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Nick Asia To Air Annecy Winning Kampung Boy

Beginning in November 2004, Nickelodeon Asia will air KAMPUNG BOY, which won the Best Animated Television Series award at the Annecy International Film Festival. Broadcast arrangements were negotiated by Syahrizan Mansor, director of programming and acquisitions for Nickelodeon Asia with Frank Saperstein, exec producer/creative director of pasi and Ira Tuffile, manager of media sales for the ASTRO Group.

Produced by Malaysia based multi-media group ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS (ASTRO) in conjunction with U.S.-based Matinee Ent. and pasi, Philippine Animation Studio Inc. in Manila, KAMPUNG BOY is based upon the comicstrip created by world-renowned cartoonist and Eisenhower Fellow, Mohamed Nor Khalid. Known professionally as Lat, his cartoons and comicbooks have been widely popular in South East Asia and throughout the world for more than 20 years.

Lat, who created the character designs and key artwork, worked closely with Emmy-nominated producer and director Saperstein, to develop storylines and preserve the overall integrity of the series. Saperstein, who was responsible for all elements of production, regularly shuttled between facilities in Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Los Angeles to work with the international crew.

From a traditional village tucked away in the lush jungle of Malaysia, KAMPUNG BOY tells the adventures of Mat, a nine-year-old boy, his family and his friends as they struggle to maintain traditional family values in an ever-changing technology-obsessed world. KAMPUNG BOY explores rewarding themes such as loyalty, family and ecology.

Nickelodeon Asia, the leading entertainment brand dedicated exclusively to kids, is seen in more than 180 million households throughout the region. Nickelodeon is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc.

ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS plc (ASTRO) is a Malaysia-based multimedia group with established DTH satellite multi-channel subscription TV services, radio broadcasting, production and distribution of film and television programming, talent management and magazine publishing operations.

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