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Nelvana Closes Mipcom With Strong Sales

Corus Entertainment's Nelvana put the wrap on MIPCOM 2002 with a number of new sales and renewals for its kids' brands and programs. BEYBLADE continued to be a popular property for the company and was snapped up by the UK's terrestrial broadcaster Five TV (formerly Channel 5), which licensed 51 episodes of the series for debut in November 2002. BEYBLADE currently airs in the UK on Cartoon Network UK. Nelvana also completed video and DVD deals for BEYBLADE and MEDABOTS in the UK with Contender Entertainment Group, which set the titles for a release date of December 2, 2002. In Latin America, new BEYBLADE deals include Televisa Mexico picking up 51 episodes, adding to the series' recent acquisition by Fox Kids Latin America for all territories. Fox Kids Latin America also picked up MOVILLE MYSTERIES and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS, while other Latin America sales went to Brazil's Mundial, which acquired the home video rights for BEYBLADE, MEDABOTS and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS. Nelvana has also sealed a significant package deal with MVS, the pan-regional Latin America channel, for 171 half-hours of new series, which include new seasons of SEVEN LITTLE MONSTERS, GEORGE SHRINKS and CYBERCHASE.