Tree Fu Tom Swings Onto Sprout On Earth Day

                 Tree Fu Tom Swings Onto Sprout On Earth Day

Animated Adventure Series, which Promotes Physical Activity, Debuts on Monday,
April 22

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tree Fu Tom, the animated
preschool series that's taken Britain by storm, will make its U.S. debut on
Sprout®, the 24-hour preschool channel, on April 22 at 11:00 a.m. EST. The
show, which is a co-production between FremantleMedia Kids & Family
Entertainment and CBeebies, joins Sprout's lineup of quality children's
entertainment that includes both acquired and original programming including
the network's newest hit, "The Chica Show."

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The premiere of Tree Fu Tom kicks-off a week-long celebration called "Dig Into
Earth Day," which promotes conservation and the importance of caring for the
environment. Sprout marks Earth Week by being a part of NBCUniversal's Green
is Universal environmental initiative, and will be turning its on-air and
online logos green for the entire week.

Tree Fu Tom follows the adventures of Tom a boy who straps on a power belt and
through the power of movement magic called 'Tree Fu', can transform into a
tiny, mighty magical superhero and travel to a wondrous enchanted kingdom
called Treetopolis that exists inside a tree in his back garden. Tree Fu Tom
encourages viewers to be active by jumping, making physical moves and saying
specific words to "send the magic" to Tom.

"Tree Fu Tom is a tremendous addition to Sprout's line-up of gold-standard
programming," said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president of programming for
Sprout. "Tom and his friends take viewers on exciting adventures in his
action-packed magical world while encouraging movement and the exploration of
nature in a fun and interactive way."

Tree Fu Tom combines its innovative elements of heroic action, fantasy and
magic, coupled with unique interactive physical activity. All of the Tree Fu
movements are developed from therapeutic techniques used to help children with
movement disorders, and they are also designed to enhance the development of
all children at a crucial time in their growth.

While Tree Fu Tom is being adapted for American audiences, British actor David
Tennant, most widely known as Dr. Who in the recent incarnation of the popular
BBC television series, reprises his role as the voice of Twigs in the U.S.
version. Tom and Twigs are inseparable as they become embroiled in amazing,
action-packed adventures, which always lead to trouble, impending disaster and
near catastrophe.

With animation by Blue Zoo Animation, Tree Fu Tom is a co-production between
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and CBeebies. Tree Fu Tom was
created and produced by Daniel Bays. FremantleMedia Kids & Family
Entertainment manages international distribution for the series outside of the
UK and manages other ancillary rights globally.

Sprout is one of the leading children's networks and has a current growth
streak of 16 consecutive months of year-over-year double-digit percentage
gains in total day household delivery. The network's consistent and impressive
ratings growth is due in large part to the network's unique programming
strategy and original series like The Chica Show, which was Sprout's
highest-rated original series premiere to-date when it launched on November
24, 2012, and Pajanimals, a Sprout original co-production with The Jim Henson
Company. Sprout also ranks #1 among all kids cable networks in composition of
women 18-49 and has increased 54 percentin delivery of that demographic
versus a year ago.

About Sprout^®

Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand
and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers. Available
in over 50 million homes, the 24-hour digital channel is the only network that
follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its
distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted daypart blocks that
parents and kids share together. Viewers are encouraged to submit artwork,
birthday wishes, videos and more through, which has received
over five million viewer interactions to-date. Sprout's VOD offering is the
#1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views. Sprout
is a top-rated kids' network with 17 consecutive months of year-over-year
percentage household delivery growth.

The network's program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool
series includes originals like The Chica Show, Noodle and Doodle, and
Pajanimals (co-produced with The Jim Henson Company), as well as Sesame
Street®, Barney & Friends™, The Wiggles®, Caillou®, Thomas & Friends™,
LazyTown™, and more. Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, PBS and Apax

About FremantleMedia

FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators, producers and distributors of
television entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of RTL
Group, the leading European entertainment network, which is in turn 92 percent
owned by the international media company Bertelsmann. FremantleMedia is
responsible for many of the world's highest rated prime time entertainment,
drama, serial drama, factual entertainment and kids & family programming, with
market leading capabilities that extend from content creation to licensing,
digital and branded entertainment, gaming and home entertainment. The
FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA,
FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia Australia, Ludia, and
Original Productions, among others) has one of the most comprehensive global
networks with operations in 22 countries, creating over 9,200 hours of
programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300
individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of
content in over 150 countries. FremantleMedia has some of the world's most
sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally produces
such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), Hole In
The Wall, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X
Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Take Me Out, Family Feud,
The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and

About FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment

FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment was founded in 2009 and has quickly
become a worldwide leader in the family entertainment business. With 15 titles
in production in collaboration with top producers on four continents,
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment is already one of the most prolific
independent producers and distributors of content in the sector today. Its
growing portfolio of content spans across four key genres: preschool, kids
comedy, action/adventure and tween/teen fare. FremantleMedia Kids & Family
Entertainment is bringing to networks around the world innovative and exciting
shows for television and new media platforms that feature live-action, 2D
animation, CGI, stop-motion, puppetry and real-time animation with programming
targeting demographics ranging in scope from preschool through high school.


Contact: Sara Levin, DKC Communications, (212) 981-5117,; Caitlin O'Neill, DKC Communications, (212) 981-5246,; Ross Jacobs, Sprout, (215) 286-8435,; Kristina Kirk, FremantleMedia, (818) 748-2521,
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