Disney Animator Inks Deal with Word Entertainment

Toonacious™ Family Entertainment and Word Entertainment announced an exclusive multi-release distribution deal with Toonacious’ animated children’s video series, Lenny & Sid at a press conference held on Mon., July 15th during the 2002 CBA International Convention in Anaheim, Calif. The first episode, Love Thy Neighbor, is scheduled for release February 2003. Toonacious™ Family Entertainment is an animation-based, entertainment company dedicated to providing original, high-quality, faith-based productions that entertain, educate, and elevate the hearts and minds of children. Each video will…

LifeWay’s ‘Reading To Win’ Summer Reading Program

National retailer LifeWay Christian Stores is partnering with publisher Tommy Nelson for the 2002 children?s summer reading program, Reading To Win. The eleven week, nationwide ‘racing themed’ promotion kicks off this Saturday, June 15th in 109 stores and 70 markets. Former Olympic gold medallist, Christian author and mom, Mary Lou Retton is the national spokesperson. LifeWay Christian Store’s Reading to Win aims to combine children’s natural affection for reading with a larger goal of promoting literacy and encouraging a lifelong…

Tommy Nelson Gets Wild & Wacky

The Tommy Nelson 2002 Road Show Event, featuring Mr. Henry’ s Wild & Wacky World, will hit the streets on June 5th. This 50-ft rig will stop at retail outlets, festivals, and churches attracting kids and parents alike. The road show activity center is housed in a large racing trailer which ‘folds out and pops up’ to create a mini-version of the Mr. Henry’s Wild & Wacky World set. Kids and parents can explore the wild and wacky world of…

Miss PattyCake Goes to Walmart!

Integrity Music today announced that Sony Wonder will provide general market distribution of the label’s Miss PattyCake video and audio series created for preschool children. As part of the agreement, Sony will distribute Miss PattyCake products to mainstream retail outlets including Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, among others. This is in addition to the Christian retail distribution currently provided by Word Distribution. “We are thrilled that this new relationship with Sony Wonder will give the Miss PattyCake franchise broader distribution into mainstream…

Books Help Siblings Welcome New Baby

Tommy Nelson’s “I’m the Big Brother” and “I’m the Big Sister” will be sold in more than 200 hospital gift shops by the end os this year. The interactive books written by Susan Ligon help older siblings welcome a new baby into the home. Author Ligon will appear on “Good Morning Texas” May 30, at three Dallas-area book signings June 1, and on national radio “MasterControl” in June.

A Jurassic Ark Mystery Wins Three Awards

The first episode of the “Discovery Team” series, ‘A Jurassic Ark Mystery,’ (Gospel Communications Intl.) received three awards at the 23rd Annual Telly Awards, taking home a Silver Telly for Children’s Audience as well as two bronze awards, including one in the “Children’s Educational” category.

“3-2-1 Penguins!”

The first three episodes of “3-2-1 Penguins!” (Big Idea/Chordant) will release exclusively to the Christian market on DVD May 14. The series has sold more than 750,000 VHS units since it debuted in Nov. 2000 and held the No. 1 spot on the SoundScan kids sales charts for 16 consecutive weeks.

Blues Clues Live Comes to TPAC

After the incredibly successful two year national run of Blue’s Clues Live!, Nickelodeon and Clear Channel Entertainment have re-teamed to bring a brand new theatrical production to the stage of Nickelodeon’s top-rated preschool television show “Blue’s Clues.” Blue’s Birthday Party, the biggest birthday party ever, will stop at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville April 3-7 during a 40-city tour across the United States that began in January. Featuring brand new songs, story line and characters, Blue’s Birthday Party…


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