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Toronto, Canada – May 22, 2012 – 9 Story Entertainment announces the sale of season one of animated children’s series Wild Kratts to Germany’s Super RTL.  A co-production between The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment, Wild Kratts is distributed internationally by 9 Story Entertainment and by Kratt Brothers Company in the US and Canada. 

Wild Kratts was created and developed by real life brothers and zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt (both nominated for this year’s Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Animated Series).  The series premiered in January 2011 on PBS KIDS GO! in the U.S., and TVOntario, Knowledge Network and Télé-Québec in Canada.  It has also been sold to Discovery Kids Latin America, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (Middle East),  NOGA (Israel), TV3 (Spain), SIC (Portugal) RTE (Ireland) , Discovery Kids Asia, and VRT (Belgium). 

In Wild Kratts, the Kratt brothers leap into animated action in a half-hour comedy adventure.  In each episode, Chris and Martin Kratt travel to a different corner of the world to meet amazing new animals. Its laugh-out-loud comedy, as they activate their Creature Power Suits to rescue their animal friends.

Prior to Wild Kratts, Kratt Brothers Company created and produced two PBS children’s series, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning Kratts’ Creatures (which also aired on Super RTL) and the Emmy Award-winning Zoboomafoo. Their third show, Kratt Brothers: Be The Creature for National Geographic Channel, is a primetime family wildlife adventure series that has been broadcast in more than 150 countries around the world.

Super RTL, first launched back in April 1995, is by far the most popular TV channel among kids in Germany. For the past 14 years, Super RTL has reigned supreme as Germany’s uncontested market leader on the children’s TV market, having the broadest reach of any children’s channel across Europe. The high-quality programming does not only appeal to little folks but also meets the educational requirements of parents. The Cologne-based station attracts more than just younger audiences: it offers programs for the whole family, including classic animation films, cartoon specials, kids’ feature films, in-house shows and comedies for prime time viewing after 8.15 pm.

9 Story Entertainment is one of the industry’s leading creators, producers and distributors of award-winning animated and live action content for young audiences around the world.  With an extensive animation studio in Toronto, 9 Story has 200 creative and production staff, and has produced over 600 half hours of quality children’s and family programming, seen on some of the most respected children’s channels and platforms around the world.  The company’s distribution arm, 9 Story Enterprises, offers a rapidly growing catalogue which includes several beloved brands such as Wibbly Pig, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Wild Kratts, Almost Naked Animals, and a new season of Arthur. Their much anticipated new shows include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Camp Lakebottom and the primetime animated comedy Fugget About It.

Kratt Brothers Company, founded in 1993, has created and produced over 140 episodes of three award-winning television series: Kratts’ Creatures, Zoboomafoo and Kratt Brothers: Be The Creature.  Through its full service animation house, Kratt Brothers Animation Studio is currently in production on its fourth series, Wild Kratts. The Kratt Brothers’ national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.

For further information:

Mary Powers, MPowers Communications   +1 416 767 8692

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