(February 13, 2017 – Toronto, Canada) – The Cat’s out of the bag! Leading producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment is pleased to announce the production of a third season of the Dr. Seuss-inspired PBS KIDS preschool animated series The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!
The news comes on the heels of Portfolio Entertainment securing two Canadian Screen Award (CSA) nominations for the hour-long special, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Camping! Director Paul Hunt earned a nomination for ‘Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series’ and celebrated actor Martin Short, who voices The Cat, scored a nod for ‘Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series’.
Short will return in the new season of 20 half-hour The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! episodes, as The Cat guides his friends through extraordinary adventures. Airing on PBS stations in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada, the new episodes will be produced and animated in-house at Portfolio Entertainment’s animation studio, joining two previous seasons (60 x 30’) and four specials (4 x 60’).
“The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! is a series with endless opportunities for innovative storytelling and continues to be embraced by audiences around the globe,” said Lisa Olfman, CEO and Co-Founder, Portfolio Entertainment.
“PBS KIDS is excited to build on the success of The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That!, which supports our mission to use the power of media to spark children’s curiosity and excitement about learning,” said Linda Simensky, VP, Children’s Programming, PBS. “We look forward to continuing to work with Portfolio Entertainment on another outstanding season of this iconic series, bringing new natural science adventures to families.”
“The new season of The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! features a brand new theme where the adventures take us out of the natural world to imaginary Seussian places where the Cat and his friends explore physical sciences and how things work,” said Susan Brandt, President, Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “Dr. Seuss was so passionate about nature and science; there is no doubt he would have loved seeing his characters fostering a love of
learning and discovery in the next generation of children.”
The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! is produced in association with Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education through a Ready To Learn grant. The third season is part of CPB and PBS’ science- and literacy-focused Ready To Learn initiative, which partners with member stations to provide innovative learning experiences to preschool and early elementary school children and their families, especially those from low-income communities.
Fueled by curiosity and imagination, the Cat leads best friends Nick and Sally on a new set of extraordinary adventures as they explore the world and how things work. With the help of Fish, Thing One and Thing Two and their whimsical Thinga-ma-jigger, they’ll travel to fascinating places like ‘Machine-ama-Zoo’ and the ‘Frictionarium’ discovering science and engineering concepts with fun and fascination! The Cat in the Hat ‘knows a lot’ but he doesn’t know everything, making him the perfect guide to learning.
About Portfolio Entertainment
Portfolio Entertainment produces and distributes kids, factual and unscripted entertainment to television and digital media content providers worldwide. The company has been in business for over 25 years and has a vibrant, creative culture and an entrepreneurial edge. Portfolio’s most notable projects include the celebrated The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!, Doki, based on the iconic mascot of Discovery Kids Latin America, and Freaktown for Teletoon. In 2015 the company launched Portfolio Animation, a creative-driven animation studio staffed with top-tier talent and cutting-edge technology. Portfolio’s international distribution division represents a diverse catalogue of programming and has earned a reputation for superior content, diligence and drive. Portfolio was founded by Lisa Olfman and Joy Rosen and is based in Toronto, Canada.
The contents of this release were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. The project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant (PR/AWARD No. U295A150003-16, CFDA No. 84.295A) provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
– 30 –
Communications & Media Coordinator