Archive for November, 2010

Children’s DVDs From Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment Win Parents’ Choice Awards

Posted in Press Releases on November 17th, 2010

Prestigious National Organization Parents’ Choice Honors DVDs From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment Featuring Angelina Ballerina, Thomas & Friends And Shaun The Sheep


Prestigious organization The Parents’ Choice Foundation recently honored new DVDs featuring, Shaun the Sheep, Angelina Ballerina and Thomas & Friends as outstanding programming for children.
The DVDs distributed by Lionsgate and produced by HIT Entertainment, present entertaining content and rich characters that become lifelong friends to children, encouraging exploration of their imaginations and the world around them.  Filled with gentle messages about life lessons, these imaginative programs help early learners grow in both heart and mind.
The prestigious awards were assigned to various categories of award based on the level of recognition.  With only seven DVD’s awarded per category, each release stands-out as a top-tier entertainment choice for young children.  Shaun the Sheep received the highest honor among the group at the Silver level, noting the DVD has “a wonderful, whimsical sense of fun.”


DVDs receiving Parents’ Choice awards are:

  • Shaun the Sheep One Giant Leap for Lambkind – Silver
  • Angelina Ballerina Love to Dance – Recommended
  • Thomas & Friends Misty Island Rescue – Approved


Established in 1978, The Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys. The Foundation’s purpose is to search out and recommend products that help kids grow imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally – fairly priced products that are fun, safe, safe and socially sound.


 For more information on these award-winning DVDs and other HIT Entertainment products, visit


About Parents’ Choice Awards Levels:
The Parents’ Choice Silver Honors are given to excellent products that, like the Gold Award winners, are designed to entertain and help children develop universally ethical attitudes, and rigorous standards and skills. Silver Honors come in a high second with one or more evaluating groups. Silver Honors are highly prized-like the Gold Awards-for production and human values.


The Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal indicates that our committees found the product distinguished enough to give it a notch above our "Approval" rating. In other words, this commendation implies our approval and, even beyond that, our thorough recommendation for reasons of production, appeal and fulfillment of its clear intent.


The Parents’ Choice Approved Seals are given on the basis of the production, entertainment and human values they exemplify.  A Parents’ Choice Approved seal indicates a wholesome product that helps children enjoy developing physical, emotional, social or academic skills.


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All-New Shalom Sesame DVD Series Releases January Titles

Posted in Press Releases on November 1st, 2010

All-New Shalom Sesame DVD Releases:
Shabbat Shalom, Grover!
Grover Plants a Tree
Mitzvah on the Street
Available on DVD January 11, 2011 from SISU Home Entertainment
Street Date: 1/11/11
Order Date: 12/14/10
SRP:   $14.95 each
Shalom Sesame Overview:
Join lovable, furry Grover and celebrity host Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) as they travel to Israel to meet new people and learn new things in this 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, and Israel’s Channel HOP!  Designed to help bring the vitality of Jewish culture and tradition as well as the diversity of Israeli life to American children and their families, each 30-minute, live-action and animated DVD will focus on storylines drawn from Jewish cultural traditions, highlighting lessons on Hebrew letters and words, unique sites in Israel, and Jewish values. 


DVD Synopses:
Shabbat Shalom, Grover! – Grover can’t seem to figure out why everyone is so busy just before a day of rest. Join Grover as he learns all about Shabbat, and sing along to Avigail’s favorite Shabbat song, Bim Bam! Guest appearance by Cedric the Entertainer. R/T: 28 minutes, extras 27 minutes.


Grover Plants a Tree – It’s Tu Bishvat! Grover, Brosh and Avigail get back to nature as they learn how to plant trees and make the world a better place.  Guest appearances by Debra Messing and Greg Kinnear. R/T: 27 minutes, extras 26 minutes.


Mitzvah on the Street – When a storm makes a mess of the neighborhood, everyone lends a helping hand. In the meantime, Grover is invited to a Bar Mitzvah in Jerusalem. Come join Matisyahu and Oofnik as they beat box the Hava Nagila. Guest appearance by Matisyahu. R/T: 33 minutes, extras 22 minutes.



ISBN:                      Shabbat Shalom, Grover (ISBN: 1-56086-703-5)
                               Grover Plants A Tree (ISBN: 1-56086-704-3)
                               Mitzvah on the Street (ISBN: 1-56086-705-1)


U.S. Distributor:       SISU Home Entertainment
                               340 W. 39th St. 6th Fl.
                               New York, NY 10018


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Sesame Workshop