Independent children’s entertainment company DIC Ent. is set to launch the second season of its top-rated DIC Kids’ Network with an all-new kid’s line-up. The three-hour programming block, which reaches 100% of U.S. markets on more than 450 stations, will feature the award-winning series Liberty’s Kids, as well as the CG/live-action adventure series Ace Lightning, the popular Sabrina’s Secret Life and classic animated holiday specials such as A Christmas Carol, Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, Monster Mash and Jingle Bell Rock and Sonic Christmas Blast.
Liberty’s Kids enjoyed a successful U.S. launch on PBS. Now DIC Kids’ Network will add 40 half-hours of the traditional animated series which follows the history of the American Revolution. Celebrity voices tapped for the show have included Walter Cronkite, Michael Douglas, Warren Buffett, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Annette Bening, Arnold Schwarzennegger, Ben Stiller, Maria Shriver and Sylvester Stallone. The series will be distributed this year on DVD and a followup to the award-winning CD-Rom is in development for release by Riverdeep.
Ace Lightning first debuted on the BBC, attracting 1.2 million viewers and going on to become the second most popular kid’s series in the U.K., according to Broadcast Magazine. The series has been translated into 17 languages and is seen in more than 40 countries. BBC has commissioned a third season and 13 more episodes are in development.
Sabrina The Animated Series joins its new companion series, Sabrina’s Secret Life on the DIC Kids’ Network with 65 half-hour episodes scheduled to air next season.
The DIC Kids’ Network premiered September 2003 on outlets including local FOX, WB and UPN affiliates. It offers three exclusive programming feeds, along with a Spanish language feed on virtually every series for the SAP channel. The programming blocks are comprised of six half-hours of animated shows from DIC Ent.’s extensive library of more than 3,000 half-hours including titles like Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, Archie’s Weird Mysteries and The Littles and more.