Fourth Annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival Celebrates World-Class Animation During the Month of August Culminating with a 'Best Of' Special on Friday, August 31

Host Hal Sparks -- Lead on Nickelodeon's Newest Animated Series Tak and the

Power of Juju -- to Announce First-Ever Nick Development Award Winner of

$20,000 To Develop Show Concept with Nickelodeon During Live Event on

Friday, August 10

Celebrity Judges Including Steve Oedekerk (Creator of New Nick Series Back

at the Barnyard) and Patrick Warburton (Tak and the Power of Juju,

Seinfeld) to Select Grand Jury Award of $10,000

Aug 07, 2007, 01:00 ET from Nicktoons Network

    NEW YORK, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24
 hour animation network, has received its greatest number of entries for the
 fourth annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, the first and only
 multiplatform animation festival that's now the largest in North America.
 Nicktoons Network will air one new short film entry throughout the month of
 August every night at 10 p.m. (ET), culminating with an hour-long "Best Of"
 special airing Friday, August 31 at 10 p.m. (ET). The special will feature
 the top 10 entries from around the world and will count down to the winner
 of the Grand Jury Award as decided by a panel of celebrity judges. Plus,
 one talented Grand Prize winner will be awarded the Nickelodeon Development
 Award -- a first-time prize of $20,000 for the winner to develop his or her
 original concept with the Nickelodeon Development team. This award and
 others will be announced at the live event hosted by Hal Sparks (voice of
 Tak in Tak and the Power of Juju, Talk Soup) on Friday, August 10 at the
 Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
     "In its fourth year, the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival continues
 to grow in both scope and scale," said Keith Dawkins, Vice President and
 General Manager, Nicktoons Network. "Filmmakers and industry tastemakers
 from around the globe continue to recognize the festival as a vehicle for
 the development of truly original animated content and we are proud to be
 such a destination."
     This year the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, in association with
 Frederator Studios and Radar Cartoons, received over 3,100 submissions from
 around the world, including Latvia, Australia, Finland, The Netherlands and
 Taiwan. The Grand Prize winner will be granted the festival's first-ever
 Nickelodeon Development Award for the opportunity to pitch his or her
 original concepts directly to Nickelodeon Development. One concept will be
 chosen, and with the guidance of the Nickelodeon Development team, the
 winner will receive $20,000 towards the development of a show treatment,
 pilot script and storyboard. The winner will be announced, along with the
 winners of the Student Award, Diversity Award, Greater Creator Award and
 Producer's Choice Award, during Creator Night -- the first of a two-day
 live event for invited guests at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios -- on
 Friday, August 10. The following day, animation fans of all ages will
 participate in Kids' Day featuring an exclusive screening of the festival's
 winning shorts, a special sneak peek of Nick's new CG-animated series Tak
 and the Power of Juju, animator meet and greets and other fun activities.
     A grand jury of celebrity judges -- Steve Oedekerk, Patrick Warburton,
 Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls), Michael
 Dougherty (co-writer Superman Returns, X-Men 2), Joanna Quinn (academy
 award nominee, Famous Fred) and Mark Shirra (2006 Producer's Choice Award
 winner) -- will select the Grand Jury Award of $10,000 to be announced
 on-air during the "Best Of" special on Nicktoons Network, Friday, August 31
 at 10 p.m. (ET) along with the Viewer's Choice Award.
     Viewers can weigh in on the night's featured short film all month long
 on or by texting their vote -- "1" if it
 rocks or "2" if it rots -- to 23882. Fans can also enter the "Rocks or Rots
 Sweepstakes" by logging on to for a chance to win a
 Nicktoons Network artist kit. One winner will be selected each night in
     About Frederator
     Frederator makes cartoons for television and movies. Since its 1998
 founding by former Hanna-Barbera Cartoons President Fred Seibert,
 Frederator Studios has become one of the industry's largest and most
 prolific independent cartoon studios. The company's debut production was Oh
 Yeah! Cartoons, an anthology of traditional seven-minute animated shorts by
 three dozen creators, for Nickelodeon. That project has so far spawned
 three hit series for the network. Frederator has more than 100 projects in
 active development as well as production for features, books, television,
 and video.
     About Nicktoons Network
     Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a
 24- hour schedule featuring programming such as the Nicktoons Network
 Animation Festival, Skyland, Kappa Mikey, The Secret Show and Martin
 Mystery, as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and animation
 lovers' TV, including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, Danny
 Phantom, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and The Adventures of
 Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. Nicktoons Network is a part of the MTV Networks
 expanded suite of channels available for digital distribution. The new
 channels include MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Nicktoons Network and VH1 Mega Hits,
 expanding and strengthening MTV Networks' digital offerings to thirteen
     Nicktoons Network currently reaches 48 million homes via cable, digital
 cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision, Charter
 Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network
 and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons, and all related titles and logos are
 property of Viacom, Inc.
     *Nicktoons Network is the Fastest Growing Kid's Network among K2-11,
     11, K6-14 and K12-17. Source: Nielsen Media Research, 8/28/06-7/29/07
     vs. 8/29/05-7/30/06. (Live) US AA%

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