Archive for August, 2008

Put Your Child’s Name into a DVD!

Posted in Press Releases on August 26th, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

 MAKE YOUR CHILD PART OF THE LEARNING ADVENTURE!

 

ANIMATED CHARACTER SAYS
 THE CHILD’S NAME IN AWARD-WINNING DVD SERIES

 

‘BILLY BLUE HAIR AND ME’ 
PERSONALIZED DVD SERIES

 

Personalized DVDs Make Learning Fun;
Initial Title in the Series – “Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?” –
 Available on DVD October 14, 2008 from Kayo Media

 

SEATTLE (August 26, 2008) — Why do giraffes have long necks?  Why do zebras have stripes?  These are a few of the questions asked and answered in the delightful new Billy Blue Hair™ and Me personalized  DVD series available online October 14, 2008, from Kayo Media.

 

Billy, a hip quirky kid with blue hair, is the guide and educator as he and young viewers learn the answers to fascinating questions about animals and their environments in this live-action and animated DVD series. What makes Billy Blue Hair so unique is that Billy talks directly to the child watching the DVD using his or her name — making the child part of the story — all personalized thanks to mom or dad (or Grandma or Grandpa).

 

“Keeping kids focused so they can learn is the prime goal behind ‘Billy Blue Hair.’ That’s why we’ve created the ‘Personalized Editions,’” says Kris Olson, founder and creator of the series.  “Having little Joey or Alice hear his or her name from Billy Blue Hair will capture their imagination and create a fun learning environment. Billy is their personal teacher having a one-on-one conversation with that child at home. And with creative visuals, humorous outcomes and easy-to-follow story lines, we aim to educate kids on why things are the way they are.”

 

The initial title in the series, “Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?” has won the iParenting Media Award, the Telly Award and a KIDS FIRST! endorsement.  The non-personalized version was also an Official Selection in the KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festival.

 

School Library Journal says “With great production values, a wealth of interesting facts, and a likeable guide, this first episode in the series is a must-have for every collection serving young children.”

 

Guide and educator Billy Blue Hair, along with his trusty dog Doogie, discovers fun and quirky facts about the world.  Driven by adventurous and humorous storylines, Billy interacts with the viewers by asking questions and helping the viewers understand fascinating facts about each topic.  Each 30-minute title in the series features Billy searching for Doogie, who is retrieving his ball, which leads into the live-action version of the show.

 

In “Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?”, Billy takes kids on a journey throughout the world, introducing them to such animals as bison, apes, monkeys, giraffes, zebras and lions.  Along the way, Billy answers intriguing questions about the wild, encouraging kids to use their imaginations and expand their own sense of adventure.

 

Billy Blue Hair and Me features a special greeting by Billy and then Billy talks directly to the child by name throughout the program. The child’s name also appears on the cover of the DVD package.

 

Future episodes in the Billy Blue Hair and Me DVD series include “Why is the Grand Canyon So Big?” and “Why Are Fire Trucks Red?,” to be released early 2009.

 

Each Billy Blue Hair and Me DVD is available for a suggested retail price of $29.95 and is delivered directly to the child’s home within 7-10 days.  The series is recommended for ages three and older.  Visit www.billybluehair.com  to order and build the personalized DVD online.

 

Kayo Media is the creation of Kris Olson who has more than 15 years of experience within the web design industry.  Kris worked with the web design team for AtomFilms, a short-film distribution company that merged with Shockwave. After several years working on corporate videos for Internet distribution and creating his own web design company, iSeattle.com, Kris came up with the idea for Billy Blue Hair and created Kayo Media.
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Series Title:                   Billy Blue Hair and Me – Personalized DVDs
DVD Title:                    Why Do Giraffes Have Long Necks?
ISBN:                           884-50101476-2
Genre:                          Children; Ages 3 and up
Street Date:                  October 14, 2008
Order Date:                  September 17, 2008
R/T:                              Approximately 30 minutes
SRP:                             $29.95, includes noncommercial performance rights

 

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Dare to Watch New Goosebumps DVD Releases!

Posted in Press Releases on August 18th, 2008

CONTACTS:
Evan Monheit / Chris Reichert                                         Andrea Blain
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT                            ANDREA BLAIN PUBLIC RELATIONS
(310) 369-4557 / (310) 369-4853                                 (847)-933-9884

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT DARES KIDS TO WATCH!

 

ONE DAY AT HORRORLAND
A NIGHT IN TERROR TOWER
MONSTER BLOOD
Get Goosebumps As Three All-New DVD Collections Scream Onto DVD
 September 16 From Fox Home Entertainment

 

CENTURY CITY, Calif. Aug. 18, 2008 – Experience a thrill ride of gruesome scares and haunting humor with three all-new Goosebumps® DVD collections - One Day At HorrorLand, A Night In Terror Tower and Monster Blood, arriving for the first time on DVD just in time for Halloween on September 16th from Fox Home Entertainment.  Based on the worldwide phenomenon spawned by Scholastic’s best selling book series written by R.L. Stine, Goosebumps (www.scholastic.com/goosebumps) has been published in over 32 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.  Adapted for TV by Scholastic Entertainment, the series aired on Fox Kids Network, where it was rated #1 for four seasons, and aired in over 100 countries. Episodes of the live action television series returned to the small screen in 2007 on Cartoon Network and instantly became a sensation. Momentum for the property continues with a new Goosebumps HorrorLand™ book series that began hitting retail in March, a highly anticipated video game from Scholastic Interactive that is scheduled to debut this Fall, and the recently announced Goosebumps theatrical release.   
These three new Goosebumps DVD titles – now newly repackaged -  include such terrifying adventures and monster mysteries as a haunted medieval torture chamber, a roller coaster ride of terror, the discovery of strange glowing green goo and more frightening tales. Each frightful Goosebumps DVD features several bone-chilling episodes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98 U.S. / $15.98 Canada – plus Fox Home Entertainment will be offering a special on-pack discount offer to buy two of these new Goosebumps titles, get $3.00 off the next purchase of any Goosebumps titles; or buy all three, get $6.00 off other Goosebumps titles.
Synopses:

 


One Day At HorrorLand                                                                             DVD Catalog# 2252959

 

One Day At HorrorLand
On their way to Zoo Gardens Theme Park, the Morris family stumbles upon another amusement park, HorrorLand.  It seems like a pretty cool place – no crowds, no lines, and free admission!  But the Morris family is about to discover that HorrorLand has some very scary attractions…

 

Welcome To Camp Nightmare
The summer camp of Billy’s dreams is turning out to be a total nightmare.  The food stinks.  The counselors are weird.  And why are Billy’s fellow campers disappearing one by one?  Billy’s determined to find out what’s going on – before it’s too late.

 

A Night in Terror Tower                                                                           DVD Catalog# 2252960

 

A Night in Terror Tower (one-hour special)
While taking a tour of Terror Tower, a medieval prison and torture chamber in London, Sue and her brother Eddie experience a series of strange occurrences… and must travel back in time to the 15th century in order to escape a terrifying fate.

 

Stay Out of the Basement (one-hour special)
Margaret is worried about her father.  He’s not acting normal.  He spends all of his time locked in the basement, testing plants.  When her Mom goes out of town, Margaret’s worry turns to fear, as she and her brother discover the root of the problem…

 

Monster Blood                                                                                  DVD Catalog# 2252961

 

Monster Blood I
Visiting his weird Aunt Kathryn, Evan finds a dusty can of Monster Blood that’s green and slimy and starting to grow!

 

More Monster Blood
Flying to meet his parents in Atlanta, Evan thinks he’s finally rid of Monster Blood –until he discovers the slimy stuff aboard his plane.

 

How to Kill a Monster
Gretchen and Clark go to visit their forgetful grandparents, who forget to warn them that there’s a monster locked upstairs.

 

The Girl Who Cried Monster
After telling monster stories, Lucy actually sees a real monster – the librarian, Mr. Mortman… and her parents have invited him to dinner!

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions.  The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment.  Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets — from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce – throughout the world.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

 

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.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and children’s media. 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 and school-based book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, television networks and the Company’s Internet Site, www.scholastic.com.
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GOOSEBUMPS: ONE DAY AT HORRORLAND                     GOOSEBUMPS: MONSTER BLOOD
Street Date:                    September 16, 2008                               Street Date:  September 16, 2008
Prebook Date:                 August 20, 2008                                    Prebook:      August 20, 2009
Catalog #:                       2252959                                                Catalog #:    2252961
Price:                              $14.98 U.S. / $15.98 Canada                  Price:            $14.98 U.S./ $15.98 Canada
Rating:                            NR                                                       Rating:          NR
Run Time:                       86 mins                                                 Run Time:    87 mins.
Closed Captioned                                                                        Closed Captioned

GOOSEBUMPS: A NIGHT IN TERROR TOWER

Street Date:                    September 16, 2008
Prebook Date:                 August 20, 2008
Catalog #:                       2252960
Price:                              $14.98 U.S. / $15.98 Canada
Rating:                            NR
Run Time:                       87 mins
Closed Captioned

New DVD Collection “HIT Favorites: Halloween Spooktacular” Offers Fright-Free Fun for Little Ghosts

Posted in Press Releases on August 18th, 2008

New DVD Collection Offers Fun-Filled,
Fright-Free Halloween Adventures!
HIT Favorites:  Halloween Spooktacular
In Stores September 9, 2008 From
Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

 


Street Date: 9/9/08

Order Date: 8/13/08

DVD SRP:  $14.98

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Time to get in the spirit of Halloween, boys and ghouls!  Have no fear – it’s easy to do thanks to a fright-free collection of five Halloween-themed adventures featuring preschool favorites Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Fireman Sam and Thomas & Friends in HIT Favorites: Halloween Spooktacular, available on DVD September 9th,  from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.

SYNOPSIS
Join your favorite HIT friends for the season’s biggest treat, the Halloween Spooktacular: Barney and his friends embark on a trick-or-treat adventure and learn that friends are the best treat of all;  Bob the Builder and Dizzy meet some friendly bats; Angelina Ballerina figures out what spooky something ruined Mrs. Hodgepodge’s cauliflower in the middle of the night!   Fireman Sam saves Halloween from a fire caused by an overturned jack-o-lantern; And Thomas the Tank Engine discovers a ghostly engine that disappears in a puff of smoke!  
Follow along with these not-so-scary trick or treat adventures:
·        Barney & Friends:  “Sweet Treats”
·        Bob the Builder: ”Dizzy’s Sleepover”
·        Angelina Ballerina:  “Midnight Muddle”
·        Fireman Sam:  “Mummy’s Little Pumpkin”
·        Thomas & Friends:  “Halloween”
The DVD features neon O-card packaging, and also includes two bonus episodes:
Kipper: “The Costume Party” and Fifi and the Flowertots: "Fifi’s Scarecrow".

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright:
Angelina Ballerina – © 2008 Helen Craig Ltd. and Katharine Holabird.  The Angelina Ballerina name and character and the dancing Angelina logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited, Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.
  
Fireman Sam – Copyright: © 2008 Prism Art & Design Limited. The Fireman Sam name and character are trademarks of Prism Art & Design Limited. © 2008 HIT Entertainment Limited.
Thomas & Friends – Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited.  Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Design is Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.
Bob the Builder – © 2008 HIT Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman.  The Bob the Builder name and character, related characters and riveted logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.
Barney – © 2008 Lyons Partnership, L.P.  The Barney name and character, related characters and the overlapping dino spots and Barney and star logos are trademarks of Lyons Partnership, L.P.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated/Live-Action/Ages 2-5
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format:  Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 57 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Website: www.hitentertainment.com
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Celebrating 20 Years “Best of Barney” Comes to DVD Sept. 9th

Posted in Press Releases on August 18th, 2008

Celebrate 20 Years Of Caring, Sharing And Imagination With Everyone’s Favorite Purple Dinosaur in
The Best Of Barney
Dancing Onto DVD September 9, 2008
From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

A Collector’s Treat For Barney Fans Of All Ages, This Special DVD Release Features The Best Barney Moments Of All Time
And More Than 20 Memorable Songs!

Street Date: 9/9/08

Order Date: 8/13/08

DVD SRP:  $19.98

BEST OF BARNEY PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur, Barney, along with Baby Bop, BJ, Riff and all his endearing playground friends, is celebrating with an all new bonus-filled DVD, The Best of Barney, dancing into stores on September 9 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.
The special release, available exclusively on DVD, features the best Barney moments of all time and more than 20 songs, including performances by a young Demi Lovato (now starring in Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock”) and Selena Gomez (from Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”) from their days as cast members on Barney & Friends.
Barney‘s 20th Anniversary Celebration continues with “Best of Barney” month on PBS KIDS® in October, which will air the Top 20 favorite Barney & Friends episodes of all time.  Also in fall, Play Along introduces the all-new “Sing and Celebrate Barney” musical toy.  With sparkles from head to toe, Barney’s belly lights up with special stars, hearts and musical notes as he plays three classic Barney songs!
BEST OF BARNEY DVD SYNOPSIS
Are you ready for some Tee-riffic fun? Laugh and sing with your favorite purple pal, Barney, in this super-dee-duper collection celebrating 20 years of sharing, caring and imagination.  Barney is opening his magical memory chest to share the best and brightest moments—from the charming songs and piano tunes, to the engaging adventures of the heart involving elephant rides, car racing and more!  See the stories that have made Barney the most beloved dinosaur by children for 20 years.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this special treat, because as Barney says, “there’s always room for one more happy memory.”

BEST OF BARNEY DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·        “Barney’s Favorite Memories” featurette
·        Barney’s “I Love You” song from around the world
·        7 Sing-Along’s to Barney’s best songs ever
·        Fun interactive games

 

ABOUT BARNEY
Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney is a staple in preschoolers’ lives, modeling Sharing, Caring, Imagining, Dancing and Learning on TV, online and through live events, home entertainment and publishing.  The Emmy-award-winning series, Barney & Friends™ changed the face of children’s television when it first launched, and continues to be one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: 2008 HIT Entertainment limited. ©2008 Lyons Partnership, L.P. The Barney name and character, related characters and the overlapping dino spots and Barney and star logos are trademarks of Lyons Partnership, L.P. Re. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.  and other  countries.
Type: Home Entertainment
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Live-Action/Ages 2-5
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format:  Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 59 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Website: www.barney.com
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All-New “Bratz Girlz Really Rock” Comes to DVD Sept. 2, 2008

Posted in Press Releases on August 13th, 2008
For Immediate Release

 

         
The Girls With A Passion For Fashion Are Ready To Rock
 As They Sing And Dance Through Their First-Ever Musical Movie!
BratzGirlz Really Rock
Rollin’ Onto DVD From Lionsgate And MGA Entertainment

 

Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2008)—The pop culture phenomenon’s mission: to encourage and empower young girls to be themselves, embrace their individuality and treasure their friendships, really rocks in the all-new animated feature Bratz Girlz Really Rock, coming to DVD September 2, 2008 from Lionsgate. Filled with eight rockin’ new songs about friendship and being true to yourself, and loaded with fun bonus extras like fun bloopers, a chance to make your own music video, and an interview with the original inspiration for “Yasmin,” Bratz Girlz Really Rock DVD will have girls of all ages embracing their individuality and their own passions!

The ultra-cool, multi-racial Bratz dolls– Yasmin, Cloe, Jade and Sasha – are all about girl power.  Since being introduced in 2001 by MGA Entertainment, millions of Bratz dolls have been sold worldwide.  The Bratz have also branched out into a mega-successful franchise of mega-selling DVDs, CDs, a magazine, a top-rated animated television series, videogames, and several lines of clothing, footwear and accessories. 
A new line of Bratz dolls based on the new DVD debuts this fall along with a brand new video game.

SYNOPSIS

The Bratz star in their first movie musical featuring eight new dance along, sing-along songs!  Lights! Camera! Action! Yasmin, Cloe, Jade and Sasha are off for the summer of their lives as they take the stage at Camp Starshine, an elite performing arts camp where acting, dancing and fashion get your name up in lights.  The Bratz are all about having fun and even the most serious ballerina, Anna, finds that hanging out with the Bratz really rocks!  But when the instructors start taking their lessons far too seriously and fellow performers are obsessed with practicing, summer camp feels more like boot camp.
But things heat up when they learn that the winner of the camp showcase gets to star in a Hollywood movie. Each girl goes solo hoping to win the starlight for herself. Only when the evil Madame Demidov tries to sabotage the show do the Bratz rejoin to show that competition can never outshine real friends. No one is going to mess with their BFFs!   As expressed in the brand new song “Everything We Do:”
Everything we do, we do it together
We can make it through any kind of weather
Everything we do is better together
Always staying true, best friends forever!
Seven other new sing-along songs embrace friendship and being true to oneself:  “Everything We Do,” “We’re Gonna Shine,” “Summertime Fun,” “Something So Right,” “It’s All About Me,” “Friends Are Everything,” ”I Deserve It (Madame Demidov Song)” and “Is My Dream Worth the Price? (Anna’s Song).”  All songs from Bratz Girlz Really Rock DVD will be available on iTunes.

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·         One-on-one interview with Jasmin Larian, inspiration of the “Yasmin” doll and
      daughter of Isaac Larian, CEO, MGA Entertainment, the company behind the Bratz
      franchise
·         Deleted scenes
·         Make Your Own Music Video – choose the song you would like to star in and make
     your own video!
·         Sing-Along to new songs
·         Fun Bloopers!
Bratz Girl Really Rock DVD is recommended for ages 3 and older. It is approximately 82 minutes, is closed-captioned and has Spanish audio available as a menu option. For more information visit www.bratz.com.
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About MGA

 

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate is a leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships that include the operation of the highly successful FEARNet branded VOD and Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men’s digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside Attractions.  Lionsgate also has forged partnerships with leading content creators, owners and distributors in key territories around the world, including Televisa in the U.S. and Latin America, StudioCanal in the UK, Hoyts and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India.

 

The Company has generated more than $450 million at the North American theatrical box office in the past year and has released a string of hits including The Forbidden Kingdom, Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, The Bank Job, Rambo, The Eye, Saw IV, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?, Good Luck Chuck, 3:10 To Yuma and War, most of which have opened at #1 or #2 at the box office. The Company has also forged leadership positions in television and home entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television series as Weeds and Mad Men, the distribution of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Family Feud, South Park, Trivial Pursuit and The Dead Zone, among others, and approximately 9% market share and the industry’s leading box office-to-DVD conversion rate in home entertainment.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

 

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