HIT Entertainment’s Popular DVDs featuring Barney™, Thomas & Friends™ and Bob the Builder™ Receive Honors from Prestigious Organizations



New York, NY -- April 22, 2008 -- Prestigious organizations such as the Parents’ Choice Foundation, The Dove Foundation, Parent to Parent™ and The Toy Man™ Product Guide recently honored DVDs from HIT Entertainment for quality in children’s programming. Preschool favorites Barney, Thomas & Friends, and Bob the Builder received the following honors:


2008 Parents’ Choice Approved:

Barney: Celebrating Around the World

Thomas & Friends: Engines and Escapades



2008 Parents’ Choice Recommended:

Bob the Builder: On Site Roads & Bridges


Dove Family Approved Seal:

Barney: Celebrating Around the World

Barney: Hi! I’m Riff!

Barney Animal ABC’s

Pingu On Thin Ice

Bob the Builder: On Site Roads & Bridges

Bob the Builder: The Three Musketrucks

Thomas & Friends: Engines and Escapades



Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award:

Barney: Celebrating Around the World

Bob the Builder: On Site Roads & Bridges

HIT Favorites: Springtime Fun!



The Toy Man Product Guide Award of Excellence and Seal of Approval:

Barney: Celebrating Around the World


Each of these popular brands entertains children with timeless tales about friendship, cooperation, imagination and the value of a job well-done. Barney, Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine™ are all great friends for life’s early lessons and help encourage children to actively explore their ever-widening world.



About Parents’ Choice

Designed to help parents and caregivers of all achievements and backgrounds make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children, the Parents' Choice Awards is the nation's oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children's media. The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels. Visit www.parents-choice.org.



About The Dove Foundation

Now celebrating its 17th year, The Dove Foundation has served as an advocate for family values in entertainment and is dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment. The Dove Family Approved Seal is awarded to movies, DVDS, made-for-TV movies and other entertainment products that portray and encourage positive values. Visit www.dove.org.



About Parent to Parent™

Established in 1998 by syndicated family/health columnist and author, Jodie Lynn, this award honors products and websites of outstanding quality that support family and educational values. The Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award™ committees are comprised of experts from across the United States who are involved with children and families on a daily basis. These committees look for products that entertain and teach, inspiring imagination and creativity. Additionally, the committees are interested in how products help children and their families grow ethically, socially, intellectually, emotionally, and physically in everyday life. After the committees approve products and websites, they are then given or forwarded to Family Focus Testing Groups --real families-- for testing, reviewing and evaluating before final decisions are reached. Visit www.AddingWisdomAward.com.



About The Toy Man™ Product Guide

Many toys, games, books, and multiple other children's products, provide innovative approaches in the development of creative thinking, educational skills, and simple needs for children. "The Toy Man™ 2008 Product Guide" is designed to identify, give recognition, and add distinctive value to these products by use of "The Toy Man™ Seal of Approval", The Toy Man™ Award of Excellence and the eChoice award. This is done on a No-Fee basis for product evaluation and review, and includes seal and award publication on The Toy Man™ 2008 Product Guide web site. Visit www.thetoymanonline.com.



About HIT Entertainment

HIT Entertainment, owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners, is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America and Japan, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as a worldwide representative for The Jim Henson Company’s library of classic family brands and as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM, and international preschool channel JimJam, (outside of the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.



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