Kartoon Studios’ ‘Shaq’s Garage’ Available on YouTube, Tubi

Kartoon Studios’ series for children “Shaq’s Garage,” starring and executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal, has rolled out on YouTube, YouTube Kids and on the just-launched Kartoon Channel! on Tubi, Fox Corp.’s ad-supported streaming service.

The action-adventure comedy series has been a featured show in YouTube Kids’ No. 1 position for kids 5-8 years old, according to Kartoon. Episodes of the show are rolling out weekly through February 2024, with season two to be released thereafter. Additionally, “Shaq’s Garage” is now available on Tubi, Kartoon Channel!’s latest platform addition, which includes a companion Kartoon Channel! branded VOD collection to launch this month.  

“It’s exciting to see my animated show, ‘Shaq’s Garage,’ is getting expanded reach with the premier kids’ platforms, YouTube Kids and Tubi—the top spots where the little ones are catching their favorite programming,” Shaquille O’Neal said in a statement.

Following its premiere on June 5 on Pluto TV and subsequent release across Kartoon Channel!’s branded platforms, including Amazon Prime, Roku, Google, Apple, Sling TV and more, the series has garnered millions of views and hundreds of thousands of watch hours to date, according to Kartoon. 

“Kartoon Channel! launched a little over three years ago, and has steadily and strategically grown its placement across SVOD, AVOD and FAST platforms in the U.S. and in key markets internationally,” Todd Steinman, president of Kartoon Studios’ Toon Media Networks, said in a statement. “With the launch of ‘Shaq’s Garage’ on YouTube, YouTube Kids and Tubi, we have nearly 100% market penetration for the series, generating millions of views. Kartoon Channel! has rapidly grown into a top-tier entertainment destination for safe, responsible, and positive content for children, and we are thrilled that Tubi is now onboard to further expand our U.S. presence.”

“We are ecstatic to have Shaquille O’Neal make high quality content available for kids on YouTube. His series, ‘Shaq’s Garage,’ is a great addition to the YouTube Kids app,” Mac Malik, global head of programming, YouTube Kids, said in a statement.

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“Shaquille O’Neal has amassed a fan base that is multigenerational, and we’re thrilled to have the addition of his new series ‘Shaq’s Garage’ on Tubi for both kids and families to enjoy,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer at Tubi, said in a statement.

Kartoon Channel!’s ‘Shaq’s Garage’ to Premiere on Pluto TV June 5

Genius Brands International has announced that the Kartoon Channel! series “Shaq’s Garage,” starring and executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal, will debut on Pluto TV June 5.

The animated action-adventure comedy series for children will debut with 26 episodes on the Kartoon Channel! on Pluto TV. The Kartoon Channel! on Pluto TV appears within the kids’ category.

“Shaq’s Garage” is a new animated TV series for kids, starring four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, as both himself and one of the show’s main vehicle characters, Biggie D. Inspired by Shaq’s real-life love of cars, “Shaq’s Garage” is an action series where Shaq brings his “family” of cars, known as the Shaq Paq, to life. The series is a mix of action, adventure and comedy featuring the Shaq Paq as they are sent by Shaq on various missions to help others and do good in their hometown community of Ollanta and beyond. The Shaq Paq is a diverse cast of 10 different characters. In addition to Shaquille O’Neal voicing the giant truck Biggie D, NFL Superbowl champion Rob Gronkowski voices his buddy the Grenoble.

The premiere of “Shaq’s Garage” will be supported by a variety of companion content, influencer collaborations and a social marketing campaign across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, according to Genius Brands. Additionally, Genius Brands is developing a consumer products retail program for “Shaq’s Garage.” 

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“I am thrilled that our hard work over the past couple of years is finally coming to fruition with our new series,” Shaquille O’Neal said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of what we have created, and I am looking forward to inspiring kids all over the world with ‘Shaq’s Garage.’”

“We are thrilled that Kartoon Channel! is partnering with Pluto TV to premiere the first season of ‘Shaq’s Garage,’ which embodies the value-driven content we seek to create at Genius Brands,” Todd Steinman, president of Genius Networks, said in a statement. “I’m delighted that Shaq’s vision for the series has been realized. The show offers action, adventure, and comedy through positive messaging and quality role models. We are excited to offer this unique series to both kids and their families around the country.”

 

WarnerMedia Inks Shaquille O’Neal to Multi-Platform Deal

WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports has signed NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal to multiyear extension that will expand the outsized personality’s media scope beyond the hardwood.

A 15-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA Champion, O’Neal will continue in his role as studio analyst for TNT’s Sports Emmy Award winning “Inside the NBA,” along with the “NBA on TNT Tuesday Night” franchise.

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He’ll also appear on NBA TV and contribute to NBA.com. His NBA TV airtime will include a new show in development on “The Business of Basketball,” with more details to be announced at a later date. O’Neal will expand his “Shaqtin-a-Fool” franchise to include new genres and platforms, contribute podcasts to the WarnerMedia Podcast Network.

“Shaq is so critical to our success, and such a huge part of the heart and soul of our coverage,” Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports, said in a statement.

Tara August, SVP of talent services and special projects at Turner Sports, said O’Neal’s appeal to consumers resonates beyond sports.

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“His fun, infectious personality is engaging, entertaining and beloved by fans,” August said. “We’re thrilled to extend and deepen our relationship with him for many years to come.”

Series Finale of ‘A Chef’s Life,’ Season One of ‘Poetry in America’ Coming to DVD and Digital Jan. 8 From PBS

Two explorations of American culture, the series finale of “A Chef’s Life” and season one of “Poetry in America” will come out on DVD and digital Jan. 8 from PBS Distribution.

“A Chef’s Life” has taken viewers on a journey to meet unsung farmers, home cooks and chefs, and elevate quintessential Southern dishes to new modern classics. After five seasons of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, only a handful of dishes remain on host and author Vivian Howard’s bucket list. She tackles them all with the help of some friends in this series finale, The Final Harvest, which features some of the show’s most beloved personalities along with memorable flashbacks. Howard’s parents, Mrs. Scarlett and Mr. John, share intimate moments and reveal how their daughter’s success has changed their family. Her husband describes the impact of the series on his family and community.

“Poetry in America” gathers personalities from all walks of life to interpret, explore, and debate 12 American poems. Show host and Harvard professor Elisa New meets with athletes, poets, politicians, musicians, architects, scientists, actors and entrepreneurs to experience and share the power of poetry. Season one follows Carl Sandburg to Chicago and Emily Dickinson to Amherst. Along the way notable personalities such as actor Cynthia Nixon, former Vice President Joe Biden and architect Frank Gehry share their reflections on poems from Gwendolyn Brooks to Allen Ginsberg to Nas. Highlights include sports superstar Shaquille O’Neal reading “Fast Break” by Edward Hirsch and musician Herbie Hancock and former President Bill Clinton sharing their thoughts on Langston Hughes’ “Harlem.” The 12 American poems explored in season one are are “I cannot dance upon my toes” by Emily Dickinson, “Fast Break” by Edward Hirsch, “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, “Hymmnn and Hum Bom!” by Allen Ginsberg, “Skyscraper” by Carl Sandburg, “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden, “Shirt” by Robert Pinsky, “To Prisoners” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Gray Heron” by Galway Kinnell, “N.Y State of Mind” by Nas and “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus.

Comedy ‘Uncle Drew’ Due on Digital Sept. 11, Disc Sept. 25

The basketball comedy Uncle Drew arrives on digital Sept. 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD and on demand Sept. 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company.

Based on the Pepsi web series, the film tells the tale of a young team owner and Uncle Drew rounding up Drew’s old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win. The film stars NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving (“Uncle Drew” Web Series); Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, TV’s “Friends of the People” and “The Carmichael Show”); four-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal (The LEGO MovieScary Movie 4); five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber (UnexpectedLike Mike); five-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Reggie Miller (He Got GameForget Paris); three-time NBA slam-dunk champion Nate Robinson (TV’s “Mike & Mike” and “Ridiculousness”); NAACP Award-winner Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5You Can’t Fight Christmas, TV’s “Survivor’s Remorse”); two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP, four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie (Think Like a ManMartinInconceivable); Tiffany Haddish (Girls TripKeanu, TV’s “The Carmichael Show”); and Nick Kroll (Sausage PartySing, TV’s “The League”).

Special features on 4K, Blu-ray and digital include seven deleted scenes; three behind-the-scenes featurettes; an animated short; and an audio commentary with director Charles Stone III. Special features on the DVD include two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Both the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and the standard Blu-ray disc will feature Dolby Atmos audio.