At MIP-TV 2006, Nelvana announced that Nickelodeon International (MTV Networks BV) has picked up 26x30 of the 2D-animated comedy WAYSIDE SCHOOL for broadcast in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Benelux, Israel, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
With its penchant for the irreverent, Nickelodeon is the ideal global partner on a cable basis for this madcap series from the creative and comedic mind of Louis Sachar, said Scott Dyer, evp of production and development, Nelvana.
Based on the bestselling books by Louis Sachar (HOLES), WAYSIDE SCHOOL is the comically absurd tale of a quirky grammar school that was accidentally built 30-stories high. Join the new kid Todd (Michael Cera, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) as he enters a school where cows roam free, class elections are decided by a game of dodge ball and falling asleep in class is not only okay, but encouraged. As Todds new teacher Miss Jewels (Kathy Najimy, KING OF THE HILL, RAT RACE) is fond of saying students can learn so much when they are asleep.
Nelvana Ltd. is one of the worlds leading international producers and distributors of childrens programming and products. Nelvana is owned by Corus Ent., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and radio. The companys other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto and New York Exchanges. More information can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.