From April 2010

Beyblade: Metal Fusion Premieres June 26 on Cartoon Network

via Corus Entertainment press release:

BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION TO DEBUT IN U.S. ON CARTOON NETWORK

(Toronto, Canada) The boys’ action phenomenon, BEYBLADE, is making a much anticipated return to the U.S. after taking the world by storm with its enormous global success in the early 2000s. Nelvana Enterprises is pleased to announce that the next iteration of the hit franchise – entitled BEYBLADE:  Metal Fusionwill premiere in the U.S. on Cartoon Network on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.

The 51 new episodes from Nelvana and d-rights Inc. offer a fresh take on the original series with new characters competing for dominance with their spinning BEYBLADE tops, battling against an evil organization, The Dark Nebula. Staying true to the Japanese version of BEYBLADE, it features a new storyline brought to life in a unique mix of 2D animation and battle scenes with the tops spinning in CGI animation!

The original BEYBLADE toy line was a massive hit with boys, selling out in stores and attracting thousands of competitors to tournaments around the world. The new toy line features an innovative metal gear system and an online virtual battle component. BEYBLADE is again one of the most popular toy lines in Japan, selling over 17 million tops and accessories since the 2008 re-launch by Tomy Company, Ltd., accelerated by the start of the broadcast of the new episodes in April 2009.

Hasbro, Inc. brought the original product line successfully to market in the U.S. and other regions, and has been appointed the master toy licensee for the new line in most international markets outside of Asia. The new toys are set to be on shelves this spring in Canada and this fall in the U.S. Nelvana Enterprises will be distributing the TV series internationally, as well as representing d-rights in various countries, as licensing agent.

BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion will premiere in Canada with four back-to-back episodes Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI, 98,5 FM, 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 (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

About d-rights Inc.

d-rights Inc. is a 100% owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, one of the world’s biggest general trading company, handling entertainment content for a variety of Media, offering services in every aspect of content business including production, rights management, financing and merchandising. Check our properties at http://www.d-rights.com.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2010 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Cartoon Network Renews Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex

After the premiere of Cartoon Network’s new series Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex scored high ratings last Friday, the network announced today that they have renewed both shows for more episodes.

Here’s the full press release from Cartoon Network:

Cartoon Network’s BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN and GENERATOR REX

Premiere #1 in Their Timeslots Among Boys on All TV

GENERATOR REX also Claims Victory Among Kids 2-11 in Its Time Period on All TV

Additional Episodes Ordered for New Original Animated Series

Cartoon Network premiered two new original action-adventure animated series on Friday, April 23, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (8 p.m.) and Generator Rex (8:30 p.m.) that ranked #1 on all television in their time periods among boys 6-11 and boys 9-14, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.  Additionally, Generator Rex ranked #1 in its timeslot on all TV among kids 2-11.  Both new series also earned powerful triple-digit ratings and delivery gains vs. the same time period in 2009.  These outstanding premiere performances have prompted the network to order 32 additional episodes of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and 20 new episodes of Generator Rex.  Both series are produced at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA.

Highlights of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex original series’ premieres compared to the same time period last year include the following:

  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien increased kids 6-11 ratings (3.8) by 280% and delivery (925,000) by 290%, kids 2-11 ratings (3.2) by 220% and delivery (1,304,000) by 219%, and kids 9-14 ratings (3.1) by 288% and delivery (756,000) by 272%.
  • Generator Rex increased kids 6-11 ratings (4.4) by 267% and delivery (1,070,000) by 275%, kids 2-11 ratings (3.7) by 236% and delivery (1, 513,000) by 227%, and kids 9-14 ratings (3.6) by 350% and delivery (874,000) by 346%.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien follows 16-year-old Ben Tennyson as his secret identity has been revealed to the world and he’s now an international mega-star super hero, loved by kids the world over but distrusted by many adults.  Armed with a mysterious new Omnitrix, Ben is able to transform into hyper-evolved versions of his aliens and will see action in places he’s never been.  Generator Rex, from the creators of Ben 10, takes viewers on an adventure full of fun, action, wish fulfillment and teenage drama. Rex is a young super agent who, with his incredible ability to create mechanical weapons and vehicles from his own body, must balance his adrenaline-fueled adventures with the everyday ups and downs of being a teenager.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Generator Rex are created by Man of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelley, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle).  Glen Murakami (Teen Titans) is the supervising producer of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien with Dwayne McDuffie as story editor. John Fang (Ben 10: Alien Force, The Batman) serves as supervising producer on Generator Rex.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Discuss this news at toonzone’s Cartoon Network Cartoon Forum.

Disney XD May 2010 Schedule Changes & Premieres

Starting Monday, May 3, Disney XD is making some changes to their regular line-up.  Shows joining the weekday schedule include The Suite Life on Deck, Zeke and Luther and Aaron Stone.  Also, Monday nights are also getting a new line-up.  Here are all the new schedule details:

Weekdays
8:00AM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Cory in the House)
10:00PM Zeke and Luther (replaces Naruto: Shippuden)
10:30PM Kid vs. Kat (replaces Static Shock)
11:00PM Naruto: Shippuden (replaces X-Men: Evolution)
11:30PM Aaron Stone (replaces Monster Buster Club)

Mondays-Thursdays
4:00PM Zeke and Luther (replaces The Suite Life of Zack & Cody)
9:30PM Phineas and Ferb (replaces X-Men: Evolution)

Monday Nights
7:00PM Phineas and Ferb (replaces I’m in the Band)
7:30PM Kick Buttowski (replaces Zeke and Luther)
8:00PM I’m in the Band (replaces Phineas and Ferb)
8:30PM Zeke and Luther (new episodes, replaces The Suite Life on Deck)
9:00PM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Phineas and Ferb)
(7-9:30pm repeats from 12-2:30am)

Wednesday Nights
7:00PM I’m in the Band (replaces The Spectacular Spider-Man)
7:30PM Zeke and Luther (replaces X-Men: Evolution)
(7-8pm repeats from 12-1am)
2:00AM X-Men: Evolution (replaces The Spectacular Spider-Man)

Thursday Nights
7:30PM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Zeke and Luther)
8:00PM The Suite Life on Deck (replaces Zeke and Luther)
(7:30-8:30pm repeats from 12:30-1:30am)

Friday Nights
9:30PM I’m in the Band (replaces X-Men: Evolution)

Disney XD will also be premiering new episodes of Zeke and Luther (Mondays at 8:30PM), Naruto: Shippuden (Wednesdays at 8:30PM) and Kick Buttowski (Saturdays at 8:30AM) throughout the month.  Following are episode descriptions for each premiere:

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil

Saturday, May 1 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#110 “Drop Kick / Box Office Blitz”

  • “Drop Kick” – Tired of being bullied by his big brother Brad, Kick decides to train with a former champion wrestler. But when he learns that his new mentor has bullying issues of his own, Kick must prove to his new teacher that every underdog has their day.
  • “Box Office Blitz” – When the assistant manager of the multiplex bans Kick from seeing a movie featuring his favorite daredevil movie star, Kick won’t rest until he sneaks into the heavily guarded theater and sees Rock Callahan’s “Zombie Motocross.”

Saturday, May 8 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#113 “Those Who Camp, Do / Dog Gone”

  • “Those Who Camp, Do” – While on a family trip, Kick vows to spend a night in the untamed wilderness and make it back alive. However Kick’s extreme camping trip turns problematic when Brad decides to tag along.
  • “Dog Gone” – Kick dog-sits Mrs. Chicarelli’s precious pet Oskar, but when he runs away, Kick must track down the ferocious devil dog before Mrs. Chicarelli gets home and gets him grounded for life.

Saturday, May 15 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#112 “Dad’s Car / The Treasure of Dead Man Dave”

  • “Dad’s Car” – When Kick is about to be blamed for scratching Dad’s prized car, he sets out to repair and return it. However the runaway car takes him on a wild chase through Mellowbrook and Kick must get the car back home before Dad sees the scratch and grounds him.
  • “The Treasure of Dead Man Dave” – When a class assignment calls for Kick to give an oral report, he describes an imaginative adventure into a treacherous cave to find Dead Man Dave’s legendary skateboard.

Saturday, May 22 at 8:30AM ET/PT
#114 “For the Love of Gunther / Father from the Truth”

  • “For the Love of Gunther” – When Gunther reveals he has a crush on Wacky Jackie, and has a thing for daredevils; Kick trains his best friend to be a stuntman. But things get out of hand when Gunther takes it too far and attempts to conquer Widowmaker’s Peak to win Jackie’s heart.
  • “Father from the Truth” – Kick dreads bringing his non-awesome Dad to “Bring Your Father to School Day,” and decides to train Dad to be awesome. After many failed attempts to make him cool, Kick replaces Dad with Wade, but Dad decides to step it up and prove he’s capable of being awesome.

Zeke and Luther

Monday, May 3 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#208 “Double Crush”

  • Zeke and Luther are both smitten by a BMX biker girl named Dani, so Kojo offers to play matchmaker and oversee a series of dates with Zeke and Luther to determine which skater-boy Dani likes best.

Monday, May 10 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#203 “Plunk Hunting”

  • Zeke and Luther set out to retrieve Nana’s wig from neighborhood bullies the Plunk brothers, after they steal it from Nana’s front yard.  Zeke, who prides himself at winning everything, becomes concerned when he and Luther encounter trouble retrieving the wig.

Monday, May 17 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#209 “Kojo’s BFF”

  • Kojo recruits his new “best friend,” professional skater Tiki Delgado, to skate with him against team Zeke and Luther in the Dantley Skate competition. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Kojo is paying Tiki to be his friend.

Monday, May 24 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#210 “One Strange Night”

  • Zeke and Luther throw a snow cone party in honor of Tony Hawk’s half-year birthday, and the next day, they realize they lost local neighborhood kid, Kirby Cheddar. Zeke, Luther and Kojo re-trace their steps to try and find Kirby before his trombone recital.

Naruto: Shippuden
(no episode descriptions available)

Wednesday, May 5 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#134 “Formation! New Team Kakashi”

Wednesday, May 12 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#135 “An Unnecessary Addition”

Wednesday, May 19 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#136 “The Fake Smile”

Wednesday, May 26 at 8:30PM ET/PT
#137 “Untitled”

Nickelodeon April 2010 Ratings Highlights

via Nickelodeon press release:

NICKELODEON RANKS AS BASIC CABLE’S TOP NETWORK WITH KIDS, TWEENS AND TOTAL VIEWERS FOR APRIL

SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar and Fanboy and Chum Chum rank as Top Three Animated Series on All TV with Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11

Nick at Nite and Nick Jr. Score Most-Watched April with Total Viewers; Nicktoons and TeenNick Post Most-Watched April with Key Demos

NEW YORK– April 27, 2010–Nickelodeon closes April as basic cable’s number-one network in total day with all key demos (kids 2-11, kids 6-11, tweens 9-14 and total viewers) for the month. According to Nielsen Media Research (3/29/10-4/25/10), Nickelodeon averaged 2.1 million total viewers, a 3.3/1.2 million K2-11, 2.9/622,000 K6-11 and 2.2/464,000 T9-14 in April.

Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants ranks as the number-one program on broadcast and basic cable in April and scored the number-one telecast (“SpongeBob’s Last Stand”, 4/22/10) with kids 2-11 for the month. Additionally, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar and Fanboy and Chum Chum rank as April’s top three animated series on broadcast and basic cable with kids 2-11 and kids 6-11. Nick’s win was also fueled by strong performances by its hit live-action series including, Victorious, which following its March 27 premiere, scored basic cable’s top spot with kids 6-11 in its time period for four straight weeks.

Nickelodeon also nabbed the top five preschool shows in April. Go, Diego, Go! is currently the top preschool program on all of television, followed by Team Umizoomi (#2), Dora the Explorer (#3), Max and Ruby (#4), and Wonder Pets! (#5).

Additionally, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr. and TeenNick networks each logged their best April performance ever with total viewers. Nick at Nite, finished the month with 1.6 million total viewers (+4% over last year) and as basic cable’s top network among Women 18-49 (0.7/408,000).

Nickelodeon’s 24-hour preschool network, Nick Jr. had its most-watched April ever with both total viewers (+13% in delivery) and preschoolers (+8% in rating). TeenNick–the only 24-hour network for and about teens–drew its most-watched April ever with teens 12-17 (+33%). Nicktoons also posted its highest-rated and most-watched April with kids 6-11 (+25% in rating), boys 6-11 (+2% in delivery), tweens 9-14 (+33% in rating) and boys 9-14 (+10% in delivery).

Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

Disney Channel Premieres “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” on Friday, September 3

RISE AND SHINE, ROCKERS! DISNEY CHANNEL ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE “CAMP ROCK 2 THE FINAL JAM”

– Soundtrack in Stores July 27; Tickets Available in May for Jonas Brothers with Demi Lovato and Camp Rock Friends Concert Tour Embarking July 27 –

It’s On! Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato will rock the summer in “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” a full out rock ‘n roll musical that celebrates music, dance and the freedom of summer and reminds viewers to ‘enjoy the journey.’ Part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise that introduced a generation to contemporary movie musicals, “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” premieres FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. It will be ushered in by the biggest summer-long experience ever presented by the channel, the industry leaders in providing world-class content for kids, tweens and families.

The movie’s soundtrack, featuring 15 original songs spanning hip-hop, rock and pop/rock, will be available TUESDAY, JULY 27 on iTunes and in stores nationwide.

“Camp Rock 2″ provides for an even more unrivaled Disney entertainment experience via a worldwide concert tour — a spectacular live show filled with headliners the Jonas Brothers, special guest Demi Lovato and the stars from “Camp Rock.” Produced by Live Nation, the three continent concert tour begins July 27 in Dallas, Texas. Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com. Further information is available at www.jonasbrothers.com.

Beginning May 11, fans can also access a “Camp Rock”-themed premium iTouch and iPhone app, which will also be optimized for the iPad, to buy tickets to the concert, hear music clips, watch videos and more.

“Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” is the sequel to the TV/soundtrack/DVD triumph “Camp Rock,” which for 2008 was cable TV’s #1 entertainment telecast in Total Viewers (10.1 million) and TV’s #1 entertainment telecast among Tweens 9-14 (3.8 million). Since its premiere, the Disney Channel Original Movie has reached over 137 million unduplicated viewers, and its soundtrack has sold 2.5 million CDs worldwide while |

spending a remarkable 10 weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The “Camp Rock Extended Rock Star Edition” was the #1 TV movie and the #1 Family TV title on DVD in 2008.

This summer of fun opens on a high-pitched Camp Rock reunion. All the Camp Rockers have returned, eager to tune up and rock out. Nobody’s more excited than Mitchie, who anticipates more than a summer of music. Fresh from a world tour, the rock band Connect 3 are hanging all summer – Shane to pursue last summer’s crush on Mitchie, his band mates as moral support. Guitar legend Brown Cesario, Camp Rock’s owner, is ready to rock ‘n roll.

But all is not copasetic at this rocking teen paradise. Across the lake glistens the new Camp Star: a high-tech, big-money music camp funded by Brown’s former band mate-with-a-grudge, Axel Turner. Down-to-earth Camp Rock may have passion, talent and commitment, but Camp Star boasts resources, infrastructure and money — enough money to poach Camp Rock’s counselors and put Camp Rock out of business.

But Axel isn’t counting on a natural born leader named Mitchie, who vows to save her beloved camp and her friends’ summer. Clipboard in hand, she organizes the older Camp Rockers into counselors and keeps the camp running. Then Mitchie steps it up again… by challenging the egocentric Camp Star to a Final Jam — an end-of-summer performance duel… may the best camp win.

Starring are Demi Lovato as Mitchie Torres, Joe Jonas as Shane Gray, Nick Jonas as Nate, Kevin Jonas as Jason, Alyson Stoner as Caitlyn Geller, Meaghan Martin as Tess Tyler, Jasmine Richards as Peggy, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Ella, Matthew “Mdot” Finley as Luke, Chloe Bridges as Dana Turner, Roshon Fegan as Sander, Jordan “J” Francis as Barron, Maria Canals-Barrera as Connie Torres, Daniel Fathers as Brown and Daniel Kash as Axel Turner.

“Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” was written by Dan Berendsen (Disney’s “Hannah Montana The Movie” and “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie”) and the team of Karin Gist and Regina Hicks. It is based on characters created by Karin Gist, Regina Hicks, Julie Brown and Paul Brown. The director and co-producer is DGA Award winner Paul Hoen (Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls One World” and “Jump In”). The producer is Kevin Lafferty and the executive producer is Alan Sacks. “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” is a production of Sudden Motion Productions, Inc and Alan Sacks Productions.