Kids Streaming TV Pioneer Ameba Partners With RGH Entertainment to Extend Ben and Izzy Audience Reach in U.S. and Canada

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Ameba Adds Internationally Popular Ben and Izzy Kids’ Cartoon to its Award-winning Content Library

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Ameba’s beneficial business model and ever-growing audience provide us with a wonderful opportunity to bring the fun and excitement of Ben and Izzy’s cross-cultural adventures to millions of children throughout North America. - RGH CEO Randa Ayoubi.

Aiming to boost North American audience exposure for its animated children’s series Ben and Izzy, RGH Entertainment (a division of Rubicon Group Holding) has entered into a promising content partnership with Ameba, an aggressive, multi-platform leader in the children’s streaming TV market.

Ben and Izzy is a CGI-animated action-adventure comedy series currently enjoying a successful run on Cartoon Network Arabia, and as in-flight entertainment on Emirates and Qatar Airlines. RGH’s flagship property follows two inquisitive eleven-year-old boys, Ben, an American, and Izzy, a Jordanian, as they journey alongside their archaeologist grandfathers to ancient times and landmarks throughout the Middle East and Africa. Cultural explorations and comedy abound.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Ameba to deliver Ben and Izzy through today’s hottest digital platforms,” says RGH CEO Randa Ayoubi. “Ameba’s beneficial business model and ever-growing audience provide us with a wonderful opportunity to bring the fun and excitement of Ben and Izzy’s cross-cultural adventures to millions of children throughout North America.”

“We’re thrilled to bring Ben and Izzy to Ameba’s growing network of more than 5 million Internet-connected consumer electronic devices throughout the U.S. and Canada,” says Ameba CEO and founder Tony Havelka. “Our exciting, new content partnership with RGH is proof that rights holders can indeed maximize their audiences and revenues overseas with broadcasters, and yet still benefit from digitally distributing their content at the same time in North America on Ameba.”

All 13 episodes of Ben and Izzy will be available to Ameba subscribers in English. The English version features the voices of several Hollywood celebrities, including Lucy Liu, the voice of Viper in the blockbuster movie Kung Fu Panda, and Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy.

At MIPCOM 2012, Ameba will be exhibiting and meeting with distributors and rights holders at stand 02.10 from Oct. 8 to 11.

About Ameba
Ameba is a turnkey digital distribution solution that makes it fast, easy, and free for children’s programming creators and distributors to: transcode and upload their videos to today’s hottest digital platforms; gain mass audience exposure throughout the U.S. and Canada; and generate royalty-based revenues for their content every second that it is viewed.

For $3.99 per month, Ameba delivers thousands of hours of educational, preschool, musical, and multilingual programming to children ages 2 to 12. Ameba subscribers get unlimited, 24/7 instant access to a wide array of enriching, age-appropriate kids TV shows on the web, Google TV, Roku, LG Smart TV, LG 3D Blu-ray player, and LG Smart TV Upgrader.

About RGH
RGH (Rubicon Group Holding) is a diversified entertainment company devoted to the creation of incomparable entertainment experiences and interactive educational content across all media channels.

RGH has a team of 400 employees in four locations: Amman (Jordan), Los Angeles (United States), Manila (Philippines) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Together, RGH’s world-class team collaborates to provide a unique perspective into the realization of compelling digital content and immersive entertainment.

Combining award-winning, creative, and cutting-edge technology, RGH has an established reputation for innovation in four distinct business segments: productions, themed entertainment, games and education. RGH's products and services are critically acclaimed by the industries’ experts: RGH’s Pink Panther and Pals series, co-produced with MGM, won four Kidscreen Awards in 2011; RGH’s Trashers iOS App won the 148Apps “Best Kids Game 2011” award.


RGH Media Contact:
John Russel · T: 818.561.5072 · M: 818.516.8572 · jrussel(at)russelprla(dot)com

Ameba Media Contact:
Kim Lachance Shandrow · T: 562.972.3956 · kim(at)amebatv(dot)com

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