4Kids Entertainment Inc. has been named exclusive worldwide licensing agent for Animation Collective’s new preschool series, Ellen’s Acres. The company will manage all marketing, promotions and licensing initiatives for show, which is expected to run weekday mornings on Cartoon Network beginning in September. 4Kids will then launch a merchandise licensing program in 2007.
Created by Animation Collective CEO Larry Schwarz, Ellen’s Acres is a preschool comedy about a 5-year-old girl named Ellen, who uses her imagination to have adventures with her feather duster and her radial tire in the hotel owned by her parents.
‘Ellen’s Acres is all about play and we could have no better partner than 4Kids Entertainment to bring Ellen’s world of imagination to children,’ says Schwarz. ‘This deal also deepens our successful relationship with 4Kids beyond Kappa Mikey and YoMonkeys.’
4Kids Entertainment also serves as the worldwide licensing, marketing and promotional agent for Kappa Mikey, which airs on Nicktoons Network in the U.S. and will debut later this year on Nickelodeon channels worldwide, and YoMonkeys, a yoga-inspired series for children.
Animation Collective’s other original television series include Leader Dog and Tortellini Western for Nicktoons Network. In addition, Schwarz served as producer of Wulin Warriors for Cartoon Network and the first season of The Incredible Crash Test Dummies for 4KidsTV. Animation Collective is also the largest provider of original content for KOL, America Online’s kids channel, and Red, its teen channel. The studio’s AOL series, Princess Natasha, has expanded to the tube on Cartoon Network and will be released later this year as a book series from Little, Brown Books and a comic book series from DC Comics.