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DIC And SmartVideo Create Animation Channel For Cell PhonesLibrary Of Over 3,200 Half-Hours Available Around The Clock, Around The World (January 25, 2005)
DIC Entertainment announced today that it has signed an agreement with SmartVideo Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: SMVD.OB) to create ?DIC Kids Network, the worlds first animation channel for cell phones.
DIC has amassed one of the worlds largest independent libraries of animated programming, consisting of over 3,200 half-hours and more than 100 different programs including such potent franchises as Inspector Gadget, Madeline and Strawberry Shortcake that approximately 25 million children watch each week in the U.S. alone. DIC is now making its library available for viewing globally on cell phones and wireless devices for the first time, using SmartVideos proprietary technology that recreates the true television experience, even over low bandwidth connections. This first of its kind collaboration is a unique way of delivering entertainment to tens of millions of children and familys all over the world.
?Partnering with SmartVideo allows us to use our programming to introduce the next generation of entertainment venues, said Andy Heyward, CEO of DIC Entertainment Corporation (Booth No. 1006 at NATPE 2005). ?With todays mobile family relying more and more on cell phones to provide everything from news and information to entertainment, SmartVideo provides us with the ideal tool to make our animation and family programming available to millions of people around the world every day. Until we discovered SmartVideo, no streaming media company was able to meet the stringent quality standards we demand for our programs.
Commenting on the partnership with DIC, Richard E. Bennett, Jr., president and CEO of SmartVideo said, ?It is highly gratifying that companies like DIC are capitalizing on the dynamic and powerful delivery system we have developed. I am extremely pleased that DIC has recognized our ability to provide a quality viewing experience to all subscribers whether they are watching on their cell phone or their home computer. SmartVideos mobile solutions put entertainment and information right in the palm of your hand. (SmartVideo is demonstrating its services at its stand at NATPE Booth No. 1657.)
The deal with DIC is SmartVideos latest content partnership. Earlier this month, Mr. Bennett announced deals to stream content from ABC News and ABC News Now, CNBC, MSNBC and NBC Mobile and The Weather Channel. SmartVideo also unveiled a Marketing and Cooperation agreement with Microsoft Corp. in which Microsoft is distributing SmartVideos services through its WindowsMedia Mobile portal.
DICs development activities range from creating original characters, such as its flagship property, ?Inspector Gadget, to acquiring worldwide property rights to renowned brands, including Trollz and Strawberry Shortcake, as well as acquiring trend-setting properties from other media, such as ?Sonic the Hedgehog and ?Super Mario Bros., and then translating them into successful television, video and consumer product phenomena. DIC maintains a one-stop, full-service organization with dedicated development, production, marketing, merchandising, and home entertainment departments.
DICs programs have consistently garnered critical acclaim and distinguished honors, including the Emmy, Cable Ace, Humanitas and Environmental Media Awards. A prominent and early advocate of responsible and positive-value childrens programs, DIC was the first entertainment company to self-regulate with the creation of the DIC Code for Childrens Programming. DIC has produced such landmark programs as Emmy Award Winning ?Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? and ?Captain Planet, becoming the first FCC-friendly program for kids ages 6-11 to generate commercial success.
This unique agreement between DIC Entertainment and SmartVideo was negotiated by Media Consulting Associates (MCA), a leading entertainment consultancy firm consisting of well-known television executives specializing in content placement, distribution and production. MCA members include Herman Rush (former CEO, Columbia Pictures Television Group), Joe Indelli (former Vice President, Orion Television Distribution), Jerry Katzman (former President, William Morris Talent Agency), and Ave Butensky (former President, Television Bureau of Advertising). MCA is based in Los Angeles.
?We are proud to bring these two exceptional companies together and enable SmartVideos state-of-the-art technology to deliver Americas classic animation libraries to people around the world. We are witnessing the first step in changing the manner by which information and entertainment will be distributed to todays mobile society, said Herman Rush, CEO of Media Consulting Associates.
About DIC Entertainment Corporation
DIC Entertainment, a leading childrens entertainment company, is a full-service studio dedicated to creating, developing, producing, distributing, marketing and merchandising family-based intellectual properties. DIC has distinguished itself by building one of the largest libraries of U.S. animation with more than 3,200 half-hours of renowned programming, including Trollz, Inspector Gadget, Strawberry Shortcake, Sabrina, Madeline, Libertys Kids, Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros and Care Bears. In September 2003, DIC launched the DIC Kids Network, a unique syndicated programming block designed to meet core FCC requirements and the only network for kids that reaches effectively 100% of U.S. households on over 450 stations, airing in every Designated Market Area across the country. As a pre-eminent supplier of kids programming worldwide, DIC has developed strategic partnerships with key domestic and international broadcast partners throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. DIC is headquartered in Burbank, California with international offices in New York, Paris, London and Cologne
Based in Norcross, Georgia, SmartVideo Technologies, Inc., a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Media® 9 Series Certified Hosting Provider, is a leading provider of turnkey digital media solutions that allows for the management and distribution of live, on-demand, or the downloaded and play of high quality video to mobile devices. SmartVideo now offers the worlds first cross platform/cross carrier service for aggregating live content and download and play programming for consumers around the globe. SmartVideos robust library of content includes news, weather, sports, childrens programming and many other content genres. SmartVideo's mobile video solutions provide exceptional image quality on all existing 2.5g and Edge cellular networks, as well as future 3g networks. SmartVideo clearly provides great value to both consumers and carriers. The Company's stock is traded on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol SMVD.OB. Additional information on SmartVideo including sample demos can be found on the Company's Website at www.smartvideo.com.
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