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BET Adds Three Toons to Lineup

At the up-front presentation of its fall 2007 lineup, BET announced the addition of three new animated TV series to the most ambitious slate of programming in its 26-year history.

Orlando Jones (MAD TV) and Ali LeRoi (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS) have teamed up to create BUFU, an animated sketch comedy show in the tradition of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and SCTV. BUFU will premiere in fall 2007.

Exec produced by Vin Diesel and his One Race production partner Samantha Vincent, HANNIBAL is the story of the legendary African king that was one of the greatest military strategist in the history of warfare. The series will tell Hannibal's entire story, for the first time -- from his birth, to training to be a warrior and a king, to crossing the Alps with a herd of elephants and a multi-national army to fight against his greatest challenger, Rome.

The third animated series, CIPHA, is a sci-fi series set in a future world where hip-hop is outlawed. But in the world of the CIPHA, you learn that whenever you try to shut down the voices of youth, it comes back stronger than ever. The series will be produced by Will Smith's Overbrook Ent. and the exec producer of DARK ANGEL and THE SHIELD. Both HANNIBAL and CIPHA will debut in 2008.

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., is the leading provider of media and entertainment for African Americans and consumers of Black culture on a global basis. The primary BET cable network reaches more than 84 million households and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. For more information, visit

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