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Preschool Favourite JimJam Goes Wild with New Acquisitions

Global pre-school channel JimJam, part of leading international broadcaster Chello Zone’s portfolio of channels, is going green with a run of new nature-themed programming acquisitions.

Press Release by Chello Zone

London (30 January 2012) – Global pre-school channel JimJam, part of leading international broadcaster Chello Zone’s portfolio of channels, is going green with a run of new nature-themed programming acquisitions

Available to all of JimJam’s 16 million subscribers across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia from April 2012, My Animal Family (26x15’), is a Czech production acquired from Big Media. This enchanting docu-series narrates award-winning wildlife footage from a child’s perspective to imagine a day in the life of a baby animal and its family. Animals featured in the series include lions, dolphins, giraffes, chimpanzees, elephants and frogs; these creatures will show young viewers the wonders of animal life and the importance of family, while having fun.

JimJam’s dedicated Italian feed which broadcasts to nearly four million subscribers on Sky Italia will see two new aquatic acquisitions joining its line-up from February. Charming animated series Conch Bay (65x30’),from Medianetwork Communication SPA, tells the tale of a young boy named Ray who enjoys a drama-filled life underwater with his dolphin mother and their marine friends. His daily life in Conch Bay involves racing with sharks and fending off attacks from a crab army, but after saving a little girl from drowning, Ray’s secret marine life is uncovered and he is brought back to land by scientists intent on studying his curious amphibian attributes.

Following in March, also acquired from Medianetwork Communication SPA, is Magic Wonderland (26x30’) a CGI animated series from China. It sets the scene on an exotic sun-kissed island where a beautiful girl, Ocean, lives with her grandfather. Entering a magical world of wizards, fairies and cursed crystal balls, each episode is a voyage into the mystical and unknown.

Kathy Fairbairn, Director of Programming for JimJam, says: “Children are fascinated by wildlife and the world around them, and these three new acquisitions mark a fresh new direction for JimJam. Through a mixture of high quality live action and beautiful animation, My Animal Family, Conch Bay and Magic Wonderland will captivate our young viewers by exploring the wonders of the natural world, presenting a magical and inspiring insight into the creatures and environments of our living planet. ”

Since its launch in 2006, JimJam has rapidly expanded across five feeds and into more than 50 territories, including Romania, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Switzerland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, the Middle East, Singapore and Indonesia. It is available in 11 languages and has a strong online presence with 11 localised websites via www.jimjam.tv.

About JimJam

JimJam is a TV channel dedicated to preschool children, and their parents and carers. Since its launch in November 2006, the channel has grown rapidly, and it is now available in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. JimJam is broadcast in 11 languages to over 16 million subscribers worldwide.

JimJam is the ideal companion to parenting, providing a stimulating, fun and safe environment for young children. Its high quality programming stars some of the world’s best-loved pre-school TV characters, including Thomas & Friends™; Bob the Builder™; Pingu™; Barney™; Angelina Ballerina™ and Fireman Sam™. Other popular shows on JimJam include Baby Antonio’s Circus, Fluffy Gardens and Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories.

JimJam is a channel from leading international broadcaster Chello Zone. For more information please visit: www.jimjam.tv.

About Chello Zone

Chello Zone is a leading international broadcaster and distributor of thematic television channels across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. With drama, factual, sports, movies, children’s and lifestyle television, its channels offer something for everyone. The company owns a portfolio of five consolidated channel brands: Zone Reality, Zone Romantica, Horror Channel, Extreme Sports Channel and preschool channel JimJam. Chello Zone also operates a number of joint venture and managed channel services in the EMEA region, including Outdoor Channel; Food Network and Fine Living Network for Scripps Networks Interactive; and a portfolio of six UK entertainment channels as a joint venture with CBS Studios International.

The consolidated and joint venture channels reach audiences in more than 160 million homes across over 100 countries and in 25 languages.

Chello Zone is a business unit of Chellomedia, a leading international media company, and the European content division of Liberty Global, Inc. For more information, visit www.chellozone.com.

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