Genius Brands International has signed a deal with China’s StarTimes to launch Kartoon Channel! in South Africa and 46 countries throughout the Sub-Saharan African region on January 31.
The channel will offer exclusive and first-run series such as Rainbow Rangers, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab and Llama Llama. On weekends, the channel will feature family-friendly movies, including Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, Ella Bella Bingo and more.
Additionally, Kartoon Channel! in Africa will internationally premiere the recently announced ten-episode elimination-style competition reality series and accompanying Roblox game experiences for children, Kidaverse Roblox Rumble. Hosted by former NFL star Rashad Jennings, the series will air as part of a games-branded programming block on weekday afternoons.
Kartoon Channel! will be available via DTH satellite and digital terrestrial. Viewers can catch its programming on channel 304 on satellite and channel 357 on DTT (276 in Uganda).
“We continue to build the global presence of Kartoon Channel! by creating unique partnerships, and we are delighted and honored to work with StarTimes to bring Kartoon Channel! to African kids and families in 2023,” said Paul Robinson, president of Kartoon Channel! Worldwide. “Our family-friendly brand values and safe environment deliver the perfect recipe to entertain and inform kids via characters and shows they adore. We are just getting started in growing Kartoon Channel! as a preeminent children’s entertainment destination worldwide.”
“We are thrilled to launch a channel throughout Africa that offers such a diverse lineup of programming for children 2 to 12 years old and their families,” said Lily Meng, general manager of StarTimes Media . “With safe, value-driven content across multiple genres, we anticipate Kartoon Channel! to be a hit across the region and look forward to working with Genius Brands in the coming years to bring a unique entertainment experience to our young audiences across the region.”