NEW YORK, November 24, 2008 - V-me, America's fastest growing Spanish network, celebrates Thanksgiving with special programming throughout the day including at 10-hour kids marathon featuring the national Spanish premiere of Panwapa, a worldwide initiative from Sesame Workshop.
that aims to foster the foundation for global citizenship and community participation in young children, ages 4 to 7.
From 7:30am - 5:30pm (ET) V-me highlights its award-winning preschool lineup by extending the regular 5-hour daily block of children's shows into a 10-hour festival. Children can celebrate the holiday with all their favorite characters while learning basic literacy & numeracy, story telling & vocabulary, social development & "pre-science" skills - delighting the youngest family members (and their caregivers) with shows such as Jim de la Luna, LazyTown, Pororo, Musti, Bruno y los Bananamigos, Los Pies Mágicos de Franny and Plaza Sésamo.
Highlighting the marathon is the US Spanish premiere of Panwapa, two half-hour specials from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, at 1:30 and 3:30pm (ET). Panwapa, which means "here on this earth" in the Tshiluba language, spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa, features an entirely new group of Muppet characters on the fictional Panwapa Island, which floats freely through Earth's oceans, allowing the residents of the island to visit with children from many lands and explore differing cultures. Panwapa consists of an interactive website, www.panwapa.com, a DVD, and print materials.
In primetime at 10:00 (ET) a special encore presentation of When Parents Are Deployed 1 & 2 (Cuando el Servicio Lama: Vivencias de Familias Militares and Cambios: Vivencias de Familias Militares ) two powerful Sesame Workshop specials, hosted by well-known actress Gaby Rivero, that use candid, intimate interviews with real people - and stories with Sesame Street characters (Elmo, Rosita) in similar situations -- to examine the emotional and physical struggles of anxiety, loss and recovery that military families face before, during and after deployment.
Late-night music fans will want to check out a mini-marathon of Rock Road, V-me's exclusive rockumentary series hosted by Soda Stereo's Zeta Bosio, where a caravan traveling to the world's top music festivals meets local culture, history and rock legends.
Already reaching more than 50% of US Hispanic TV Households, V-me is presented locally by public TV stations and carried on basic digital cable and digital broadcast in many cities, and nationally on DIRECTV Ch. 440, DISH Network Ch. 9414 and DISHLatino Ch. 846. For specific local channel information, visit www.VmeTV.com
V-me entertains and informs Latino families in Spanish with primetime drama, music, sports, current affairs and Latin cinema, along with world-class kids, food, lifestyle and nature programming. The 24-hour network, partnered with public television, is America's largest Spanish digital channel. V-me is the first venture of the media production and distribution company, V-me Media Inc. To find out more, visit www.VmeTV.com.
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