Press Release from Nelvana
(September 29, 2011 – Toronto, Canada) – Nelvana heads to MIPCOM this year celebrating its 40th Anniversary and, as part of the festivities, Nelvana Enterprises is announcing an agreement that will see its animated comedy series Scaredy Squirrel broadcast on Disney Channel and Disney XD in Europe and beyond. The launch territories include France, Spain, Benelux, Germany, Greece, Turkey, CEE, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa and Japan.
Scaredy Squirrel is based on the popular children’s book series of the same name by Canadian author Mélanie Watt, published by Kids Can Press. The series follows the adventures of an endearingly smart but obsessively minded squirrel, Scaredy, who lives in Balsa City. He has the perfect job for a squirrel with a touch of OCD, he gets to stack cans into elaborate displays at the Stash n’ Hoard grocery store. At first glance, he may seem geeky and quirky, but he’s actually one cool confident squirrel.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Disney Channels to introduce Scaredy Squirrel to kids and their families in so many countries,” said Jerry Diaz, Vice-President, Worldwide Sales, Nelvana Enterprises. “We are confident that audiences around the world will relate to our quirky but lovable squirrel, reinforcing how a good story and a good belly laugh always transcends borders.” About Nelvana EnterprisesNelvana Enterprises is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
About Disney Channels EMEADisney Channels EMEA represents the most successful portfolio of kids’ channels in Europe, Middle East and Africa with 60 channels* available in 118 countries and in 23 languages. In 2010, Disney Channel ranked as the #1 kids channel with Kids in 6 countries/territories in EMEA [out of the 16 reported markets]. Disney Channel properties continue to rapidly expand into new markets across the region playing a key role in introducing the Disney brand to new consumers.
Globally, the portfolio of channels under Disney Channels' Worldwide management are available in 169 countries/territories**, with 69 visual feeds, in 35 languages. This represents a total of 100 channels.
In EMEA, Disney Channel is available in 23 languages across 14 Visual Feeds in 118 countries in over 83.9 million households with a total of 25 channels*