VILLAINS GET THE SPOTLIGHT IN
“ODD SQUAD VILLAINS: BEST OF THE WORST”
Available from PBS Distribution – September 19, 2017
Arlington, Va. – August 3, 2017 – Things are about to get very odd…! PBS Distribution announced today the release of “ODD SQUAD VILLAINS: BEST OF THE WORST.” The newest DVD features three thrilling stories from the multiple Emmy®-winning live-action PBS KIDS series ODD SQUAD, produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Sinking Ship Entertainment.
With the new DVD, fans of the series will get to join the agents of Odd Squad as they use their math and problem-solving skills to defeat evil villains and set things right. From trying to stop Odd Todd from turning townspeople and the agents invisible, to preventing Fladam from destroying the city’s cubes, to recovering Ms. O’s very important briefcase from the Shape Shifter, Odd Squad is always there to save the day.
“ODD SQUAD VILLAINS: BEST OF THE WORST” (SRP $12.99) will be available on DVD beginning September 19, 2017. The DVD has a run time of approximately 55 minutes. Episodes of ODD SQUAD are also available for digital download.
The new DVD features these delightfully “odd” ODD SQUAD adventures:
“Now You Don’t See Me”
Olive and Otto must stop a villain who has turned townspeople and Odd Squad agents invisible.
When Ms. O’s important briefcase is stolen by a shape shifter, Olive and Otto must get it back.
Olive and Otto must stop Fladam, a villain with a vendetta against cubes.
Olive and Otto have to crack a case in which a group of people have been turned into puppets.
ODD SQUAD won five Daytime Emmy® Awards in 2017, including “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program” and “Outstanding Writing Special Class.”
The live-action series is aimed at helping kids ages 5-8 learn important math and problem-solving skills. ODD SQUAD is created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Sinking Ship Entertainment. The show airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
ODD SQUAD was originally funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the Ready To Learn Initiative ([PR/Award No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A]), a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary schoolchildren and their families. Proceeds from “ODD SQUAD VILLAINS: BEST OF THE WORST” will help support projects that further the goals and objectives of CPB, PBS, and the Ready To Learn Initiative.
About The Fred Rogers Company
The Company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Sinking Ship Entertainment
Sinking Ship Entertainment is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning production, distribution, and digital company specializing in kids’ live action CGI blended series. Since its launch in 2004, Sinking Ship has produced over 500 hours of content, filmed in over 35 countries and built 34 playgrounds. The company has rapidly earned a reputation for high quality, ground breaking original series and companion interactive experiences. Most recently, the Kidscreen Hot 50 ranking of all kids’ companies in the world listed Sinking Ship Entertainment as #3 in Kids Production, #7 in Kids Distribution, and #7 in Kids Interactive. Sinking Ship was also named the #1 Kids Production Company by Playback Magazine Canada, won 5 Daytime Emmy® Awards and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Preschool Series for “Odd Squad.” The company operates a Toronto-based VFX and Interactive Studio, home to over 125 shipmates. Find out more at www.sinkingship.ca.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit www.cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates.
About The Ready To Learn Initiative
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness.
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.
PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally. The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.
ODD SQUAD VILLAINS: BEST OF THE WORST
Street Date: September 19, 2017
Run Time: Approx. 55 Minutes