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BKN’s 3D Animated A Christmas Carol to Make U.S. Theatrical Debut

BKN Home Ent. Ltd. announced today (Sept. 21, 2006) that its all-new CGI 3D animated movie, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, makes its U.S. theatrical debut on Nov. 4. Movie distributor Kidtoon Films will be screening the feature at some 100 U.S. theaters nationwide Nov. 4-26 during weekend matinees.

The Kidtoon Films program is a G-rated movie matinee event designed for kids and families with cartoon shorts, music videos and sing-alongs before the movie, complete with giveaways such as stickers, temporary tattoos, activity books or toys after the movie.

The Kidtoon Films matinees allow families and kids to enjoy the bigscreen theater experience in a unique family-friendly environment, said Matthew Graham-Clare, md of BKN Home Ent. Were pleased to introduce a stunning all-animal CGI version of the much-loved classic by Charles Dickens, which features original songs and music. A CHRISTMAS CAROL will delight children and families across America and we look forward to bringing more high-quality animated productions to them.

Michele Martell, coo of Kidtoon Films, said, we are excited to provide a free CD of the Christmas Carol music to kids who see A CHRISTMAS CAROL, at the theater.

Genius Products Llc., BKNs exclusive home entertainment distributor in the USA, is set to release the animated movie on DVD on Nov. 21, featuring unique packaging that snows when shaken, and also includes two bonus Christmas song videos for children to sing along to.

This all-animal version of the much-loved classic by Charles Dickens is retold in s CGI animation and is designed to be an evergreen for holiday viewing.

Kidtoon Films ( theatrically distributes new, G-rated movies for kids during weekend matinees, with a new film every month, providing parents with a reliable source of kid-friendly entertainment in their local movie theater. Kidtoon Films is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Sabella Dern Ent., a property creation and animation studio that develops, enhances and rebrands global intellectual properties.

Genius Products is a leading independent home-entertainment distribution company that produces, licenses and distributes a valuable library of motion pictures, television programming, family, lifestyle and trend entertainment on DVD and other emerging platforms through its expansive network of retailers throughout the U.S. Genius handles the distribution, marketing and sales for such brands as Asia Extreme, Baby Genius, Dragon Dynasty, ESPN, IFC, NBC News, Sundance Channel Home Ent., Wellspring and The Weinstein Co.

BKN International AG is a global animation company engaged in the distribution and marketing of animated childrens television programs and the marketing of related consumer products (licensing and merchandising) in all forms. The company is currently listed on the Deutsche Bourse and AIM and it operates all over the world. BKN has successfully negotiated distribution deals in more than 95 countries and territories in the childrens programming market.