TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Nelvana Enterprises and Thunderbird Films announced today that they have sold the live-action comedy series, Mr. Young, to Disney XD channels in the U.S. and around the world. Territories in addition to
the U.S. include the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands,
Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New
Zealand. The series will premiere in most territories this year.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience in Vancouver, Mr. Young stars Brendan Meyer as Adam Young, a whiz-kid-turned-teen genius who hit the books hard
enough to get into university at the age of 9. Now, at the tender age
of 14, he's headed back to high school - as a teacher. Being the same
age as his students, Adam finds himself trapped between two worlds -
coping with his co-workers, who happen to be twice his age, while
teaching his best friend (Gig Morton), the girl he has a crush on (Matreya Fedor), and the class bully (Kurt Ostlund). With one foot in the lunch room and the other foot in the staff room,
it's Mr. Young's social life that's being put to the test.
Produced by Thunderbird Films in association with Corus' YTV, the series was created by Dan Signer, who also created and is showrunner on the smash hit Disney Channel
series A.N.T. Farm., and was previously senior writer/producer on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck. Mr. Young premiered in Canada in March on YTV and has quickly become one of the
network's top-rated series. Thunderbird Films has commenced production on a second season, bringing the total number
of episodes to 52.
"Both Nelvana and Thunderbird are delighted to be working with a company
like Disney that shows such a commitment to delivering quality
entertainment on a global scale," said Jerry Diaz, Vice-President,
Worldwide Sales, Nelvana Enterprises. "We are confident that audiences
around the world will embrace the wit and charm of Mr. Young as much as they have in Canada."
"We are thrilled to be on Disney XD," said Michael Shepard, President of
Thunderbird Films. "The show is beyond hilarious and we must point to
the show's creator, Dan Signer, who is a real life creative genius!"
Nelvana Enterprises is the international distribution agent for Mr. Young, while Nelvana and Thunderbird are co-distributing the series in the
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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, 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 Thunderbird Films:
Thunderbird is a Vancouver, BC based entertainment company that
collaborates with talented producers. Together, we finance, produce and
distribute programming maximizing the financial and creative benefits
of Canadian co-production. We are committed to premium finished product
that appeals to broadcasters worldwide. Today, we have in excess of 400
hours of content on Canadian and US television and our programming airs
on major networks all around the world. www.thunderbirdfilms.net
SOURCE Corus Entertainment Inc.
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Unit Publicist, Mr. Young Productions