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Nelvana Breaks Out Four New Comedy Series

Nelvana Enterprises puts the spotlight on laughter this spring as it heads to MIPTV next week with three new animated comedies: Sidekick, Spliced and Scaredy Squirrel, and the live-action sitcom Mr. Young.

Press Release from Nelvana Enterprises

(March 28, 2011 – Toronto, Canada) – Nelvana Enterprises puts the spotlight on laughter this spring as it heads to MIPTV next week with three new animated comedies:  Sidekick, Spliced and Scaredy Squirrel, and the live-action sitcom Mr. Young.

Sidekick - Join Eric and Trevor on their not-so-heroic adventures training to be superhero sidekicks. With access to a mansion stocked with gadgets, they do get their fair share of action battling the bad guys, but are still waiting for their super-powers to kick in.  Season 2 has just been greenlit!  For kids aged 6-11.  80 x 11 minutes.  Already a hit on YTV in Canada, the series launches on Canal J in France and K2 in Italy in 2011.

Spliced - Keep Away Island is aptly named as it houses a thriving community of bizarre half-baked mutants including best friends Peri (short for failed experiment #13) and Entrée (a walking combo of chicken, cow, pig and shrimp).  Without any clue about the outside world, these wingnuts do their best to create a semblance of a society.  For kids aged 6-11. 52 x 11 minutes.  Broadcasters include TELETOON in Canada and ABC Australia.

Scaredy Squirrel - Witness a creative, loveable hero as he tackles life’s everyday challenges.  In fact, everyday life is a challenge for Scaredy as everything in his world must be “just right”.  Scaredy makes no apologies for his quirks and that makes him one awesome squirrel!  For kids aged 6-11.  52 x 11 minutes.  Broadcasters include YTV in Canada.

Mr. Young - After graduating university, 14-year-old child prodigy Adam Young lands himself a job as a high school science teacher instructing students his own age, including the girl of his dreams and the class bully. With one foot in the lunchroom and the other in the staff room, Adam is trapped between two worlds, with hilarious results.  Created by Dan Signer (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck), the live-action hit sitcom is performed in front of a live audience.  Produced by Thunderbird Films in association with YTV.  For kids 8-12.  26 x half-hours.  Broadcasts on YTV in Canada.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

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