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The Jim Henson Company lands Disney and Discovery Channel in broadcaster line-up for Dinosaur Train and Word Party

The Jim Henson Company has secured a raft of broadcast partners for the latest season of its award winning pre-school series, Dinosaur Train, landing both Disney and Discovery Channel internationally.

Season five of Dinosaur Train, scheduled to premiere in the U.S. on August 26, 2019, on PBS KIDS, will be available to children across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on Disney Channel, across the Middle East and North Africa on Discovery Channel, and  throughout Serbia on Prava Serbia. 

The new deals follow the announcement earlier this year that Spain’s TV3 and Ireland’s TG4 also acquired the latest season. Celebrating a momentous milestone of 100 half-hour episodes, season five of Dinosaur Train continues the exploration of natural science with Buddy the T-Rex and his adoptive family of Pteranodons.  

Prava Serbia has also acquired the rights to Word Party seasons one and two.  Created by Alex Rockwell (Pajanimals, Bear in the Big Blue House), Word Party is a pre-school show that invites the youngest children to help take care of four adorable baby animals as they sing, dance and play their way through their daily routines.

“The Jim Henson Company continues to attract top-tier partners for its trusted brands that engage children across the globe,” said Claudia Scott-Hansen, senior vice president, global distribution, The Jim Henson Company. 

“With our newest season of Dinosaur Train, kids can explore new time periods with Buddy and his family, from the Ice Age to the Cretaceous.  And our youngest fans will have a blast dancing, playing, and engaging with the Word Party Babies.” 

Dinosaur Train, created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!),  is produced by The Jim Henson Company and co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Animation with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority.

The series is executive produced by Craig Bartlett as well as Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford for The Jim Henson Company. Corporate funding is provided by Kiddie Academy.

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