via press release:
THE FRED ROGERS COMPANY ANNOUNCES
NEW SEASONS OF PBS KIDS SERIES
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD AND ODD SQUAD
Pittsburgh, PA, July 7, 2015 –The Fred Rogers Company has announced the production of new seasons of PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Odd Squad. The third season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will feature 20 new episodes incorporating the show’s trademark charming stories and catchy musical strategies. The colorful episodes are slated to begin rolling out in 2016. In addition, an action-packed second season of the multiple Emmy-winning Odd Squad will kick off in 2016, with 25 live-action episodes bringing math-powered fun to school-age viewers. Along with new episodes, both series will also offer new games on pbskids.org.
“We’re excited about introducing a whole new range of important themes for preschoolers and parents with the third season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and continuing the oddness and math mayhem with an offbeat second season of Odd Squad on PBS KIDS,” said Paul Siefken, Vice President, Broadcast and Digital Media, The Fred Rogers Company. “We’re also thrilled to further the collaboration with our production partners, Out of the Blue Enterprises and 9 Story Entertainment for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Sinking Ship Entertainment for Odd Squad.”
“PBS KIDS is dedicated to using the power of media to spark children’s curiosity and empower them to explore the world around them,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “We are thrilled to extend our mission with new adventures from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Odd Squad, two series that help kids learn strategies for overcoming obstacles and model positive life skills such as problem solving and collaboration.”
The first original show from The Fred Rogers Company since the iconic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, each episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood showcases two engaging stories starring four-year-old Daniel Tiger and his best friends, who invite viewers to come with them on fun adventures as they explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The innovative use of musical strategies reinforces the theme of every show, so that preschoolers and parents will want to sing along and incorporate them into their daily lives. Angela C. Santomero of Out of the Blue Enterprises provided the creative vision for the series. Executive producers of the series are Santomero, Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company, and Vince Commisso of 9 Story Entertainment.
Emmy-nominated Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has garnered a host of high-profile awards, including a 2015 Parent’s Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection. Most recently, the show was nominated for the 2015 Television Critics’ Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming. The program, which airs daily on PBS KIDS, has been one of the top 5 children’s series for ages 2-5 throughout the ‘14-‘15 season.* In addition, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood garnered more than 45 million video streams in May 2015 across all PBS KIDS digital platforms, making it the #2 streaming show on PBS KIDS.**
Odd Squad is a live-action series designed to help kids 5-8 build math, problem-solving and collaboration skills. The show focuses on young agents who are part of the Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to investigate unusual occurrences. A math concept is embedded in each of their cases, as they work together to problem-solve and set things right. Odd Squad is created by Tim McKeon (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!) and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company. The second season of Odd Squad is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Odd Squad, which launched in fall 2014 on PBS KIDS, was recognized in 2015 with Emmy Awards in two categories, including “Outstanding Directing in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series.” The show has also won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and, in addition, Peyton Kennedy, who plays Dr. O, has received a Young Artist Award for “Best Performance in a TV Series.” Odd Squad generated more than 48 million streams in May 2015 across all PBS KIDS digital platforms, moving into the #1 spot among all PBS KIDS shows.***
* Source: NPM, NNTV, 9/01/2014-5/31/15, multi-weekly kids series, monthly AA% rankings, select kids networks.
** Source: Google Analytics, May 2015
*** Source: Google Analytics, May 2015
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
About The Fred Rogers Company
The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat and Odd Squad. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org.