Chellomedia, the European content division of Liberty Global, and HIT Entertainment, independent children's entertainment producer and rights owner, have confirmed a joint venture to launch an international pre-school TV channel. At the same time, Chellomedia has separately acquired JimJam, the leading pre-school channel, which is currently available in Italy on the Sky Italia platform.
Together, HIT and Chellomedia's subsidiary, Zonemedia will launch and distribute JimJam internationally. The launch across cable and satellite platforms in Western and Eastern Europe is scheduled for later this year with launches in Africa and the Middle East planned from Q1, 2008. Additional roll-out of the channel worldwide (excluding the US and the UK) will follow.