Recent news releases from AOL and 4Kids report that the two companies are teaming up to provide some all-new content for AOL's kids area. Featured Shows include Yu-Gi-Oh!, FOX BOX Programs: One Piece, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Winx Club, F-Zero, Kirby and Shaman King, and Cabbage Patch Kids. Here is a portion of the release:
America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. a global provider of children's entertainment and merchandise licensing, today announced the launch of an all-new world on AOL's KOL service for kids. This new area gives kids access to customized content, video, games and interactive features from more than 10 popular brands represented by 4Kids.
Kids on the KOL service can now enter the 4Kids World, which features such leading properties of 4Kids Entertainment as Yu-Gi-Oh! and the FOX BOX 2004-2005 Saturday morning lineup of Winx Club, One Piece, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, F-Zero, Kirby and Shaman King. In the 4Kids World, kids can access special programming and interactive features on these television series, including information about upcoming episodes, buddy icons, games, printables and new toys. 4Kids World also will have special content on Cabbage Patch Kids, Artlist Collection: The Dog/The Cat, the Incredible Crash Dummies, American Kennel Club and Monster Jam.
"The alliance with 4Kids is a tremendous addition to the KOL service," said Malcolm Bird, AOL Senior Vice President and General Manager, Kids and Teens. "The ability for kids to access robust customized content and features from their favorite brands created for the KOL service is unparalleled in an online experience for kids. This alliance exemplifies the mission of the KOL service - to give kids the content and programming they love in a safer and more protected online environment that parents can trust."
Alfred R. Kahn, 4Kids Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are pleased to partner with AOL and its popular KOL service for kids. This strategically broadens our content distribution for our leading properties and provides a unique opportunity to strengthen the 4Kids brand. Our leadership position in kids entertainment combined with the reach of the KOL service provides a new platform to generate fun and excitement for kids worldwide."