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Atomic Betty Propels into Second Season on Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has ordered a second season of ATOMIC BETTY from Breakthrough Animation Inc., after its successful September 2004 premiere in the U.S.

We are thrilled with this newest commitment from Cartoon Network. said Kevin Gillis, Breathrough managing partner and exec producer of the series. The success of ATOMIC BETTY is a result of the quality of the series combined with the outstanding promotion and publicity achievements of Cartoon Network. We look forward to working with Cartoon Network to ensure the continued growth of this burgeoning new franchise.

ATOMIC BETTY has exceeded our expectations since its debut on Cartoon Network on Sept. 17, said Bob Higgins, svp of programming and original animation for Cartoon Network. Thats why were excited to announce, with Breakthrough, that we have 26 more episodes on the way, We think its a fun cartoon that mixes exciting action and humorous real-life situations that kids can understand.

ATOMIC BETTY follows the adventures of Betty, a sweet and brainy little girl next door to her friends and family, but when the galaxy beckons, she sheds her humdrum persona and becomes: "Atomic Betty, Galactic Guardian and Defender of the Cosmos." Atomic Betty zips across the galaxy on daring and valiant missions, from saving a race of space monkeys from a giant caterpillar invasion to rescuing a kidnapped ambassador from a ruthless king. The intergalactic heroine is just one of the gang on her home planet Earth.

ATOMIC BETTY was created by ATOMIC CARTOONS and developed by Breakthrough Animation and Fresh Produce. An official Canada/France co-production, the series is produced by Breakthrough Animation and Atomic Cartoons with Tele-Images Kids in association with TELETOON Canada and the participation of the Shaw Fund and the Canadian Television Fund.

Breakthrough recently announced a two-season deal for ATOMIC BETTY with Warner Home Video for the worldwide home video and DVD rights and has licensing deals with Playmates as master toy licensee and Penguin Books as publishing partner for the property. The animated series has also been renewed for a second season by a list of top broadcasters internationally, led by TELETOON France, LUK International for Spain and Portugal. The first season has been licensed to more than 100 territories including M6 France, CITV (U.K.), and Cartoon Network Territories worldwide (U.K., Italy, Scandinavia, South East Asia and more) and ABC (Australia).

Cartoon Network (www.CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 87.1 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System Inc.s ad-supported cable service offering 24/7 animated entertainment.

Toronto-based Breakthrough Films and Television (www.breakthroughfilms.com) is a producer of popular children's, factual, drama and lifestyle programming.

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