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HIT Launches All-New and More

HIT Entertainment, a leading provider of quality children's entertainment and owner of the world's #1 preschool brand, Thomas & Friends, is marking Thomas & Friends' 65th anniversary with all new digital extensions.

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Watchman Makes Friends with Facebook

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is breaking the news that Warner Bros. and Facebook have inked a deal sync friends on the social networking site with Warner's Blu-ray releases, beginning with WATCHMEN: DIRECTOR'S CUT. Disc owners will utilize BD-Live to simultaneously view the film with their friends and make comments.

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New Thomas & Friends Website Launched in China

Press Release from HIT Entertainment

14 April 2009, London & Beijing -- HIT Entertainment, one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights owners has announced the launch of an all new THOMAS & FRIENDS website in China. launched this month in Chinese.

The THOMAS & FRIENDS global website attracts more than 30 million visitors each month and is one of the most popular websites for preschool properties in the world.

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Will the Pope Watch Friends and Heroes?

Press Release from Friends and Heroes

The well-known Italian publishing group De Agostini is to show FRIENDS AND HEROES on their newly launched children's channel DeAKids. Broadcast on the Sky satellite, Friends and Heroes has been dubbed into Italian for its debut on DeAKids.

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Thomas & Friends Celebrates with Easter Retail Promotions

HIT Ent. is lining up its biggest retail promotion ever for THOMAS & FRIENDS this Easter.

THOMAS & FRIENDS has launched at Hamley's as part of the famous toy store's Cartoon Crazy promotion with themed in-store activity and a special THOMAS & FRIENDS-themed window. The promotion showcases new product lines from TOMY, Golden Bear and RC2 as well as in-store competitions to win tickets to Thomas Land as part of the U.K. theme park's first anniversary celebrations. The promotion runs until May 11 in Hamley's Regent Street and Dumfries, Ireland stores.

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Thomas & Friends Bucks the Trend with Book Sales Up

Preschool property, THOMAS & FRIENDS continues its phenomenal publishing success with U.K. book sales up 10 percent in 2008.

First published in 1945 in a series of classic story books entitled THE RAILWAY SERIES, written by The Reverend W. Awdry, THOMAS & FRIENDS has sold more than 200 million books globally to date. Egmont UK has been working alongside rights owner and producer, HIT Ent., to spearhead this growth with an expanded range of titles and formats including classic story books, novelty books, magazines and television tie-ins.

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The Adventures Of Digger And Friends Premieres Sunday Before Daytona 500 On FOX

Last season, seeing Digger, the animated alter-ego to FOX's Gopher Cam, meant experiencing amazing track-level shots as the field raced by. That hasn't changed, but this year he's back with some company in THE ADVENTURES OF DIGGER AND FRIENDS.

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HIT Extends U.K. Licensing Deal with MV Sports

HIT Entertainment and MV Sports have extended and renewed three licensing deals across HIT's preschool properties THOMAS & FRIENDS, BOB THE BUILDER and FIREMAN SAM.

MV Sports, a U.K.'s children's licensees, has renewed its THOMAS & FRIENDS license in the wheeled toy category. THOMAS & FRIENDS, the U.K.'s No. 1 preschool property for nine consecutive years, leads the market in wheeled toys. MV Sports will launch a new range of wheeled toys in conjunction with the release of the new THOMAS & FRIENDS in CGI, taking Thomas to new destinations at retail.

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The Sun Shines On Aussie/Canadian Co-Production

Australia's Galaxy Pop and Canada's Amberwood Ent. have signed a co-production deal for the animated preschool series THE SUNSHINE FRIENDS.

The 52x11 2D series, created by Galaxy Pop producers Dina McPherson and Gian Christian, follows the adventure of five friends from around the globe who join Grandma Sunshine in her enchanted tree house, where they are magically transported back in time to visit her past memories from her days as an intrepid world explorer.

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Thomas and Friends Steam Into China

It's full steam ahead for the world's most famous blue engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, as it prepares to make its television debut in China. HIT Ent. has announced that THOMAS & FRIENDS will be broadcast on China's national broadcaster CCTV for four series of the popular preschool show.

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Olympic Games Spark Calamity In Happy Tree Friends Latest Smoochie

A deer mime competes in the Olympic Games? Only in the world of HAPPY TREE FRIENDS! Their new Olympic-themed short video SMOOCHIE, up now on, is loaded with more skull-splitting, eye-popping and hair-raising comedy worthy of a gold medal. The new SMOOCHIE stars Mime, a character that has not yet seen the SMOOCHIE spotlight.

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DVD Releases For August 12, 2008

Animation for kids, XXX: STATE OF THE UNION on Blu-ray, some classic WB shows and more, all on DVD and Blu-ray today.


From Walt Disney Home Ent. comes MULAN and the direct-to-DVD sequel MULAN II together in one package.

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Popular Preschool Friends Garner Honors

Popular Preschool Friends Garner Honors

Prestigious organizations such as the Parents' Choice Foundation, The Dove Foundation, Parent to Parent and The Toy Man Product Guide recently honored DVDs from HIT Ent. for quality in children's programming.

Preschool favorites BARNEY, THOMAS & FRIENDS, and BOB THE BUILDER received the following honors:


2008 Parents' Choice Recommended:

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New Episodes of Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Coming Soon

Preschoolers will join Kai-lan, the newest kid on the Nick Jr. block, on four new half-hour adventures -- a safari expedition, a hat parade, a play date in the rain and a snow ride -- during a premiere week of the groundbreaking animated series NI HAO, KAI-LAN.

The new episodes, which introduce preschoolers to Chinese culture and language, will roll out Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27, at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nick Jr., culminating with a marathon of the episodes on Friday, March 28, (11 a.m. - 1 p.m., ET/PT).

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DVD Releases For March 4


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment unleashes 101 of the world's most famous dogs when Walt Disney's original dog classic, 101 DALMATIANS: PLATINUM EDITION comes to DVD March 4 for a limited time.

This all-new two-disc Platinum Edition is a must-own for fans big and small, featuring beloved characters Pongo, Perdita, and their 99 puppies, as well as one of Disney's most deliciously evil villains of all time -- Cruella De Vil (ranked on American Film Institute's Best Villains of All Time List).

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Super Friends Hour Now on DVD!

DC Comics legends Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman return to fight for justice and protect the good people of planet Earth in the first season of the SUPER FRIENDS HOUR. Besides fighting evil, our super heroes rescue citizens who find themselves in harm's way, providing some lessons for all of us. This incarnation of the Super Friends also includes the shape-shifting Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, and their space monkey, Gleek. SUPER FRIENDS also features guest stars Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and new villains such as the Hydronoids and Dr. Cranum.

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Hit Ent. Signs Ozzie Toy Co. for Thomas

Leading independent kids producer HIT Ent. has announced the appointment of Funtastic Limited as the THOMAS & FRIENDS Trackmaster Distribution Partner for Australia. Funtastic will oversee the transition from the THOMAS & FRIENDS Motor Road and Rail track system to the new Trackmaster play system, which is due for launch in 2009. Funtastic will also continue to distribute the Tomy THOMAS & FRIENDS Pre-School Range.

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The Land Before Time Gets the Wisdom of Friends

Universal Studios Home Ent. released this week (Nov. 27) the 13th entry in the popular THE LAND BEFORE TIME animated franchise, THE WISDOM OF FRIENDS, an all-new made for DVD feature, for $19.98. Joining the adventure are Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sandra Oh.