Scholastic Media, the award-winning producers of quality children’s television programming, announced today that their Soup2Nuts® animation studio has begun production on 26 half-hour episodes of its newest animated children’s series, WordGirl™. Building off of the success of the popular WordGirl shorts and Web site at pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl, the soon-to-be-hit series will debut in September as part of the late afternoon PBS KIDS GO! programming block. WordGirl is created and produced by Soup2Nuts, a cutting-edge animation production studio and a division of Scholastic Media.
WordGirl chronicles the adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into WordGirl – caped crusader and definition dynamo! When there is trouble in the big city, this super heroine-in-disguise uses vocabulary to defeat outlaws bent on “WORD” domination. With the help of her faithful monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, WordGirl spends each episode defeating a quirky cast of misfit bad guys and gals with her uncanny vocabulary skills and superhero strength.
The series, which first debuted on PBS KIDS GO! as on-air, and online shorts last November, premieres as a weekly, half-hour program designed to enrich children’s vocabulary, instill a love of language and foster better reading comprehension. WordGirl boasts an all-star cast of veteran actors and comedians, including Dannah Feinglass, Tom Kenny, Chris Parnell, Jeffrey Tambor, Cree Summers, Ryan Raddatz, Maria Bamford, and Fred Stoller.
“We are delighted to collaborate with PBS KIDS GO! on WordGirl to once again bring their viewers a unique new program that is both highly entertaining and educational,” said Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media. “We have a proven track record of success with PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!, including our recent series Maya & Miguel™ and Clifford’s Puppy Days™. WordGirl embodies the humor and educational value that has been the hallmark of our success on Public Television. It is our hope that WordGirl will also resonate with and be embraced by children and parents everywhere.”
“We are thrilled to offer a full-length series of the popular WordGirl shorts and Web site on PBS KIDS GO!,” said Linda Simensky, Senior Director, PBS Children’s Programming. “Through the new series, early elementary school kids will continue to learn new vocabulary and build literacy skills with WordGirl as she defends the proper use of words in the most hilarious scenarios.”
A dedicated companion Web site at pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl features clips of the series in the “Adventures of WordGirl” section. It also includes exciting games and activities that are specially designed to expose children to new words in a fun way, encourage them to use new words in daily conversation, and develop a love of language. A Parents & Teachers section contains educational activities parents can enjoy with their children, as well as lesson plans for teachers and links to additional resources that support vocabulary development and general literacy.
About Scholastic Media
Scholastic Media (SM), the entertainment and media division of Scholastic, is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented content across multiple platforms, including feature films, television programming, videos, interactive products and web sites, and is a major developer and marketer of children's brands worldwide. Among SM's award-winning and top-rated productions are the animated series Clifford The Big Red Dog® (PBS KIDS®); the Emmy award-winning spin-off series Clifford's Puppy Days™ (PBS KIDS); I SPY (HBO Family); The Magic School Bus® (TLC); Goosebumps®; Animorphs®; and Maya & Miguel™ (PBS KIDS GO!). SM's critically-acclaimed feature films include Clifford's Really Big Movie, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Babysitters Club Movie, and The Mighty. SM is also producing the forthcoming film The Golden Compass, based on the award-winning Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, for New Line Cinema. Scholastic is a co-creator of the new multi-platform qubo network for children, which promotes literacy and positive values through entertainment. Provided by Scholastic, Dragon is the new pre-school series airing on qubo.
Soup2Nuts, a division of Scholastic Media, is a digital animation studio offering full in-house production services including the development of original series, writing, recording, music composing, character design, animation, and post-production. Founded in 1994, the Boston studio quickly established a reputation for creating award-winning animated comedy series with their first hit, Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, which aired on Comedy Central. Since Dr.Katz, Soup2Nuts has created the cult favorite Home Movies for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, the science series Squigglevision for ABC’s Saturday Morning, Hey Monie for BET and Oxygen, and the teen comedy O'Grady for The N.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com
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