NEW YORK, NY and WILTON, CT – THIRTEEN, in association with WNET New York Public Media, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers, and Ruckus Media Group, the global children's digital media company, today announced a digital partnership under which Ruckus has been granted worldwide rights to develop interactive storybook applications based on Cyberchase, the Emmy-award winning PBS KIDS GO! math series. Produced by THIRTEEN, Cyberchase airs on more than 300 public television channels nationwide and features a team of curious kids who use math and problem solving to outsmart a villain in their adventurous quest to save Cyberspace.
The storybook applications, designed to inspire confidence in and enthusiasm for math for children ages 4 through 8 will operate on a variety of mobile devices and tablets. Ruckus will release 12 titles each year in two reading and math levels with the first titles scheduled to release worldwide with English language distribution in April 2012.
“Cyberchase is now celebrating its tenth year of improving children’s problem-solving and math skills through fun and engaging stories on air and online,” said Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children’s & Educational Media for WNET. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Ruckus to herald in ‘the next frontier’ for the property and grow its success and educational impact on new platforms.”
“Cyberchase is an important addition to the Ruckus portfolio not only because it is an award-winning kids program from WNET, an internationally recognized production powerhouse,” says Rick Richter, Ruckus Media CEO, “but also because the show presents mathematics in a highly engaging and entertaining way – now kids can not only enjoy math everywhere, but Cyberchase everywhere, on mobile devices and tablet computers.”
The Cyberchase apps will fuse math and problem-solving interactive stories with interactive components for parents. They will be the first suite of interactive storybooks from Ruckus that promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning, a critical area of focus in education and the heart of Cyberchase’s mission.
About Ruckus Media Group:
Ruckus Media Group introduces traditional storytelling for today’s ways of telling stories by creating applications for mobile devices that entertain toddlers to teens from their fingers to their minds, at home or on the road—and invite their imaginations to grow. Launched in September 2010, Ruckus is now home to 17 children’s interactive storybooks, including the iTunes-bestselling MY LITTLE PONY: TWILIGHT SPARKLE, TEACHER FOR A DAY, based on the ever-popular Hasbro toy characters; Parents’ Choice and Mom’s Choice award winners SPOT THE DOT by pop-up legend David A. Carter and CHUCK & FRIENDS: FRIENDS FOR THE LONG HAUL; About.com Readers’ Choice Award Winner and Best App award finalist A PRESENT FOR MILO, written and illustrated by Mike Austin; THE VELVETEEN RABBIT: TOLD BY MERYL STREEP and other Read-Play-and-Record-Along classic animated storybook apps; and forthcoming projects with Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld, The Wiggles and other beloved brands. For a full listing of titles and additional information, see our website and the Ruckus Media Group iTunes page and follow Ruckus on Facebook and Twitter.
New York’s WNET is America’s flagship public media outlet, bringing quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. The parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Noah Comprende and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.
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