SPELLBOUND ENTERTAINMENT, BIG TENT AND THEIR LICENSING PARTNERS LAUNCH HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED MASS MARKET ROLL OUT OF PRODUCTS INSPIRED
BY CAPTIVATING PRESCHOOL PROPERTY
THE KOALA BROTHERS
Industry Leaders Fisher-Price, Mattel Games, and Lion's Gate Home Entertainment Lead An Extensive Line-up of Products Based On The Animated Series Available Fall 2005
New York, NY, June XX, 2005 - Frank, Buster and all of their Outback friends from the Disney Channel's popular animated series The Koala Brothers will be available in stores this fall as Spellbound Entertainment, its North American marketing agency Big Tent Entertainment, and their line-up of major licensees roll out the highly-anticipated first wave of products inspired by one of today's most buzzed about pre-school properties. The Koala Brothers licensed products will be led by master licensee Fisher-Price, with a complete line of engaging interactive plush and playsets. Mattel Games, Lion's Gate Home Entertainment, Random House Children's Books, Children's Apparel Network and Thermos have also developed a wide range of exceptional products featuring games, puzzles, DVD/home videos, books, apparel, and lunch kits.
The innovative product lines come as the television series continues to strike a positive chord with audiences across the globe. The visually stunning, stop-frame animated television series centers on the adventures of Frank and Buster, two good-natured koalas whose credo is "We're Here To Help." In each episode, they make daily patrols in their yellow airplane, departing from their homestead to search the vast Australian Outback for anyone to help - including a wide range of adorable characters such as Mitzi the possum, Ned the little wombat, Alice the platypus, George the turtle, Penny the little penguin, Josie the shy little joey, and Archie the crocodile . The show is designed to help preschoolers learn that even the smallest among us can accomplish big things when they help one another.
" The Koala Brothers continue to grab the imagination and hearts of children worldwide. We hope that the new product lines will enhance the audiences love for the charming characters and kindhearted storylines of the series," said Peter Curtis, Joint Managing Director of Spellbound Entertainment and Executive Producer of the series.
Rich Collins, CEO of Big Tent Entertainment, added, "Introducing the first product lines into the marketplace is an exciting time for this wonderful brand. Our blue-chip licensees have produced some great lines of merchandise that will build on The Koala Brothers successful television series."
The series' appealing characters and storylines, coupled with its emphasis on respect for others, kindness and emotional support, has made a strong connection with preschoolers and their parents. In addition to its current U.S. success in which it has established itself as one of Playhouse Disney's top performers and now airs twice daily (7am and Noon est/pst), a host of other blue chip broadcasters across Europe, North and South America including Super RTL in Germany, Fox Kids Holland, and Discovery Kids Latin America are carrying the series. Additionally, The Koala Brothers won the Best Pre-School Series at the 2004 British Animation Awards and has had critics hailing that the show is "helping make the world a better place, one preschooler at a time."
About Spellbound Entertainment Limited
Spellbound Entertainment Limited was formed in 2002 by Peter Curtis, previous Head of Creative Development at HIT Entertainment PLC, and Nick Barrington, a former executive at Endemol Entertainment UK PLC. An innovative, independent production studio, Spellbound Entertainment owns and controls all rights to The Koala Brothers worldwide including TV, Home Entertainment, Publishing, Licensing and Merchandising, Music and Live Events. Mr. Curtis, whose credits include serving as the Executive Producer of Bob the Builder and creator of Rubbadubbers , is Executive Producer of The Koala Brothers .
About Big Tent Entertainment Inc.
Big Tent Entertainment Inc. is a marketing agency specializing in the integrated management of entertainment brands. Formed in 2002, the company focuses exclusively on building entertainment brands with an emphasis on children and families. Amongst its other properties, Big Tent has a long-term agreement for all North American rights to Miffy & Friends , one of the world's largest brands for toddlers and infants and toddlers, as well as Dragon by Dav Pilkey, and the new media teen sensation Habbo Hotel.
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