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Toronto, Canada – August 27, 2013 – 9 Story Enterprises, the international distribution arm of 9 Story Entertainment, has acquired the second season of the 3D animated preschool series Monkey See Monkey Do (26 x 11’), which will include a new interactive web experience for preschoolers.  The series is co-produced by Smartoonz (Israel) and Title Entertainment (Canada) and is currently in production for a second season with TVO.  

The successful first season (26 x 7’), which will also now be distributed by 9 Story, was previously licensed to Playhouse Disney LATAM, PBS Kids – Sprout, France5, TVO, TVA, Knowledge Network, Jim Jam EMEA, Asia Television, POD Worldwide, Cartoon Network Italy, Television New Zealand, Hop!, EBS and S4C1

Monkey See Monkey Do is an animated preschool series that follows our host, Monkey, and his friend Parrot as they learn about friendship, animals and the importance of movement.  In each episode, Monkey invites children at home to have fun imitating the actions of animals while learning about their natural habitats through engaging song and dance. In addition, the Monkey’s Jungle Adventure online game will take children on further journeys through Monkey’s world to meet and learn about his animal friends. 

Monkey See Monkey Do is a wonderfully creative and beautifully executed series that fits perfectly with our preschool slate,” said Vince Commisso, President and CEO, 9 Story Entertainment.  “We’ve admired this engaging content Smartoonz has created and look forward to working with them and Title Entertainment to bring this amazing show to young audiences.”

 “We’re delighted to be teaming up with 9 Story for what will be an even better second season where Monkey will visit other screens, creating a multi-platform experience, ” said Yuval Levy, President & CEO of Smartoonz Inc.   “9 Story has a tremendous track record of success.  We’re pleased that they will be representing the property around the world,” added Title’s President & CEO, Frank Taylor.

Smartoonz® is a leading content development company that produces smart and entertaining programs for Kids. To fulfill the interests and needs of kids at each age-level, Smartoonz collaborates with a team of early learning development specialists at every step, from conceptualization to post, full production.

Smartoonz offers children fun, laughs and wonder while expanding their creativity, knowledge, reasoning, social development and motor skills. Smartoonz creative programming encourages active viewing and incorporates bonding opportunities for children and their parents. A number of Smartoonz series are currently broadcast worldwide: Monkey See Monkey Do, Little Fables, Clayplay, Louie's World, Louie's Friends, Grandpa’s Gallery, Black & White. www.smartoonz.co

Title Entertainment is an Ottawa-based producer of children’s programming as well as documentaries and dramatic series for wider audiences.  In addition to Monkey See Monkey Do, it is currently producing the 9th season of Cyberchase on behalf of Thirteen, and the dramatic series Hard Rock Medical (with Distinct Features, Carte Blanche Films and Australia’s Moody Street Productions). 

9 Story Entertainment is one of the industry’s leading creators, producers and distributors of award-winning animated and live-action content for young audiences around the world.  With one of North America’s largest animation studios based in Toronto, 9 Story has over 200 creative and production staff, and has produced over 800 half hours of quality children’s and family programming, seen on some of the most respected children’s channels around the world across multiple platforms.  The company’s distribution arm 9 Story Enterprises represents a growing catalogue which includes several beloved brands such as Arthur, Wibbly Pig, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Wild Kratts and Almost Naked Animals in addition to exciting new series such as Numb Chucks, Camp Lakebottom, Cache Craze, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood and Nerds and Monsters. The company recently acquired CCI Kids, the family content division of CCI Entertainment, increasing 9 Story’s portfolio to over 1500 half hours of content with popular shows such as Guess How Much I Love You?, Joe & Jack, Artzooka! and Extreme Babysitting.   www.9story.com

 

For further information: 

Jennifer Ansley, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, 9 Story Entertainment

+1 416 530-9900 ext 230, jennifera@9story.com           

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