|Launched|| May 24, 2013 (as an App); 7 years ago |
July 19, 2015 (as a Channel); 5 years ago
October 1, 2018 (Germany); 1 year ago
April 25, 2020 (On Pluto TV); 3 months ago
May 27, 2020 (Poland); 2 months ago
June 1, 2020 (Sweden); 1 month ago
|Owned by|| 4Kids Entertainment (98.9%)|
The CW Network, LLC (84.2%)
4Kids Productions (100%)
|Picture format|| 1080i/720p|
(downscaled to center cut 480i for SDTVs)
|Slogan||"Fun and adventure (just) never ends!"|
|Broadcast area|| United States|
|Headquarters||Manhattan, New York, United States|
|Sister channel(s)||The CW|
|Replaced|| KidsCo (United States)|
Boomerang (former German TV Network) (Germany)
The CW4Kids (stylized as THE CW4K!DS) is an American-German-Polish-Swedish digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by a joint venture between 4Kids Entertainment (the former subsidiary of 4Licensing Coporation), and The CW Network, LLC. Its hosts are Poppy Catterall (main host), Cameron Randall, and Sophie Wang (including Jason Griffith, although he's the announcer for the promos and bumpers).
Serving as the 2015 revival of the eponymous former name of the Saturday morning cartoon block that is no longer airing on TV, and launched on July 19, 2015 (replacing KidsCo), it features a mix of children/family-friendly third-party foreign animated (both anime and non-anime) and live-action television series, movies and TV specials, and as well as some original programs licensed and created by 4Kids Entertainment (just like 4KidsTV: The Game Station and Toonzai) although it airs several educational programs for older audiences.
The channel is aimed at both male and female viewers ages 4 and up, and is available on its official website, cables such as Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), Comcast Cable (under the name Xfinity), and other cables out there, connected devices like smart TVs, video-on-demand providers, a German feed, etc., plus an app.
Like the other channels, The CW4Kids airs 24/7, and its slogan is "Fun and adventure (just) never ends!". It also calls the audience "crowd" when chatting with third-party people.
The CW4Kids' theme tune is "Jump Up If You're Ready". It is sung by the channel's hosts (with the exception of Griffith). The theme's genre is house music. The theme's original key signature was C♯/D♭ major, although B major was more commonly heard.
Pre-HistoryOn February 15, 2013, CBS Corporation, The CW Network, LLC, Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), and Fox Entertainment Group announced that FoxBox and The CW4Kids would relaunch as apps for mobile devices and tablets (including iOS, Android, Blackberry, etc.). The BETA versions of FoxBox and The CW4Kids were launched on April 25, 2013. The Official versions of FoxBox and The CW4Kids were launched on May 24, 2013. In June 16, 2014, the Toonzai section (that was launched for The CW4Kids by the time when the Offical version of the app was launched on May 24, 2013) was split into 4 sections (called "PokeSection", "Yu-Gi-Section!", "Dragon Ball Z Section", and "Winx Club Section").
In November 2014, The CW announced that the now-closed Toonzai block and its former name The CW4Kids would be relaunched as separate channels in 2015, as a result of an announcement of a joint venture with 4Kids Entertainment. Two teasers were aired, and the launch dates are revealed to be January 3 and July 19, respectively.
The CW4Kids launched on July 19, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on digital tiers of DirecTV, Marcus Cable, EchoStar and other cable networks out there. At the time of its launch, its theme tune, entitled "Jump Up If You're Ready", debuted as a music video after the channel's commercial break. The first program that aired on The CW4Kids was a rerun of Dinosaur King (2007) at 11:15 a.m. EST.
On September 18, 2015, to celebrate its launch, The CW4Kids aired a promo of an episode of Pokemon the Series: Diamond and Pearl.
On June 16, 2016, The CW4Kids began airing reruns on Nickelodeon's El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Disney XD's Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil. The CW4Kids aired reruns of Kick Buttowski until January 1, 2020.
On May 31, 2017, The CW4Kids began airing reruns of Doki (which is also on Cartoon Network XD and Vortexx).
On November 7, 2017, The CW4Kids became part of Viacom Media Networks after they began airing SpongeBob and Catscratch back in 2015.
On May 24, 2018, The CW4Kids celebrated it's 10th Anniversary (according to The CW4Kids' original launch as a block back in 2008).
On October 1, 2018, The CW4Kids was launched in Germany (replacing the German version of Boomerang).On July 6, 2019, The CW4Kids launched a Saturday Morning Block (similar to Kids' WB) called "CBS Institute" and featured shows like My Life as a Teenage Robot, The Mighty B!, Robot and Monster, The Loud House, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures, Sonic X, Total Drama World Tour, Viva Pinata, Justice League, and Oggy and the Cockroaches!
On March 2, 2020, The CW4Kids began airing reruns of Live-Action shows like Shake it Up, Destroy Build Destroy, Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Unfabulus, and The Slute Life of Zack and Cody every night from 10:00pm to 1:30am. But continued to air Cartoons at the same time.
On March 14, 2020, The CW4Kids' Saturday Morning Block named "CBS Institute" aired for the final time, due to the failings of the block. But continues to air reruns of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Oggy and the Cockroaches, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Sonic X and The Mighty B! today.
On April 25, 2020, The CW4Kids was launched on Pluto TV. Their is a 2nd channel called "CW4Kids Maximum" and a 3rd called "CBS Institute" (which used to be a block) on Pluto TV.
On May 24, 2020, The CW4Kids aired a COVID-19 survival short between other programs in the United States.
On May 27, 2020, The CW4Kids was launched in Poland.￼
On June 1, 2020, The CW4Kids was launched in Sweden.
On June 10, The CW4Kids began airing reruns of Pecola, LarryBoy Animated Adventures, Atomic Betty, and Fishtronaut!