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PBS KIDS® LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR PRESCHOOL HOST
Alexandria, Virginia, January, 2006 - Following the recent announcement of
its new five-year initiative entitled PBS KIDS Next Generation Media,
PBS has launched a nationwide search for the host of its new preschool
multi-platform destination, one of the cornerstone components of the Next
Generation initiative. This new, cohesive environment, launching in fall
2006, is designed exclusively for preschoolers and features favorite and
premiering children's series, as well as a new live host.
Recognizing the discerning audience it serves, kids and their parents,
PBS is looking for an authentic talent who embodies a warm,
creative and charismatic approach to life-long learning and child
engagement. The new host will motivate children through fun,
interactive, language-rich and musical original content segments,
bridging lessons from each episode that relate ideas and themes to
real world appreciation and application. While understanding
parents and caregivers' needs, the new host will support PBS KIDS'
goal to build a partnership with them in their child's learning and
help preschoolers prepare for success in school and in life.
The search will target not only the television and talent industries
but also pursue education and child development avenues.
"All of PBS' children's programs have valuable lessons that
extend beyond the TV screen and the new host will help bring
this to life in a safe, familiar environment, further inspiring
kids to think about what they are watching and how it applies
to their lives," said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President,
PBS Brand Management.
PBS KIDS Next Generation Media is a five-year initiative to define
the role PBS will play in the changing digital children's media landscape.
In addition to the new preschool multi-platform destination, a 24-hour
multicast service for early elementary school kids will also launch in
With a 360-degree approach to learning and reaching children, PBS KIDS
leverages the full spectrum of media and technology advancements,
as well as community to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination
and curiosity. PBS KIDS encourages children to interact as respectful
citizens in a diverse society. By involving parents, teachers and
caregivers as learning partners, PBS KIDS helps to empower children
for success in school and in life.
Qualified candidates can find submission requirements at
available beginning Friday January 20th, and should be sent to:
Barbara Barna Casting
249 Smith Street, #122
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2006.
PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise that serves the nation's
348 public noncommercial television stations, reaching nearly
90 million people each week through on-air and online content.
Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet,
PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment,
and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions.
PBS is the leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers,
and offers a broad array of educational services for adult learners.
PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site,
PBS KIDS Online pbskids.org,
continue to be parents' and
teachers' most trusted learning environments for children.
More information about PBS is available at pbs.org,
one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
PBS is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
Media Contacts Only:
Stephanie Aaronson, PBS KIDS, 703/739-5074
Jill Corderman, PBS KIDS, 703/739-5788