2 APR, 2014

New York, NY (April 02, 2014) – Oznoz announced today an exclusive partnership with HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading producers of preschool children’s entertainment, to introduce a large library of HIT’s globally loved preschool favorites in Mandarin, Arabic, Hindi, German, Russian and Korean in North America.  This is the first time HIT’s content library will be available to consumers in these languages in the U.S. and Canada.  The new online channel caters to bilingual families and those learning a second language. The HIT Entertainment library, available now on Oznoz.com and on the Oznoz app, includes favorites such as Thomas & Friends®, Angelina Ballerina®, Barney & Friends® Bob the Builder®, Kipper® and Rubbadubbers®. 


 “Through our new partnership with Oznoz, we’re thrilled to offer multilingual programming to children and families in the U.S.,” said Claudia Scott-Hansen, Group Director, Broadcast and Content Distribution, The Americas, HIT Entertainment. “HIT programs are already loved around the world in more than 30 languages.  Our programs emphasize themes important to preschoolers such as teamwork, doing the right thing, using your imagination and sharing; themes which resonate with kids and families in every language.”


The Oznoz interface allows users to search by language or by age group and purchase episodes or entire seasons of shows. Viewers stream shows online at Oznoz Video, or download for offline viewing via the Oznoz iPad™ or Android apps. The HIT Entertainment library adds more than 40 episodes of preschool content to Oznoz programming.  HIT programs are currently available on Oznoz, with additional episodes rolling out throughout the spring.  New users with Oznoz can download their first episode of their favorite programs for free.


Shabnam Rezaei, President of Oznoz, said, “Language-learning starts at a young age and the HIT library is a perfect fit for Oznoz. We share a common belief with HIT of providing quality shows that are entertaining and educational and we know children will enjoy these shows over and over again.”


About Oznoz


Oznoz.com provides “stuff for bilingual kids” including cartoons and books in eleven languages. Current offerings are in Arabic, English, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, French, German, Korean, Spanish and Hindi. Popular titles include Elmo’s World, Bob the Builder®, Angelina Ballerina®, Babar, Super Why, 1001 Nights and Thomas & Friends®. Oznoz features a multitude of bilingual books with famous titles like “Dear Zoo”, “Wheels on the Bus” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” The channel covers ages 0-14 and includes animation, live-action, stop motion and much more. The Oznoz iPad app and the Oznoz Android app allow kids to watch videos on the go. Oznoz was founded by Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezaei, a husband and wife team who also started Big Bad Boo, an animation studio that has been producing culturally rich, educational TV series such as Mixed Nutz and 1001 Nights.


About HIT Entertainment


HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories.  HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes  Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.


HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families.  This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, publishing, consumer products and live events and attractions.  HIT Entertainment, a division of Fisher-Price, has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com


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For more information, please contact:
Nina Gabriadze / Oznoz
212.960.8980 / nina@oznoz.com


Noelle Dong / HIT Entertainment
646.467.5336 / ndong@hitentetainment.com


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