Nickelodeon Latin America announced today (May 18, 2007) it has closed several key broadcast deals for KAPPA MIKEY, the channel's first anime series created and produced entirely in the U.S., by Animation Collective.
Deals for the series include partnerships with Artear Channel 13 (Argentina), Antenna Latina 7 (Dominican Republic), Medcom (Panama), Megavision (Chile), CompaÃ±ia Televisora Honduras (Honduras) and Teleamazonas (Ecuador), representing 17.6 million television households throughout broadcast television in Latin America , in addition to the 18.5 million cable households that enjoy the program through Nickelodeon Latin America.
"These partnerships are a great opportunity for Nickelodeon to enhance exposure of its hit properties in the region," said, Adeline Delgado, vp, international programming sales for MTV Networks Latin America. "The response from our broadcasters has been amazing and we are excited to partner with them and offer unique and innovative programming like KAPPA MIKEY to complement their children's programming grids."
Done in Flash, the series is written like a sitcom and the story contains a show within a show. Each episode takes place on and off the set of LilyMu, a fictional Japanese TV series starring once-struggling American actor, Mikey Simon, as he adjusts to his new role as Kappa Mikey, the biggest anime star Japan has ever seen.
KAPPA MIKEY can be seen in all Nickelodeon markets worldwide and is dubbed in more than 10 different languages.
MTV Networks Latin America, Inc., a unit of Viacom Inc., owns and operates MTV Latin America, Nickelodeon Latin America, VH1 Latin America, Viacom Networks Brazil and the MTV Networks Digital Suite, a package of five digital services -- MTV Jams, MTV Hits, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mega Hits and Nickelodeon's GAS (Games and Sports for Kids). MTV Networks Latin America also connects with its audiences interactively through its websites: www.mtvla.com, www.mundonick.com and www.vh1la.com, as well as through its broadband and community sites: www.mtvrevolution.com and www.lazona.com
MTV Networks International includes the premier multimedia entertainment brands MTV: Music Television, VH1, Nickelodeon, TMF (The Music Factory), VIVA, Flux, Comedy Central, Paramount Comedy, Game One and IFILM. MTV Networks' brands are seen in 492.7 million households in 161 countries and 32 languages via more than 130 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 200 digital media properties. The company's diverse holdings also include interests in television syndication, digital media, publishing, home video, radio, recorded music, licensing & merchandising and two feature film divisions, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies.
Animation Collective (www.animationcollective.com) is the largest animation studio in New York City with more original series (12) in production than any other animation studio in the world. The company is a leader in creating children's programming for television, the Internet, home video and other platforms. Animation Collective is the largest provider of original content for KOL, America Online's kids channel and Red, its teen channel.