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CN Acquires Short-Form Series from Australian Children’s TV Foundation

Cartoon Network is continuing its support of local Australian original content with the acquisition of a package of 10 new children’s short-form series from Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).

Press Release from Cartoon Network

HONG KONG (January 21, 2011) – Cartoon Network is continuing its support of local Australian original content with the acquisition of a package of 10 new children’s short-form series from Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).

The comedic animated and live-action shorts will be aired on Cartoon Network in Australia, New Zealand and Asia; and include Dukes of Broxstonia, Monster Chef, Black Knight White Witch, Desdemona, Horace in Slow Motion, Itty Bitty Ditties, My Strange Pet, Casa de Evil and Laser Beak Man.

The 98 episodes are a collaborative effort between ACTF and Australian producers from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

“These wacky and distinctive series showcase Australia’s most talented and innovative animators and we’re very proud of them, and thrilled that their audience will increase exponentially given Cartoon Network’s extensive reach,” said Jenny Buckland, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Each series contains approximately eight to 10 episodes, with each running 45 or 60 seconds long. All the series have an element of comedy with some featuring dialogue and others without.

It is expected the shorts will launch on Cartoon Network throughout 2011.

“At Cartoon Network we’re always looking for great original kids’ series to animate their lives, via local partnerships or our initiatives such as SNAPTOONS. We’re really excited to be associated with ACTF for this unique collection of shorts. They're funny, they're Australian and they’re on Cartoon Network!” said Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific Inc.

All 10 short-form series are distributed internationally by Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).

To view an episode from each series, please visit www.actf.com.au/distribution/shortform.htm.

About Cartoon Network AustraliaCartoon Network is one of the most popular entertainment channels among kids and is currently seen in over two million homes in Australia. The Network is distributed on Austar, Foxtel and Optus.  Launched in Australia in 1995, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS) Cartoon Network offers the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world’s largest cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles, the Network also showcases original series including Generator Rex, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Cartoon Network is the number one channel for kids in Asia Pacific and is currently seen in over 63 million cable homes in the region. Online, Cartoon Network reaches nearly four million unique visitors a month in Asia Pacific.

TBS Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

www.CartoonNetwork.com.au

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