Family & Kid-Friendly Channels Include Love Nature, Love Nature Español and ZooMoo
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 18, 2020 – As part of its U.S. expansion of its most popular global brands, Blue Ant Media, an international content producer, distributor and channel operator, has launched three new linear channels on The Roku Channel. The new family and kid-friendly channels on Roku include award-winning wildlife and nature brand Love Nature (and Love Nature Español) as well as ZooMoo, a children’s offering devoted entirely to the animal world.
The deal is part of Roku’s expansion of its free live/linear channel lineup, which now offers more than 100 free channels to its users and reaches households with an estimated 36 million people. Love Nature and ZooMoo are also launching in conjunction with Roku’s new Live TV Channel Guide, which offers users a new, easy to navigate, on screen guide experience.
“Blue Ant Media’s partnership with Roku is an important step in our AVOD expansion in the U.S. market because it allows us to introduce our suite of premium brands to one of the largest and most engaged streaming audiences in the world,” said Ward Platt, CEO, Kids & Global Networks, Blue Ant Media. “Audiences can expect an award-winning lineup of nature and kids programming, which is now in high demand as parents seek out shows they can trust for their children during these unprecedented times.”
Love Nature and ZooMoo programming highlights on Roku:
Programming on Roku’s Love Nature channels include: Secrets of Wild Australia (7 x 60’; HD), which showcases some of Australia’s most unique animals, from pouch breeding marsupials and big birds to bats and terrifying reptiles; Animal Empires (6 x 60’; HD), a journey to the beautiful and dangerous places that play host to wildlife’s migrations and congregations; and Land of Gremlins (3 x 60’; HD), which explores the exotic island of Madagascar, home to some of the weirdest and most wonderful creatures in the world, including its extensive evolutionary history and reveals the array of extraordinary animals. ZooMoo’s line-up includes the live-action preschool series, Kooki’s Crafty Show (26 x 11’; HD), hosted by a cheeky and playful red panda named Kooki, who empowers young children to unleash their creativity through crafting and Lost (32 x 11′; HD), a live-action, puppet-based series that follows Flash, a wildlife photographer with little sense of direction and a taste for adventure who takes viewers on global adventures that include a touch of mishap and a lot of help from his friends.
Love Nature is a family-friendly wildlife and nature brand that brings audiences powerful stories about the natural world that foster a deeper understanding of and connection to the planet we call home. Our award winning library of 4K natural history series and documentaries are available on Love Nature’s branded linear and streaming platforms available around the world and through partnerships with top-tier pay-TV platforms and streamers, reaching over 200 million households globally. Love Nature is a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks. Engage with us at lovenature.com / Twitter / Facebook / YouTube / Instagram
ZooMoo Networks is an interactive, children’s nature broadcaster with television channels available in over 135 territories. ZooMoo Networks is a joint venture with DirectTV Latin America, an AT&T company, which holds a 30% stake in the company. The business’ television programming is comprised of over 500 hours of original content, combining spectacular wildlife footage with puppetry, animations and narration to create a unique viewing and learning experience for preschool viewers, aged three to six. ZooMoo’s revolutionary second screen app provides multi-platform, interactive play for kids via iOS and Android devices.
Blue Ant Media is an international producer, distributor, channel operator and gaming video content company. We own and operate numerous production companies in North America and Asia-Pacific under the Blue Ant Studios banner, creating content for broadcasters and streaming platforms in multiple genres including factual entertainment, natural history, documentary, adult animation and drama. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a substantial catalogue of content, including one of the world’s largest 4K natural history offerings. Blue Ant Media operates channels on multiple continents under 14 brands including Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada), ZooMoo, Arcade Cloud and more. Omnia Media, our gaming video content company, has the largest gamer talent network in the world. It creates and distributes gaming video content and podcast shows across digital and OTT platforms such as YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, and more. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with eight international offices in Los Angeles, Singapore, London, Dunedin, Washington DC, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei. Blueantmedia.com
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