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Ad Council joins as official partner, contributing timely and important kid-friendly PSAs to kick off each series
Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced that with families and caregivers taking on the role of educators for their children as schools nationwide are closed down, its free streaming platform Crackle debuted today the “Homeschool Channel”. With over 100 hours from over 200 episodes of trusted series like classic Baby Einstein, Crackle’s “Homeschool” focuses on the needs of parents educating children up to 8 years old at home.
Each series will begin with a public service ad (PSA) from the Ad Council to educate and empower families with young children with messages around healthy habits during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. For example, beloved Sesame Street characters, including Elmo, star in PSAs designed to educate children on the importance of washing their hands and sneezing properly to help slow the spread of the virus.
The “Homeschool” series available today include:
Distributed by Giant Interactive:
Baby Einstein Classics (7 seasons, 34 episodes)
Distributed by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment:
Animal Tales (2 seasons, 30 episodes)
Distributed by Mazzarella Media:
Alphabet Safari (1 episode)
Bailey’s Big Backyard (5 episodes)
Distributed by WildBrain:
Rev & Roll (26 episodes)
Rainbow Ruby (26 episodes)
Distributed by Glewed TV:
Elf Learning for Kids (11 episodes)
Travel With Kids TV (30 episodes)
Distributed by BrighterMoon
Tea Time With Tayla (18 episodes)
Brain Candy TV (40 episodes)
Screen Media Ventures licensed all series on behalf of Crackle. Additional series to be announced.
“What we can offer parents at this time is a free solution for educational and uplifting content they can feel good about turning to,” says Philippe Guelton, President of Crackle Plus. “We hope that with these series selections - and more will be added in the weeks to come - caregivers can feel they have a trusted resource while educating their children at home.”
“The Ad Council is proud to partner with Crackle on the launch of the ‘Homeschool’ channel to share educational and uplifting content with families during this unprecedented time,” says Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Parents and children continue to need educational tools and support while they’re at home, and we’re grateful for Crackle’s support of our messages.”
Crackle is a free to use video entertainment network featuring full length movies, TV shows and original programming available on a wide variety of platforms including streaming services, connected TVs, mobile devices, set top boxes, video game consoles and online at www.crackle.com.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns a majority stake in Crackle Plus, a company formed with Sony Pictures Television, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.
ABOUT CRACKLE PLUS
Crackle Plus is a video-on-demand (VOD) joint venture formed by Sony Pictures Television and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE). The company’s consumer facing ad-supported VOD (AVOD) channels include Crackle (US and Canada), Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Popcornflix Comedy, Frightpix, and Espanolflix. It also owns subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform Pivotshare. Crackle Plus reaches over 30 million monthly visitors making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Its content library includes over 71,000 hours of programming.
ABOUT AD COUNCIL
The Ad Council is where creativity and causes converge. The non-profit organization brings together the most creative minds in advertising, media, technology and marketing to address many of the nation's most important causes. The Ad Council has created many of the most iconic campaigns in advertising history. Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk. Smokey Bear. Love Has No Labels.
The Ad Council's innovative social good campaigns raise awareness, inspire action and save lives. To learn more, visit AdCouncil.org, follow the Ad Council's communities on Facebook and Twitter, and view the creative on YouTube.