Press Release (ePRNews.com) - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mar 29, 2018 - Raggs TV, the YouTube home for the award-winning kids musical preschool series that stars five pups who sing in a rock ‘n’ roll band, expanded by adding a new Spanish language channel called Raggs TV en Espanol today.
“All of us at Wildbrain have worked with Blue Socks Media to build a successful Raggs TV channel,” Jack Day, Senior Partner Manager at Wildbrain, UK, explained, “and now we are very excited to extend the offering to Spanish with the launch of Raggs TV en Espanol!”
The new channel, which is available in the U.S. and worldwide, launched with five half-hour compilations that include the popular Colors, Barnyard, and Families episodes plus three of the most popular songs, “Little Bit of Love,” “What’s the Dealio” and “It’s A Happening.” Fans can expect new episodes and songs to be added three times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“All of us at Wildbrain have worked with Blue Socks Media to build a successful RaggsTV channel, and now we are very excited to extend the offering to Spanish with the launch of Raggs TV en Español!”
“Few brands can offer such a wealth of episodes and songs in multiple languages,” according to Lovely Hilario, Channel Manager at Wildbrain, UK, “which makes Raggs perfect for the global YouTube platform.”
Raggs has a strong following in the U.S. where the educational and pro-social series has been used to help Spanish language children assimilate into the U.S. school system and U.S. English-speaking children to better understand their Spanish classmates.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S. with an estimated 55 million Hispanic people speaking Spanish as their first, second or heritage language and there are six million Spanish language students in the United States. This makes the U.S. the fifth-largest Hispanophone country in the world. There are more Spanish-speakers in the U.S., approximately 17 percent of the population, than those who speak French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and varieties of Chinese and Native American languages combined (U.S. Census Bureau Public Information Office, Census 2016 Estimates).
In Latin America, the series airs on networks, cable channels, SVOD platforms and apps. Since 2014, Raggs and his friends have also served as the hosts of the “Play at Palladium with Raggs” family program at the all-inclusive Grand Palladium resorts. The program includes live stage shows, breakfasts with the characters, disco parties and regular activities at five resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Brazil. This fall, the Palladium Hotel Group will bring Raggs to its sixth and newest resort in Costa Mujeres, Mexico.
“Everyone loves the Spanish voices. The dubbing and vocals were executed beautifully,” Toni Steedman Zelickson, president of Blue Socks Media, owner of the Raggs series and brand, explained. “We were fortunate to work with an amazing team at Candiani Studios in Mexico City, which had the enormous task of dubbing 120 Raggs episodes and 150 songs over 15 months!”
For more information, go to Raggs.com.
Raggs is an Emmy Award-winning, musical preschool series about five colorful pups who learn life lessons though an innovative mix of live action stories, music videos, concerts, cartoons and interviews with real kids. With over 200 episodes, 300 original songs and animated new media music videos, Raggs is available worldwide in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has begun dubbing in 15 additional languages for distribution in 100 countries in 2018. The Raggs brand includes CDs, DVDs, toys, books and live shows, including a partnership called “Play at Palladium with Raggs” with the Palladium Hotel Group at resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean and Brazil. The original characters were created by Toni Steedman, a Charlotte, North Carolina, advertising executive, for her then six‐year‐old daughter Alison. Raggs and all rights are owned by Blue Socks Media LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Wildbrain, a division of DHX Media, Canada, was founded in 2016 and has become the largest YouTube specialist in Europe representing brands such as Caillou, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Yo Gabba Gabba and Raggs.
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