PBS DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE DVD AND DIGITAL RIGHTS TO EMMY® AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM WORDWORLD
Arlington, Va. – October 10, 2014 – PBS Distribution, the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, announced today the acquisition of all three seasons of the multi-award-winning program WordWorld. The deal includes worldwide DVD and digital distribution rights for all 84 adventures of WordWorld. PBS Distribution, which works with leading producers to distribute series such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Peg + Cat, Arthur, Wild Kratts, and Caillou, is planning on releasing its first WordWorld DVD in 2015.
WordWorld, which won the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding children’s animated program, is designed to introduce, support, and foster literacy skills in children ages three to five. Young children are introduced to the colorful, vibrant world of words with the lovable, legible WordFriends – animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they represent. In each story, the WordFriends go on adventures and face challenges that can only be resolved with the right word. That word is built letter by letter, sound by sound. Once the word is built it “morphs” to become the spelled item – C-A-K-E, becomes a cake!
“WordWorld is an absolutely delightful program. It not only introduces reading skills to preschoolers, it also helps kids develop their socio-emotional skills,” said Debbie Ries, Managing Director of Children’s Distribution for PBS Distribution. “I’m looking forward to making even more families aware of this fun-filled and educational series.”
“With its unparalleled understanding of children’s educational programming, PBS Distribution is uniquely positioned to lead WordWorld’s global, multi-channel distribution effort,” said Alfredo Cabeza, Chief Operating Officer of WordWorld. “PBS has always been a great partner to WordWorld and I’m excited to have expanded the breadth of our ongoing collaboration as we bring excellent educational experiences to children around the world.”
WordWorld was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Ready To Learn initiative. Incorporating the latest research into the most effective ways for kids to build reading skills, WordWorld produces delightful educational experiences for preschool children, on screen, in print, and online. WordWorld is owned by General Word LP.
About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.
PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS-branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS Distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including internet and mobile devices.