SOURCE: KOCH Records

August 29, 2005 12:05 ET

Hi-5 Rings in the Holiday Season With "It's a Hi-5 Christmas!"

All-New Musical CD From KOCH Records Brings High-Energy Holiday Cheer to Kids and Families Nationwide on October 4, 2005

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2005 -- Kids and families nationwide will celebrate the holiday season to the tune of Hi-5 with "It's a Hi-5 Christmas," the newest musical CD to capture the high-energy excitement and toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun of the Emmy Award-nominated kids TV series. The debut seasonal release features an upbeat mix of traditional holiday favorites and new tunes that are sure to get kids rockin' around the Christmas tree! "It's a Hi-5 Christmas" makes its debut at retail stores across the country on October 4, 2005 -- just in time for the holidays.

"'It's a Hi-5 Christmas' offers kids and families the opportunity to get a little closer this holiday season as they enjoy the festive and fun sounds of Hi-5 together," said Helena Harris. "The new CD features an eclectic assortment of classic holiday tracks and new seasonally-inspired tunes to appeal to everyone."

Bob Frank, President of KOCH Records, adds, "'It's a Hi-5 Christmas' continues the Hi-5 tradition by offering great, festive songs -- traditional and new classics -- that children and their families will treasure."

Based on the mega-hit from "down under," the U.S. version of Hi-5, featuring an all-American cast, Curtis, Jenn, Karla, Kimee and Shaun, has been wowing U.S. audiences from coast to coast on stage and on screen since its February 2003 debut. The critically acclaimed series, now available in 85 million homes each weekday on TLC and Discovery Kids' "Ready Set Learn!" programming block, received its first-ever Daytime Emmy Award nomination from the National Television Academy for "Outstanding Pre-School TV Series" in early 2005. The relative newcomer received the coveted honor alongside such venerable names in children's television as "Sesame Street" and "Blue's Clues."

Hi-5 recently brought their show-stopping performance to NBC's "Today," the nation's #1-rated morning show, where celebrity host, Matt Lauer, whose son is a huge fan, touted them as The Beatles of the preschool set.

The new CD invites kids and families to gather around the Christmas tree or Hanukkah Menorah and thrill to nearly an hour of tunes from their favorite musical act, including such classic holiday sing-alongs as "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," "Sleigh Ride," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." "It's a Hi-5 Christmas" also offers fun, new songs guaranteed to get kids and families in the mood to celebrate the season such as " Groovy Christmas," "Santa Wear Your Shorts," and "Dear Santa (A Christmas Wish)."

A perfect stocking-stuffer and must-have for every family's holiday collection, "It's a Hi-5 Christmas" will be available for a suggested retail price of $9.98.

About Hi-5

Hi-5 is the newest -- and coolest! -- children's sensation to reach the preschool programming scene since the debut of fellow Aussie property, "The Wiggles," which Hi-5 has unseated as the #1 kids show and best-selling children's property in both Australia and the UK. The group features five fresh-faced, ethnically diverse role models -- Kimee Balmilero, Curtis Cregan, Karla Cheatham-Mosley, Jennifer Peterson-Hind and Shaun Taylor-Corbett -- who explore new themes through dynamic and playful presentations that utilize song, dance and imaginative skits to encourage interactive participation by young audiences.

The Hi-5 TV series presents the engaging cast singing catchy tunes to ecstatic preschoolers, who dance and sing along. Each cast member leads a different show segment focusing on important developmental learning concepts across all educational categories -- from logical thinking and math to music and linguistics. While Kimee helps children figure out "Puzzles & Patterns" (logical thinking), Karla hosts "Body-Move" (coordination and motor skills). While Curtis makes some noise in "Making Music" (musicality), Jenn has fun with "Word Play" (linguistic and aural skills), and Shaun blasts off with "Shapes in Space" (visual and spatial awareness). Chatterbox and Jup Jup, two energetic puppets, join in the on-screen adventures to the delight of young viewers.

Hi-5 is a production of Kids Like Us and Nine Films & Television, in association with Discovery Kids. The critically acclaimed kids show is produced and created by award-winning producer Helena Harris (Bananas in Pyjamas).

About KOCH Records

KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard-charting albums among independents for each of the last four years (2001-2004). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit www.kochrecords.com.

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