UNDERGRADS, a new animated series, will premier on MTV this Sunday, April 22, at 8 pm. Co-produced by Torontos Decode and MTV Animation, the series launch also includes a Website featuring Flash animated series out-takes, interactive animated games, character home pages, downloadable applications, weekly video clips, message boards and a chat area. Decode, which also owns the international television and video distribution rights, is launching a companion UNDERGRADS Web page for the international market. Music fans will also be able to post their own garage band tunes on the Website to share with others. UNDERGRADS follows four male high school friends, sworn to a lifetime of friendship, as they attempt to maintain their camaraderie while struggling to survive their first year at different colleges. Pete Williams, whose initial short film won MTV's Character Screen Test Competition, is the creator and animation director of UNDERGRADS. Jerry Popowich is also serving as animation director. Neil Court and Steven DeNure of Decode and Abby Terkuhle, president, animation, MTV are executive producers. MTV's David McGrath and Decode's Beth Stevenson are the shows producers. Elana Adair is associate producer and Andy Reingold is the headwriter. "We're excited to launch our newest animated series UNDERGRADS on MTV this Spring," commented Terkuhle. "We believe the MTV audience will truly relate to and embrace the characters, their relationships and interactivity to each other in the show."
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.