PBS KIDS Debuts New Movie As Season Finale of Family-Favorite Series ODD SQUAD
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ODD SQUAD: ODDS AND ENDS Premieres Monday, January 21
Arlington, VA, January 7, 2019 – On Monday, January 21, PBS KIDS will premiere a brand new one-hour movie from the multiple Emmy Award-winning series, ODD SQUAD. The live-action series, from Fred Rogers Productions and Sinking Ship Entertainment, focuses on the Odd Squad, a kid-run agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens. ODD SQUAD, which premiered on PBS KIDS in November 2014, is designed to help kids ages five-to-eight build math, problem solving and collaboration skills.
In ODD SQUAD: ODDS AND ENDS, agents Olympia, Otis, Ms. O and Oona are on the case to solve a string of break-ins at headquarters. When Olympia accidentally exposes a deep secret about Otis’ past, it sets off a series of events with the potential to unravel the entire agency.
“Since its premiere, ODD SQUAD has been a family favorite with its smart and funny approach to learning,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In ODD SQUAD: ODDS AND ENDS, we hope kids and parents will join their favorite problem solvers to tackle one of the biggest, oddest cases yet -- using humor and teamwork along the way.”
Each month, ODD SQUAD reaches 9.3 million viewers on-air*, and averages 17.8 million streams digitally**. Research has shown that ODD SQUAD positively impacts children’s math skills, including concepts such as algebraic thinking, as well as increased knowledge in numbers and operations.
The movie will air on PBS stations’ primary channels and on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (check local listings). ODD SQUAD:ODDS AND ENDS will also be available to stream for free starting January 21 on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App, which is accessible on a variety of mobile devices and platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast.
ODD SQUAD is created by Tim McKeon (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!), and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and Fred Rogers Productions.
* TV Source: Nielsen National Toolbox NTI Oct’17 – Sep ‘18, L+7 Avg Mo Reach, Std Mo. Unif, 1+min.
** Digital Source: Google Analytics streams & users, Oct’17 – Sep’18
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to nearly 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Sinking Ship Entertainment
Sinking Ship Entertainment is a multiple Emmy® Award winning production, distribution and interactive company specializing in kids’ live action CGI blended series. Since its launch in 2004, Sinking Ship has produced over 500 hours of content and sold to over 200 countries internationally. The company has rapidly earned a reputation for high quality, ground breaking original series and companion interactive experiences. In 2017 Playback Magazine named our STEM series Annedroids as Kids Series of the year. Our Dino Kids You Tube channel will surpass 100 Million views in early 2018. Overall the company has won 13 Daytime Emmy® Awards and a variety of other international awards including Canadian Screen Awards, Youth Media Alliance Awards, Fan Chile Awards, Parents Choice Awards, the Shaw Rocket Prize, and the Prix Jeunesse International. The Toronto-based company is home to over 125 shipmates and in addition to production operates a VFX and Interactive Studio.
About Fred Rogers Productions
Fred Rogers Productions was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health while supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. Fred Rogers Productions continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Alison Grand, Grand Communications (for The Fred Rogers Productions/OddSquad);