FUNimation Productions, Ltd., one of the leading independent home video entertainment and brand management companies in the U.S., has created Our Time Family Entertainment, a new division developed to provide high quality entertainment properties to the burgeoning preschool and children's market.
"The preschool and children's entertainment market is a rapidly expanding segment in need of more quality properties," said Gen Fukunaga, president of FUNimation. "Our Time Family Entertainment is committed to providing this market with enriching, educational entertainment designed to help children reach their greatest potential."
With distribution licenses already in place, Our Time Family Ent. will feature carefully selected, well known, award-winning programs seen on American television. The programs include the evergreen, Emmy Award-winning ARTHUR; CONNIE THE COW, which is broadcast twice daily on the children's channel, NOGGIN; LITTLE NEMO: ADVENTURES IN SLUMBERLAND; the Friendship Collection, a home video entertainment series based on the best-selling books, TIMOTHY GOES TO SCHOOL, MARVIN THE TAP-DANCING HORSE and ELLIOT MOOSE. The division will also offer a group of holiday titles soon to become classics, including: SANTA CLAUS BROTHERS, a comic Christmas tale for all seasons and ages; WOBOTS, a futuristic setting with its positive values and timeless message; and NOËL NOËL, a sweet down to earth Christmas tale with an enchanted twist.
FUNimation is also co-producing a new preschool property with WGBH called TIME WARP TRIO, based on the best-selling books of the same name. Our Time Family Ent. will distribute the home videos and manage the brand.
Our Time Family Ent. will also provide educational extras with the video releases. Fukunaga explains, "We are working with industry experts to develop caregiver guides, activities, games and more, all designed to heighten the learning experience and the fun of both parents and their children." Our Time Family Ent. is developing an interactive Website (www.ourtime.tv) designed to further enhance the fun and learning.
Titles from Our Time Family Ent. are scheduled to arrive at retailers, including mass retailers, on Sept.7, 2004. For more information on Our Time Family Entertainment, check out the Website at www.ourtime.tv.
FUNimation Prods. Ltd. is a full-service brand management company with in-house production, licensing, Internet, marketing, and home video sales and distribution divisions. For additional information, visit www.funimation.com.