SeaWorld Dives Into New Kids And Family Television Slate That Connects Viewers
-- Includes two new animation properties, two live-action television shows --
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 3, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is
making waves in its new media enterprises division. The company unveils a new
live action television series and a third season of the popular Sea Rescue
show, as well as two new animated properties in development.
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The media enterprises initiative began in 2011 and extends the 50-year-old
brand beyond its famous parks and into new media platforms, connecting people
to nature through movies, television and digital media. The initiative also
has generated the company's first documentary in U.S. theaters, digital game
app, and TV series.
Animation: two new kids' properties
The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ has entered into an agreement with
international brandmanager PGS Entertainment to manage U.S. television and
merchandising rights for the TAT Productions' wildly popular franchise The
Jungle Bunch. As part of the agreement, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will be
seeking a television distribution outlet in the states, and also has secured
exclusive family amusement park merchandising rights in the U.S. for their
Busch Gardens and SeaWorld parks.
The Jungle Bunch is the winner of five international kids programming awards,
and was nominated for the prestigious Kids' Emmy Award (a first for a French
production). It features enchanting animal characters, including Maurice the
penguin who thinks he's a tiger; Miguel the punchy gorilla; Fred the warthog
crooner and Junior the tiger fish. In the English-language movie, Maurice is
voiced by Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning actor John Lithgow. In The Jungle
Bunch to the Rescue series, the team comes together to save animals all over
the world. The film and the series are produced by TAT productions and Master
Films and commissioned by France Televisions and Super RTL.
"Jungle Bunch is an award-winning franchise that is phenomenally successful
across all continents," said Philippe Soutter, co-founder and president, PGS
Entertainment. "The brand is poised to enter the U.S. on an international high
note and, thematically, it couldn't be more well-suited to SeaWorld's amazing
brand mission with its fun-loving animal characters who carry a positive
message of conservation."
New program from the producers of popular pre-schooler series
Little Airplane Productions, producer of some of the most popular television
series for preschoolers, including The Wonder Pets, 3rd & Bird and Small
Potatoes, has teamed up with SeaWorld to jointly develop a new television
property for pre-school children. The new program will be inspired by
SeaWorld's deep commitment to the environment, conservation, exploration and
care for animals both on land and in the sea.
"Working with Sea World is a natural fit for Little Airplane," said Josh
Selig, Founder and President, Little Airplane Productions. "Both companies
share a deep love and respect for animals and nature and we believe we can
create something truly exceptional together."
LIVE-ACTION – two television series tell heartfelt stories of animals and
Focusing on land animals, the new series The Wildlife Docs™ goes behind the
scenes with veterinarians, technicians and trainers as they care for the more
than 12,000 exotic animals that live in Busch Gardens® Tampa (the sister park
to SeaWorld®). Whether assisting with the birth of tiger cubs or giving an
elephant a pedicure, no day is the same for these zoo professionals. Viewers
get an up-close look at the park's ground-breaking medical procedures and
care. Twenty-six half-hour episodes are in production for an October 5
premiere in the U.S. on most ABC stations.
In addition, this fall sees the premiere of the third season of SeaWorld's Sea
Rescue™. The award-winning show tells the stories of marine animal rescue,
rehabilitation and return by the SeaWorld rescue team and its partners. The
popular show has been seen by more than 86 million viewers in its first two
seasons airing on ABC affiliates across the U.S.
"SeaWorld celebrates all kinds of animals and strives to inspire and educate
young people to care about the natural world," said Scott Helmstedter, Chief
Creative Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "Our new partners not only
highly regarded in the industry, they are passionate about creating projects
that help make a difference. And these new properties will do just that,
using their unique blend of humorous, charming and adventurous stories and
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions, through the power of
entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The
company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend
imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11
U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012
and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands.
In 2011, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding its popular brands
into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals
through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines
of licensed consumer products.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world's foremost zoological
organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and
veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal
collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of
animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates ocean marine animals that
are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild.
The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 22,000 animals in need over the
last four decades.
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