Sam Moran returns to TV on Nick Jr

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SYDNEY, February 7, 2013 – Nickelodeon Australia has commissioned an exciting new preschool series for its Nick Jr. channel in collaboration with ex-Wiggle star Sam Moran. To be produced in-house by Nick Jr., Play Along with Sam will comprise a hosted weekday music morning block showcasing Sam’s musical talents in a highly educational and curriculum-based format. In his signature safari suit, Sam will sing new original songs, playfully encouraging preschoolers to explore his colourful world through music and movement.

“Nick Jr. is committed to being a market leader in providing high quality edutainment experiences to Australian preschoolers,” said Ben Richardson, General Manager Nickelodeon Australia.

“Sam Moran is a perfect fit for our brand position and we are really excited to be the exclusive partners in this next phase of his wonderful career,” Richardson added.

Production for the new Play Along with Sam series will start next week after Sam returns from presenting the ‘Preschool Category’ award at the first International Emmy Kids Awards Gala in New York this Saturday. Sam will star in over 80 segments featuring 20 fresh original songs, all co-written by Moran.

“I’m so excited to bring my music to the children and families that have shown me such great support,” said Moran.

“As a parent myself, I understand how important trust is for a family audience. Nick Jr. is a strongly trusted name both here and around the world. I am very proud of this collaboration and our new association.”

Play Along with Sam will invite littlies to explore their world through rhythm, music and movement. It is a welcome addition to Nick Jr.’s suite of shows, which are firmly grounded in the early childhood education philosophy of learning through play. Music, participation and repetition are central to a preschooler’s life and these aspects are also core to Play Along with Sam, as he leads them on a discovery path through movement, music, letters, wordplay, imaginative games, problem solving and more.

With developmental learning a focus within the show, the Play Along with Sam series will be highly interactive. Set in Sam’s playroom, Sam is eager to share the things he discovers, and while he loves music best of all, he will also use games, dance and sound.

Regular segments include daily songs celebrating everyday things, rhyming riddles that the kids at home can help Sam solve, fun and energetic one-minute dance parties that teach kids new dance steps, and special sound adventures where Sam captures and releases mystery sounds that the kids help him identify.

Play Along with Sam will air from Monday May 6 on Nick Jr. from 10.00am – midday in a dedicated weekday morning music block wrapped around top rating programmes: The Fresh Beat Band, Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies and Dora the Explorer.

Play Along with Sam will be produced in-house by Nickelodeon Australia for Foxtel. Executive Producer, and Nickelodeon’s Creative Director and Head of Production, Kristie Phelan, is working closely with Sam Moran and multi-talented Que Minh Luu, who is series writer, producer, director and editor.

A colourful playroom set for the Play Along with Sam series reflective of Nick Jr. channel’s current on-air 3D world will be created by Julio Himede, and graphics are by The DMCI.

World Premiere of Play Along with Sam:
Monday May 6 at 10.00am on Nick Jr. (Channel 703), exclusive to Foxtel.