FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPorchLight Home Entertainment
Acquires U.S. DVD Rights to
Based on the Internationally Acclaimed,
Illustrated Children's Book, Popular
PBS/Animania HD Kids Series Comes to
DVD for the First Time Sept. 23rd
LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2008 - PorchLight Home Entertainment (PHE) has acquired the U.S. DVD distribution rights to Animalia
, it was announced today by Brenda Bisner, vice-president acquisitions, children's programming, PHE.
Produced by Animalia Productions, in association with PorchLight Entertainment, Animalia
is based on the internationally acclaimed, illustrated children's book by Graeme Base...an alphabet book with 26 illustrations of animals, one for each letter of the alphabet (A is for alligator, Z is for zebra). Animalia
is currently airing on both Animania HD and PBS in the U.S., BBC in the UK and CBC in Canada.
Adventurous, fast-paced and funny, Animalia
also carries positive social messages; highlights key character traits like cooperation, persistence and creativity; and promotes literacy. Taking its inspiration from America's national literacy standards, as enunciated by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association, each episode depicts one or more key communication skills such as language use, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking and online searching and research.
Commented Gary Jones, president of PHE, "This further expands our commitment to the marketplace and the strength of our release schedule as PorchLight Home Entertainment continues its aggressive acquisition of strong, branded television programming for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc."
Said Ewan Burnett, president of Burberry Productions in Australia and one of the series executive producers, "We are extremely pleased to extend our relationship with PorchLight to bring this successful television series to DVD in the U.S."
Added Bruce Johnson, PorchLight Entertainment's president and CEO and one of the series executive producers, "This is a spectacular series! The CGI animation is amazing and the story-telling, music and characters all make this a perfect DVD to own and watch again and again."
, join 11-year-olds Zoe and Alex on thrilling adventures, as they are swept from their local library into Animalia, a unique world of talking animals! All is not right in the once peaceful kingdom as their arrival coincides with unusual events undermining the very heart of Animalia—the Core. Zoe and Alex, together with their new friends, use their wits and imagination to help solve the mysteries and bring harmony back to the land.
The series is an international production headquartered in Australia. Animalia Productions is a joint venture between executive producers Ewan Burnett, a BAFTA Award recipient; award-winning author Graeme Base; and Murray Pope (Happy Feet, Babe: Pig in the City
). PorchLight Entertainment's multiple Emmy Award-winning CEO, Bruce Johnson, also shares executive producer credit, along with 15-time Emmy Award-winning story editor and lead writer Tom Ruegger (Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain
). The series is directed by David Scott (Happy Feet, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Lord of the Rings
The first title in the series scheduled for release on DVD is Animalia: Welcome to the Kingdom
, which includes the episodes "Hello, We Must be Going," "Goodbye, We Must be Staying," "Forget-Me-Not" and "The Mist of Time." Street date is Sept. 23. Available in DVD (SRP: $16.98) and Blu-ray Disc (SRP: $29.98).
About Animalia Productions and Burberry Productions
Animalia Productions is a joint venture between Burberry Productions, Graeme Base and Producer Murray Pope. Based in Melbourne, Australia, and founded by Ewan Burnett, Burberry Productions is a production company with a strong track record in the development, financing and production of award-winning, high-quality programs for the Australian and international markets. Since its establishment as an independent production company in 2000, Burberry has produced over 160 hours of television across a number of genres, including children's series, mini-series, sketch comedy, prime-time drama and animation. For more information, visit www.burberry.com.au.
About PorchLight Home Entertainment:
Launched in early 2007, PorchLight Home Entertainment (PHE) is a division of PorchLight Entertainment. PHE emphasizes positive family values, informing as well as entertaining. Among the titles being distributed by PHE are: LeapFrog's holiday special, A Tad of Christmas Cheer; The Family Holiday; the award-winning Wheels on the Bus series; Little Playdates series; Travel With Kids series; and the upcoming release of the classic PBS series Adventures From the Book of Virtues. In spring 2008, PHE launched the Porchlight INSPIRE label, featuring inspirational and faith-based children's and family entertainment. PHE is headed by Gary Jones.
About PorchLight Entertainment:
PorchLight Entertainment is a multi-faceted company focused on the production and distribution of high-quality entertainment and licensing and merchandising representation for children's and family brands and trademarks. Since its formation in 1995 by veteran entertainment executives Bruce D. Johnson and William T. Baumann, PorchLight has built a large and diverse distribution library of nearly 200 movies, over 1,000 episodes of children's programs and a growing non-fiction and music programming library. PorchLight has produced more than 40 live-action and animated movies and major animated series including Tutenstein, the multiple Emmy Award-winning series, for Discovery Kids; Jay Jay the Jet Plane for PBS; Adventures From The Book of Virtues for PBS; and a direct-to-video series for LeapFrog, the leading electronic toy company. The company is currently co-producing Animalia for PBS; The Tutenstein Movie for Discovery Kids; and The Secret Adventures of Zak Saturday for Cartoon Network. For more information, visit www.porchlight.com.