Family Room HD Acquires RenegadePress.com and Animal Atlas
Animania HD Acquires Animated Pre-School Series Katakune
New York, NY – September 17, 2007 – VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high-definition channels nationwide, announced today the acquisition of three new programs for kids and family. Family Room HD, which offers a wide range of HD programming for the entire family, acquired 28 half-hour episodes of RenegadePress.com from FilmOption International, which premiered Saturday, September 15, as well as 52 half-hour episodes of Animal Atlas from Midori, to premiere Tuesday, October 2. In addition, Animania HD, a channel solely dedicated to high-definition animation, acquired the first season of the new 3D animated pre-school series Katakunefrom Princ Films, the North American distributor. As part of the agreement, Animania HD licensed exclusive U.S. high-definition television rights for the first 52 episodes of the series produced in high-definition by Character Farm Pte Ltd of Singapore. The U.S. broadcast premiere of Katakune will air on Animania HD's preschool block in November.
The three acquisitions further VOOM HD Networks' commitment to investing in key HD acquisitions, maintaining an unparalleled library of HD content, and creating a diverse collection of valuable niche-oriented brands.
"As we continue to grow our library of quality high-definition content in both animation and live action, we are thrilled to offer our viewers more programs that are engaging and entertaining for kids of all ages – from pre-school through tweens," said Keith O'Connell, Vice President of Programming for Family Room HD and Animania HD. "Family Room HD and Animania HD are the only family and kids true HD channels available 24/7 and commercial-free, and through the power of true HD, we will allow these three series to take on astonishing new depth and detail."
Descriptions of the newly acquired series follow:
- RenegadePress.com, Family Room HD
Teenager and aboriginal hip-hop artist Jack Sinclair (Bronson Pelletier) and his best friend Zoey Jones (Ksenia Solo) set up an underground ezine called renegadepress.com. What starts as a pet project soon takes on a life of its own pushing Jack, Zoey and their crew of renegade reporters to deliver the goods on what's really going on in the lives of today's teens. Ripped from the headlines, the series' storylines are inspired by real events that have happened to today's youth.
- Animal Atlas, Family Room HD
Animal Atlas is an entertaining show that explores the world of animal wildlife. It answers all of your animal questions, and gives you a better understanding of how different animal species live and what they need to survive. This series deals with different topics like "Animal Appetites", "Animal Antics", "Animal Babies", and also has shows which focus solely on certain animals such as elephants, bears, and monkeys. In these shows we go on a thorough and entertaining exploration of the specific animal that takes you into that animal's world as we see where it lives, how it eats, how it plays, how the family unit operates, and what threatens and supports its survival.
- Katakune, Animania HD
Educational and entertaining, Katakune shows children simple ways to deal with complex concepts of social responsibility, friendship, life skills and value systems. Katakune is a tiny silkworm living in the wonderful and colorful world of Tazzleland. Throughout the series, this cute and very likable character meets a world of new friends; becomes aware of his environment; and learns about friendship, responsibility, safety and kindness.
About VOOM HD Networks
VOOM HD Networks comprise the world's largest suite of high-definition channels for distribution through satellite and cable operators. Produced exclusively in true high-definition and 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound, VOOM HD Networks carry programming in categories as diverse as sports, movies, fashion, music and art. VOOM HD Networks' 15 HDTV channels are available in the U.S. on Echostar's DISH Network and Cablevision's iO digital cable service. A 24/7 linear VOOM HD channel is available internationally and is currently distributed in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Select VOOM HD programming is also available worldwide and has been licensed for exhibition in more than 150 countries. Building on Rainbow Media Holdings LLC's history of original programming innovation, VOOM HD was developed to meet the growing worldwide demand for quality high-definition programming.
About About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, LIFESKOOL, SPORTSKOOL, and VOOM HD Networks. Through its IFC Entertainment division, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a theatrical feature film distribution company; IFC First Take/IFC in Theaters, a day and date theatrical feature film/VOD initiative; the IFC Center in New York City; IFC Productions, a feature film production company; and IFC Entertainment, which owns and operates a film library. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company, and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.
About Princ Films
Princ Films is a dynamic international sales and distribution company based in the United States. The company acquires, represents, markets and distributes films and television content worldwide. The properties distributed by Princ Films have been licensed to more than 40 territories, broadcasted worldwide and sold on DVDs throughout the world. Princ Films maintains strong global media presence by working closely with domestic and international partners. The company is committed to its relationships with global entertainment corporations, major broadcast and cable networks, station groups and major retailers throughout the world.