Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.
NEW YORK (May 19, 2009) -- 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), a global provider of children's entertainment, has reached agreement with Cartoon Network by which the popular cable network will air the YU-GI-OH! 5D'S animated series and the 4Kids-produced CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION starting next month (June 2009). Cartoon Network will also air the third season of CHAOTIC scheduled to be delivered in the fall of 2009.
"This is tremendous for YU-GI-OH! and CHAOTIC fans across America," said Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO, 4Kids Entertainment, which produces CHAOTIC and the English language adaptation of YU-GI-OH 5D'S.. "We are pleased to partner with Cartoon Network to bring two of our most exciting properties to a broader audience."
Since its debut in October 2007, the Chaotic Trading Card Game has become one of the most popular titles in the category, breaking into the "Top Three" of best-selling trading card games in North America. Its companion Website (www.chaoticgame.com) currently has more than 1.5 million registered users who have uploaded over 60 million cards for online play with fans the world over. TheCW4Kids five-hour Saturday morning broadcast block on The CW television network, is expected to continue airing the CHAOTIC series going forward.
Premiering in 2001, YU-GI-OH! has amassed an international following with over 18.1 billion trading cards sold in seven languages throughout 51 countries. Approximately six million fans collect and play the YU-GI-OH! trading card game across the globe.
Series descriptions follow:
CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION (TV-Y7 FV) Season 2 of the CHAOTIC TV seriesCHAOTIC's got a fierce new look and it's all-out anime action for every Battle, Creature clash and Scan Quest. As Tom and Kaz delve deeper into Chaotic, they quickly confront freaky new Creatures, uncover strange new Locations and scan awesome new BattleGear and Mugic. But their games take a shocking, world-rocking turn when a mysterious new tribe is accidentally unleashed. Will the force of their mega-mental powers let them conquer the Tribes and rule Perim? The answer lies in the all-new series CHAOTIC M'ARRILLIAN INVASION.
YU-GI-OH! 5D'S (TV-Y7 FV) Season 4 of the YU-GI-OH! TV seriesThe future of dueling is revving up and it begins with a new legend, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, the latest entry in the internationally renowned series. Welcome to the new Domino City. Once the playground to legendary duelist Yugi Muto, this sprawling metropolis has since been transformed into a futuristic society where dueling has kicked into overdrive. Now the winners and losers aren't just separated by skill and strength... but by SPEED! For five special duelists, it's not just about winning or losing anymore -- it's about survival, as they are the chosen "signers" who have been marked by destiny to uncover the secrets of the five dragons.