Oznoz Introduces Sesame Street Content in Six Languages
New York, November 12, 2013 – Oznoz, the new online channel for bilingual kids, is introducing Sesame Street content in six languages. Available on several platforms, kids can now watch Sesame Street and Elmo’s World in Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, Persian and Arabic. Titles include all-‐time favorites like Elmo’s Potty Time and 1,2,3 Count With Me. These titles are available exclusively on Oznoz, which currently services the US and Canada.
“Sesame Workshop’s priority is to reach children and their families with engaging educational content where ever they are,” said Scott Chambers, Sesame Workshop Senior Vice President, Worldwide Media Distribution. “We are so pleased that they will now have the opportunity to laugh and learn with Elmo, Cookie, Bert, Ernie and the rest of their furry friends in a language they may be using at home or are beginning to learn.”
Oznoz platforms include the PC and iOS as well as streaming video and DVDs. Aly Jetha, Oznoz CEO said, “Sesame Street has been educating and entertaining kids around the world for over 40 years. We’re absolutely thrilled to have them as our anchor partner to introduce American and Canadian children to different languages”. On oznoz.com customers can stream Sesame Street and other shows in different languages or buy DVDs, books and games. The US and Canada has experienced a surge in bilingualism over the last decade with new Chinese, French and Spanish Immersion schools opening up every day. Immigrant families, more than ever before, acknowledge the importance of their heritage and want to pass on their language and culture. In addition, American parents realize the advantages of bilingualism in the workplace. This new trend is slowly becoming the norm, making Oznoz a useful resource to bilingual and globally minded families.
Shabnam Rezaei, Oznoz President, said, “I grew up in Austria and learned German by watching TV. Speaking multiple languages has given me such an immense advantage in my career. With Oznoz we hope to expose American children to world languages in a fun and innovative way.”
Oznoz also has an iPad app that lets customers download video for offline viewing. The channel currently has more than 200 shows, with more titles being launched every month.
Oznoz.com provides “stuff for bilingual kids” including cartoons and books in eleven languages such as Arabic, Japanese, Persian, French, German, Spanish and Chinese. Popular titles include Elmo’s World, Babar, Super Why, Franny’s Feet and Marvelous Milly. Oznoz features a multitude of bilingual books with famous titles like “Dear Zoo” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Products cover ages 0 -‐14 and include animation, live-‐action and much more. The Oznoz iPad app allows kids to watch videos on the go. Oznoz was founded by Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezaei, a husband and wife team who also started Big Bad Boo, an animation studio that has been producing culturally rich, educational TV series such as Mixed Nutz and 1001 Nights.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-‐based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.