COOKIE JAR GROUP

COOKIE JAR GROUP

October 19, 2005 15:18 ET

Cookie Jar Entertainment Names Lions Gate Family Entertainment as Domestic Home Video Distributor for Top-Rated Preschool TV Series

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) -

THE DOODLEBOPS™

Lions Gate To Debut Hit Television Series On DVD In 2006

"Come on Doodlebops! Let's Go!" Cookie Jar Entertainment has awarded the domestic home video distribution rights for the company's hit live action preschool series The Doodlebops! to Lions Gate Entertainment's Family Entertainment (LGFE), a division of Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE and TSX: LGF). The announcement was made today by Anne Parducci, Lions Gate Executive Vice President, Family Entertainment and Marketing, and Cookie Jar Entertainment President and Chief Operating Officer, Toper Taylor.

Under the terms of the deal, LGFE acquires the exclusive domestic home video distribution rights to the show's 26 existing episodes and 26 episodes currently in production, with the first release set for 2006.

"Cookie Jar has a truly exciting property in The Doodlebops™ that, with its vibrant music and characters and positive messaging, has captured the hearts of preschoolers and parents alike," said Parducci. "Overwhelmingly popular in the world of children's entertainment, we are pleased to add the property to our existing library of favorite children's properties, including Barbie, Care Bears, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Maya & Miguel, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids and The Koala Brothers."

One of the top-rated shows on Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney preschool programming block, The Doodlebops stars band members Deedee, Rooney and Moe Doodle as rock 'n rollers who introduce children to music, dance, comedy and pro-social educational issues in a lively live-action half-hour daily program. Teaching young viewers physical development, The Doodlebops™ is all about getting kids up and moving! The ultimate rock and roll band for preschoolers, The Doodlebops™ hang out and practice their song and dance routines in the coolest rehearsal space imaginable and go from gig to gig in the world's coolest tour bus!

The Doodlebops™ made its Playhouse Disney/Disney Channel debut in April 2005.

"The Doodlebops™ - with its colorful cast of characters, catchy music and fun-filled stories - has all the ingredients to create a must-have DVD collection for preschool families everywhere. We are delighted to join with Lions Gate Family Entertainment, which has burgeoned into one of the most respected resources for quality children's and family entertainment," said Taylor.

About Lions Gate Entertainment

Lions Gate is the premier independent producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library is a valuable source of stable and recurring revenue, and it serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lions Gate brand name is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About Cookie Jar Group

Cookie Jar Group develops, produces, distributes and markets quality products to children, their caregivers, parents and teachers. Cookie Jar Group's products reflect its commitment to providing the best in children's published content, animated and live action programming and innovative educational and entertainment-driven products worldwide. The group of companies consists of Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. and Cookie Jar Education Inc., as well as a 20% interest in Teletoon Canada Inc., Canada's only all animation broadcaster.

Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc., Cookie Jar Group's entertainment operation, is a leading, global, independent producer, marketing and brand manager of such renowned children's properties as "Arthur," "The Doodlebops," "Caillou" and "Gerald McBoing Boing." Combining globally-renowned intellectual properties with an industry-recognized management team, Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. is a market-driven, brand building company that is committed to children first and foremost and is dedicated to the development and production of quality programming that embraces the whole child, with animated and live-action series that entertain, inspire and enlighten children and family audiences worldwide.

Contact Information

  • Cookie Jar Entertainment
    Steve Syatt/John Russel
    SSA Public Relations
    (818) 501-0700
    or
    Lions Gate Family Entertainment
    Sarah Greenberg/ Jodie Magid
    (310) 255-3856/ (212) 386-6885
    or
    Bender/Helper Impact
    Adam Fenton/Lauren McCabe
    (212) 689-6360