NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, will launch a new line-up of original content on the iTunes(R) Store (www.itunes.com) beginning Tuesday, October 24. Nicktoons Network programming will include Skyland, the new animated adventure series, which will be available on iTunes prior to its network debut on Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET), and short-form content from The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, the world's only multiplatform animation festival which showcases the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking by animators from around the globe. Beginning October 24, four episodes of Nicktoons Network's upcoming animated adventure series, Skyland, will be offered on iTunes for $1.99 each. iTunes will offer a free sneak-peek (available for four weeks) of the premiere episode. Twenty-eight compilations of approximately 180 short films from The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival will be available for purchase at launch which includes 13 compilations from the 2004 Animation Festival, eight from 2005, and seven from 2006. "The launch of Nicktoons Network on iTunes will allow our viewers the chance to watch many of our hit shows whenever they want and wherever they are," said Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons Network. "We strive to provide our audiences with the opportunity to connect with our content in many different ways, and this launch is another step in Nicktoons Network multiplatform programming strategy." For $1.99 per episode, consumers can download Nicktoons Network series from the iTunes(R) Store and view them on their iPods or computers. Available on Oct. 24 are: -- Skyland follows a heroic brother, Mahad, and his telekinetic younger sister, Lena, as they search for their parents in a new world order. The year is 2251 and the Earth has been shattered into millions of blocks that now drift aimlessly in orbit around the Earth's core known as Skyland. The Sphere, led by a power-mad ruler with telekinetic powers named Oslo, has installed a dictatorship that controls water distribution, now a precious resource. Skyland's young heroes along with the pirate resistance, try to free their mother from Oslo's evil grasp and destroy the dreaded Sphere. Skyland uses the latest in animation techniques and technology such as motion-capture and CGI, to create a unique rich visual style and stunning imagery usually reserved for filmmaking. New episodes of Skyland will continue to be available in the iTunes(R) Store the day before they premiere on television. -- The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, which celebrated its third year this summer, showcases the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking by animators from around the globe. Animators were asked to submit animated shorts no longer than 10 minutes in length that combined a unique look, great character designs and overall appeal and originality. Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a 24- hour schedule featuring programming such as the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, Kappa Mikey, Thumb Wrestling Federation, Corneil and Bernie and Martin Mystery, as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and animation lovers' TV, including The Angry Beavers, Yakkity Yak, Invader Zim, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and Jimmy Neutron. 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 services. Nicktoons Network currently reaches 41 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. Nickelodeon, now in its 27th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number- one-rated basic cable network for eleven consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B). * Source: *Nielsen Media Research, 8/29/05-8/27/06 vs. 8/30/04-8/28/05 (Live+SD) AA(000). NKTNS Selling Daypart: Mon-Fri/2-11p; Sat-Sun/9a- 11p. K6-11 & K9-14 Nick & Toon Tot Prg Day. DSNY, FAM, TDSNY (M-Su 6a- 11p) CBS, WB, FOX, NBC based on Kids Type Codes. Tribune; DIC Kids thru 8/13/06.
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