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
-- 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
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
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