Toei Signs Deal With Cartoon Network For Pretty Cure Series

Toei Animation, Inc. announced a TV broadcast licensing agreement with Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, Inc. today, to air 49 episodes of the Pretty Cure series, which is set to premiere later this year on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand.

Press Release from Toei Animation

LOS ANGELES (August 11, 2010) – Toei Animation, Inc. announced a TV broadcast licensing agreement with Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, Inc. today, to air 49 episodes of the Pretty Cure series, which is set to premiere later this year on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was made by Kanji Kazahaya, President and COO of Toei Animation.

Pretty Cure follows the adventures of two ordinary girls, Natalie Blackstone and Hannah Whitehouse, as they encounter mysterious creatures from “The Garden of Light”, and are chosen as the legendary warriors known as “Pretty Cure”. Together they must battle an evil force called the “Dark Zone” and save the day.

“Pretty Cure is filled with original and dynamic characters, great storylines and non-stop adventure that is sure to provide hours of entertainment for kids in this vital market,” said Kazahaya.

Mark Eyers, Vice President, Content, Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, Inc. said, “We’re delighted to further expand our relationship with Toei Animation through the Pretty Cure series and we’re sure that this will complement our entertaining line up of kids programming.”

About Cartoon Network AsiaCartoon Network is the largest kids’ network in Asia Pacific reaching nearly 63 million cable homes through eight regional feeds with its exciting mix of original and acquired entertainment that animates kids’ lives. The channel is currently seen in over two million homes in Australia and is distributed on Austar, Foxtel and Optus.

For more information, please visit www.CartoonNetwork.com.au.

About Toei Animation Inc.

Toei Animation Inc. (TAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toei Animation Co., Ltd. established in Los Angeles in 2004, looks forward to spreading the world-renowned Japanese animation studio’s extensive library and pursuing co-production projects in North and Latin America and other English-speaking territories worldwide.  With a rich catalogue of unique animated properties including such famous titles and franchises as Digimon series, Dragonball series, Sailormoon, Saint Seiya series, One Piece, Pretty Cure series and Magical DoReMi etc., Toei Animation offers children all over the world the ability to dream.  With an eye on the global market, Toei Animation is focusing its efforts in the company’s Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles offices.  The main business operations of TAI include film licensing in all media and emerging platforms, merchandise licensing and co-productions with local establishments.  Looking ahead to the next 50 years, TAI is committed to the challenge of marrying its various assets with cutting edge technologies such as VOD, the Internet and mobile media to best deliver the company’s message of unbound dreams to this and future generations.  www.toei-anim.com

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