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In to Africa! All-New “Families of Kenya” Arrives on DVD Nov. 2, 2010

Posted in Press Releases on September 28th, 2010

For Immediate Release

In To Africa!

All-New ‘Families of Kenya’
Arrives on DVD November 2, 2010

Newest Title in the Multi-Award-Winning
Families of the World DVD Series from Master Communications




Cincinnati, OH (September 28, 2010) – No passports needed for a fascinating trip to Kenya in the all-new Families of Kenya, the latest release in the award-winning Families of the World series coming to DVD November 2, 2010 from Master Communications.

The series – 25 titles and growing – enables future travelers to reach across the globe and visit other people and cultures, all from a child’s point of view.  Always focusing on two children from differing households, one urban, one rural, and narrated by children themselves, Families of the World  DVDs invites viewers along through their daily routines, introducing both the similarities and differences that exist – despite living in the same country – within their individual lives.

In Families of Kenya we meet 11-year-old Prince, a sixth grader who lives in the city of Nairobi with his mother, who owns a preschool; father, a purchasing agent; and older siblings Ian and Shelby.  After waking to the sound of barking dogs from next door, Prince helps with morning chores before heading off to school, where we sit in on a science class.  After school, he rides bikes with a buddy, making sure to clean off all the dust from the road, caused by the area’s years-long drought.  Homework follows dinner, then it’s video games before bed.  During the weekend, Prince helps with the shopping, attends church with his family, and enjoys a local festival featuring tribal dances.  Later he visits relatives at the seaside city of Mombasa.

            Eleven-year-old John starts his day on his family’s farm at five a.m., helping his parents and brother, Jeffrey, with household chores like tending to their many animals.  Then it’s an hour-long walk to school where he attends the seventh grade six days a week.  He tells us that education is deemed very important so villages work hard to come up with the money to help the schools.  He has midday dinner with his family, who close their shop at noon along with the rest of the local businesses.  We are also taken on a safari tour run by John’s cousin and shown the wondrous wildlife of Africa, including lions, elephants, zebras and hyenas.  At night, John helps bring in the furniture from outdoors and feeds and waters the cows before heading off to bed.

School Library Journal applauds Families of the World as “excellent,” providing “an intriguing taste of another culture.”  The series, which has garnered repeated acclaim and awards from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Parents’ Choice and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications of America) as well as endorsements from KIDS FIRST! and recommendations from Dr. Toy’s Children’s Products, is used in classrooms around the country as a valuable tool for social studies, English language learners and cultural studies.

Families of the World is recommended for ages 5-11 and retails for $29.95 each.  The series features families in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico (includes Spanish and English soundtrack) and More Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, the USA, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.   Each DVD includes a free PDF Teacher’s Guide, which features the script, copy-ready maps, discussion and activity guides, recipes, glossaries and more. To order Families of the World DVDs, call 1-800-765-5885 or visit www.familiesoftheworld.com.

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Series:                         Families of the World

Titles:                          Families of Kenya; ISBN: 978-1-60480-048-7

Category:                    Children, Ages 5-11

R/T:                             Approximately 30 minutes

Format:                       DVD/Live Action/Closed captioned/Subtitled

Release Date:              November 2, 2010

SRP:                            $29.95, includes PPR

Producer:                    Arden Media Resources

                                    www.ardenmedia.com

Distributor:                 Master Communications

4480 Lake Forest Drive #302

Cincinnati, OH 45242

513-563-3100

www.master-comm.com

           

Press Information:      Andrea Blain Public Relations

                                    9750 Crawford Ave.

                                    Skokie, IL  60076

                                    Phone:  847-933-9884

                                    Fax: 847-673-5836

                                    andrea@andreablainpr.com  

Children’s Everyday Lives Continue in A Nation in Turmoil–All-New “Families of Afghanistan” on DVD Nov. 2, 2010

Posted in Press Releases on September 28th, 2010

For Immediate Release

Everyday Lives Continue In A Nation in Turmoil

‘Families of Afghanistan’


Newest Title in the Award-Winning
Families of the World Series

 Arrives on DVD November 2, 2010 from
Master Communications

Wins National Association of Parenting Publications Honors Award

Cincinnati, OH (September 28, 2010) – Overcoming production difficulties, personnel safety issues and other filming obstacles, the acclaimed, award-winning Families of the World series journeys into the civilian lives of one of the world’s most chaotic countries in Families of Afghanistan, coming to DVD November 2, 2010 from Master Communications. The DVD just won the National Parenting Publications Honors Award (NAPPA), which recognizes the best in children’s products and parenting resources.

The series – 25 titles and growing – enables future travelers to reach across the globe and visit other people and cultures, all from a child’s point of view.  Always focusing on two children from differing households, one urban, one rural, and narrated by children, Families of the World DVDs invite viewers to follow two families’ daily routines, introducing both the similarities and differences that exist between them, as well as us. 

“American news footage coming from Afghanistan, a nation that has been at war for more than 30 years, contains few images of the people who live there and gives us even fewer clues as to what is really important to Afghans,” says producer Georgi Marquisee, who was frustrated with the limited information on the country.  “What are the daily routines, concerns and triumphs of an Afghan family?  How are they affected by war?  How does their daily life compare to ours?”

Families of Afghanistan was one of the most difficult films to produce as the crew was not able to film outdoor scenes freely.  It took the help of many Afghans to document how the families live.  Despite the country’s hardships and turmoil, this film – as with all the titles in the series – was not done to elicit pity or even sympathy in viewers, but rather understanding and respect.  Setting it apart, however, was the priority given to maintaining the anonymity of many participants in the film.

In Families of Afghanistan, meet Zamora, 13, who lives in the country with her parents, three sisters, two brothers and two uncles.  An early riser, Zamora has chores to complete before breakfast, including tending to the cows and chickens.  She shows us how the homes in her village are built around a common courtyard to help protect them and their vegetable gardens from the elements.  At meals, she often helps feed her uncle, who lost his arms and eyesight to a land mine.  She attends religion class, where she studies the Koran, and performs her daily prayers (five times a day).

Twelve-year-old Madina lives in Kabul with her parents, two sisters, uncle and cousin.  Unlike Zamora, who attends school in the afternoon, Madina’s classes are in the morning and include studies in math, science, language, history and sports.  She also tutors another student twice a week in computers.  After school and the midday meal she shares with her family, Madina helps with household chores like vacuuming and ironing, then enjoys an afternoon snowball fight before doing her homework, eating supper and playing games.

Families of the World is recommended for ages 5-11 and retails for $29.95.  The series features families in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico (includes Spanish and English soundtrack) and More Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, the USA, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.  Each


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 DVD includes a free PDF Teacher’s Guide, which features the script, copy-ready maps, discussion and activity guides, recipes, glossaries and more. To order Families of the World DVDs, call 1-800-765-5885 or visit www.familiesoftheworld.com.

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Series:                         Families of the World

Titles:                          Families of Afghanistan

ISBN:                          978-1-60480-111-8

Category:                    Children, Ages 5-11

R/T:                             Approximately 25 minutes

Format:                       DVD/Live Action/Closed captioned

Release Date:              November 2, 2010

SRP:                            $29.95 includes PPR

Producer:                    Arden Media Resources

                                    www.ardenmedia.com

Distributor:                 Master Communications

4480 Lake Forest Drive #302

Cincinnati, OH 45242

513-563-3100

www.master-comm.com

           

Press Information:      Andrea Blain Public Relations

                                    9750 Crawford Ave.

                                    Skokie, IL  60076

                                    Phone:  847-933-9884

                                    Fax: 847-673-5836

                                    andrea@andreablainpr.com  


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It’s A Rail-Roaring Adventure with All-New “Thomas & Friends Lion of Sodor”

Posted in Press Releases on September 22nd, 2010
An All-New Thomas & Friends DVD Featuring 
Never-Before-Seen Content Is The Perfect Stocking-Stuffer For The Holiday Season!
Thomas & Friends: The Lion Of Sodor
Available On DVD, Digital Download and On Demand December 7, 2010 
From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 12/7/10

                                                  Order Date: 11/10/10

DVD SRP:  $14.98


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Cinders & ashes!  Get ready for the big day as the Lion of Sodor visits Thomas and his engine friends in the all-new CG animated Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor coming to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand December 7, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Hop on board as Thomas learns how to be a Really Useful Engine in these four episodes from the all-new CG animated TV series. Host Driver Perkins, who can ONLY be seen on DVD, engages children with interactive dialogue and extra fun!
Teaching timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, the Thomas & Friends animated series invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. 

 

DVD SYNOPSIS

Join Thomas as he roars down the tracks with the most special delivery yet, The Lion of Sodor.  Thomas’ special delivery is not what he thinks it is - a real lion.  When the other trains try to tell him that it’s actually a statue, he is too excited to listen. Join Thomas as he learns the importance of listening to others in this lionhearted collection of tales from the tracks. 
Episodes include:
·       “Lion of Sodor”
·       “Thomas and the Pigs”
·       “Time for a Story”
·       “Hiro Helps Out”

 

DVD BONUS FEATURES

·       Party Train Match Game

·       “Determination” Karaoke Song

·       Bonus Episode: Timmy Time Sneak Peek- “Timmy’s Plane”

 


PROGRAM INFORMATION

Title Copyright: © 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry.  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. 
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Ages 2-5
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format:  Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 48 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Website: www.thomasandfriends.com
To download art, visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com or www.hitnewsonline.com

For artwork and additional information contact Andrea Blain
at  andrea@andreablainpr.com or 847-933-9884.

 

Fall Head Over Tails for “Animal Tales” on DVD Nov 23, 2010

Posted in Press Releases on September 16th, 2010

Fall Head Over Tail For These
Animal Adventures
Animal Tails
Available On DVD, Digital Download And On Demand November 23, 2010 From Lionsgate
And HIT Entertainment
                              
                                Street Date: 11/23/10
                               DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Puppies and eagles and sheep, oh my! Your favorite preschool pals – Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Barney, Fireman Sam and Kipper – have joined together and invite you along for this all-new, animal-themed collection.  Animal Tails is available on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand November 23, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  
DVD SYNOPSIS

Join your favorite characters Thomas, Bob the Builder, Barney, Fireman Sam and Kipper as they learn the value of responsibility and friendship with animal friends!  Bob solves a barnyard mystery for Farmer Pickles, Thomas and Percy search for Golden Eagles and Fireman Sam saves a baby sheep from a fire!  Learn why it takes more than just puppy love to be a good dog owner with Barney and why lions and cake don’t mix with Kipper. From household pets to wild beasts and barnyard buddies, your favorite friends will have you smiling!

Episodes:
·       Barney – “Pets”
·       Bob the Builder – “Scruffty on Guard”
·       Thomas & Friends – “Thomas and the Golden Eagle”
·       Fireman Sam –  “Baa Baa Baby”
·       Kipper – “Cakes and Tails”

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2010
Title Copyright: 2010
Barney © 2010 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.
Bob the Builder © 2010 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.
Thomas & Friends © 2010 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. 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.
©2009 Prism Art & design Limited.  The Fireman Sam name and character are trademarks of Prism Art & Design.
© 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited and Mick Inkpen.  Based on the books by ©Mick Inkpen.  The Kipper name and character are trademarks of Michael Inkpen.  Registered in the U.K.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target:  2-5
Language: English and Spanish
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 53 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.hitentertainment.com
To download art, visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com or www.hitnewsonline.com

For artwork/additional information contact Andrea Blain at

andrea@andreablainpr.com