Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Chellomedia And Liberty Global Announce Joint Venture To Launch Pre-School TV Channel

Chellomedia and HIT Entertainment have announced a joint venture to launch an international pre-school TV channel.
At the same time, Chellomedia has separately acquired JimJam, the leading preschool channel, which is currently available in Italy on the Sky Italia platform. Together, HIT and Chellomedia's subsidiary, Zonemedia will launch and distribute JimJam internationally.
The launch across cable and satellite platforms in Western and Eastern Europe is scheduled for later this year with launches in Africa and the Middle East planned from Q1, 2008. Additional roll-out of the channel worldwide (excluding the US and the UK) will follow.
Under the joint venture, Chellomedia, which currently operates 23 branded TV channels across Europe, will combine Zonemedia's expertise in international channel distribution and management with HIT Entertainment's world-renowned children's programming to launch the JimJam channel globally. The JimJam channel will include several of HIT's portfolio of properties including Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam ,Angelina Ballerina, Barney & Friends, and Pingu. The channel will also acquire high quality pre-school programming from international distributors.
Shane O Neill, President, of Chellomedia, commented: "JimJam is synonymous with the highest quality preschool entertainment and is an exciting addition to our thematic TV portfolio of 23 channels. We already operate children's channels in Portugal and Central Europe which are leaders in their respective markets, and this international channel clearly marks our commitment to this important genre. A joint venture between one of the world's most influential producers of pre-school children's programming with a world-class portfolio of children's properties, and our own international channel management experience, backed by Liberty Global, is a great combination and will produce exciting opportunities in children's programming."
Bruce Steinberg, CEO HIT Entertainment, added: "HIT Entertainment's pre-school shows are eagerly watched by millions of children around the world and a significant part of our mission is to provide millions more with the opportunity to watch Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Pingu, Angelina Ballerina and Fireman Sam whenever they want. JimJam, our new venture with Chellomedia, underpins our goal, as the leading global independent children's entertainment producer, to deliver high quality programming around the world helping our world-class properties to become an everyday part of children's lives."
The acquisition of JimJam represents the 24th in Chellomedia's portfolio of channels and the third European acquisition in the current year.
HIT Entertainment launched PBS KIDS SproutSM in 2005 as a joint venture with Comcast Corporation, PBS and Sesame Workshop. Sprout is the first and only 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for kids ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers.
The channel currently reaches more than 33 million homes in the United States.
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Arjan Pomper Appointed MD, Global Entertainment Of ITV Studios
ITV has appointed Arjan Pomper Managing Director, Global Entertainment of ITV Studios. With its catalogue of 285 unique formats, including some of the
3SS To Bring Advanced Digital Entertainment To Cars
3 Screen Solutions (3SS) has announced an integration into an automotive platform which will bring advanced digital entertainment to cars. 3SS' award-
Production News : Channel 4 Announces Return Of Lookalikes
Following the success of the pilot episode and subsequent series, Channel 4 has commissioned another series of structured reality show 'Lookalikes'. T
Production News : New Entertainment Show Heads To Channel 4
A new entertainment show has been commissioned for Channel 4, it has been announced. Host The Week will see a celebrity guest host an episode for one
RTS Announces Television Journalism Awards 2016
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016.   The awards, for news and current aff
JimJam Continues To Spread The Global Magic
Global pre-school channel JimJam, a joint venture between children's entertainment producer HIT Entertainment and broadcaster Chellomedia, is set to l
Chello Zone Appoint Wayne Dunsford General Manager Of JimJam
International broadcaster and distributor of thematic channels, Chello Zone, a subsidiary of Chellomedia, has announced the appointment of Wayne Dunsf
Production News : Sky To Launch Animation Channel
Sky Cinema is offering both classic and new animation titles on a channel for the first time starting this month. Launching on Saturday 14 October, an
Production News : Channel 4 Appoints Commissioning Editor For Factual Entertainment
Channel 4 has appointed a new Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment. Gilly Greenslade will report to Head of Factual Entertainment Kelly Webb
Leader Names Jigsaw24 & root6 As European Channel Partner
Leader Electronics has further expanded its sales and support network with the appointment of Jigsaw24 & root6 as a European channel partner. Commenti
Production News : Channel 4 Specialist Factual Commissions Guy Martin's Pit Stop
Channel 4 Specialist Factual has commissioned Guy Martin's Pit Stop. Guy is set to take on the most coveted job in automotive engineering - being give
HHB Named Avid's EMEA Audio Top Channel Partner
HHB Communications, including its post-focused division Scrub, have been named Avid's EMEA Audio Top Channel Partner. The award is the third in four y
Production News : Channel 4 Announces New Gardening Show
Channel 4 has commissioned a new gardening show, Down The Garden Path With Dee Hart Dyke (w/t). Dee Hart Dyke is one of Britain's best amateur gardene
Production News : Channel 4 To Explore Ivanka Trump's Relationship With Father
Channel 4 has commissioned a new one-hour documentary exploring the background of Ivanka Trump, the daughter to US President Donald Trump. Produced by
Production News : Channel Announce New Head Of 4creative
Channel 4 today announced it has appointed Alice Tonge as Head of 4creative, Channel 4's multi award winning in-house creative agency. Reporting to Ch