Playhouse Disney announces programming line-up



    MULTIPLEX CHANNEL WILL COMBINE THE MAGIC OF DISNEY WITH THE BEST CANADIAN
    SERIES TO BRING FAMILIES A UNIQUE AND EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE

    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Playhouse Disney, the new multiplex channel from
Family Channel launching November 30, 2007, today announced its programming
line-up for fall 2007 and winter 2008 seasons. Committed to offering engaging,
educational and development-based programming for younger children, the
channel will offer exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with
celebrated Canadian series to create an environment of fun and learning for
younger children.
    "Family Channel has always been dedicated to bringing the best, most
entertaining viewing experience to Canadian families," said Kevin Wright,
Senior Vice President, Programming, Astral Television Networks. "With the
introduction of Playhouse Disney, we are now able to focus on younger children
and deliver the entertainment experience that younger kids want, coupled with
the commitment to safe, development-based programming that parents demand."
    This fall and winter Playhouse Disney will premiere three new series from
Disney - Bunnytown, Imagination Movers and Special Agent Oso. These new series
will premiere alongside other popular Disney series including Handy Manny,
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Johnny and the Sprites, My Friends Tigger & Pooh and
Little Einsteins.
    "Adhering to a programming mandate of entertainment and education, the
Disney preschool programming on Playhouse Disney is created using the 'The
Whole Child Curriculum' developed by Dr. Howard Gardner, Professor of
Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education," said
Wright. "This curriculum is based on the philosophy of multiple intelligences
which highlights seven different learning styles for young children -
physical, emotional, social, cognitive, metacognitive, creative/artistic,
moral/ethical/spiritual. Each of the aforementioned Disney series uses one or
more of these learning styles to communicate valuable lessons and learning to
children."
    Complementing the Disney programming will be award-winning Canadian
series such as Franny's Feet, Henry's World, Katie and Orbie, King and a new
season of The Secret World of Benjamin Bear.
    "Playhouse Disney will not only air the best programming from Disney, but
will also showcase the best programming from Canada," continued Wright.
"Playhouse Disney will provide Canadian producers with a new partner in
children's programming and further invigorate the genre by giving these series
pride of place on the schedule."
    Rounding out the Playhouse Disney schedule will be such programs as
Aladdin, Bear in the Big Blue House, Buzz Lightyear of the Star Command,
Higglytown Heroes, JoJo's Circus and Disney's Little Mermaid.
    As a multiplex channel, Playhouse Disney will be available only to Family
Channel subscribers. Full program descriptions, air dates and images can be
found at http://tv.astral.com/highlights/fall07

    Family's Playhouse Disney is a commercial-free, multiplex channel offered
to Family Channel subscribers across Canada. Committed to offering engaging,
educational and development-based programming for younger children, the
channel offers exclusive, first-run programs from Disney together with
celebrated Canadian series to create an environment for fun and learning.
Family's Playhouse Disney is an Astral Media network.

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and the Internet.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences.





For further information:

For further information: please contact Natalie Jones, Publicist,
Playhouse Disney at (416) 956-2010 ext. 6283 or at njones@tv.astral.com

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