertainment content. m4e AG is a leader in creation, production, distribution and marketing of animated and live action programming. Its library of nearly 2,200 episodes features some of the most recognizable brands such as Lizzie McGuire, HCA The Fairytaler, Mia and me, Moomins, Miffy, Rainbow Fish, Conni and Something Else.


The company controls Telescreen B.V., who acts as the international TV-distribution arm, m4e Television GmbH, Tex-ass Textilvertriebs GmbH, a leading manufacturer for licensed apparel and accessories, Lucky Punch, a Joint Venture for the production of animated television shows, as well as m4e Licensing & Merchandising, a full service agency/division that represents entertainment, sports and lifestyle brands such as Winx Club, Beyblade, KiKANiNCHEN or the German Football Association (DFB).

m4e Group key facts:

  • The full value added chain from one source
  • Library of nearly 2,200 episodes of best children and family program
  • Award winning shows in over 150 territories worldwide
  • New shows in development/production: Mia and me, Tip the Mouse, Pinkeltje

Telescreen
Sjoerd Raemaker
sjoerd@telescreen.nl
Tel: +31 (0)35 62 99 999
March
21
2012

Kidobi Expands Content Offering to Include Multiple Languages, Announces New Distribution Partnership with Motion Pictures


Toronto, CANADA


Preschool video platform Kidobi adds content in five different languages from Spanish producer/distributor Motion Pictures, including French, Italian, Spanish and more.

Preschool video aggregator Kidobi has secured the digital distribution rights for more than 150 hours of programming from Spanish distribution and production studio Motion Pictures. In the deal announced today, Kidobi will distribute a total of nine different animated series in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.


The programs will be available on Kidobi.com beginning in April 2012 and include such titles as Van Dogh (104 x 4'), Zumbers (150 x 3'), Green Light (26 x 5'), Raindrop (26 x 26') and more. With this latest acquisition Kidobi adds significant volume and breadth to their rapidly expanding library.


Other series included in the deal are Alex (104 x 4'), Danny and Daddy (104 x 3'), Telmo & Tula – Little Cooks (52 x 7'), Telmo and Tula – Arts & Crafts (52 x 7'), and Roncho (60 x 1').


"Kidobi is setting a new standard in the way that children's content is delivered to viewers,"
said Tony Albert, CEO of Motion Pictures. "Their unique platform gives children educational and entertaining content at the right level for each child, while at the same time empowering parents to make smart media choices."


"We're delighted to be partnering with Motion Pictures to bring their fun and educational animated series to a whole new online audience,"
said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "With their content available in several languages, our subscribers have never had more creative and inspiring programming to choose from."


Since their launch in the summer of 2011, the Toronto-based software startup has acquired over 500 hours of preschool content from local and international producers and distributors. A subscription to Kidobi gives parents and their preschoolers unlimited access to high-quality, educational and entertaining children's programming.


About Motion Pictures:

Motion Pictures is a leading production and distribution company established in Spain in 1975, with a plethora of high quality and award-winning TV programs broadcasted around the globe. Motion Pictures has the firm conviction that through Animation it is possible to inculcate very important values for children's education, transmit knowledge in an easy and direct way, and more important, let kids have fun and get entertained while learning at the same time.


Motion Pictures
Tony Albert
tony@motionpic.com
Tel: +34 93 200 2500
Jan
12
2012

Kidobi Secures Rights to Gombby's Green Island

Toronto, CANADA | Lisbon, PORTUGAL

Big Storm Studios, a leading Portuguese family entertainment group and Canadian content aggregator Kidobi, today announced a new digital distribution agreement.

The agreement gives the pre-school targeted streaming video platform digital and VoD rights for the newly launched preschool series Gombby's Green Island (52 x 13 mins), with immediate effect. With the addition of Gombby's Green Island to its extensive content library, Kidobi will be offering the North American premiere of this unique property to their subscriber base.

Gombby's Green Island revolves around Gombby, a little baker boy, and his friends Strawy and Celeste as they investigate all sorts of mysteries and search for the rainbow's end on Green Island, and meet up with Gadget Man, who entertains them with his endless inventions. Gombby's Green Island builds children's general knowledge and gives them confidence to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Big Storm Studios joins other top producers and distributors of preschool content in embracing Kidobi's unique online distribution platform. "Gombby's Green Island was conceived and created as multi-platform content from the very start and so we are thrilled to be partnering with Kidobi in this innovative digital platform so appreciated by parents and pre-schoolers alike." said Ruben Dias, Chief Executive Officer for Big Storm Studios.

"With the addition of Gombby's Green Island, Kidobi continues to build its international content library and reputation as a leading source of entertaining and educational shows for pre-schoolers." said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "We are continually adding great new pre-school series, making Kidobi one of the fastest growing parent preferred pre-school websites in today's marketplace."

About Big Storm Studios:
Big Storm Studios is an independent Production Company based in Lisbon, Portugal and Producer of Gombby's Green Island, www.vimeo.com/channels/gombby which is the first long form 3D CGI series 100% produced in Portugal. The television series launched in May 2011, on Spanish broadcaster Clan TV/TVE, with very strong ratings (40% share for children 4-6 yrs). Big Storm Studios is a Producer of high quality content for Children focusing on brands that teach the children the importance of Friendship, Education and Learning, The Environment and Healthy Life Style. Big Storm Studios is part of Leading Capital, an independent group of companies operating in the IT, entertainment and service industries. www.bigstormstudios.com © 2012 Big Storm Studios Lda. All Rights Reserved.


Big Storm Studio
Miguel Sabino | Richard Bickersteth
miguel@gombby.com
rbickersteth@lookingforward.biz
Tel: +351 210 441 550
Tel: +44 796 872 6541
Dec
23
2011

Preschool Video Platform Kidobi Drives Growth with New Content, Announces Partnership with Your Family Entertainment

Toronto, CANADA

Kidobi announced today a new content partnership with Your Family Entertainment AG that will bring more than 40 hours of children's programming to Kidobi's new streaming video service for preschool children. The agreement gives Kidobi SVOD rights to nine different series from Your Family Entertainment's catalogue, including Albert Asks… What is Life? (26 x 13') Lisa & Paul (15 x 5') and Urmel (26 x 24') among others.

Additional programs to be available on the Kidobi platform include: Albert says: Nature Knows Best (13 x 25'), Altair in Starland (52 x 12'), Marvellous Milly I and II (13 x 6' each), Tobias Totz and his Lion (13 x 5'), and Wilf the Witch's Dog (26 x 13').

"This relationship supports Kidobi's mission to have unique and valued content that exemplifies positive and safe programming choices. Kidobi and Your Family Entertainment share the same vision of providing young children and their families with educational and non-violent programming."- says Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "This partnership gives our growing audience access to high quality preschool programs that kids love and parents trust."

Klaus Forch, EVP Sales and Legal of Your Family Entertainment says, "The North American market is demanding entertaining, educational and value driven content for kids, youth and the whole family, regardless of its origin. Your Family Entertainment is happy to now include its award-winning programs as part of Kidobi's smart media service."

Kidobi, which is available online at www.kidobi.com for just $3.99/month, gives preschoolers and their parents' unlimited access to Kidobi's growing library of children's programming from around the world.

About Kidobi

Kidobi is a new, online preschool destination that creates tailor-made video playlists based on a child's age, interests and skills. Kidobi adapts to the child's skill level and preferences using technology developed with educators and child development experts. Kidobi software will automatically create customized, ad-free playlists, or parents can choose educational topics, set the difficultly level and search the Media Library themselves.

About Your Family Entertainment AG

Your Family Entertainment AG (WKN: 540891, ISIN: DE0005408918, Abbreviation: RTV) stands for educational, violence free television that promotes values with its balanced family programs. The company has its origins in Ravensburger AG. Since 1981 a library of around 3,500 half hours of children's and youth programs has been developed continuously. Your Family Entertainment operates the award winning payTV channel 'yourfamily' for children and families in German-speaking Europe (KabelKiosk, unitymedia, Arcor digitalTV, Kabel BW, Vodafone digital TV, UPC Austria, Swisscom TV, Deutsche Telekom and Zattoo) and Bulgaria. After winning the HOT BIRDTM TV AWARD in 2010, the channel was again nominated for the award in 2011. The company´s mobile channels 'yourfamily', 'Cosmo & Wanda', 'Country Mouse & City Mouse', 'RoboRoach' and 'Tales from the Cryptkeeper' can be received on '3' in Austria.


Your Family Entertainment AG
Michael Huber
Nordendstraße 64, 80801 Munich
Germany
Phone:+49 (0)89 / 99 72 71-0
E-Mail: michael.huber@yfe.tv
Information about the company: www.yf-e.com
Information about the tv-channel: www.yfe.tv
Dec
1
2011

Studio 100 Media Signs Deal with Kids Digital Distribution Platform Kidobi

Munich / Toronto (PRWEB)

Studio100 Media GmbH, a subsidiary of Belgium's leading family entertainment group Studio100 today announced a new digital distribution agreement with content aggregator Kidobi.

The agreement gives the pre-school targeted streaming video platform digital distribution and VoD rights for several shows from its programming library for a three-year period commencing December 2011. The licensed titles include classic shows such as Maya the Bee (104 x 24 mins), Tabaluga (78 x 26 mins), Lapitch (26 x 30 mins), and Art Alive (50 x 4 mins).

In addition Kidobi has the rights to the pre-school 3D animation series Vipo (52 x 11 mins), Florrie's Dragons (52 x 10 mins) and the multi platform 3D and CGI quiz show Kerwhizz (26 x 22 mins).

Studio100 joins other top producers and distributors of preschool content in embracing Kidobi's unique online distribution platform. "With the addition of this terrific slate of new programming, Kidobi has established itself as a leading source of entertaining and educational shows for pre-schoolers," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "We are thrilled to partner with Studio100 to deliver classic children's programs and exciting new series to our growing audience."

Patrick Elmendorff, Managing Director of Studio100 Media added, "We are delighted to be partnering with Kidobi and offering this unique delivery platform a number of shows from our program library. Parents and pre-schoolers will have access to our high quality shows on their video playlist and be secure in the knowledge that this online viewing tool is a safe place for kids to learn and be entertained on the Internet".

About Studio100 Media
Studio100 Media GmbH is an international production and distribution company within the children's and family entertainment sector. Based in Munich, Germany, the company is a 100 percent subsidiary of Belgian firm Studio100. The company develops and acquires new formats, is active as a co-producer and is also responsible for the global marketing of its own rights portfolio, as well as of third party programming.

In marketing its license rights the company pursues a global strategy within sectors ranging from licensing & merchandising, home entertainment through to stage shows and theme parks.

It is the objective of Studio100 Media to produce and market top-class, non-violent and, above all, entertaining children's programs and formats. In so doing, the company works on the basis of long-term partnerships, as well as project-based co-operations.


Studio 100 Media GmbH
Nicole Braun, Devika Patel - PR Consultant
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 960 855 112
Mobile: +44 (0) 7773 324 159
E-Mail: nicole.braun@studio100media.com
E-Mail: devika.patel@btopenworld.com
Sep
28
2011

Kidobi Hits the Cannes Circuit with 85 Hours of New Programming, Seeks New Content Partnerships at MIPJr./MIPCOM

Toronto

As new preschool-targeted streaming-video platform Kidobi heads to MIPJr./MIPCOM to meet with international distributors, producers and rights holders, the company today announces the addition 85 hours of programming to its digital library through distribution deals with Target Entertainment , The Juno Company, Big City Publishing, SWE Global, and Pdoink.
Kidobi at MIPCOM/MIPJr. conference
The deals make Kidobi the new digital home to preschool series like Larry the Lawnmower and Ted Sieger's Molly the Monster from Target Entertainment, Big City Publishing's Drawing with Mark and Angels from the Attic, Juno Junior and Juno Baby from The Juno Company, and Pdoink's Yogurt the Ogre among others. These latest acquisitions join a growing portfolio of preschool content that includes This is Daniel Cook, Mouse and Mole, and Farzzle's World.

"In today's fragmented media landscape, content consumption patterns are shifting towards interactive and customizable viewing experiences," says Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. "Producers, distributors and publishers are ready to embrace a new business model, and parents are ready for a company that puts kids first. Kidobi offers both."

Kidobi is the go-to solution for parents of preschoolers who want safe, educational content online. By providing unique preschool programming to each viewer based on their educational needs and entertainment tastes, Kidobi gives parents peace of mind while offering content partners a business model that works online.

At this year's MIPJr./MIPCOM Eric Sorenson and David Wollos of Kidobi will be looking for new content partnerships with a particular emphasis on live-action, educational and animated content for a younger preschool audience.

Jun
3
2011

Kidobi goes to MIFA, Annecy 2011 to Expand their Library of Preschool Content

Toronto (PRWEB)

Kidobi is looking forward to a busy summer. Kidobi Beta is slated for release this month and the Kidobi executive team is attending Annecy Film Festival 2011, the International Animation Film Market (MIFA) in Annecy, France from June 6th-11th, 2011 to continue to expand our content library.
Kidobi goes to MIFA, Annecy 2011 to Expand their Library of Preschool Content
MIFA connects players in the animation industry for TV, VOD, films, and online media, to bridge a connection for upcoming and in production projects. Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content, and David Wollos, Content Ambassador, will be meeting with prospective content providers and strategic partners.

A subscription to Kidobi provides a personal playlist for every child based on their skills, interests, and educational needs, ensuring a unique and engaging experience with each video. Kidobi's media library continues to grow, with videos from CCI Entertainment, Organa, Mrs. P, and most recently Distribution360. For a list of all content partners, visit Kidobi's Partners page.

Kidobi is a smart, safe and easy to use web application that helps parents manage their child's media through personalized playlists based on educational needs, entertainment tastes, and interests of each child. Kidobi was developed with experts in child development, education, and children's media, and is currently seeking Beta testers. Kidobi was developed by Henning Software Solutions, a Toronto-based software and web development firm. We work on important problems that naturally would not get solved, problems that need a revolution not evolution, and we try to solve them in a way that benefits all the stakeholders. For more information, www.kidobi.com.


Jun
2
2011

Kidobi and Distribution360 Announce New Content Partnership

Toronto

Kidobi and Distribution360 announced today a new content distribution partnership, which will bring popular children's series This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung to Kidobi's growing library of digital videos for preschool-aged children.

"We want to encourage children's inquisitive nature and their sense of adventure. This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung are two series that do just that," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content, Kidobi.

"We're very pleased to be partnering with Kidobi, and look forward to bringing Daniel and Emily's adventures to new preschool audiences within this safe online environment," said Stéphanie Röckmann-Portier, Head of Sales, Distribution360.

Additions to Kidobi's library include:

  • This is Daniel Cook (131 x 6'): Daniel takes preschoolers on all of his exciting adventures, whether he is learning with Olympic gold medalists and zookeepers, or creating with award-winning musicians. Kids learn, create and explore with Daniel, a preschooler himself, who shares their interests and curiosity.

  • This is Emily Yeung (65 x 6'): Sunny six-year-old Emily is host to a whole universe of discovery and adventures that enthrall and capture the imaginations of preschoolers with every spirited installment. Kids tag along with Emily as she explores, learns and creates with everyone from painters and musicians to politicians and rocket scientists.


*Both series produced by marblemedia and Sinking Ship Entertainment
A subscription to Kidobi provides a personalized playlist for each child based on their skills, interests, educational needs and more. By customizing playlists for each individual child, Kidobi ensures a unique and engaging experience for each viewer.
Kidobi and Distribution360 Announce New Content Partnership
Kidobi, which is currently seeking Beta testers, was developed with experts in child development, education, psychology and children's media. Kidobi creates personalized video playlists based on the educational needs and entertainment tastes of individual children. Henning Software Solutions, developer of Kidobi, is a Toronto-based software and web development production house. For more information, www.kidobi.com

Distribution360 is a forward-thinking distribution company that focuses on traditional media sales, while actively pursuing growth in the digital space, and offers Interactive Content Creation Services. Its mandate is the full monetization of television and interactive content on traditional and emerging platforms worldwide, with a focus on kids, drama and factual programming. Based in Europe, Stéphanie Röckmann-Portier leads Distribution360's daily operations as Managing Director/Head of Sales. She brings 15 years of international content experience acquired through her previous roles as VP of Content Strategy & Acquisitions for online video service Joost, and VP of International Sales and Head of Factual Programming for Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Distribution360 was co-founded by two of Canada's foremost production companies: marblemedia and SEVEN24 Films.


Apr
1
2011

Kidobi Lands Popular Children's Series

Toronto, CANADA

Kidobi announced today the addition of popular children's series to its growing library of videos for preschool-aged children, which are part of new distribution partnerships with top children's content producers, including Organa LLC and CCI Entertainment.
Kidobi Lands Popular Children's Series
"These additional programs and series offer a greater variety for our young viewers and that brings us one step closer to our ultimate goal, which is to provide videos that entertain young minds while showing them their imagination and potential is limitless," said Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content, Kidobi.

Additions to Kidobi's library include:

  • The Adventures of Mouse and Mole about the everyday adventures of these lovable companions as they help each other to navigate through both good times and bad, from Los Angeles-based Organa LLC).

  • The Longhouse Tales (26x30') about the fantasy and fun adventures of a young coyote and his animal friends, and Farzzle's World (130x3'), which shows the real world seen from a baby's point of view, both from Toronto-based CCI Entertainment

A subscription to Kidobi provides a personalized playlist for each child based on their skills, interests, educational needs and more. By creating playlists for individual children, Kidobi ensures a unique and engaging experience for each viewer. Parents can rest assured that while their children watch videos from Kidobi's current library they are surfing on a site that is entirely age appropriate and free of advertising.

Kidobi, which is currently seeking Beta testers, was developed with experts in child development, education, psychology and children's media. Kidobi creates personalized video playlists based on the educational needs and entertainment tastes of individual children. Henning Software Solutions, a Toronto-based software and web development production house with ten years of expertise in ecommerce, logistics and inventory management developed Kidobi.


Mar
31
2011

Kidobi is featured in KidScreen's April 2011 edition

Toronto, CANADA

Kidobi is featured in KidScreen's April 2011 edition Kidobi is featured in KidScreen's April 2011 edition


Mar
28
2011

Kidobi and MrsP.com Announce New Content Partnership

Toronto, CANADA

Kidobi and MrsP.com announced today a new content distribution partnership, which adds Mrs. P Presents' titles The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Princess and the Pea to Kidobi's growing library of digital videos for preschool-aged children.
Kidobi and MrsP.com Announce New Content Partnership
"Kidobi and Mrs P. share the same philosophy about providing an ad free and safe place for children to play and learn on the Internet," said Leo Henning, President of Kidobi. "We are proud to partner with MrsP.com, which received the American Library Association honor 'great website for kids'."

Mrs. P, played by actress Kathy Kinney, who played Mimi on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, invites children to use their imaginations while she reads classic stories beside the crackling fire in her magic library. Additional titles will be added to Kidobi's library throughout the course of the year. Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC donates ten percent of all MrsP.com's after-tax profits to literacy organizations.

"We hope Mrs. P's videos will encourage kids to explore books and use their imaginations, and Kidobi is a fabulous way for us to reach more young readers," said Kinney.

A subscription to Kidobi provides a personalized playlist for each child based on their skills, interests, educational needs and more. By creating playlists for individual children, Kidobi ensures a unique and engaging experience for each viewer.

Kidobi, which is currently in Beta, was developed with experts in child development, education, psychology and children's media. Kidobi creates personalized video playlists based on the educational needs and entertainment tastes of individual children. Henning Software Solutions, a Toronto-based software and web development production house with ten years of expertise in ecommerce, logistics and inventory management developed Kidobi.

Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC, was founded in 2008 by Hollywood team Clay Graham, Kathy Kinney and Dana Plautz. After having built successful careers in television and New Media, the three creators of MrsP.com were brought together by a love of reading and a desire to help spark that same passion in young people everywhere. The company endeavors to expose young people to great books and stories through a celebrity storyteller and to spark their imaginations and creativity with on-line games and writing contests. Its production offices are located in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit Mrs. P Website.


Mrs P
Dana Plautz
+1 503 327 9486
press@MrsP.com
Sep
28
2010

Powerful digital delivery system Kidobi to be introduced at MIPJunior 2010

Toronto, CANADA | Cannes, FRANCE

Kidobi is a digital distribution platform looking to make strategic alliances and content affiliations at MIPJunior in Cannes, France this October. Kidobi helps parents easily maneuver their pre-school children through the maze of content on the Internet.
Kidobi at MIPJunior
During its introduction at MIP Junior, the Kidobi executive team will be meeting with distributors, producers, and publishers alike to develop content partnerships.

Kidobi is the go-to solution for parents of pre-school children looking for high calibre entertainment. With a unique delivery platform, Kidobi is an ideal resource for parents in today's world.

President Leo Henning and Eric Sorenson, Director of Research & Content, of Henning Software Solutions will be joining experienced television executive David Wollos in Cannes to seek out content providers for this new endeavor.

Henning Software Solutions is a Toronto based software development production house. Leo Henning has over 15 years of experience in consulting and cutting edge software development for Fortune 500 companies, as well as ground up creation of software systems for small and medium sized companies. Leo's most recent undertaking, Kidobi, is a realization of his vision to provide parents and children with the tools to enjoy unique and relevant quality media programming.


...videos are educationally based, centering on topics like counting and simple science questions. They're also very kid-appropriate...

Common Sense Media – 4 Stars

There's excellent variety in the content...[and the] parent controls are excellent too."

Famigo – 5 stars

Kidobi gives me an opportunity to kick start Ben's educational learning in a fun, engaging and effective way which he enjoys and is easy and safe for me as a parent to set up"

MummysSpace.com

Preschool education is so important and I love that I can use Kidobi to not only entertain my child but what he sees is educational and beneficial. Kids are going to watch videos, with Kidobi you can make their screen time count. I highly recommend Kidobi to all parents of preschoolers."

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