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Rai, Kartoon Channel add edutainment


Broadcasters including Rai in Italy and Kartoon Channel in the US have picked up more than 600 episodes of kids’ programming from Canada-based sales house Distribution360 (D360).

Pubcaster Rai has acquired MathXplosion (50×3′) and ScienceXplosion (45×3’30”), in which a ‘mathemagician’ helps children foster a love of numbers and science. Both series are produced by GAPC Entertainment.

Recently launched Kartoon Channel has taken titles including Atomic Betty (78×30′) alongside 100 episodes of preschool shows Super Simple Songs, Carl’s Car Wash (13×6′), The Bumble Nums (12×5′) and Mr Monkey Monkey Mechanic (12×5′), all of which are produced by Skyship Entertainment.

Elsewhere, Cineplex in Thailand has acquired a package of Skyship content for its True Visions branded channels and platforms, comprising more than 300 episodes across a range of preschool titles.

Meanwhile, US-based educational SVoD service Epic! has also licensed Super Simple Songs and renewed its existing licence for MathXplosion.

Also in the US, streamer Pure Flix has acquired the first season of Treasure Champs (15×15′), which helps children explore and understand desirable attributes such as kindness and wisdom.

Diane Rankin, D360’s senior VP, rights, said: “With so many parents and caregivers continuing to help with at-home learning activities, the D360 team has been able to support buyers’ programming strategies to acquire entertaining content that really does make learning fun for their audiences.”

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