Cyberchase, A Groundbreaking Animated Adventure Series Produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Nelvana, Premieres Winter 2002 on PBS Kids

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-- Multimedia Series Will Engage Children Ages 8 to 11 In Fun And Challenge Of Math --

PASADENA, CA, July 12, 2000 -- CYBERCHASE, an innovative on-air and online animated adventure series, which promises to engage children ages 8 to 11 in the excitement and challenge of math and logic, will premiere in winter 2002 on PBS KIDS®.

CYBERCHASE features three Earth kids - Jackie, Matt and Inez - who are summoned into cyberspace. Their mission: to defeat the evil fiend Hacker who is on a mad quest to take over the cyberworld. Their only weapon to restore peace: brain power. In each episode, the kids embark on thrilling adventures in sites as varied as ancient Greece, a tropical paradise and Fairy Tale Land. They repeatedly find themselves in edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers and must use math and logic to escape.

After watching the daily program, young viewers can join the Cyber Squad on PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org) to continue the chase with cool games, puzzles and original adventures.

"CYBERCHASE is a 21st century series that will bring a new generation of kids to PBS KIDS on TV and online," said Patricia Nugent, senior director of children's programming, PBS. "The interactivity and emphasis on math skills are unique in children's media and will appeal to kids and parents alike."

CYBERCHASE is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Nelvana. Sandra Sheppard and Kristin Laskas Martin are executive producers of CYBERCHASE.

Funding for CYBERCHASE is provided by the National Science Foundation, PBS, The Jeffry M. and Barbara Picower Foundation and The Kettering Family Foundation. Funding for the CYBERCHASE ONLINE prototype is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Nelvana is a leading integrated children's entertainment company which develops, produces, markets and distributes high-quality media content and related products to children worldwide. Since its founding in 1971, Nelvana has completed nearly 50 major animated productions and has distributed its programming to over 160 countries worldwide. The company is well known for partnering with the world's leading children's authors to bring high-quality children's properties to life.

Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters and Charlie Rose - as well as the work of Bill Moyers - to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week - airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as City Arts, City Life and Reel New York. With educational and community outreach projects that enhance the value of its productions, Thirteen takes television "out of the box." And as broadcast and digital media converge, Thirteen is blazing trails in the creation of Web sites, CD-ROMs, educational software, and other cutting-edge media products. More information about Thirteen can be found at: www.thirteen.org.

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