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CN's Live-Action Feature Level Up Debuts on Nov. 23

Cartoon Network’s original movie, Level Up is a fantastical comedy for the video game age.

Press Release from Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network’s original movie, Level Up is a fantastical comedy for the video game age.  At night, Wyatt (Gaelan Connell), Lyle (Jessie T. Usher) and Dante (Connor del Rio) battle together as heroic avatars, in a massively multi-player online video game, Conqueror of All Worlds.  Yet, by day these high school teenagers barely know each other’s names, let alone their real identities. That all changes after they mistakenly open a portal from the game world to the real world unleashing the game’s evil villain Maldark, a bunch of his trolls and the entire content of the internet, into their once peaceful neighborhood. Now the trio must put aside their differences and join forces with their classmate Angie (Aimee Carrero) to work together IRL (in real life) to win the game and save the world. All without a single cheat code!  Level Up, the movie premieres Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network.

Level Up is created and written by Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman (both credited for Chasing Liberty) and the movie is directed by Peter Lauer (Sons of Tuscon, Chuck).

Picking up where the movie leaves off, the talented cast returns in a new half-hour series Level Up, which premieres in 2012.  The series is executive produced by Peter Murrieta (Wizards of Waverly Place, Hope and Faith).

To coincide with the premiere of the movie Level Up on November 23, www.CartoonNetwork.com will launch “Maldark: Conqueror of Worlds,” a high-quality 3D ‘dungeon-crawl’ adventure game that reflects the humor and action of the movie. Similar to the game featured in the movie, players take on one of three classes and navigate a dynamic labyrinthine environment. Players will battle 40+ monsters and earn treasure completing quests across 30 dungeon levels, defeating each boss through entertaining and engaging game-play.  “Maldark: Conqueror of Worlds” features voice over from the cast and quests from the writers of Level Up the movie.

Check-out www.CartoonNetwork.com/LevelUp for all of the upcoming details on the Level Up movie and series! Fans can also “like” Level Up at Facebook.com/levelup and get up-to-the-minute information on exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, teaser clips, music videos, photo galleries, special game videos and cheats plus a whole lot more. New content will be added to the site regularly after the movie premiere and leading up to the series debut in 2012.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action programming for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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