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Genius Brands Partners with China’s StarTimes to Launch Kartoon Channel! Africa

The channel will offer originals ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten;’ ‘Rainbow Rangers;’ ‘Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab;’ and ‘Llama Llama’ as well as weekend movies such as ‘Stan Lee’s Mighty 7;’ ‘Ella Bella Bingo;’ ‘Toys and Pets;’ and ‘Boonie Bears.’

Genius Brands International, Inc. has partnered with China’s StarTimes to launch Kartoon Channel! on January 31st on DTH satellite and digital terrestrial in South Africa and in 46 countries throughout the Sub-Saharan African region.

All StarTimes customers will have 24/7 access to Kartoon Channel! Africa, which will offer exclusive and first run series including Genius Brands’ originals Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Rainbow Rangers; Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab; and Llama Llama starring Jennifer Garner, based on the bestselling children’s book franchise. The channel will also feature family-friendly movies on the weekends such as Stan Lee’s Mighty 7; Ella Bella Bingo; Toys and Pets; and Boonie Bears.

Additionally, Kartoon Channel! Africa will premiere the new 10-episode elimination-style competition reality series and accompanying Roblox Game Experiences for children, Kidaverse Roblox Rumble. Hosted by TV personality and former NFL star, Rashad Jennings, the series will air as part of a games-branded programming block on weekday afternoons.

President of Kartoon Channel! Worldwide Paul Robinson stated, “We continue to build the global presence of Kartoon Channel! by creating unique partnerships, and we are delighted and honored to work with StarTimes to bring Kartoon Channel! to African kids and families in 2023. Our family-friendly brand values and safe environment deliver the perfect recipe to entertain and inform kids via characters and shows they adore. We are just getting started in growing Kartoon Channel! as a preeminent children’s entertainment destination worldwide.”

“We are thrilled to launch a channel throughout Africa that offers such a diverse line-up of programming for children two to 12-years-old and their families,” said General Manager of StarTimes Media Lily Meng.  “With safe, value-driven content across multiple genres, we anticipate Kartoon Channel! to be a hit across the region, and look forward to working with Genius Brands in the coming years to bring a unique entertainment experience to our young audiences across the region.”

Source: Genius Brands International, Inc.

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Whitney is a freelance writer focusing on VFX-driven fantasy film & TV as well as preschool animation.