Astral's Disney XD and Disney Junior Commission Canadian Original Series and Original Movie

BANFF, AB, June 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's Disney XD and Disney Junior have commissioned two Canadian original productions for the 2012/2013 season. Disney Junior has commissioned the animated shorts Yub Yubs from Radical Sheep Productions for both its English and French language networks, while Disney XD has ordered its first original movie from Fresh TV with the live-action film Bunks. Slated for broadcast in 2013, production on both properties will begin in Toronto later this summer.

"We're looking forward to working with our partners at Radical Sheep and Fresh TV again to deliver new and engaging content for our viewers across all platforms. Our fall production slate features diverse and innovative projects that will complement the other successful Canadian original programs already on our schedule," said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Programming, Astral Kids. "With Yub Yubs, we've been able to develop an inventive and versatile series of shorts that will support Disney Junior in French and English while also providing growth opportunities for the two channels' emerging digital businesses. Our live-action productions have always rated exceptionally well and we anticipate our first Disney XD original movie, Bunks, will continue this trend and reinforce our commitment to developing event programming for Disney XD."

To view the complete release, please visit the Disney Junior Canada and Disney XD Canada media room at http://press.astral.com.

For further information:

Ginger Bertrand at 416-956-8547 or gbertrand@astral.com
Jaime Werby at 416-956-8584 or jwerby@astral.com
For access to the Astral media room, please visit http://press.astral.com