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Litton Entertainment’s “Mission Unstoppable” to Launch Globally on CuriosityStream
–With June 18 Launch, Award-Winning Show, hosted by Miranda Cosgrove, Broadens CuriosityStream’s Quality Family Programming Slate and Litton’s Relationship with Platform–
(Silver Spring, MD, and Charleston, S.C., June 17, 2020) — The global independent factual media company and the premier producer of children’s educational and informational (E&I) programming are expanding their relationship.
CuriosityStream – the award-winning factual streaming, on-demand, and linear channel service from Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks – and Litton Entertainment today announced an international distribution partnership for Litton’s popular show Mission Unstoppable, produced in partnership with Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Initiative. Hosted by Miranda Cosgrove, the series features women role models in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) in a fun and innovative way with the objective of educating and inspiring the next generation of STEM pioneers.
Mission Unstoppable showcases women – including zoologists, engineers, astronauts, codebreakers, and oceanographers — on the cutting edge of science. The show recently garnered a Parents’ Choice Award, a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, and Emmy nominations including for Outstanding Educational or Informational Series.
This latest content deal builds on the March 2019 announcement that CuriosityStream acquired four popular teen-focused series from Litton, including Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin and Rock The Park.
“Litton shares CuriosityStream’s commitment to providing engaging and enriching experiences for young viewers where they can explore their passions and find inspiration,” said Dan Russell, Vice President of Global Channel Management for CuriosityStream. “As the father of six extraordinary daughters, I’m excited to share Mission Unstoppable’s stories of relatable and accessible female role models in STEM careers with CuriosityStream viewers.”
“For many years, John Hendricks, CuriosityStream and Litton have embarked on similar missions to entertain and simultaneously educate worldwide audiences,” said Dave Morgan, president and CEO of Litton Entertainment. “CuriosityStream is an excellent partner in our effort to expand our programming to additional platforms, as well as in our commitment to continue shining a light on STEM superstars. We have been extending content on an on-demand basis to families from our deep library of high-quality programming, and CuriosityStream is a key partner in that strategy.”
CuriosityStream is available worldwide with additional linear channels in a growing number of international markets including India, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Russia, Mexico and Latin America, among others. Mission Unstoppable premieres on CuriosityStream this summer.
In April 2020 Litton announced the launch of The Daily Splash, an online hub designed to give kids and families free access to hundreds of half-hours of Litton’s Emmy-award winning content that can be enjoyed by the entire household.
Launched by media visionary John Hendricks, CuriosityStream is one of the world’s leading independent factual media companies. Our documentary series and features cover every topic from space exploration to adventure to the secret life of pets, empowering viewers of all ages to fuel their passions and explore new ones. With thousands of titles, many in Ultra HD 4K, including exclusive originals, CuriosityStream features stunning visuals and unrivaled storytelling to demystify science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle. CuriosityStream is available worldwide to watch on TV, desktop, mobile and tablets. For more information, visit CuriosityStream.com.
IF/THEN® is part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies®’ commitment to fund game-changing advancements in science and nature. IF/THEN® seeks to further advance women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models, IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by: (1) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models, (2) convening cross-sector partners in entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere, and (3) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers. To learn more, visit www.ifthenshecan.org or follow IF/THEN® on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
About Lyda Hill Philanthropies®
Lyda Hill Philanthropies® encompasses the charitable giving of founder Lyda Hill and includes her foundation and personal philanthropy. As one of its priorities, Lyda Hill Philanthropies® funds transformational advances in science and nature. To learn more, please visit https://lydahillphilanthropies.org/.
About Litton Entertainment
Litton Entertainment, a division of Hearst Television, is the preeminent independent producer and distributor in the U.S. television industry, creating and distributing quality programming for over 20 years with a specialty in educational and informational (“E/I”) programming. Litton talent and crews can often be found traveling the globe producing Emmy winning, content distributed worldwide. Litton’s “Weekend Adventure,” produced by Litton Studios, was the first program block of its kind and airs Saturdays on ABC stations nationwide. Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called CBS Dream Team; The CW Network with One Magnificent Morning, a three-hour destination featuring E/I programming; NBC stations with six original E/I series under the iconic brand The More You Know; and Telemundo with the three-hour Mi Telemundo block of programming. Litton’s syndication and news division distributes a diverse slate of programs including the E/I block Go Time! and Consumer Reports TV. For more information, visit http://www.litton.tv. Litton is majority-owned by Hearst: http://www.hearst.com/
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