Nicktoons Network to Offer Hit Animated TV Content on iTunes(R) Store Content Includes Free Sneak-Peek of Brand New Animated Series Skyland and

Short Films from The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival



    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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