Chinese tutoring service Tomorrow Advancing Life (TAL) Education Group has acquired kids app developer Dr. Panda for an undisclosed sum.
The deal will see Dr. Panda continue to operate with its core management team intact as an independent brand under TAL’s ownership. TAL plans to leverage its technological, academic and talent resources to support the app developer, and collaborate on future education projects focusing on open-ended learning play experiences.
Since releasing its first game in 2012, Dr. Panda’s 37 titles—including Dr. Panda Town, Dr. Panda Restaurant 2, Dr. Panda Firefighter—have generated more than 90 million installs worldwide, and are played by more than five million monthly active users.
The brand is also expanding with a pair of upcoming animation series—Dr. Panda TotoTime and Dr. Panda (pictured). Discovery Kids recently snapped up broadcast rights to Dr. Panda and will premiere the 39 x seven-minute series early next year in China and MENA. 9 Story Distribution International will manage sales in all global territories (excluding China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and select MENA countries).
Targeting kids ages three to six, Dr. Panda sees the title character take on a different job in each episode and solve problems with his friends. Malaysia’s Giggle Garage Animations (Origanimals, Kazoops) and Spider Eye Productions (Jungle Junction, Thomas & Friends) in the UK are the show’s creators and co-producers.
TAL currently provides K-12 tutoring services for three class formats: small classes, personalized premium services, and online courses. Core subjects include math, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry and biology. As of February 28, the company’s learning center network in China included 594 physical centers in 42 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.