Treehouse Brings Beloved Literary Character OLIVIA to Canadian Preschoolers



    
         Airing Six Days a Week, the New CG Animated TV Series OLIVIA
                   Begins Monday, February 23 on Treehouse
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Treehouse invites children into the life of the
adventurous, can-do 6 3/4 year-old girl named Olivia with the Canadian
television debut of the CG animated series OLIVIA. Based on Ian Falconer's
award-winning book series, which has sold six million copies to date, OLIVIA
premieres on Treehouse Monday, February 23 at 5:45 p.m.

    Olivia is a today's girl. She believes she can do anything and sees every
day as an opportunity to try new things. Her real life revolves around
friends, family and school, while her vivid imagination takes her to Egypt,
the Wild West and even to outer space! Though Olivia's imaginary adventures
are bigger than life, her day-to-day challenges are preschool size and her
unique ways of dealing with these obstacles provide moments of fun and drama.
Olivia demonstrates how kids can use their imagination to work out what's
happening in their own world, because she experiences the same daily trials
and triumphs as they do.

    In the first episode, "Olivia Measures Up", Olivia teases her younger
brother Ian for being too short for a ride, but Father reminds her that some
day Ian may be the taller sibling. Olivia employs a variety of comical methods
to stop Ian from growing, but she eventually comes to terms with her own
height - with the help of a great pair of shoes!

    Fifteen-minute episodes of OLIVIA will air Monday to Friday at 5:45 p.m.
beginning Monday, February 23, with 30-minute episodes airing Saturdays at 6
p.m., beginning Saturday, February 28.

    Treehouse will also roll out content from OLIVIA across various
platforms. Currently, viewers can visit Treehouse's online video player at
Treehousetv.com to catch clips of the show. Full episodes of OLIVIA will also
be available to purchase at iTunes Canada and be available via Treehouse On
Demand in the coming months.

    Illustrator, author and painter Ian Falconer was recently voted
"Illustrator of the Year" by over 50,000 children at the Children's Choice
Book Awards. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York
City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden, and numerous covers for The New Yorker.

    OLIVIA joins the new Treehouse schedule launching on February 23 which
will also include the series premieres of Big & Small, from the
internationally acclaimed Canadian puppet workshop, The Grogs, plus the
premieres of British children's favourite Chuggington and Zigby, based on the
bestselling book series by Brian Paterson.

    OLIVIA is produced by Chorion, a leading family entertainment producer
and distributor (The Mr. Men Show, Noddy) and Brown Bag Films.

    As Canada's leading kids broadcaster, Corus Entertainment's YTV,
Treehouse and Discovery Kids Canada collectively have the highest 2-11
audience of any broadcaster, and reach 91 per cent of kids each week in
English Canada. Treehouse, seen in over seven million homes across Canada,
focuses on the interests and developmental levels of preschool children.

    Corus Entertainment Inc. is 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, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, 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.

    Chorion is a leading provider of quality family entertainment for the
global marketplace. Chorion brings a combination of brand management savvy and
creative vision to the development of literary copyrights across all media.
Chorion's portfolio includes classic children's brands such as Mr. Men and
Little Miss, Beatrix Potter, Paddington, Noddy, OLIVIA, and The World of Eric
Carle as well as art and lifestyle brands. Chorion also owns and manages the
literary works of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon, among
others.

    Chorion's animated television productions include The Mr. Men Show,
Famous Five: On the Case and Noddy. OLIVIA, will air on leading broadcasters
in over 20 countries in 2009. In celebration of Noddy's 60th anniversary and
to further complement its hit Noddy series, Chorion has produced a new CG
series, Noddy in Toyland, which will begin airing on Five's Milkshake!
starting Spring 2009. The Mr. Men Show Season 2 is currently in production.
Perennial favourite drama series Agatha Christie's Marple and Poirot were
co-produced with ITV in the UK and PBS in the US.

    Chorion has offices in London, New York and Sydney. For more information,
please visit www.chorion.co.uk.

    For high-resolution images, please visit:
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For further information:

For further information: Molly Ray, Publicist, Corus Entertainment,
(416) 530-2247, molly.ray@corusent.com


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