SEATTLE and NEW YORK - March 6, 2012 - CreateSpace, an Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) company, and Nickelodeon today announced that the first two seasons of The Fresh Beat Band, the hit live-action preschool music series, are available on DVD for the first time exclusively on Amazon.com. The Fresh Beat Band new releases will be available to fans on Amazon.com starting today, and are available digitally on Amazon Instant Video. The first season is also available on Prime Instant Video, which is a benefit for paid Amazon Prime members who get unlimited, commercial-free, instant access to more than 15,000 movies and TV shows.
"The Fresh Beat Band has been a big hit on TV with preschoolers and their families, so we’re excited to join with Nickelodeon to bring the popular series to DVD and Amazon Instant Video for the first time,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “We work very hard to continuously grow the selection of content that we offer Amazon customers, and Amazon’s CreateSpace on Demand service gives fans a quick and cost-effective way to add The Fresh Beat Band to their personal collections."
"The Fresh Beat Band has a tremendous following among kids and we are excited to bring the first two seasons of the series to families through Amazon.com and Amazon Instant Video," said Sherice Torres, SVP, Nickelodeon DVD, DTO, and Video Games.
The Fresh Beat Band centers on four best friends - Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry) and Twist (Jon Beavers)—in a band who love to sing and dance. Kids are introduced to the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles. Viewers also learn the importance of friendship, working together in a positive way and respecting each other's differences.
The Fresh Beat Band recently kicked off their first-ever sold out nationwide concert tour and released their chart-topping first soundtrack, The Fresh Beat Band: Music from the Hit TV Show, available now in the Amazon MP3 Store. Both the soundtrack and the tour showcases the Fresh Beats most popular songs including, "Here We Go," "A Friend Like You" and "Just Like A Rockstar." Additionally, 2K Play and Nickelodeon recently released Nickelodeon Dance for the Wii™ System and Kinect™ for Xbox 360®. It's the first kids dance game to feature characters and music from several popular Nickelodeon preschool series, including The Fresh Beat Band.
Amazon's CreateSpace on Demand service allows Nickelodeon to quickly and efficiently make its most popular content widely available on DVD. Because titles are manufactured only in response to customer demand, they are never out-of-stock. Content can be distributed through Amazon.com and other channels, including Amazon Instant Video. Amazon Instant Video is a streaming video service that provides more than 100,000 titles, including new release movies, TV shows the day after they air, as well as contemporary and classic videos in SD and HD.
Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
CreateSpace seeks to be the world’s easiest and most comprehensive independent publishing platform for writers, filmmakers and musicians. The company is the leading provider of independent publishing tools that enable content creators to produce, polish, publish and distribute their work to customers around the world. CreateSpace offers industry-leading royalty rates, broad distribution to thousands of sales channels, an engaged peer community and complete creative control while content creators continue to own the rights to their books. CreateSpace is also a leader in manufacture on-demand for Books, CDs and DVDs maintaining "in-stock" availability for titles without inventory risk. CreateSpace is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).
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