The Sky's the Limit as Storm Hawks takes flight on YTV

    New Kids Series Rolls Out with Internet Streaming, VOD, SVOD,
    VOD Mobile and a Toy Partnership with Spin Master

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's YTV and Vancouver-based
Nerd Corps Entertainment have teamed up on the new original series Storm
Hawks. The 3D-animated series will launch on mobile, online and on-demand
prior to its broadcast premiere this September.

    Beginning Wednesday, August 1, until its exclusive Canadian broadcast
debut, a free preview of the one-hour premiere episode will be available on
YTV Spotlight, the Rogers YTV On Demand service, as well as online at

    "With its strong production value and appealing storyline, Storm Hawks is
a great example of the kind of exceptional programming viewers have come to
expect from YTV," said Scott Dyer, Executive Vice-President and General
Manager, Kids, Corus Entertainment. "We believe that building strong creative
partnerships with our production partners - from the planning stage through to
completion - leads to great content served up on a range of platforms to
captivate and excite viewers."

    "We are very excited to have a broadcast partner like YTV backing this
show," says Nerd Corps Supreme Commander and series creator Asaph Fipke.
"Corus had the foresight to support the development of Storm Hawks across a
range of platforms from day one, since they share our belief that kids want to
have an innovative experience absolutely everywhere. They've been instrumental
in bringing a great Canadian-made property to the world both online and

    Storm Hawks follows five mismatched teens armed with high-octane
transforming flying motorcycles. They dog-fight the nastiest villains ever to
hit the skies and anyone who dares to try and clip their wings is heading for
a serious tailspin!

    Trailers, online games, character bios and streaming episodes will roll
out this summer on the Storm Hawks website and, which received the
support of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. Leading up to the launch,
Storm Hawk gliders created by master toy company Spin Master Ltd., will be
given away to kids during YTV's cross-country WOW! tour.

    With 52 half-hour episodes, Storm Hawks will make its debut with a
one-hour special in its regular timeslot on Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m.
ET/PT in YTV's hosted cartoon block Crunch.

    YTV, Canada's number one youth network, is seen in over eight million
homes across Canada. As a major force in Canadian kids' entertainment, YTV has
triggered over $988 million in Canadian independent production; developed a
website that averages over 90 million monthly page views; published a
successful kids' magazine, Whoa! and conducts a highly respected annual
survey, The YTV Tween Report.

    YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and
entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and
radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio
services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's
animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV,
Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, 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

    Nerd Corps Entertainment is a full service property development and
animation studio based out of Vancouver, Canada. Formed in 2002, the company's
primary objective is to break free from the preconceived boundaries of 3-D
animation in order to produce stylistically innovative animated projects -
from concept all the way to final delivery - based on a solid foundation of
great storytelling. An industry rarity in its ability to deliver on every
aspect of franchise creation, Nerd Corps is poised to emerge as one of the
premier animation property developers and producers in the field. Working in a
state of the art studio with more than 80 highly skilled artists and
production staff, the company is well equipped to provide creative input,
expertise and execution on all aspects of the development and production of
film and television properties, including promotional materials and creative
services for merchandising and licensing partners. For more information go to

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    For more detailed information and images, please visit the Corus Press
Room at

For further information:

For further information: Molly Merrick, Corus Entertainment, Publicist,
(416) 530-2247,; Lindsay Smith, Corus
Entertainment, Communications Manager, Mobile: (416) 201-2101,

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