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Kartoon Channel! Acquires Anime Series, ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’

Genius Brands adds 230 new episodes of programming, bolstering their growing slate of family-friendly entertainment on their recently launched free digital platform.

Genius Brands International has announced the acquisition of approximately 230 new episodes of programming, including popular anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, based on the trading card game from Konami. This comes on the heels of the June 15 launch of its new, free digital Kartoon Channel! released across multiple AVOD and OTT platforms and the subsequent debut of its first COPPA-compliant Apple iOS app.

“Led by Yu-Gi-Oh, these new program acquisitions truly showcase the quality and diversity of content we are striving to bring to young audiences discovering the Kartoon Channel! and offer opportunities for a wide range of ad partners to drive revenue for the channel,” commented chairman & CEO, Andy Heyward. “We are extremely proud of the rapid expansion of Kartoon Channel! and the positive responses we are receiving from kids and especially parents, who feel we are providing a safe destination for their kids’ entertainment. Our reach now extends to over 100M U.S. television households and over 200M mobile devices; we have our first iOS app which has thousands of positive reviews and 5-star ratings, and we have new apps launching on Android, Roku and Amazon Fire, with the same interface as on iOS. And, we are continually looking for unique ways to fill our offering with the best children’s programming in the marketplace, with titles such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Babar, Angry Birds, Roblox, and our upcoming Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten. This is just the beginning of our mission to build what I like to call the FREE ‘Netflix for Kids.”

In addition to the 148x22’ episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V now being offered on Kartoon Channel!, Genius Brands has also licensed the English language rights to 25x4’ episodes and Spanish language rights to 5x30’ episodes of YouTube series My Dog Chocolo, from Productora Atiempo Ltda., which has over four million subscribers, more than three million daily views, and a total of over two billion views.

The company has also acquired Invention Story (52x11’) from Mondo TV; a 3-D comedy series that follows a quirky fox inventor who tries to fit into Carrot Town, a place full of rabbits—hopefully winning them over with his big heart and his amazing gadgets; and Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog (26x22’) from Muse Entertainment, a series which encourages science exploration and teamwork by thinking, linking and deducing - kids can be entertained and learn while solving the puzzles and problems of Alfred's mysterious world.

The Kartoon Channel! and the new complementary iOS app offer access to a wide variety of Genius Brands original and acquired family-friendly content, including Babar, Angry Birds, Stan Lee’s Mighty7, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, Baby Einstein, Baby Genius, Llama Llama shorts, and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club. Additionally, more family-friendly gaming content has been added, including Minecraft’s Journey to the End and Fairy Horse Quest, Octodad, PixArk, and Big B Roblox Challenge, from Tankee. The upcoming comedy-adventure series, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is currently in pre-production and will premiere on Kartoon Channel! in Q1 2021.

Kartoon Channel! can be accessed via Apple TV Devices, Android (mobile devices), Android TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku Devices, Xumo, Comcast, Cox, Dish, and Sling. For more information on where to watch Kartoon Channel!, click here.

Source: Genius Brands International

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