4Kids Announces Tama and Friends to be Syndicated

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Tama and Friends, a show for "young girls and teens", expected to air syndicated in over 80% of US TV markets..

Excerpted from the Press Release:

New York, NY (June 13, 2001)- 4Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE) announced that the syndication launch, to date, has cleared 80 percent of the country for TAMA & FRIENDS, the Japanese animated hit series set to air weekly beginning Fall 2001.

TAMA & FRIENDS brings nearly two decades of popularity in Japan to its U.S. debut. The creative animation for the series is produced by Sony Creative Products Inc. 4Kids will support the syndication launch with a multi-million dollar promotional campaign and merchandising program.

"Based on its success in Japan, we have confidence that Tama and Friends will appeal to young girls and teens. We are also excited about the opportunity to increase our market share by specifically targeting girls and continuing with our strategy of identifying and delivering content that can be enjoyed by children worldwide," said Al Kahn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 4Kids Entertainment.

After re-imagining the property for broadcast in the U.S., 4 Kids has begun preparing the popular series for international roll-out beginning Fall 2002.

TAMA & FRIENDS follows the adventures of a cat named Tama and his cat and dog friends. As their curiosity gets the best of them, they learn enduring values of friendship and cooperation. From rescuing a friend that's fallen down a sewer drain to scheming their way to ride atop a blimp, Tama, Tiggle, Doozle and Momo share in fun-filled adventures that impart important social values.

About 4Kids
Headquartered in New York City with international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global provider of children's entertainment and merchandise licensing. 4Kids, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, provides domestic and international merchandise licensing and product development, television, film, music and home video production and distribution, media buying and planning and website development. For further information, please visit the company's Web site at

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