Pittsburgh, PA, March 26, 2019 – A brand new season of Odd Squad, the hit multi-Emmy Award-winning live-action series from Fred Rogers Productions and Sinking Ship Entertainment, is back and will begin rolling out on PBS KIDS in winter 2020. Now in production, the series takes a turn as new agents join the squad and travel to far-flung locations around the globe to tackle oddness as a Mobile Unit. Twenty new episodes of Odd Squad will feature a fresh creative direction and an enriched curriculum that continues to focus on math, while also incorporating science, technology, and engineering concepts. The Mobile Unit of Odd Squad agents, which includes a mix of familiar and new faces, uses deductive reasoning and logical thinking as they explore the “math in the science.” Some of their tactics include science and engineering practices, math skills, and cross-cutting concepts that span a range of science principles—from sound, patterns, and shadows to data collection and simple machines.
“We’re very excited about the upcoming third season of Odd Squad, which puts the agents on the trail to solving odd problems all around the world,” said Ellen Doherty, Executive in Charge of Production for Fred Rogers Productions. “The team will need to use core STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to get to the bottom of all the oddness they face.” “We love hearing stories from kids who see themselves as part of Odd Squad and feel they can take on any problem that comes their way,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “We’re excited to see another fantastic season of a series that embodies the PBS KIDS spirit of collaboration and teamwork.” Odd Squad is a live-action series designed to help kids 5-8 build math, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. The show focuses on intrepid young agents who are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to investigate strange happenings. All three seasons of Odd Squad feature a math concept embedded in each episode that the Odd Squad uses to set things right. Odd Squad airs daily on PBS stations (check local listings), the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, and streams on pbskids.org and the free PBS KIDS Video app. Per month, the series reaches an average of 2 million children 2-8 over linear TV, sees 17.8 million streams, and attracts more than 1 million unique visitors to the website. Odd Squad also airs on TVO Kids and SRC in Canada. Odd Squad was created by Tim McKeon (Foster?s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!) and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and Fred Rogers Productions. For more information on Odd Squad, visit pbskids.org/oddsquad and follow Odd Squad on Facebook and Twitter. TV Source: Nielsen National Toolbox NTI Oct’17 – Sep ‘18, L+7 Avg Mo Reach, Std Mo. Unif,1+min. Digital Source: Google Analytics streams & users, Oct’17 – Sep’18
About PBS KIDS PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Sinking Ship Entertainment
Sinking Ship Entertainment is an award-winning production, distribution and interactive company specializing in family and kids’ live action and CGI blended content. Since its launch in 2004, Sinking Ship has produced over 500 hours of content and sold to over 200 countries internationally. The company has rapidly earned a global reputation for high quality, groundbreaking original series and companion interactive experiences. Overall, Sinking Ship has won 13 Daytime Emmy® Awards and a variety of other international awards including Canadian Screen Awards, Youth Media Alliance Awards, Fan Chile Awards, Parents Choice Awards, the Shaw Rocket Prize, and the Prix Jeunesse International. The Toronto-based company is home to over 175 shipmates. In addition to production, Sinking Ship operates a cutting edge VFX and Interactive Studio, creating multi-platform digital experiences and interactive content for audiences around the world. About Fred Rogers Productions 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. Fred Rogers Productions continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media and engage 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, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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