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Nelvana Inks Deal For Three Series With Cartoon Network Latin America

Nelvana Enterprises is pleased to announce that it has sold three new comedy series to Cartoon Network Latin America.

Press Release from Nelvana Enterprises

(September 26, 2011 – Toronto, Canada) – Nelvana Enterprises is pleased to announce that it has sold three new comedy series to Cartoon Network Latin America.  The shows are the live-action series Mr. Young, as well as the animated productions Sidekick and Scaredy Squirrel.  They will be seen across Latin America and the Caribbean starting with Sidekick this October, and Mr. Young and Scaredy Squirrel premiering in 2012.

“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Cartoon Network to bring Latin American viewers our hilarious new slate of comedies,” said Jerry Diaz, Vice-President, Worldwide Sales, Nelvana Enterprises. “We are confident that these series will be as popular in Latin America as they are already in Canada, the U.S. and beyond.”

Both Sidekick and Scaredy Squirrel currently air on Cartoon Network in the U.S.

Mr. Young is filmed in front of a live studio audience and stars Brendan Meyer as Adam Young, a whiz-kid-turned-teen genius who hit the books hard enough to get into university at the age of 9.  Now, at the tender age of 14, he’s headed back to high school – as a teacher. Being the same age as his students, Adam finds himself trapped between two worlds, often leading to hilarious consequences. The series is produced by Thunderbird Films in association with Corus Entertainment Inc.’s YTV, where the show has quickly become one of the network’s top-rated series. Nelvana Enterprises is the international distribution agent for Mr. Young, while Nelvana and Thunderbird are co-distributing the series in the United States.

Sidekick features Eric and Trevor in their not-so-heroic adventures training to be superhero sidekicks.  With access to a grand mansion stocked with gadgets, these sidekicks get their fair share of action battling the bad guys.  Now only if those super-powers would finally kick in.  Fun, physical and full of your favorite comic book references.

Scaredy Squirrel is based on the popular book series by Canadian author Mélanie Watt, published by Kids Can Press, featuring an endearingly obsessive-compulsive hero.  Scaredy lives in Balsa City and has the perfect job for a creative squirrel with a touch of OCD:  stacking cans into elaborate displays at the Stash n’ Hoard grocery store.  In his spare time, he is a huge paddleball fan and dreams of becoming the best paddler ever.  At first glance, Scaredy may seem geeky and quirky, but he’s actually one cool confident squirrel.  Comfortable in his fur, he makes no apologies for his idiosyncrasies and quirks, and that makes him totally awesome!

About Nelvana EnterprisesNelvana Enterprises is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., 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

About Cartoon NetworkCartoon Network Latin America, a Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. 24-hour pay TV network, features the best characters in cartoon and live-action settings, including series, movies, music videos and video games, through a multiplicity of platforms including TV, internet, live events, licensed products, and mobile media. The channel is home to the largest cartoon library including award-winning original programming such as The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Chowder, Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Generator Rex, Sym-Bionic Titan, Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. Cartoon Network launched on April 30, 1993 and is broadcast in over 38 million households in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

About Thunderbird Films:Thunderbird is a Vancouver, BC based entertainment company that collaborates with talented producers. Together, we finance, produce and distribute programming maximizing the financial and creative benefits of Canadian co-production. We are committed to premium finished product that appeals to broadcasters worldwide. Today, we have in excess of 400 hours of content on Canadian and US television and our programming airs on major networks all around the world.

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