Big Idea Presents the VeggieTales Live! Happy Birthday Bob & Larry Tour Beginning March 1!

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YOU’RE INVITED TO A VEGGIETALES® BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

 

BIG IDEA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS

THE VEGGIETALES LIVE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB & LARRY TOUR

PREMIERING IN OVER 35 CITIES MARCH 1 THROUGH APRIL 28, 2013

 

A One-Of-A-Kind Celebration For 20 Years Of Silliness, Stories and Songs

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SOURCE: Hoganson Media

FRANKLIN, TN (February 4, 2013) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today the official tour dates for their brand-new VeggieTales Live! Happy Birthday Bob & Larry tour. The show will run in over 35 major markets nationwide this spring including Nashville, TN, Kansas City, MO, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Tallahassee, FL, Fort Myers, FL and more, in addition to a seven-day tour run in Canada. For the current tour itinerary, ticket information and group sales, please visit veggietales.com/live or iTickets.com.

 

It’s a very Veggie birthday, and you are invited! Join Bob and Larry and the entire VeggieTales® crew as they put on the biggest birthday party ever celebrating VeggieTales’ 20 years of stories, songs and fun. The show is filled with silly song favorites and memorable entertainment for the whole family! You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind celebration! The tour will feature fan-favorite songs like “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything,” “His Cheeseburger,” “I Love My Lips,” “Song of the Cebu,” “The Hairbrush Song,” “Monkey” and “God is Bigger than the Boogie-Man.”

 

“This super special VeggieTales production is a must-see show for children and their entire family,” said Leslie Ferrell, General Manager of Big Idea Entertainment. “Bob, Larry and the VeggieTales crew will be there to help us celebrate 20 years of hilarious stories, silly songs and lessons to live by. You’re invited to come be a part of all of fun with us!”

 

World Vision® has partnered with Big Idea Entertainment as a sponsor for the VeggieTales Live! Happy Birthday Bob & Larry tour. Through World Vision’s child sponsorship efforts, countless lives have changed for children and their whole communities by providing access to necessities like clean water, health care, education and much more.

 

About Big Idea Entertainment 

Big Idea Entertainment is celebrating 20 years as a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a one of the most recognized brands in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*.  Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 60+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs.  VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®,enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV.  The studio’s two theatrical releases, Lionsgate’s Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.

*Spring 2012 Q-Score

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VeggieTales Celebrates Easter with The Little House That Stood DVD Adventure!

VeggieTales® Celebrates Easter With A Brand-New Building Adventure!

 

The Wise and Foolish Builders Meet The Three Little Pigs

In A Hilarious Veggie Parable

 

VeggieTales®: The Little House That Stood DVD Launch

Supported by Extensive Marketing, Promotional and Licensing Campaign

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SOURCE: Hoganson Media

FRANKLIN, TN (January 30, 2013) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release an all-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: The Little House That Stood on March 2 and March 5, 2013 in Christian and general markets stores respectively, just in time for the Easter season.

 

VeggieTales®: The Little House That Stood features a cast of many fan-favorite VeggieTales® characters including Bob, Larry, Junior Asparagus, The French Peas, Madame Blueberry and others.  For the first time ever, this DVD parodies beloved nursery rhymes, with a signature VeggieTales® twist.  Families will enjoy learning the Biblical story of the wise and foolish builders made understandable for kids based on Matthew 7:24-27, making it a delightful addition to a child’s Easter basket.  Additionally, the story of “Humpty Dumpty” is hilariously re-told around the good neighbor parable in “The Good Egg of Gooseville,” inspired by Luke 10:27-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  The DVD also features a brand-new Silly Song, “Happy Tooth Day,” and “The History of Mother Goose” bonus features among others.

 

“We can’t wait to share The Little House That Stood with VeggieTales® fans and their families this Easter and spring season,” said Laura Neutzling, Director of Marketing at Big Idea Entertainment. “The title helps teach an important lesson about making good choices and being a good neighbor. It also shows us what can happen if we choose to follow the wise plans God has for each of us in the ‘Master Builder’s Handbook.’ We invite you to join us for this VeggieTales® action-packed adventure that’s also full of silliness and fun!”

 

A comprehensive marketing, advertising and licensing campaign supports The VeggieTales®: The Little House That Stood. Promotional partners include Chuck E. Cheese’s® with in-store video monitor clips, Big Boy® Restaurants with special kid’s menus and placements.   Non-profit partner Focus on the Family® is also working with Big Idea on initiatives that help teach families and children the importance of building their lives on a solid foundation.

 

DVD Synopsis

When the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue!  Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation – following the wise plans from the “Master Builder’s Handbook!”  Will the Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses – and their lives – on solid ground?  Find out in this parable that shows kids when they follow God’s blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come!

 

PLUS!  Ever wonder what happened before Humpty cracked?  Find out in this very Veggie retelling of the classic Humpty Dumpty story, “The Good Egg of Gooseville,” where we learn that a good neighbor always “lends a little hand” to those in need!

 

Advertising, Radio, TV and Online Support

The title’s marketing and advertising campaign includes extensive print, radio, and online advertising, as well as social media promotions on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube and interactions with mom and parenting bloggers. Street level promotions with close to 300 members of the VeggieTales Ambassador team are also slated to take place this spring.

 

Promotional Partners

Chuck E. Cheese’s® will run indoor advertising on closed-circuit televisions at over 500 locations. Clips from the Little House That Stood DVD and the Silly Song “Happy Tooth Day” will play in their birthday party areas.

 

Exclusive VeggieTales®: The Little House That Stood Kid’s placements will be available at Big Boy® Restaurantsspring 2013.

 

Safeway™ stores will offer customers a free package of Capri Sun® SuperV when they purchase The Little House that Stood DVD.

 

Retail Promotions

Christian retail stores will offer a $10 mail in rebate when customers purchase both The VeggieTales Bible (NIRV) from Zondervan® and The Little House That Stood DVD.   In addition to the DVD and the Bible, the floor display will also include Veggie Easter Egg Coloring Kits and A Very Veggie Easter Collection, featuring two Veggie Easter movies on DVD and two compilations of Easter and worship songs on CD.

 

Non-Profit Partners

Big Idea Entertainment has teamed up with Focus on the Family® for a Discussion Guide that is part of the Little House DVD.  Focus on the Family® will promote the release through their various channels including online initiatives and in Clubhouse Jr.® Magazine. Long-term partner World Vision® will also promote the DVD in the World Vision Spring Gift Catalog.

 

About VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood

Not Rated-48 minutes Color-5.1 Surround Sound-English & Spanish Subtitles Close-Captioned

Full Screen & Widescreen Versions

DVD UPC Codes CBA: 82041328999 $14.99 (through Word Distribution) and GM: 037117063437 $14.97

 

About Big Idea Entertainment 

Big Idea Entertainment is celebrating 20 years as a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a one of the most recognized brands in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*.  Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 60+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs.  VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV.  The studio’s two theatrical releases, Lionsgate’s Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.

*Spring 2012 Q-Score

VeggieTales "League of Incredible Vegetables" Out Oct. 13!

VEGGIETALES®: THE LEAGUE OF INCREDIBLE VEGETABLES
DVD IN STORES SATURDAY!

NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
October 12, 2012

Available in Christian stores Saturday, October 13 and everywhere Tuesday, October 16, VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables is the fourth title in a series of DVD releases that stars the popular “LarryBoy” character while introducing four new superheroes played by beloved VeggieTales characters Bob the Tomato, Petunia Rhubarb, Junior Asparagus and Mr. Lunt, all with hilarious superhero abilities!

Based on Psalm 56:3 (ESV) which says, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You,” this all-new episode helps teach a lifelong lesson in handling fear, one of the most requested subject topics by VeggieTales fans and families, and features a brand-new League theme song and music video by GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning group, Newsboys!

Reviewers are Raving ==>
Aboutthechildrensdepartment.com exclaims, “Big Idea has absolutely ‘hit it out of the park,’ with The League of Incredible Vegetables . . . children will not only love the story, but they will ‘get it’, too! This powerful message about being able to defeat fear by trusting in God when we are afraid is one children – and adults – need to hear.”

Examiner.com and BuddyHollywood.com say, “Since its inception, Big Idea has set a high standard in quality animation, story-telling and all around entertainment while teaching important lessons…With a super blend of hilarious Veggie humor, pop culture references and lessons on facing fears, VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables is a video that Veggie-fans of all ages will enjoy.”

JesusFreakHideout.com notes, “Finally, parents won’t have to worry about rough content for their kids who just want a cool superhero to love or look up to…After all these years, the VeggieTales team is still producing great entertainment and The League of Incredible Vegetables is easily one of their best yet.”

NewReleaseTuesday.com says, “The League of Incredible of Vegetables is faith-based as always, and has a great message of combating your fears with the Word of God. Add to that the fascination of the unconquerable League of Incredible Vegetables and you have another fantastic film from VeggieTales! Who knows what they will come up with next? Hopefully a sequel to this film will be in the works soon!”

Suite101.com adds, “We all feel afraid sometimes, but the Veggies show us that fear doesn’t have to take us down.”

Jaci Velazquez, Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Pop & Latin Superstar and co-host of Salem Radio Network’s national “Family-Friendly Mornings with Doug & Jaci Velasquez” notes, “My kids LOVE this movie!!! We watch it 10 times a day!”

ON THE RADIO ==>
VEGGIETALES CO-CREATOR MIKE NAWROCKI AND VOICE OF “LARRYBOY” TEAMS UP WITH
GRAMMY-NOMINATED AND DOVE-AWARD-WINNING GROUP, NEWSBOYS!

Next week, VeggieTales Co-creator and voice of “LarryBoy,” Mike Nawrocki, and Newsboys Front man Michael Tait and Drummer Duncan Phillips, will team up for a national radio tour in support of The League of Incredible Vegetables. Nawrocki, Tait and Phillips will discuss the brand-new new DVD title and the Newsboys’ involvement as the first humans in history to appear in an animated VeggieTales video.

Fans will have the opportunity to hear about the new episode and the music video with the Newsboys on numerous national radio networks and top market stations including The Rick & Bubba Show, American Family Radio, Salem Broadcasting’s The FISH, Family Life Network, IRN/USA Radio Network, The Moody Broadcasting Network and many more. There will also be a special radio feature to air later on the nationally broadcast radio show, Keep the Faith.

Why We Do What We Do…
“League” Special Guest Appearance this Saturday! ==>
Big Idea Entertainment had a special opportunity to work with Kristina Barrett, a little girl stricken with a life-threatening illness, whose wish to be the voice of a VeggieTales character, was granted in conjunction with release of The League of Incredible Vegetables. Kristina visited Big Idea’s headquarters last year in Franklin, TN with her family to meet VeggieTales Co-creator Mike Nawrocki and staff and to voice a character (girl pea) for the all-new multi-superhero DVD! Kristina will attend the VeggieTales movie premiere to celebrate the release of this brand-new episode at Kingwood Bible Church in Kingwood, TX (Houston) on Saturday, October 13 and to be part of the Kristina Barrett Benefit to raise funds to help with her existing medical expenses from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm CDT!

Watch “The League of Incredible Vegetables” Music Video Featuring the Newsboys!


To view the “League” music video, please click on the image or here

THE LEAGUE OF INCREDIBLE VEGETABLES PROMOTED AS PART OF THE VEGGIETALES LIVE! GOD MADE YOU SPECIAL TOUR ==>
This fall, as part of the VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special Tour, audiences nationwide will have the opportunity to watch the League movie trailer and the Newsboys music video in support of the new DVD. Information on the tour, including the latest itinerary, may be found at http://veggietales.com/live/.

Best-Selling VeggieTales Christmas Shows Available in a Special DVD Collection for the Very First Time

BEST-SELLING VEGGIETALES® CHRISTMAS SHOWS AVAILABLE

IN A SPECIAL DVD COLLECTION FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

 

Six Fan-Favorite Titles Feature Lessons In Giving, Love, Hope and Forgiveness

SOURCE: Hoganson Media

FRANKLIN, TN (September 5, 2012) — Light the fire, make the cocoa and get ready for a VeggieTales Christmas marathon! Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release all of their VeggieTales® Christmas titles as part of a DVD box set, VeggieTales: The Ultimate Christmas Collection, on September 29 and October 2, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively.

 

For the first time ever, the VeggieTales holiday classics will be packaged together in VeggieTales: The Ultimate Christmas Collection, providing close to four hours of entertainment for families! DVD titles included in this special collection are The Toy That Saved Christmas, The Star of Christmas, Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving, It’s a Meaningful Life, The Little Drummer Boy and VeggieTales: Sing-along Christmas Songs. As a bonus, VeggieTales: 25 Favorite Christmas Songs! CD will also be part of the three-disc box set.

 

“We are delighted to bring the entire collection of top-selling VeggieTales Christmas favorites together for the first time in a special collector’s pack,” said Greg Fritz, SVP Sales & Marketing of Big Idea Entertainment. “We think VeggieTales: The Ultimate Christmas Collection will help families celebrate the season and get into the holiday spirit as they watch shows that teach lessons on the true meaning of Christmas, joyful giving, being content, and how to love and forgive.”

 

VeggieTales: The Ultimate Christmas Collection will be supported by national print, online and radio advertising, as well as through social media promotions on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and YouTube.

 

About VeggieTales: The Ultimate Christmas Collection

This set contains VeggieTales’ entire Christmas collection. Now your family can enjoy classic holiday shows The Toy That Saved Christmas—a lesson in giving; The Star of Christmas—a lesson in how to love; Saint Nicholas—a story in joyful giving; It’s a Meaningful Life—a lesson in being content; and The Little Drummer Boy—a story about hope, love and forgiveness. Also included in the collection is the VeggieTales: Christmas Sing-along Songs DVD and 25 Favorite Christmas Songs! CD.

 

Not Rated-Three Hours and 45 Minutes-Color-5.1 Surround Sound-English & Spanish Subtitles Close-Captioned

Full Screen & Widescreen Versions

DVD UPC Codes CBA: 820413126599 $19.99 and GM: $19.99 037117043835

 

About Big Idea Entertainment

Big Idea Entertainment is celebrating 20 years as a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a one of the most recognized brands in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*.  Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 60+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs.  VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV.  The studio’s two theatrical releases, Lionsgate’s Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.

*Spring 2012 Q-Score

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Digital VeggieTales Storybooks Coming Soon To Your Phone!

VEGGIETALES® SIGNS WITH RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP
FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL STORYBOOKS

Big Idea Entertainment Continues to Expand in the Digital Game Play Space
with Engaging Apps and Games for Young Kids

NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
May 10, 2012

FRANKLIN, TN (May 10, 2012) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, and Ruckus Media Group, the global children’s digital media company, announce a digital partnership under which Ruckus has been granted worldwide rights to develop interactive storybook applications – iReaders — based on VeggieTales, the most successful faith-based brand in the world. With witty humor and lively animation, VeggieTales teaches timeless values and meaningful lessons to children through hilarious storytelling, silly songs and lovable characters with brand sales of more than 60 million videos, 13 million books, 7 million CDs, and licensees with over 400 very Veggie fantastic products. Designed for children ages 4-8, these new Ruckus mobile applications for iOS devices give families the opportunity to interact with their favorite characters at home or on the go and, at the same time, empower parents with a digital report card providing direct, actionable feedback on their child’s reading, the cornerstone of the Ruckus Reader program.

The VeggieTales Ruckus iReaders will present wholesome values and lessons like honesty, forgiveness, patience and thankfulness, lessons that are easy for children to understand and that help guide them in their day-to-day lives. Designed for children ages 4-8, Ruckus will launch three iReaders in varying reading levels, worldwide with English language distribution via the App store in June 2012. The iReaders will be based on Big Idea’s bestselling DVD’s “Pistachio” (level 1), “Sweetpea Beauty” (level 2), and “Big River Rescue” (level 2). A fourth title is already in production to tie-in to Big Idea’s major Fall 2012 release “The League of Incredible Vegetables” (level 3).

Powered by the Ruckus Reader, iReaders are designed to match age-appropriate standards determined by the Common Core State Standards and reinforce national educational standards for preschool through second grade. As children enjoy VeggieTales® original stories and content, parents receive weekly Reader Meter reports that assess their child’s in-app reading skills, such as phonics and word recognition, print and phonological awareness, fluency, alphabetic knowledge, sequencing and story comprehension in real time. Story-driven activities such as word builders, letter and word hunts, hidden pictures, mazes, find-the-difference games and make-your-own-sticker or diary pages help teach phonics, letter and word recognition, rhyming, syllables, reading comprehension and more.

“We are delighted to continue to provide fresh new content to VeggieTales fans with these new digital storybooks from Ruckus,” said Brian Mitchell, Vice President of Licensing, Big Idea Entertainment. “The emphasis on learning to read and develop motor skills promoted through each story delivers great value to families with young children, and creates a new and engaging VeggieTales experience.”

“We are pleased to offer VeggieTales to the Ruckus family of iReaders,” says Rick Richter, Ruckus CEO, “a truly inspirational brand that that has already found an audience among millions of Americans.”

About Ruckus Media Group
Ruckus Media Group creates interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children ages 3-8. Launched in September 2010, the company’s centerpiece is the Ruckus Reader (released April 2012), a breakthrough learning program for the iPad featuring digital storybooks that delight children with interactive content from the most popular names in entertainment (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld, The Wiggles, Cyberchase, Dino Dan and Veggie Tales). It also provides parents with an innovative reading assessment tool and personalized feedback on their child’s reading experience. Within days of its launch, four of the initial Ruckus Reader bookshelves hit the iTunes Top 10 Chart (Books category, free iPad apps).

Previously released award-winning digital storybooks include the #1 iTunes best-selling and Mom’s Choice Gold Award winner “My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day,” based on the ever-popular Hasbro toy characters; Parents’ Choice and Mom’s Choice Award winners “Spot the Dot,” by pop-up legend David A. Carter, and “Chuck & Friends: Friends for the Long Haul”; About.com Readers’ Choice Award winner and Best App Award finalist “A Present for Milo,” written and illustrated by Mike Austin; “The Velveteen Rabbit: Told by Meryl Streep” and other read-play-and-record-along classic animated storybook apps.

For a full listing of titles and additional information, see the Ruckus Reader website www.RuckusReader.com and the Ruckus Media Group iTunes page and follow Ruckus on Facebook and Twitter.

About Big Idea Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment is a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a leading animated home video series in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*. Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 60+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs. VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the qubo® children’s programming block. The studio’s two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ and Big Idea’s The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.
*Spring 2011 Q-Score

VeggieTales To Release Brand-New Princess Themed DVD Title

BIG IDEA ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE BRAND-NEW
PRINCESS THEMED DVD TITLE

VeggieTales®: The Penniless Princess-God’s Little Girl
DVD Features A Lesson In Self Worth and Trusting God – No Matter What;
Launch Supported by Extensive Marketing, Promotional and Licensing Campaign

NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media

FRANKLIN, TN (May 1, 2012) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release a brand-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: The Penniless Princess-God’s Little Girl, on August 11 and August 14, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively. This title follows the release of the top-selling VeggieTales®: Sweetpea Beauty-A Girl After God’s Own Heart and VeggieTales®: Princess & the Pop Star, both of which featured lessons of specific interest to young girls.

The DVD’s story is based on the children’s book, A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and helps to teach an important lesson about knowing your own true worth inspired by Philippians 4:8, as well as trusting God, no matter what happens in life, based on Romans 8:39. VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess-God’s Little Girl includes plenty of engaging and fun music fit for families, with the all-new Silly Song “Best Friends Forever” and the featured song “No Matter What,” both in sing-along versions in the DVD bonus features. Other bonus features include a special tour of London with the popular French Peas characters, a hilarious look at the history of the Teddy Bear, a discussion guide for parents and behind the scenes clips.

“Parents are longing for media with a message that helps their little ones understand their unique value and true worth,” said Greg Fritz, SVP Sales & Marketing of Big Idea Entertainment. “Our ‘penniless’ princess is the opposite of traditional royalty – she’s not wealthy and she’s not glamorous. Yet she is rich with faith, hope and love and forgiveness – qualities that help her face life with strength of character and a strong sense of worth, which is a treasure that will last a lifetime.”

VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess-God’s Little Girl‘s launch is supported by a comprehensive marketing, advertising and licensing campaign. Promotional partners include Chuck E. Cheese’s® with in-store video monitor clips and VeggieTales activity booklets. Starting this summer, Big Idea Entertainment will hold MLB and MiLB stadium DVD promotions during select games. “Princess Party” live events will take place in select retailers and churches to coincide with the DVD release date.

DVD Synopsis
Sweet Sarah Crew has everything a little girl could want – a loving family, lots of friends and a closet full of frilly dresses! But when life takes a turn and Sarah goes from riches to rags, will she realize that her true worth lies not in what she has, but what she has in her heart? Find out in this inspiring new story from VeggieTales that reminds kids who they are in God’s eyes.

Advertising, Radio, TV and Online Support
The title’s marketing and advertising campaign includes extensive print, television, radio, and online advertising, as well as social media promotions on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and interactions with mom and parenting bloggers. A theater trailer promotion will air on more than 1,000 screens across the country, and street level promotions with more than 250 members of the VeggieTales Ambassador team are also slated to take place this summer.

Promotional Partners
Chuck E. Cheese’s will run indoor advertising on closed-circuit televisions and in their birthday party area at over 500 locations. Clips from The Penniless Princess DVD and the Silly Song “Best Friends Forever” will play, and nearly half a million VeggieTales activity booklets will also be available in the prize redemption area. The activity booklets will feature Penniless Princess themed puzzles and games, and will mention the DVD release date.

Non-Profit Partners
Big Idea Entertainment has teamed up with Mercy Ministries® to help hurting girls free of charge restart life with a new perspective. VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess-God’s Little Girl will feature a custom promotional video to help drive donations to the ministry’s Mercy360 program and encourage supporters to play a vital role in restoring lives for less than $1/day. There will also be a Mercy Ministries ad on the DVD’s insert. In addition, the partnership will encompass an email campaign, website presence, radio promotions, social media presence and mentions in some of Mercy Ministries’ Founder Nancy Alcorn’s speaking engagements.

Other non-profit organization partnerships include a continuing campaign with American Heritage Girls with a co-branded guide for girls to help understand their true worth, and a VeggieTales “The Penniless Princess” badge program. In addition, VeggieTales will partner again with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) during the August national convention with VeggieTales animation to introduce key speakers, plus co-branded lesson guides as a resource to young mothers.

Consumer Products
Starting in August, Big Idea Entertainment will roll out a line of VeggieTales Princess-themed toys and books including a God’s Little Girl Journal and Devotional Prayer Book, God’s Little Boy Journal and Devotional Prayer Book, a Bath Toy, Princess Dress-Up Set, a Ring Stacker and a Learning Carpet and Pop-Up Playhouse.

Live Events
DVD promotions including on-field contests and games, DVD giveaways for a row of seats, and jumbo-screen graphics and animations with VeggieTales characters in-action will take place in select stadiums at over 70 MLB and MiLB games this summer.

Christian retail outlets will coordinate “Princess Parties,” DVD screening and events at over 250 stores nationwide, and more than 1,500 churches will host events to show The Penniless Princess and organize “Princess for a Day” events starting in July.

About VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess-God’s Little Girl
Not Rated-50 minutes-Color-5.1 Surround Sound-English & Spanish Subtitles Close-Captioned
Full Screen & Widescreen Versions
DVD UPC Codes CBA: 820413125790 $14.99 (through Word Distribution) and GM: 883476081304 $14.93

About Big Idea Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment is a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a leading animated home video series in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*. Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 60+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs. VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the qubo® children’s programming block. The studio’s two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ and Big Idea’s The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.
*Spring 2011 Q-Score

 

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VeggieTales Hits the Digital Game Play Space With Engaging Apps for Young Kids

VEGGIETALES HITS THE DIGITAL GAME PLAY SPACE

WITH ENGAGING APPS FOR YOUNG KIDS

Big Idea Entertainment Partners with, Weeblets, Playful Owl & ReelCards Powered By GorillaSpot To Launch Fun and Instructive Games, Stories, Music, Ecards and More

The Successful Spotisode Collection from Weeblets Recently Launched

Landing the #1 Free App For Kids Position In The Amazon Appstore


SOURCE: Hoganson Media

FRANKLIN, TN (April 4, 2012) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, announced today that it has expanded its digital program for its popular VeggieTalesÒ brand by partnering with mobile kid-play experts, Playful Owl, an app developer focused on meaningful play, and social media development and marketing company, GorillaSpot, which creates video applications across web, social and mobile platforms for producers of premium entertainment content.

 

These partnerships come on the heels of a successful launch with Weeblets, a developer and publisher of mobile apps for kids, for The VeggieTales Spotisode Collection™ that’s currently available on Android and iPhone. Within the first few days of its exclusive launch in the Amazon Appstore in February, the app became the number one free app for kids, and reached as high as number 11 overall.

 

VeggieTales is the first property to launch with Playful Owl’s Step-by-Story reading readiness mobile app. With Step-by-Story, children two through six years old can create their own short story through a series of simple and entertaining choices. The app automatically turns their choices into an animation that can be shared with parents and friends. Big Idea has recently launched VeggieTales: The Goofy Gift and VeggieTales: Larry’s Missing Music, with six other additional titles scheduled to roll out this year. Each title includes over 500 possible story combinations, and promotes reading readiness by associating words, pictures and sounds. Apps are available for Android, iPhone and iPad.

 

Big Idea is working with ReelCards powered by GorillaSpot to introduce VeggieTales ecards. Fans will be able to access the ecards through a Facebook application that will enable them to send personalized video cards using short clips from popular VeggieTales titles. They will be available for various occasions including birthdays, holidays and other special moments, and can be used as part of daily communications with friends and family. This launch is expected to roll out this summer and will be available as a mobile app on Android and iPhone beginning early summer 2012.

“We are delighted to see more than one million game plays and the very positive response of fans with the Spotisode app,” said Brian Mitchell Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for Big Idea Entertainment. “Additionally, the meaningful lessons shared and reading readiness promoted in every Step-by-Story app delivers great value to young families. We will continue to roll out fresh content to ensure the most fun and engaging VeggieTales experience.”

Within the first month of its launch, The VeggieTales Spotisode Collection surpassed one million games played. The app consists of fan-favorite clips from the VeggieTales series and presents children with the challenge to find or “spot” objects in the videos. Each clip helps develop motor skills as they play through the various themed levels. A child’s success with a “spot list” opens up new levels built on additional videos that teach new important lessons with updates scheduled regularly and for special occasions. Upcoming updates will include VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not- So- Merry Men, featuring new game levels based on scenes from the new video release.

 

The VeggieTales Spotisode Collection was a tremendous success right out of the gate and fit perfectly into our overall strategy of building great apps for children based on animations, characters and stories they know and love,” said Weeblets CEO Adam Somer. “We look forward to continuing to update the app to deliver new content to VeggieTales fans and their families.”

 

These app releases are just the first of many that Big Idea Entertainment has in development and slated to roll out later this year.

About Big Idea Entertainment

Big Idea Entertainment is a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a leading animated home video series in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*.  Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 56+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs.  VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the qubo® children’s programming block.  The studio’s two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ and Big Idea’s The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.

*Spring 2011 Q-Score

"VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men" Releases March 3

THERE’S NO HURT TOO BIG FOR GOD!

BIG IDEA ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE ALL-NEW DVD TITLE
THAT FEATURES A LESSON IN HANDLING HURT

VeggieTales®: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men DVD Parody Perfect for Easter Gift Giving
Launch Supported by Extensive Marketing, Promotional and Licensing Campaign

 

NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
January 5, 2012

FRANKLIN, TN (January 5, 2012) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release a brand-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men, on March 3 and March 6, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively, just in time for the Easter holiday.

VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men will feature plenty of high-energy, family-friendly music, including a new Silly Song with a theme that was selected through a recent online fan contest. The episode, based on Psalm 55:22 which says, “Give your burdens to the Lord for He will take care of you,” also includes the animated short, “Lenny & the Lost Birthday,” which further helps teach lessons about handling hurt and forgiveness.

“Helping children handle hurt and face disappointment is a challenge that is common to every family,” said Greg Fritz, SVP Sales & Marketing of Big Idea Entertainment. “Thankfully, God’s Word gives us guidance on how to grow through these challenges. Robin Good brings these biblical truths to life in a fun and engaging way that is easy for kids to understand. The lesson topic has been a top request of fans over the years, and we’re pleased to bring this resource to the market.”

The DVD launch is supported by a comprehensive marketing and advertising campaign. Licensing and promotional partners include Chuck E. Cheese’s® with in-store video monitor clips and FATZ Restaurants® with kids meal activity books, stickers, cups and retail coupons. Beginning in March, Big Idea Entertainment will hold promotional events at multiple NHL and NBA games. In addition, live events will be held nationwide at select theaters, retailers and churches, plus promoted during the VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special! tour, which launches February 26 in 35 markets, to coincide with the DVD release.

DVD Synopsis
A long time ago, in the faraway town of Bethlingham, roved a band of merry men, led by the fearless Robin Good. Their mission: to help people by fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor! But when a greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s friends take off and decide to give robbing from the rich a try. Feeling rejected, Robin thinks things can’t get any worse, until he finds out that the ham-hoarding Prince has also captured his friends. Can Robin overcome his own hurt, rescue his friends and restore the townspeople’s hope? Find out in this fun Veggie story where kids learn that there’s no hurt too big for God!

Lenny & the Lost Birthday
Will someone, anyone, remember Lenny’s special day? How could it be misplaced – or is it just his mistake?

Advertising, Radio, TV and Online Support
The VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men marketing and advertising campaign will focus on national print, television, radio, online and social media promotions. Big Idea Entertainment will schedule television promo spots featuring “Win a DVD” and grand prize packages to air in select top markets, along with “Win It Before You Buy It” on-air radio DVD promotions in more than 100 top VeggieTales markets. The title’s social media campaign will include presence on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, mommy bloggers and more. Street level promotions will also take place timed to coincide with the DVD release date, with over 250 members of the VeggieTales Ambassador team.

Promotional Partners
Select FATZ Restaurants will offer VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men kids activity book menus and cups this February through April, 2012, and more than 500 Chuck E. Cheese’s locations nationwide will show clips from the DVD, including the new fan-submission themed Silly Song, on closed-circuit televisions and in the birthday party areas on the jumbo-screen. VeggieTales Robin Good activity booklets with retail coupons and sticker sheets will also be available at select Chuck E. Cheese’s prize redemption areas.

Non-Profit Partners
Big Idea Entertainment has teamed up with long-term partner World Vision®, to continue building a greater awareness of how families can help care for those in need with opportunities to sign up for child sponsorships through World Vision at http://www.worldvision.org, as well as in person at numerous Christian retail stores across the country. A promotional clip on the DVD will encourage families to learn more about World Vision’s child sponsorships along with information in World Vision’s Spring Gift Catalog.

Consumer Products
Beginning this February, Big Idea Entertainment will roll out a line of VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men themed consumer products. Merchandise will include Sticky Mosaic craft sheets from The Orb Factory® plus lenticular puzzles and VeggieTales themed comfort bandages with the message “There’s No Hurt Too Big For God!,” both by Big Idea Entertainment, among other items.

Live Events
DVD promotions on select NHL and NBA jumbo-screens will air this spring season at a total of over 60 professional games. Big Idea Entertainment will coordinate audience DVD giveaways and on-ice and on-court contests and games between periods and quarters. Over 250 Christian radio station and retail outlets will coordinate “Spring/Easter Spectacular” theater screenings and in-store events to coincide with the March 3 DVD release date. More than 1,500 churches nationwide also plan to host events to show Robin Good starting in February.

About VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men
Not Rated-45 minutes-Color-5.1 Surround Sound-English & Spanish Subtitles Close-Captioned
Full Screen & Widescreen Versions
DVD UPC Codes CBA: 820413123390 $14.99 and GM: 883476062228 $14.93 SRP

About Big Idea Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment is a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a leading animated home video series in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*. Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 56+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs. VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the qubo® children’s programming block. The studio’s two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ and Big Idea’s The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.
*Spring 2011 Q-Score

 

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VeggieTales Live Stage Show Returns This Spring!

VEGGIETALES® ARE LIVE AND COMING TO A STAGE NEAR YOU!

BIG IDEA ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS BRAND-NEW VEGGIETALES LIVE! GOD MADE YOU SPECIAL TOUR
PREMIERING IN 35 CITIES FEBRUARY 23-RUNS THROUGH APRIL 15, 2012

VeggieTales Live! Show Features the Very Best of VeggieTales Songs, Dance and Fun In Engaging Performances For the Whole Family

NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
December 14, 2011

FRANKLIN, TN (December 14, 2011) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will debut their all-new VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special tour in over 30 major markets nationwide-including Atlanta, Nashville, Jacksonville, Birmingham and more-beginning February 23, 2012. For the current tour itinerary, ticket information and group sales, please visit veggietales.com/live or iTickets.com.

Popular VeggieTales® characters Bob, Larry and the rest of the cast bring zany antics to the stage with amusing, engaging storytelling and lots of music! The show includes crowd-pleasing Silly Songs like “His Cheeseburger,” “Love My Lips,” “The Hairbrush Song” and many more. Plus, families will enjoy the timeless values and lessons that celebrate just how unique and special each person is in a high-energy musical extravaganza.

“We’re delighted to have an entirely new VeggieTales Live! tour kick off this spring,” said Leslie Ferrell, General Manager of Big Idea Entertainment. “Our live tours are fun for the whole family and filled with memory-making experiences for parents and their children. We have some surprises in store with the God Made You Special tour that we’re looking forward to sharing with fans across the country!”

World Vision® has partnered with Big Idea Entertainment as a sponsor for the VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special tour. Through World Vision’s child sponsorship efforts, countless lives have changed for children and their whole communities by providing access to necessities like clean water, health care, education and much more.

About Big Idea Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment is a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is the #1 animated home video series in the US with moms of preschoolers*. Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 56+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs. VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the qubo® children’s programming block. The studio’s two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ and Big Idea’s The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit: www.VeggieTales.com.
*Spring 2010 Q-Score