Multi-platform kids entertainment content provider qubo has acquired the popular Canadian kids web property Zimmer Twins from Bejuba! Ent. and zinc Roe design, and plans to bring it to U.S. audiences on qubo.com this December. Winner of the 2007 International Interactive Emmy Award, zimmertwins.com features animated siblings Edgar and Eva in interactive cartoons that kids can create from scratch, modify and share with friends.
The new web elements will be promoted on qubo’s broadcast and digital services via ‘story-starter’ clips that ask viewers how they would finish the story. Kids will then be able to got to qubo.com and zimmertwins.com to find storytelling tools, pre-made animated clips and simple editing instructions. The clips and storytelling prompts explore such themes like science, animals, magic and adventure. After creating their stories, users will be able to post their creations and even vote for their favorite submissions online. The best user-generated animations and creators will be featured on qubo’s weekly broadcasts on NBC, ION and Telemundo networks, as well as the qubo 24/7 channel, available nationally on digital broadcast and select cable and satellite systems.
The animation interface is designed around the basic elements of sentence structure, and reinforces reading, grammar and writing techniques. These materials will complement existing educational content featured in current qubo programs including Veggie Tales, Babar, Dragon, Postman Pat and My Friend Rabbit.
‘qubo is the perfect platform in America for the Zimmer Twins and we’re delighted to have sold them the series,’ saysTatian Kolber, president of Bejuba! Ent. ‘The magic of this innovative series is that the kids’ are in the driver’s seat and they decide the direction of the series. This fits perfectly into qubo’s mission.’
Bejuba! Ent. (www.bejuba.com) distributes such popular animated series as Ricky Sprocket’Showbiz Boy, The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers and Jibber Jabber. The company’s current development slate includes such projects as Derby Girls from David Skwarczek of Eat Your Lunch and Elwood Pie from Kapow Pictures. among others.
Now in its second year, qubo’s multi-platform offerings can be found on NBC on
Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET/PT), ION Television Friday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (ET/PT), Telemundo on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (ET/PT), seven-days a week on qubo’s newly launched digital channel and online at qubo.com.