Oznoz inks blockbuster digital deal with Nelvana

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Oznoz, the new online channel for bilingual kids, announces a partnership with Nelvana Enterprises, one of the world's largest distributors of children's content. With this deal, over 400 half-hour episodes of Nelvana's properties will be available to U.S. consumers in Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Japanese, French, German and Korean exclusively on Oznoz, increasing the platform's total offering to more than 2,000 hours of entertainment.  

The Oznoz VOD platform is a streaming channel and its content is also available on mobile devices such as iPad and Android. Top Nelvana titles include favorites such as Babar, Franklin, Beyblade, Bakugan, Scaredy Squirrel, Ruby Gloom and other children's classics.

Colin Bohm, Vice President, Head of Corus Kids said: "We're thrilled to be part of the top notch lineup on Oznoz. Kids and families in the U.S. will now have access to a multilingual library of beloved Nelvana series that are already enjoyed in many territories around the world."

This is the first time Nelvana's library will be available to U.S. audiences in so many languages. Nelvana joins top kids content providers Sesame Street and HIT Entertainment, which have also signed multi-year exclusive deals with Oznoz.

Aly Jetha, CEO of Oznoz said, "We are ecstatic that Nelvana has entrusted us with their children's brands and welcome them to the Oznoz family. More importantly, I'm thrilled that my daughter will now be able to enjoy Babar, Franklin and other great Nelvana titles in German!"

On Oznoz, customers can sample new releases by viewing the first episode for free. Shows can be streamed or downloaded for offline viewing via the popular Oznoz Video App for iOS and Android. Nelvana titles will be available on Oznoz.com beginning this month.

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 produces culturally rich, educational TV series like Mixed Nutz and 1001 Nights.

About Nelvana
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children's animated and live-action content. Nelvana is comprised of Nelvana Studio and its distribution arm Nelvana Enterprises and owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. Nelvana Studio produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana's content airs on Corus Entertainment's kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com.

SOURCE: Corus Entertainment Inc.

For further information: Nina Gabriadze, Oznoz, 212.960.8980, nina@oznoz.com



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