3net to Launch Kid-Friendly 3D Programming Initiative (Exclusive)
3net is aiming to excite children about the 3D format with a kid-friendly programming block.
The "3net Three Dee Kids" Saturday and Sunday lineup will premiere on Oct. 1 with programming including new animated 3D series Bolts & Blip and Dream Defenders. In all, the 3D channel expects to have more than 30 hours of family-friendly 3D content ready at launch.
"The announcement of a dedicated programming block for kids 7-12 and their families marks another important step forward in our mission to provide compelling, diverse and original 3D television content to the broadest audience of consumers possible," said Tom Cosgrove, president/CEO, 3net.
In addition to the aforementioned new series, kids programming on 3net -- a joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and Imax -- will include 3DTV premieres of Sony Pictures 3D family films such as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Open Season and Monster House; a live-action original series Feeding Time, 3net exclusive "Puppy Bowl," and short-form 3D content.
Bolts & Blip is a 26-episode, half-hour series produced by ToonBox Entertainment in partnership with South Korea's Red Rover. This series features BFFs Bolts & Blip, two robots who strive to become battle-bots and play in the Lunar League of Robotic Sports.
Tiny Island Productions' Dream Defenders is a 26-episode, half-hour series that revolves around Zane and Zoey, twins and rivals who serve as the last line of defense between the Real World and the nightmare creatures of the Dreamworld.
Bolts & Blip and Dream Defenders will premiere in a prime-time special on Sept. 25.
3net has said that it aims to offer the world's largest 3D content library by the end of 2011. Programming that is currently in production includes a four-part series about the Civil War.