Press Release from Nelvana Enterprises
(February 5, 2010 - Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment's Nelvana Enterprises is pleased to announce that it has found a home with a number of the world's leading broadcasters for the new 3-D animated television series Babar And The Adventures Of Badou. Sales for the first 26 episodes (52 x 11 minutes) have recently been finalized with:
* Disney Channel in Italy and Spain
* Sveriges Television AB (Barnkanalen) in Sweden
* TV2 in Norway
* YLE 2 in Finland
* Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR1 and Digital DR) in Denmark
* Société Radio-Canada (SRC) in French Canada
* M-Net in South Africa
* KM Productions in The Middle East
As previously announced, the series is set to launch on France's TF1 in Fall 2010/Spring 2011. Playhouse Disney France is pre-buying the series to air as a second broadcast window. It will debut in North America on Corus Entertainment's YTV in Canada.
Babar And The Adventures Of Badou introduces King Babar's eight-year-old grandson, Badou, along with a cast of colourful new characters including Zawadi the zebra and Chiku the monkey, in an updated version of the classic series. The show is a Canada-France co-production from Nelvana Studio and TeamTO, in association with The Clifford Ross Company.
Nelvana Enterprises and The Clifford Ross Company will oversee the merchandise licensing for the property and have appointed TF1 Licences as the representative agent in France and other European territories such as Belgium and The Netherlands. The Babar literary character celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2011.
About Nelvana Enterprises
Nelvana 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, advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com .
Based in Paris and Valence in France, TeamTO is an independent animation studio focused on producing innovative TV series and feature films. The company has partnered with Nickelodeon, Nelvana, TF1, France Télévisions and Canal+ and has earned numerous awards and nominations, including Emmys® and Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella awards.