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PBS KIDS Announces Premiere Date for New Animated Series READY JET GO!

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Earth science and astronomy series will premiere February 15, 2016 on PBS KIDS

PBS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, May 13, 2015 – Today at its annual meeting with PBS member stations from across the country, PBS KIDS announced the premiere date of READY JET GO!, its new series for kids ages 3-8. A CGI animated series that will help children learn astronomy and Earth science concepts, READY JET GO! will premiere Monday, February 15, 2016 on PBS KIDS (check local listings). Digital content related to the series, including games, hands-on activities and parent resources, will be available in early 2016 as well.

“PBS KIDS is excited to offer a new series that expands on kids’ natural interest in science and astronomy,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “Extending PBS KIDS’ mission to use the power of media to spark children’s curiosity, READY JET GO! encourages a love of learning and exploration, broadening kids’ horizons to the outer limits of space and imagination.”

READY JET GO! takes viewers on a journey into outer space, building on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy. The series follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.

READY JET GO! features live-action interstitials with Jet Propulsion Laboratory astronomer Dr. Amy Mainzer, who also is the science curriculum consultant for the show. Created by Craig Bartlett, who also created PBS KIDS’ hit series DINOSAUR TRAIN, READY JET GO! is produced by Wind Dancer Films. PBS SoCaL is a station partner for the series.

Press materials for READY JET GO! are available on PBS PressRoom.

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About Wind Dancer
Wind Dancer Films created and produced such successful television series as Home Improvement and Roseanne, along with box office successes such as What Women Want and Bernie. Founded by series creators Matt Williams and David McFadzean, and later joined by president, Dete Meserve, Wind Dancer Films has produced hundreds of hours of comedies and family projects for film and television. www.WindDancer.com

Contacts:
Maria Vera, PBS; 703.739.3225; mvera@pbs.org
Meredith Gandy, 360PR; 415.610.4067; mgandy@360pr.com