Tuesday, February 01, 2022

WarnerMedia Kids & Family Acquires Digital Hits Blippi, CoComelon, Lellobee City Farm and Vlad & Niki for Cartoonito



Jan. 31, 2022—Burbank, CA—WarnerMedia Kids & Family announced today multiple new acquisitions that will bring some of the most celebrated digital preschool content to Cartoonito on HBO Max and Cartoon Network beginning today,  Monday, Jan. 31. The new preschool block has picked up popular shows from Moonbug Entertainment, including several offerings from BlippiCoComelon—the #1 most-watched brand on YouTube, Lellobee City Farm, and a second season of Mia’s Magic Playground.
 
Cartoonito has also acquired the library of the global YouTube sensation, Vlad & NikiVlad & Niki is a live-action preschool series showcasing the everyday comedic antics of two young brothers—eight-year-old Vlad Vashketov and six-year-old Niki Vashketov. The award-winning YouTube series has amassed over 230+ million subscribers worldwide and has received more than 130+ billion total views. 
 
“The digital sphere is a wellspring of rich and popular content, and being in the preschool space affords us opportunities to work closely with reputable hitmakers like Moonbug to build our library of trusted brands such as Blippi and CoComelon,” said Adina Pitt, Vice President, Content Acquisitions, Partnerships and Co-Productions for the Americas, WarnerMedia Kids & Family. “With the addition of global phenomenon Vlad & Niki, we look forward to sharing these imaginative playtime adventures in a seamless and comprehensive viewing experience.”
 
Today’s Moonbug Entertainment acquisitions include:
 
Blippi Wonders
Premiering April 2022 on Cartoonito on HBO Max and Cartoon Network
Blippi Wonders is a CG animated series that follows the ever curious Blippi as he sets off on comedic and fun adventures in his BlippiMobile with his faithful sidekicks Tabbs and Fetch. Tabbs and Fetch help him find the answers to a relatable and data-lead burning question of the day, such as “Why is Blippi’s popsicle melting?” Or, “How does a rainbow get its colors?” The series inspires curiosity, creates enthusiasm around learning and promotes themes of friendship, inclusion and independence.
 
Blippi Learns
Premiering Friday, Apr. 22 on Cartoonito on HBO Max 
Blippi Learns is a live-action show tailored for children ages 2-5 years old. Blippi gets hands-on with fun art projects and simple science experiments like Sink or Float, encouraging curiosity and creativity from kids.
 
Blippi Visits
Premiering Friday, Apr. 22 on Cartoonito on HBO Max 
How does a recycling truck work? What happens on a farm? Blippi Visits  is a live-action series that takes young viewers on field trips to exciting places such as museums, play spaces, nature parks, and zoos, making new friends along the way! Blippi’s enthusiastic and expressive character engages kids through relatable, educational adventures while sharing their excitement in discovering the world around us.
 
Blippi Specials
Coming soon to Cartoonito on HBO Max
Cartoonito has picked up seven live-action 45-60 minute specials including Blippi’s Snowflake Scavenger Hunt, Blippi’s Great Green Adventure, Blippi’s Summer Games, Blippi’s School Supply Scavenger Hunt, Blippi’s Spooky Spell Halloween, Blippi and the Holiday Snow Globe and Blippi the Musical.
 
CoComelon
Premiering Monday, Jan. 31 on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network
CoComelon is a positive and educational show. The main characters JJ and friends share their fun everyday adventures exploring and learning through relatable situations and toe-tapping songs. From the morning routine to brushing teeth and going to bed, the everyday is  explored through the eyes of young JJ and his friends. CoComelon invites children to join a warm and inviting world where joy is found in celebrating life's big moments through song, making friends and so much more.
 
Lellobee City Farm
Premiering June 2022 on Cartoonito on HBO Max and Cartoon Network
Lellobee City Farm is a vibrant, music-based show, set in the wonderous world of Grandma Mei’s  slightly fantastical urban micro farm. A welcoming oasis in the middle of a culturally bustling cosmopolitan city, where Ella and her friend Rishi, play and learn, plants and vegetables sing and farm animals talk. It’s a place where everyone is welcome and where good things grow. Perfect for co-viewing, Lellobee City Farm is an explosion of fun, with charming characters and super-catchy songs, inspiring kids to connect to nature and one another. 
 
Mia’s Magic Playground 
Season Two Coming Soon to Cartoonito on HBO Max
Mia's Magic Playground is an imaginative adventure-show about Mia and her best friends, Oskar and Tilly, who go on a magical journey through a colourful world of walking rainbows, ice cream bears, and singing trees. Children are invited to join the loveable trio on their wild adventures as they explore this whimsical land together. Feeding the imaginations of kids across the globe, this playful series promotes themes of friendship, kindness, self-awareness and creative problem solving. 
 
Today’s Vlad & Niki acquisition includes:
 
Vlad & Niki Library
Premiering Friday, March 18 on Cartoonito on HBO Max
Vlad & Niki is an imaginative, live-action preschool series, showcasing the everyday comedic antics of two young brothers, starring eight-old Vlad Vashketov and six-year-old Niki Vashketov, along with the help of their humorous mother Victoria Vashketova and toddler brother Christian. The series champions family fun, discovery play, home adventures, learning, singing and dancing. 

About Cartoonito 
Cartoonito is the WarnerMedia Kids & Family preschool programming block on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. Inspired by Positive Psychology and 21st Century Learning, Cartoonito is based on the proprietary preschool educational framework of Humancentric Learning, which aims to support every child’s humanness by celebrating their unique selves and encouraging them to treat others with compassion, respect and fairness. With a roster of originals actively in development, Cartoonito will offer modern programming that leans into WarnerMedia’s Kids & Family iconic IP that stems from Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. Mush-Mush & the Mushables and Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go are among a slate of 20 new series now available. In addition, a portfolio of originals including Batwheels, Bugs Bunny Builders, Little Ellen, Tom and Jerry Time, new series and specials from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, and a collection of projects from bestselling children’s book author Mo Willems will add to thousands of hours of content from WarnerMedia’s legacy library and global acquisitions.

About Moonbug Entertainment: 
Moonbug Entertainment is an award-winning global entertainment company behind some of the most popular kids’ titles in the world. Moonbug’s lineup includes global sensations CoComelon, Blippi, Little Baby Bum, My Magic Pet Morphle, Supa Strikas, Go Buster, Playtime with Twinkle, Gecko’s Garage, ARPO and many more which are available in 27 languages.

Moonbug is a kids’ programming powerhouse with shows on more than 100 platforms globally, including YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Sky, Tencent, Youku and Roku. In May of 2020, Tubular Labs named Moonbug one of the leading digital kids’ entertainment companies in the world based on the total number of minutes watched worldwide.

Moonbug is part of Candle Media, an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. By bringing together elite talent operating at the intersection of content, community, and commerce, it helps to position leading entertainment businesses for accelerated, sustainable growth in the current market and beyond. Candle is run by its Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs, leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, and backed by investment capital from funds managed by Blackstone’s flagship private equity business.

About Vlad + Niki 
Vlad & Niki is the global preschool phenomenon and highest rated channel for boys on YouTube featuring the imaginative personalities and comedic antics of brothers Vlad and Niki, who are showcased in non-stop fun and crazy adventures. Since launching on YouTube in 2018, the “Vlad & Niki” channels have attracted more than 230+ million subscribers worldwide, with 77+ million subscribers to their English channel. Their channels have amassed 130+ billion views, while averaging five billion monthly views on 21 channels and translated into 18 languages. Each episode is produced with a creative mix of live action, animation and music to create comedic videos for the preschool demographic. "Vlad & Niki" is the property of Vlad & Niki/Content Media Group FZC, LLC, headed by co-founders Sergey and Victoria Vashketov, the parents of global superstar kidfluencers Vlad and Niki.  For more information visit “Vlad & Niki” on YouTube at
 https://www.youtube.com/c/vladandniki

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