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ION MEDIA’S DIGITAL NETWORKS, QUBO AND ION LIFE, ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAMMING ACQUISITIONS FOR 2017

ION Television’s ‘Qubo Kids Corner’ Programming Block to Air Three New Shows Beginning this Week

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, June 26, 2017 – ION Media today announced all-new programming acquisitions for its two special interest digital networks, Qubo and ION Life. Beginning today, Qubo, the nation's only 24/7 over-the-air network for children, will premiere the series “Giver” and “Pet Alien.” ION Life, a 24/7 over-the-air lifestyle network, will debut the series “P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table” and “Search & Restore” on July 17.

“Giver,” from Sinking Ship Entertainment, follows teams of 6-12-year-olds who work together with their communities to build and improve local playgrounds, focusing on the importance of community, consciousness and having fun. “Pet Alien,” from Splash Entertainment, LLC, is a computer-animated series that follows the story of a young boy who struggles to educate his new group of friends about Earth’s ways.

From Legacy Distribution, LLC, “P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table” features the acclaimed lifestyle expert and garden designer as he offers exciting ways to combine the gardening and dining experience. In “Search & Restore,” from Raycom Media, Inc., volunteer teams of pros will donate their time restoring rides nationwide to those worthy of a helping hand.

“ION remains focused on providing viewers with fun, educational children’s entertainment that promotes good values and stands by its strict advertising guidelines, as well as programming that encourages audiences to live healthier, more empowered lifestyles,” said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO of ION Media.

ION Television’s children’s programming block, “Qubo Kids Corner,” will replace its current lineup with new shows from Qubo’s library. “Zoo Clues” debuts this Wednesday, followed by “Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club” on Thursday and “Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab” on Friday. The hour-long “Qubo Kids Corner” block airs each Wednesday through Friday starting at 8/7c AM.

About ION Media
ION Media is an independent, privately held media company launched in 2007. ION Media’s flagship, ION Television, is the most widely distributed and watched independent broadcast network in the U.S., reaching 98 million homes with a popular lineup of TV series and movies, including original shows. ION Media also nationally broadcasts two digital networks: Qubo, dedicated to children, with content that entertains, educates and celebrates learning; and ION Life, dedicated to healthy, active lifestyles. ION is the nation’s largest operator of full power TV broadcast stations by national household reach, with 60 full power stations. For more information, visit www.ionmedia.com.

About Qubo
Qubo is a safe destination for children of all ages, with quality programs that entertain and celebrate the fun of learning. Qubo’s shows, from the leaders in children’s entertainment, offer positive role models portraying good values. At Qubo, kids laugh and learn to be their best through our diverse, quality programming, and parents are always welcome. Qubo is available over-the-air 24/7 on the Qubo channel, and is also broadcast Wednesday-Friday mornings on ION Television’s “Qubo Kids Corner” block. For more information, visit www.qubo.com.

About ION Life
ION Life is dedicated to the celebration of healthy, active and empowered lifestyles. ION Life’s vast array of engaging lifestyle programs entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. ION Life is available over-the-air 24/7 on the ION Life channel. For more information, visit www.ionlife.com.

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Contact:
Chris Addeo
ION Media
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chrisaddeo@ionmedia.com

QUBO NEW ACQUISITION SHOW DESCRIPTIONS

GIVER (26 x 30:00)
A group of 6 kids work together with their communities to build and decide on new themes to improve local playgrounds. On top of all that, they've only got 3 days to do it! Fortunately, the “Giver” team isn't alone. Energetic host, Michael, is a handy carpenter. He provides a steady hand and plenty of enthusiasm as the team digs in, drilling, cutting and painting to create a fun new playground for the whole community to enjoy. Artists, builders and community volunteers round out the team as each new project takes shape. With themes of 'community,' 'construction' and 'consciousness,' “Giver” sounds the call to action for kids to have fun and get involved!

PET ALIEN (26 x 30:00)
Tommy Cadle’s life is turned upside down when a group of wild and outrageous aliens crash into his world. Taking refuge in his lighthouse and taking over his life, the young earth boy struggles to educate his house guests about the way things are done on Earth. But, the uninvited aliens have their own ideas about what’s best for Tommy and his fabulous little mud ball of a planet.

ION LIFE NEW ACQUISITION SHOW DESCRIPTIONS

P. ALLEN SMITH’S GARDEN TO TABLE (19 x 30:00)
Acclaimed lifestyle expert and garden designer P. Allen Smith offers exciting ways to combine the gardening and dining experience. Whether prepared by Allen or a guest chef, all of the featured recipes contain fresh-from-the-garden produce, with some dishes honoring Allen's Southern heritage.

SEARCH & RESTORE (26 x 30:00)
"Search & Restore" resurrects the power of performance. The series focuses on family treasures and lost causes, all brought back to life. From coast to coast, volunteer teams of pros will donate their time restoring rides nationwide to those worthy of a helping hand. "Search & Restore" is a show for automotive enthusiasts.