Scholastic Media, the award-winning producer of quality children’s television programming, including the hit children’s series Clifford The Big Red Dog® and Maya & Miguel® , will present their newest animated series, WordGirl ™, at MIPCOM 2007 in October. Episodes of the side-splitting superhero comedy will become available internationally beginning in spring 2008.
WordGirl will premiere in the U.S. on September 7 on PBS KIDS GO!sm, with a sneak preview on September 3. In addition, the series has been sold internationally to ABC (Australia), TV Ontario and Knowledge Network (Canada) and NOGA (Israel) with more sales to be announced.
WordGirl chronicles the madcap adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered 10 year old who, at the call of duty, transforms into WordGirl – caped crusader and definition dynamo! With the help of her faithful monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, WordGirl spends each episode defeating a quirky cast of villains – from “Dr. Two-Brains” to “The Butcher” – combining her power punches with some pretty impressive words.
Featuring perilous predicaments, cliffhanger endings and a wacky cast of characters, WORDGIRL introduces children 6-8- years-old to an array of new words in a context that is fun and thoroughly exciting.
“WordGirl marks the first series that Scholastic Media launched with online content first,” said Linda Kahn, SVP International TV and Merchandising. “We’ve produced shorts along with the half-hour episodes to effectively reach kids wherever they are.”
“WordGirl will battle villains with her super-strength and super-speed, but most importantly, she shows kids that eloquence is a superpower,” said Dorothea Gillim, creator and executive producer of the series. “Children will tune in for the laughs, but they will also leave learning some new words and an appreciation for the power of new words. Kids will love WordGirl, and parents will love that they do.”
The 26 all-new half-hour episodes (also available as 52 X 11:00) and shorts were created and produced by Soup2Nuts®, the cutting-edge animation production studio and a division of Scholastic Media.
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 and audio 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®; Maya & Miguel™ (PBS KIDS GO!); and SM’s newest series, WordGirl™, (PBS KID 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 also produced 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.
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
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.