New Season of Pokemon to Air Exclusively on Cartoon Network

All-New Episodes of Pokemon(R): Battle Frontier to Begin This Fall

Jun 15, 2006, 01:00 ET from Cartoon Network

    ATLANTA, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cartoon Network announces the addition
 of the immensely popular Pokemon series to its programming line-up. The
 iconic animated TV show premieres its brand-new ninth season, Pokemon:
 Battle Frontier, in the U.S. this fall and viewers will be able to watch
 all-new episodes of the popular series exclusively on Cartoon Network. The
 series features the tale of Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and their friends as they
 face some of their biggest adventures yet.
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     Pokemon: Battle Frontier takes Ash and Pikachu back to the Kanto region
 to complete the Battle Frontier, seven ultimate tests that will challenge
 Ash's skills as a Pokemon Trainer. Ash's friend May must also face some
 stiff competition as she seeks to win Kanto's Pokemon Contests and become a
 top Pokemon Coordinator. Together, these two Trainers and their friends
 will recruit more Pokemon, battle powerful opponents, and make new friends,
 all in this climactic ninth season of Pokemon. In addition, Pokemon
 Chronicles, never before seen in the U.S., premiered June 3, at 7:00 p.m.
 (ET, PT) during Toonami. The series stars old friends plus unsung heroes
 and villains from the hit animated series.
     "We're thrilled to be the new home of Pokemon in the U.S. and to be
 bringing first-run, never-before-seen episodes of this tremendous series to
 our audience," said Bob Higgins, senior vice president or programming and
 original animation for Cartoon Network. "We're looking forward to working
 with Pokemon USA to grow Battle Frontier into a top television destination
 for boys and girls of all ages."
     "We are immensely proud to be partnering with Cartoon Network and look
 forward to an exciting future based on a mutual goal -- providing the best
 animation for children," says Akira Chiba, president and CEO, Pokemon USA,
 Inc. "For us, Cartoon Network is a perfect fit because we want to be where
 the kids are and to give our fans what they want, which is Pokemon
 throughout the week."
     Pokemon is a global pop culture phenomenon celebrating its 10th
 worldwide anniversary this year. Throughout 2006, Pokemon is providing fans
 with a variety of different initiatives to celebrate the milestone
 including a 24-city mall tour -- The Pokemon Journey Across America --
 which features local video game competitions culminating in the Pokemon
 10th Anniversary Party and Video Game National Championships in August in
 New York City. The property has major staying power across multiple
 categories including video games, the Pokemon Trading Card Game, movies and
 consumer products.
     About Cartoon Network
     Cartoon Network (, currently seen in more than 89
 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner
 Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service offering the best in
 original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and
 families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT) Sunday-Thursday, Cartoon
 Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination
 showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.
     Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major
 producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading
 provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
     About Pokemon
     Pokemon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan,
 manages the property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing,
 the Pokemon Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, home entertainment,
 the official Pokemon website, and online retail center . Celebrating its 10th worldwide anniversary
 in 2006, Pokemon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo's Game
 Boy(R) and has since evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Pokemon was
 introduced in North America in September 1998 and today is one of the most
 popular toy and entertainment properties in the world. For more
 information, visit .

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