Cinar Corporation and PBS Partner Again to Produce New Episodes of the Award-Winning Show "Caillou" for Kids 2-5
16 New Episodes to be Added to the PBS KIDS¬ Lineup Beginning January 2003
Montreal, Qc. and Alexandria, Virginia, April 15, 2002- CINAR Corporation, and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to produce 16 new episodes of the popular preschool series, CAILLOU. The new episodes, to air on PBS in January 2003, join the existing 40 CAILLOU programs currently airing Monday through Friday on PBS KIDS®.
"We are thrilled to be bringing new CAILLOU episodes in partnership with PBS to preschoolers. The 16 new episodes, which brings our total to 56 half-hours for the series, will help to further extend the CAILLOU experience to families", said Louis Fournier, CINAR's recently appointed Head of Distribution.
"With its endearing adventures and gentle life lessons, CAILLOU has proven to be one of the most popular preschool series on PBS KIDS," said John F. Wilson, senior vice president and co-chief program executive, PBS. "We're delighted to be adding new CAILLOU episodes to our schedule and to continue our partnership with CINAR, providing quality children's programming that kids and parents enjoy."
CAILLOU (pronounced KA-YOU) presents a unique combination of animation, puppets, music, dance, and live action and chronicles the adventures of a little boy as he bravely encounters the infinite miracles and dilemmas of four-year-old life. Based on the series of best-selling children's books, the stories address real problems and conflicts typical of a young child's development. Since premiering on PBS KIDS in September 2000, CAILLOU has been named "one of the best new preschool series to come along in years" by Child magazine, has garnered two Parents' Choice Awards and, as of January 2001, has consistently ranked among the top eight children's programs in all of television, among kids aged 2-5*
PBS KIDS provides a nonviolent, noncommercial daily television schedule that empowers children as members of their communities, nation and world. PBS KIDS welcomes parents, teachers, and caregivers as learning partners through broadcast as well as online through pbskids.org. PBS, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a private, nonprofit media enterprise, owned and operated by the nation's 349 public television stations. Serving nearly 90 million people each week, PBS enriches the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services on noncommercial television, the Internet and other media. More information about PBS is available at PBS.org, the leading dot-org Web site on the Internet.
CINAR Corporation is an integrated entertainment and education company involved in the development, production, post-production and worldwide distribution of non-violent, quality programming and educational products for children and families.
Visit CAILLOU at pbskids.org/caillou
*Source: For PBS, NTI Special TV Ratings, January-December 2001. For broadcast, cable, and syndication, Nielsen Galaxy Explorer, January 1-December 31, 2001. Children's programming average audience ratings estimates among children 2-5, 24 hours, Mon-Sun. Qualifications available upon request.
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Donna Williams, PBS NY
Louise Sansregret, CINAR
Cynthia Dartley, CINAR, Outreach and Station Relations