Dushanbe, March 4, 2020 – The Bishkek-based Central Asia Design Hub reached a distribution agreement with Viacom International Studios (VIS) to bring Nickelodeon cartoons to Central Asia. Several popular American animated programs including Dora the Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Team Umizoomi and other animated TV series will be adapted to five Central Asian languages with technical assistance from the U.S. Embassy.
This new agreement with Viacom International Studios will bring the best of pre-school and animated content to state and private TV broadcasters in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This partnership will not only support TV broadcasters in increasing the volume of state language content but also enrich the lives of families across Central Asia with educational programming.
“These shows are entertaining and educational. This project supports the U.S. government’s goals of promoting education and learning at all age levels, and to show a model for the development of such programs in Tajikistan. In addition to supporting the dubbing and distribution of these television programs, the U.S. Embassy continues to support education through textbook development, reading campaigns, teacher training, English language programs, exchange programs, scholarships, and free courses through our network of eight American Spaces in Tajikistan. In partnership with Tajikistan’s government, civil society, and private sector, we are working toward a brighter future for Tajikistan,” said Chargé d’Affaires to Tajikistan John Ginkel.
Launched in 2019, the Central Asia Design Hub brings licensed content to enrich local Central Asian media markets, provides professional training to the media sector, and supports development of original content in the state languages of Central Asia.
Contact information: Central Asia Design Hub | DesignHub.CA@irex.org