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Headline News Star Wars Most Watched Series In Cartoon Network History

The new Lucasfilm Animation series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS on Cartoon Network scored as the most-watched series premiere in network history on Friday.

The one-hour new series premiere was the #1 program from 9-10 p.m. among all major kids networks in kids 6-11, kids 2-11, tweens 9-14, teens 12-7 and persons 2+, earning triple-digit increases compared to the same time period last year.

The weekly, CG-animated series also attracted the largest tweens 9-14 audience for any premiere telecast of an original series in Cartoon Network's 16-year history.

Headline News PBS KIDS GO! Debuts Full-Screen Online Video Player

Beginning today, the PBS KIDS GO! Web site is giving early elementary school-aged kids across the country more to explore with the launch of an advertising-free, streaming video player offering hundreds of video clips and dozens of full-length episodes.

Available on both Macs and PCs, the PBS KIDS GO! video player is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and is also available via Web sites of participating local PBS member stations.

Headline News Jetix Europe's Web Sites Get New Look

Jetix Europe has announced the redesign of its 19 Web sites across Europe.

In 2007 Jetix Europe's Web sites generated on average 100 million page views per month. The company believes that its re-designed and enhanced sites, which will roll out across Europe from September 2008, will offer kids ages 6 to 14 an even more engaging and fun online experience and as a result increase the traffic and time spent on the sites even further.

Headline News Sanrio Goes Green With PlanetPals

Sanrio Far East, a company of Sanrio Group, has added PLANETPALS to their portfolio that includes properties such as SPONGE BOB SQUAREPANTS and DORA THE EXPLORER.

PLANETPALS has entered into an agreement with the licensing group, to exclusively represent PLANETPALS in Japan.

Sanrio F.E. will introduce PLANETPALS characters to the preschool and elementary market and plans to establish a multi-platform presence in Japan as well as develop strategic partnerships with appropriate companies. They will also manage local key partnerships.

Headline News Nickelodeon Hits The Big 5-0

On Wednesday morning, Viacom's MTV Networks International will launch Nickelodeon Arabia, the network's 50th global channel.

The Arabic-language channel dedicated exclusively to kids ages 2 to 14 years old, will hit airwaves at 6 a.m. (KSA) tomorrow on free-to-air networks, Arabsat and Nilesat, reaching a potential audience of 190 million viewers across the Middle East.

Headline News LeapFrog Lets the Games Begin: New Web-Connected Gaming Handhelds Available Now

Parents and kids will be winners with two new Web-connected educational gaming systems from LeapFrog Enterprises. The company today announced the Leapster2 Learning Game System, the latest handheld from the popular Leapster family, and the all-new Didj Custom Gaming System are now available at major retailers and at http://www.leapfrog.com/gaming.

Headline News NBA All-Star James Gets Game On With Nickelodeon's The Big Green Help

Four-time NBA All-Star LeBron James is teaming up with Nickelodeon's The Big Green Help pro-social campaign this month in a brand-new online mini-game, LEBRON JAMES: WORLDWIDE BIG GREEN BIKE-A-THON! that features James.

Available now on www.biggreenhelp.com, players are asked to help a bike-riding LeBron avatar deliver green tips across the globe to rack up points and progress to the next level of play. In addition to the game, James will appear in a The Big Green Help public service announcement airing throughout the summer.

Headline News Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group Forms New Games And Virtual Worlds Divisions

To provide its audiences with more innovative gaming and virtual world experiences, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group has formed new Games and Virtual Worlds Groups.

Dave Williams will run the Games Group and Kyra Reppen will lead the Virtual Worlds Group, both under the title of SVP and GM. The announcements were made by Steve Youngwood, Exec VP, Digital Media, to whom Williams and Reppen report.

Headline News Wumblers Approved For Family Friendly Internet Site

The Giddy Gander Company's THE WUMBLERS (www.wumblers.com) has been added to KidZui "The Internet For Kids." With more than 600,000 websites, pictures, and video currently comprising KidZui's parent and teacher approved content, THE WUMBLERS is being featured today as one of the most highly trafficked and enjoyable websites for children.

KidZui is a new kids' browser that makes surfing the Internet fun, easy, and safe for kids ages 3-12.

Headline News Nickelodeon To Launch In Southern Africa July 1

African pay-TV operator MultiChoice Africa has signed a multi-year distribution deal with MTV Networks International to carry leading kids' entertainment brand, Nickelodeon, in southern Africa.

Starting July 1, 2008, Nickelodeon will launch as a 24-hour English language channel, broadcasting to more than 1.5 million DStv subscribers in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Headline News Healthy Kids Nutri-Crew Debuts July 7 On Jetix

"Healthy Kids Nutri-Crew," a series of Public Service Announcements providing tips on why it's smart to make healthy food choices, will debut Monday, July 7 (7 p.m. ET/PT) during Jetix, the action/adventure/comedy block on Toon Disney.

Featuring real kids with animated characters from Jetix/Toon series, the PSAs will roll out each Monday (7 p.m. ET/PT) through August 4. Kids and parents can log on to www.jetix.tv/food4U for more information on healthy food.

The PSA roll out includes:

Headline News Manhattan Museum Opens Dora And Diego Exhibit This Month

On May 20, the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) opens the brand-new "Adventures with Dora and Diego" exhibit, the nation's only museum exhibition inspired by the popular characters from the award-winning Nickelodeon series, GO, DIEGO, GO! and DORA THE EXPLORER.

Headline News Animated Web Show Inspires Kids To Take Action On Environmental Challenges

SustainLane recently released the pilot episode of GORILLA IN THE GREENHOUSE, an action-packed, web-based, animated show that inspires kids to take real-world steps towards a healthier planet.

The show is set in a magical greenhouse in San Francisco and features a visionary green gorilla and four kids who use their imagination, their network and their music to tackle the environmental challenges facing their generation.

Headline News PBS KIDS Engages With New Spanish Content And Original Music

To kick off its third season on May 19, PBS KIDS' preschool destination invites kids to discover new cultures and build language skills through Spanish language content and new original music. Spanish language content will be introduced by Miss Rosa, played by teacher and actress Jennifer Pena, to encourage children to explore new cultures and experiences.

Headline News Planetpals Earth Characters a Brighter Shade of Green

Planetpals, the adorable crew of "Earth Friends," who originated a decade ago at the popular Earthzone Website, will make their way to International Licensing Show 2008 in New York, after a successful debut at Asia Licensing in Tokyo and Brand Licensing in London.

Planetpals encourage kids to "be healthy inside and out" with themes that include a clean and happy Earth as well as the value of a healthy body. With whimsical sayings such as "It's in to use the bin", "make everyday Earth Day" and "It's cool to be green at school" they invite kids to learn.

Headline News Disney Channel's Next Big Thing At Upfronts

Announcements for three Disney Channel original movies, a third season of HANNAH MONTANA and second seasons of WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE and PHINEAS AND FERB were among the highlights at Disney Channel's upfront presentation Wednesday.

Themed "The Next Big Thing," the advertiser meeting was held at New York's Legacy Recording Studios.

Headline News Cartoon Network Upfront Presentation Announcements

Cartoon Network announced its programming line-up for 2008 at the New York upfronts, held Thursday.

On the heels of February's announcement that STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will come to Cartoon Network as a series in the fall, George Lucas, the creator and steward of the STAR WARS brand, attended the Upfront event to provide additional details on this highly anticipated offering.

Headline News Nickelodeon Sweeps Kid Demos In First Quarter 2008

Driven by the success of hit series in live action and animation, including its huge multiplatform hit ICARLY and a record-breaking 2008 Kids' Choice Awards, Nickelodeon secured a clean sweep among all kid demos during the first quarter of 2008 (1Q08).

They finishing first among kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens (9-14), according to Nielsen Media Research (12/31/07-3/30/08). During the quarter, Nickelodeon accounted for the top five rated kids' programs and scored solid delivery gains year-over-year with all of its core demographics of kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14.

Headline News Stars Get Slimed At Kids' Choice Awards 2008

Kids thanked their stars at Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards, and lucky luminaries Johnny Depp, Jessica Alba, Eddie Murphy, Miley Cyrus, Drake Bell, The Jonas Brothers, Chris Brown clinched coveted orange Blimps during the live telecast, Saturday, March 29.

Hosted by Jack Black and spotlighting the hottest stars of TV, movies, music and sports, the kudo/mess-fest at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion -- "where Hollywood meets the slime" -- gave new meaning to "Go Green!"

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