Nicktoons Network Transcends Planet Earth with Skyland - A Revolutionary Animated Series Premiering Saturday, November 18

New, Half-Hour Adventure Series Marks Nicktoons Networks' First Foray into

Sci-Fi with 26 Original Episodes

Oct 30, 2006, 00:00 ET from Nicktoons Network

    NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's
 24-hour animation network, delves into the sci-fi realm for the first time
 with Skyland, a beautifully designed animated adventure series that will
 premiere Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The visually impressive
 series employs the latest in animation technology by using motion capture,
 CGI, 2D and key frame animation to create cutting-edge television.
     The premiere of Skyland will kick off with the hour-long special (that
 sneak-peeked globally in January) followed by an all-new, half-hour episode
 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) during the "3 Headed Monster" programming block. Season
 one, which consists of 13 episodes, will air Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on
 Nicktoons Network.
     "Nicktoons Network continues to be the hub for animation fans to tune
 in and find unique, diverse and technically advanced shows like Skyland,"
 said Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons Network.
 "In addition to its rich visual style and stunning imagery, Skyland is an
 epic, sci-fi action adventure of good verses evil -- universal story lines
 kids have loved for ages."
     Skyland, produced by Method Films and created by Emmanuel Gorin,
 Alexandre de la Patelliere and Matthieu Delaporte, 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.
     The hour-long special, "Dawn of A New Day," introduces Mahad and Lena
 as they are faced with their biggest challenge yet when their mother is
 forced to sacrifice herself and be captured by the evil Sphere in order for
 her children to run to freedom. Directed to seek out protection from their
 mother's friend, the children join up with rebel pirates and begin the
 adventure of a lifetime. In the premiere episode "Manipulations," the
 sibling duo fights against the enemy when a solar phenomenon has unusual
 effects on Seijin powers. This allows a sect of the Sphere to take control
 of Dahlia, a strong member of the pirates, in effort to learn the
 coordinates of the pirate hideout.
     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.
     * Source:  * Nielsen Media Research, 8/29/05-8/27/06 vs. 8/30/04-8/28/05
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