QUBO’S SPACE-AGE SUMMER BLASTS OFF WITH THE ZULA PATROL
New York, NY–June 16, 2008) – qubo’s Space-Age Summer will defy the laws of gravity, as it transports kids from a continent ruled by elephants all the way to the farthest reaches of the galaxy! The TV and online entertainment service for children kicks off its third quarter programming with two new additions to its broadcast line-up and a new schedule. THE ZULA PATROL, an animated series premiering on qubo, ignites children’s interest in science and astronomy while the internationally renowned elephant king BABAR returns to the schedule to reinforce qubo’s messages of optimism and resiliency in overcoming challenges.
The new schedule and series will debut on qubo’s broadcast blocks on ION Television (July 4) NBC (July 12) and Telemundo (July 5-6). See attached schedule on page 4 for specific airtimes.
[Note: The new shows will also air July 5 on NBC, but because of pre-emptions around the country due to that network’s Wimbledon tennis tournament coverage, qubo programming will not air
in its regularly scheduled timeslot.]
Here’s a closer look at the new shows:
THE ZULA PATROL
Move over, George Jetson! The 21st century's newest space team, The Zula Patrol, has arrived. Stalwart Captain Bula, brainiac Professor Multo, feisty hot-doggin' space pilot Zeeter, the amazing space pet Gorga and twin flying companions Wizzy & Wigg are the lovably wacky characters who will take children on a roller coaster fun ride across the Universe - and teach them critical facts about science and astronomy in the process.
Each episode follows The Zula Patrol on engaging missions where they are usually trying to save their own Planet Zula, and often, the universe, from the dastardly hand of villain, Dark Truder! When Dark Truder empties out the Asteroid Belt in an attempt to take over the universe, it’s up to The Zula Patrol to
devise a plan to get the asteroids back to their proper home. Other episodes include comical capers where The Zula Patrol explore a solar eclipse, examine if the moon really is made of cheese and explore gravitational pull. THE ZULA PATROL was created to address the national call for science literacy education among elementary school students in the U.S. who score lower than their international peers , according to recent research. THE ZULA PATROL is produced by Zula USA, LLC.
Dr. Deborah Manchester, series creator for THE ZULA PATROL said, “Our mission is to inspire a love of science in young children. We hope THE ZULA PATROL will spark children’s natural curiosity about the world around them and lay a critical foundation for understanding basic science concepts. qubo is the perfect home for THE ZULA PATROL because of its commitment to informative and high-quality programming that families can watch together.”
“THE ZULA PATROL brings a whole new dimension of entertaining educational content to our programming line-up,” added Rick Rodriguez, president and general manager for qubo. “Airing it back-to-back with our other out-of-this world series, 3-2-1 PENGUINS!, kids are guaranteed to have a whole hour of intergalatic adventures!”
Based on the beloved classic books by Laurent de Brunhoff, this animated series focuses on the story of Babar, a young orphaned elephant who goes to the big city to learn about the ways of people. He then returns to the jungle where he builds the city of Celesteville and is crowned King of the elephants. A dedicated ruler and father, Babar and his family experience many challenges, but Babar always finds the strength to rise above difficulty through strength and optimism. Each episode begins with a look into Babar’s present life, primarily in his role as a father who teaches his children the value of people, things and relationships through his own experience from the jungle to the city and back again. BABAR reinforces pro-social messages that celebrate the bonds of family. In one episode, Babar loses his crown and learns a valuable lesson about the consequences of falsely accusing his friends as the thieves. Another poignant episode focuses on Babar and Celeste’s daughter, Flora, who becomes jealous of a new baby and runs away from home, only to later learn that her parents still love her as much as they did before the baby arrived. BABAR is distributed by Nelvana Enterprises..
qubo® is a bilingual, multi-platform entertainment destination for children that focuses on literacy, values and healthy lifestyles while celebrating the unlimited possibilities of a child’s imagination. Formed in 2006 by an unprecedented alliance of leading distribution partners and content players in children’s television, including Scholastic, ION Media Networks, NBC Universal, Corus Entertainment and Classic Media, qubo offers dynamic content in multiple environments. Currently broadcast on NBC Saturday mornings, ION Television Friday afternoons and Telemundo weekend mornings (check local listings) qubo also includes a 24/7 qubo Channel and website, www.qubo.com.
About ZULA USA, LLC
Zula USA, LLC produces a package of entertaining, educational products that are designed to provide early science education and reading literacy for children in pre-school through second grade. Zula's comprehensive program addresses the national call for science literacy education among the very audience for whom research demonstrates that early intervention is most effective. By reaching pre-kindergarten and early elementary students, Zula can provide a critical foundation in understanding science concepts and content. The television program and its supporting materials provide science education and character-building lessons in an entertaining format that encourages whole family participation. The entire Zula package serves many aspects of learning, promotes literacy, and provides a diverse approach to learning styles. The expert team of educators, writers, scientists, and media specialists works to ensure that Zula delivers a dynamic, focused, fun learning experience for children to learn about the world around them. For more information, please visit: www.zula.com.
About Nelvana Enterprises
With a focus on delivering quality branded entertainment as well as providing distribution and merchandise licensing opportunities on multiple platforms, Nelvana Enterprises oversees new media partnerships, global broadcast, DVD and video-on-demand sales, and consumer products licensing internationally for animated properties from Nelvana Studios and select production partners. Nelvana Enterprises stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands include literary classics Babar and Franklin as well as new shows such as Ruby Gloom and Di-Gata Defenders. Nelvana Enterprises is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The
company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.