Cartoon Network Extends Channel Agreement and Taps Corus' Nelvana as Exclusive Merchandising Agent for the Channel's Iconic Brands
Nelvana at Licensing Expo 2016, June 21-23, Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Booth H214 – Las Vegas
TORONTO, June 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment, the number one provider of kids content in Canada, announced today an extended partnership with Turner's Cartoon Network in a new multi-year broadcast and merchandise deal that now features Corus' Nelvana as the exclusive merchandising agent for the channel's iconic brands in Canada, including The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Ben 10 and more. Nelvana will showcase its key brands at Licensing Expo 2016, Booth H214, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, June 21-23.
"We are delighted to expand our relationship with Cartoon Network and its dynamic roster of fan-favourite brands," said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, International Development and Corporate Strategy, Nelvana. "Cartoon Network Canada continues to delight our audiences with its terrific lineup of shows and we're thrilled to be enhancing the fan experience through a wide range of merchandise that enables them to engage with the brands in exciting new ways."
"We are looking forward to building our successful partnership with Corus with the addition of Nelvana on the licensed merchandise side," said Peter Yoder, Vice President Consumer Products, Cartoon Network Enterprises. "Together, we'll be able to deliver unique and creative content and series-inspired product to fans all across the Canadian marketplace."
As the exclusive merchandising agent, Nelvana, a world-class international producer and distributor of children's animated and live-action content, will develop a wide array of licensed merchandise for Cartoon Network's properties, greatly expanding the product offerings currently available in Canada and maximizing the opportunities around the re-launch of The Powerpuff Girls this fall and Ben 10 in 2017. The new categories include secondary and seasonal toys, softlines, food and beverage, sporting goods, and consumer electronics. Among the newest consumer products programs launching this fall in Canada is an assortment of The Powerpuff Girls toys from master toy licensee Spin Master.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is Turner's highly popular global network offering the best in original animated entertainment for kids and families. Seen in 192 countries and over 370 million homes, it is an industry leader known for putting its fans at the center of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms with a global offering of the best in award-winning animated entertainment for kids and families. Home to the original hit series Adventure Time, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network also takes its responsibilities to its audience seriously by addressing those issues affecting families with the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign and by promoting education and creative development through its commitment to STEM enterprises and an integral involvement in Computer Science for All, the White House initiative empowering young people to generate skills to thrive in our digital world.
Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children's book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus' roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children's animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally-renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana's content airs on Corus Entertainment's kids channels in Canada and in more than 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards, including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at www.nelvana.com.
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