Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Nickelodeon Israel to Premiere '44 Cats' on Sunday 20th January 2019

Nickelodeon Israel will premiere the brand-new CG-animated preschool series 44 Cats on Sunday 20th January 2019 at 15:40! Created and directed by Iginio Straffi, the founder of Italian content powerhouse Rainbow Group, the makers of Winx Club and Regal Academy, and produced by Rainbow in collaboration with Antoniano Bologna and Rai Ragazzi, each 30-minute episode will features two 11-minute segments. Following launch, Nickelodeon Israel will continue to air all-new episodes of 44 Cats season one everyday at 15:40. Each all-new episode will encore the same day at 19:45 (approx).

44 Cats

Set in the world of animals, 44 Cats (52 eps x c. 13') follows the daily adventures of Lampo, Milady, Pilou, and Meatball (Κεφτές) – four adorable kittens who are part of a music band named The Buffycats.

The protagonists live and play in the Clubhouse, a garage beside old Granny Pina’s house. Their adventures explore the themes of friendship and altruism: the four cats love helping others and always find creative solutions to everyday hitches and help other cats in need. The series promotes positive attitudes and conveys educational messages dealing with important themes such as tolerance, diversity and solidarity in a funny way.

This eagerly anticipated show made its world debut on Rai Yoyo in Italy on Monday 12th November 2018. Nickelodeon International acquired the broadcast rights to the series in May 2018, and will roll the animated series out on Nickelodeon channels and branded blocks around the world, excluding in the U.S. and Latin America, from 2019.

44 Cats is inspired by the very popular Italian kids song "44 Gatti", which, in 1968, won the 10th edition of the Zecchino d'Oro and has since entered the collective imagination of Italians.

44 Cats is the first Rainbow Group production jointly developed with Bardel Entertainment, the Canadian animation studio it acquired in 2015, and jointly produced in collaboration with Antoniano Bologna and Rai Ragazzi, and combines great music and edutainment with high quality animation. The series also marks Rainbow’s (Winx Club, Regal Academy, Mia and me, Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends) inaugural foray into preschool programming.

Rainbow inked a licensing deal for 44 Cats with Thai Group’s Hong Kong-based company, Toy Plus in August 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, Toy Plus will develop a variety of products including interactive plush, figurines, play sets, musical toys and more based on the music, creative play patterns and collectability featured in the series. The line of merchandise debuted in Hong Kong in October, and is slated to become available for purchase around the world in fall 2019.

Rainbow has also secured a new licensing deal for 44 Cats with holistic lifestyle company Artsana Group. Under the agreement, the company will develop a range of licensed 44 Cats-themed infant educational toys for infants and a nursing line under its Chicco brand, the largest infant brand in Europe. The deal also includes apparel and accessories collections by Prenatal and Chicco. Products are expected to hit retail shelves later this year and will be supported by a dedicated, high-level marketing campaign delivered jointly by Rainbow and Artsana Group, which is also based in Italy.

Viewers can visit the official 44 Cats show website at 44cats.tv to find out more about the show and its musical stars, as well as watch exclusive video clips, play pawesome games and download purr-tastic activities. Fans can also find parenting resources and educational materials inspired by the show online at 44cats.tv. Fans also also Like the official Nickelodeon Israel Facebook page and Follow Nickelodeon Israel on Instagram for the latest Nickelodeon news and highlights

44 חתולים | סדרה חדשה | ערוץ ניקלודיאון

44 חתולים | שיר הפתיחה 🎵 | ניקלודיאון

44 חתולים | סדרה חדשה 🐱 ימים א'-ה' בשעה 15:40, רק בערוץ ניקלודיאון

Viewers can also follow Nickelodeon Ελλάδα on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates from Planet Nickelodeon, and 44 Cats on Facebook and Instagram pages and 44 Cats YouTube channel for pawesome updates from the Clubhouse.

About Nickelodeon Israel

Launched in 2003, Nickelodeon Israel is the leading kids channel in Israel, reaching 76% of all Israeli households. Nickelodeon Israel, as well as the rest of the Viacom brands in Israel (MTV, Comedy Central, Nick Jr. and Teen Nick), are represented exclusively by Ananey Communications Group, the leading multi-channel TV firm in Israel. Nickelodeon Israel broadcasts the brand’s leading animated and live-action shows (SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar The Last Airbender, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.), as well as original content such as The Greenhouse, Spell Keepers and Bed & Biscuit, produced by Nutz Productions, Ananey’s high-end production arm. Visit https://nick.walla.co.il for more information about Nickelodeon in Israel.

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Originally published: Friday, January 18, 2019.

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