Tuesday, July 23 2013 13:16

SPROUT Announces Three New Fall Series for Preschoolers...

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The crew over at Sprout just hit The Rock Father with details on three newly-acquired series that will debut on the 24-hour preschool network beginning this August. Get the full scoop on SARAH & DUCK (August), ZOU (September), and STELLA and SAM (November) below...

“Sprout is dedicated to creating engaging and interactive experiences to preschoolers and parents. We strive to find the very best programs that families can enjoy together, and Zou, Sarah & Duck, Stella and Sam all meet that demand.” Andrew Beecham, Senior Vice President of programming at Sprout


sarahduckThe popular British series Sarah & Duck will make its U.S. premiere on Sprout, marking the first-ever deal between BBC Worldwide and the network.  The show follows the adventures of Sarah and her loud, quacky best friend Duck, as they explore their world in their own wobbly and imaginative way. The charming and quirky animated series focuses on the day-to-day new experiences and learnings of childhood. Sarah & Duck will premiere on Monday, Aug. 19 as part of Sprout’s live, hosted Sunny Side Up Show morning block. Sarah & Duck is a Karrot Entertainment Production with CBeebies and BBC Worldwide, created by Sarah Gomes Harris and Tim O’Sullivan, produced by Jamie Badminton and Executive Produced by Chris White, Alison Stewart, and Henrietta Hurford-Jones.


zouThe French animated series Zou will debut on Monday, Sept. 2 during The Sunny Side Up Show. Zou, which airs in more than 100 countries, is based on the hugely successful books by Michel Gay and created, produced and distributed by the Cyber Group Studios. Zou is all about growing up and the relationships between family members and friends. The 3D CGI sit-com features a lovable five-year old Zebra (nicknamed “Zou”) and his extended family, as he explores with warmth and humor the world around him. Zou brings a new sense of discovery and exploration to each day since he is at the age where his horizons are expanding. His inquisitive nature and eagerness to learn provide a unique look into the world of growing up.


stellasamThe award-winning Stella and Sam will debut on Nov. 1. Based on the best-selling book series by world-renowned Canadian author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, Stella and Sam captures the joy and wonder of childhood. With wild red hair and an imagination to match, nine-year-old Stella is truly a ‘star’ in the eyes of her younger brother Sam. Stella, who does ninety-nine things a day and wouldn’t dream of leaving Sam out of the fun, explores the world in all its seasons with wild adventures and comical mishaps. In each episode, the pair makes friends and discovers many things - especially about themselves, and growing up. Stella and Sam is licensed by Bejuba! Entertainment and produced by Radical Sheep Productions.

Sprout has been a huge fixture in our home since we first discovered it nearly four years ago. While Addie will be four next month, little Finley is just starting to get into Sprout as well, with THE SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW, THE GOODNIGHT SHOW, CAILLOU, and PAJANIMALS all part of our regular viewing. Remember that time When Addie met Chica, Carly, and Sportacus? Quite an adventure... and pssst! THE CHICA SHOW kicks off it's new season on July 29. Check out SproutOnline for details.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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