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Amazon grows edutainment library with Phonics School

The SVOD is expanding its preschool literacy offerings with the acquisition of the Enabling Genius series distributed by BBC Worldwide.
August 15, 2016

In a deal with BBC Worldwide, Amazon has picked up Enabling Genius’ 16 x five-minute preschool series Phonics School for its Prime Video subscription service.

The 2D-animated series from the London-based preschool edutainment company features quirky alphabet characters, known as the Phonikers, that can magically transform into any object that begins with their sounds.

Created to promote early literacy development and help close the global reading gap, Phonics School teaches letter recognition, letter-sound association and shape-tracing to early readers.

Prime members can access the episodes via the Amazon Video app for TVs and internet-connected devices, including Fire TV, mobile devices and online.

The sale comes on the heels of Amazon’s exclusive, multi-year streaming deal with PBS KIDS for a raft of edutainment series including Odd Squad, Peg + Cat and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

As Phonics School‘s distributor, BBC Worldwide recently licensed Wisdom Edition to produce digital books based on the series for 20,000 schools across mainland China, where the e-learning business is expected to surpass US$1 billion by 2020.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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