November 24, 2021
FilmRise, a New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has licensed nine children’s programs from Scholastic Entertainment, including the 1990 “The Baby-Sitters Club” series, “Animorphs,” “Stellaluna” and “I Spy,” among others.
The deal gives FilmRise exclusive English and Spanish-language distribution rights to the programs on AVOD and FAST platforms.
“These programs are based on beloved book series that families have embraced over the years,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “Our partnership with Scholastic Entertainment allows FilmRise to share the joy of learning with a new generation of young viewers and families and significantly expands our footprint in the children’s AVOD space.”
The deal includes 230 episodes. In addition to the above, the other programs include “Astroblast,” “Maya Y Miguel,” the animated version of “Horrible Histories,” “Dear America” and “Dear America: Royal Diaries.”
Based on the best-selling Scholastic book series by Ann M. Martin, “The Baby-Sitters Club,” which originally aired on HBO in 1990, follows Kristy and her friends as they juggle babysitting, friendship, boys, school and growing up.
“Animorphs,” based on the best-selling book series of the same name, follows five kids who are given the power to morph into any creature they touch to help them fight the villain Visser Three and his fellow Yeerks, a breed of parasitic aliens threatening Earth.
“Stellaluna,” based on the beloved children’s book, is an animated feature that follows a young fruit bat who finds friendship, love and acceptance in the most unexpected places. Stellaluna learns to cherish the things that make her different from everyone else.
The Scholastic picture-riddle books come to life in “I Spy,” an animated play-along adventure series for kids. Viewers join Spyler and Cece as they attempt to find the four hidden objects featured in a riddle.