NEW YORK — September 12, 2011 — Scholastic Media announced today its popular and award-winning animated show Maya & Miguel premieres on Univision Network’s “Planeta U” children’s programming block this month. Univision Network is one of the top five networks in the U.S. and is the country’s most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network, reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic households. Univision’s “Planeta U” educational/informational programming block airs three hours on Saturday mornings. The block includes segments that promote literacy, reading, problem-solving skills, respect for others, self esteem, and pride in Hispanic identity — values infused into each Maya & Miguel episode. Twenty-six half-hour episodes will be seen in rotation in Spanish only; the series currently airs in English on PBS KIDS GO! in the United States.
“We are delighted to bring Maya & Miguel to Univision and its many viewers,” says Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media and Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc, the global publishing, education and media company. “The characters’ unique ability to promote cultural diversity, family values and the strength of communities has long resonated with children and families — and we look forward to the show’s continued success.”
“Our partnership with Scholastic Media speaks to our commitment to deliver high quality, educational programming to our younger audience. This is also an extension of our Es el momento initiative focused on creating a college bound culture and Maya & Miguel will help us enforce this message at an early stage,” adds Luis Fernandez, president of Entertainment & UVN Studios at Univision Networks.