Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc.

Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc.

April 11, 2006 14:32 ET

Cookie Jar Entertainment's, THE DOODLEBOPS, Launches in the United Kingdom on Playhouse Disney

TORONTO, ONTARIO AND LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2006) - Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. announced today that its preschool live-action series THE DOODLEBOPS is scheduled to make its UK debut on Playhouse Disney on 24 April 2006. The vibrant new music-focused series will air every weekday at 7:30AM, 10:30AM and 4:10PM.

THE DOODLEBOPS (26 x 30') features the fab trio, Deedee, Rooney and Moe as they live out their daily lives as the biggest phenomena in kid's popdom. They're cooler than cool, they're hotter than hot. They're the hip, happening rock 'n rollers. The live-action comedy series invites young viewers to bop around, whilst they practice their songs and dance routines in the coolest rehearsal space imaginable. This colorful and creative group is here to entertain young fans with their unique mixture of music, dance and comedy, all whilst educating preschoolers about important educational issues such as, caring and sharing. Comedic storylines are punctuated by the band's rousing performance of original songs. Each episode culminates with a Doodlebops concert scene.

Rob Gilby, Vice President & Managing Director, Disney Channels UK, Scandinavia & Middle East said: "I am thrilled that Playhouse Disney will broadcast THE DOODLEBOPS. The show adds a distinct look and feel to our already strong program portfolio. With its creativity, musical talent and high energy, it's sure to get our preschool audience up out of their seats and having fun."

"This broadcast arrangement with Disney UK represents a strategic step to launch THE DOODLEBOPS franchise worldwide," said Alison Warner, Vice-President Distribution at Cookie Jar Entertainment. "Disney Channel is an excellent program home for THE DOODLEBOPS, as proved by the success the network has enjoyed in the U.S. and we're looking forward to commercial success across a broad area."

THE DOODLEBOPS launched on Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney in the U.S. in April 2005 and has since then continuously achieved top-of-the-charts ratings. The new music live-action series has quickly become a rock 'n roll phenomena with the preschool set. Playhouse Disney in the U.S. began airing 26 all-new episodes of THE DOODLEBOPS in March 2006, bringing the commitment for Playhouse Disney in the U.S. to a total of 52 episodes.

THE DOODLEBOPS television series and all areas of licensing and merchandising are represented by Cookie Jar Entertainment. The current blue chip roster of licensees includes Lionsgate Family Entertainment (DVD for season one), Walt Disney Records (CD releases in the U.S.), Universal Music (CD and DVD releases in Canada) and Mattel (master toy licensee).

About THE DOODLEBOPS

THE DOODLEBOPS were originally discovered by Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Hirsh and Carl Lenox, music director/song writer for the series, who both believe that music and dance is an underdeveloped area that the target market actively and enthusiastically responds to. Since their discovery of the band, THE DOODLEBOPS - under the guidance of Cookie Jar Entertainment - has created media and licensing partnerships with an impressive roster of blue chip partners. Jamie Waese is producer and director of THE DOODLEBOPS and has partnered with Kim Thompson as head writer, choreographer David Connolly and line producer Andrea Nevitt.

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.

About Disney Channel UK

Disney Channel, known for its unique, quality entertainment, airs hit shows such as the top-ranking, animated series "Disney's Kim Possible", the live action show "That's So Raven" and Disney Channel Original Movies. Playhouse Disney is the home of fun, learning-based entertainment that engages the minds and imaginations of preschoolers. Disney Cinemagic is a new premium channel brand, offering family programming featuring Disney animated movies.

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