press release: Portfolio sells Cat in the Hat to Disney Oz and Italy

DISNEY JUNIOR ON BOARD WITH A MULTI-TERRITORY DEAL FOR THE SECOND SEASON AND HOLIDAY SPECIAL OF “THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!”

Toronto, CANADA – November 21, 2011 – Following Mipcom, Portfolio International is pleased to announce the sale of the second season and the holiday special of the hit preschool series “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” to Disney Junior Australia and Disney Junior Italy.

Joining the ranks of Treehouse (Canada), PBS (US) and CBC (Canada), both Disney Junior Australia and Disney Junior Italy have picked up all 20 episodes of the second season and together with Treehouse and PBS will also air the one hour holiday special.

“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” continues to perform exceedingly well in all territories where it originally launched, and we are delighted to count on the continued support from one of the world’s most respected family entertainment providers – Disney Junior International,” said Louis Fournier, Vice President Sales & Acquisitions, Portfolio Entertainment.

News prior to Mipcom that a second season and holiday special had been greenlit for production sparked a great deal of sales activity at the market for Portfolio. A raft of deals are currently in the works in a number of territories worldwide.

Voiced by award winning actor Martin Short, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! has consistently been a top ranking show on Treehouse (Canada) and PBS KIDS (USA). The series currently airs internationally in over 80 countries and also offers interstitials and an accompanying online gaming component.

ABOUT THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!
Dr. Seuss’s beloved Cat in the Hat comes to television with a perfect blend of entertainment and education in the highly acclaimed series “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!”. Fuelled by curiosity and imagination, the Cat, best friends Nick and Sally, Thing One and Thing Two embark on extraordinary adventures into the natural world.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  is a Portfolio Entertainment/Collingwood O’Hare Production, A Canada UK Co-Production produced with PBS (USA), Treehouse (Canada), in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Entertainment and with the financial participation of the Canadian Media Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund, and the Government of Canada.  The series is distributed by Portfolio International.

ABOUT PORTFOLIO ENTERTAINMENT
Portfolio Entertainment is one of Canada’s leading independent producers and distributors of award-winning childrens, factual, and primetime content.  Founders Lisa Olfman and Joy Rosen’s reputation for developing strong international partnerships and creating new business opportunities has landed their programming on some of the world’s most prestigious television networks and digital content providers.

The company’s distribution division, Portfolio International, represents over 2,000 episodes of animated and lifestyle programming. It’s entrepreneurial approach to deal making, insight into market trends and emerging players, has benefitted the many independent producers it represents. Broadcasters worldwide look to Portfolio International for both high quality programs and exceptional service.
www.portfolioentertainment.com

ABOUT COLLINGWOOD O’HARE PRODUCTIONS
Collingwood O’Hare Productions was established in 1988 by Tony Collingwood (Writer/Director) and Christopher O’Hare (MD/Producer). The company has earned a prestigious international reputation as a creator and producer of award-winning, high-quality animated series, specials and television features. In 2001, 2002 and 2004 Collingwood O’Hare won BAFTA Awards for Best Pre-School Animation for Animal Stories, Eddy & The Bear and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!  Their most recent series for 7-12yr olds, The Secret Show, was a double BAFTA winner in 2007, scooping Best Animation and Best Interactive awards.  COP’s other production credits include their multi-award winning debut film Rarg, Emmy nominated Dr. Seuss’ Daisy-Head Mayzie, BAFTA nominated series Dennis & Gnasher from The Beano and Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs; plus The Magic Key, Oscar’s Orchestra, Pond Life, The King’s Beard and Gordon the Garden Gnome.