|By Business Wire||
|December 12, 2012 01:17 PM EST||
Oasis Animation is proud to announce that it has concluded a deal with PBS station WGBH for the production of 16 new episodes of Martha Speaks, an animated PBS KIDS television series for kids ages 4-7. Oasis will provide the preproduction, digital animation and postproduction services on the series, from its Montreal studios. This production will create 70 new jobs in Quebec.
Now in its fourth season on PBS KIDS, Martha Speaks, based on the best-selling children’s books by Susan Meddaugh, is a proven tool for increasing children’s vocabulary. Martha is a beloved family dog who gained the power of speech when she was accidentally fed alphabet soup. Each episode is an adventure with Martha and her friends, during which they learn an array of vocabulary words. Martha’s adventures continue online at pbskids.org/martha, a comprehensive website that builds on the series’ curriculum to bolster the oral vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds.
The 16 episodes of Martha Speaks will be broadcast on PBS. This is the third collaboration between WGBH and Oasis Animation, following the animated series Arthur 146-165 and Arthur 166-185.
Founded in 2003, Oasis Animation is a Montreal animation studio with an international reputation, using leading-edge technology entirely from Quebec. Its infrastructure of digital production is led by a uniquely talented team. Since its foundation, Oasis Animation has created about 100 jobs.
In addition to producing high-quality original animated series, the company also offers a complete range of 2D digital animation services for television, advertising film, movies, mobile telephony and new media.
Martha Speaks is a production of WGBH Boston and DHX Media. Martha Speaks series funding is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Corporate funding is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s®, Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Centers, and Chick-fil-A, Inc. Additional funding provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations...Dedicated to Strengthening America’s Future Through Education, by the WGBH Children’s Educational Media Fund and by public television viewers.
© 2012 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. “Martha” and all characters and underlying materials (including artwork) from the “Martha” books are trademarks of and copyrights of Susan Meddaugh and used under license. All other characters and underlying materials are trademarks of and copyrights of WGBH. All third party trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Used with permission.
WGBH Boston is the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including such innovative, entertaining, curriculum-based children’s media as Arthur, Curious George (the number one show on television for preschoolers), Postcards from Buster, Between the Lions, Design Squad Nation, Martha Speaks (and its Dog Party mobile app, with proven impact on kids’ vocabulary), and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and two Oscars. Find more information at www.wgbh.org.