via Nerd Corps press release:
Slugterra Begins Global Launch this Fall
Nerd Corps Entertainment ready to slug it out with original new property
- Series hitting airwaves around the world on Disney XD
- Toy and consumer products to follow in 2013
- Online, mobile games and apps in 2012
Vancouver, Canada (September 12, 2012) — Nerd Corps Entertainment announced today that Slugterra, its newest global kids property, is set to rollout this fall with the launch of the animated television series. Disney XD is the global television partner for the show, which premiered in Canada on September 8 at 2 p.m. EST and will hit US airwaves on October 15 at 3:30 p.m. EST. The series, which targets boys ages 6 to 11, is the kick-start to a full property rollout from Nerd Corps, which includes a comprehensive show site at www.Slugterra.com, an online flash adventure game and iPhone and iPad apps based on the series. A toy line from Jakks Pacific will hit shelves in early spring 2013, and several key licensees are in place for consumer product launches in 2013 and beyond.
“Disney XD is the perfect placement and partner for a property like Slugterra,” said Ken Faier, el Presidente and head of TV sales at Nerd Corps. “They are the new growth leader for kids in this age group, and the channel supports a full international rollout for the brand. We’re very excited to see the series air as a strip in the US, and hit so many key markets so quickly with additional free TV stations starting to come on board for launches through 2013 and beyond.”
“Slugterra is full of all the awesome things that boys in this age group love: blasters, power-ups, transformation, dueling, hanging with friends and exploring a real, secret world,” said Asaph Fipke, Supreme Commander at Nerd Corps, and series creator. “Our approach has been to tell the Slugterra story through visually stunning 3D animation, and then continue to tell new parts of that story across multiple platforms.”
Following the North American series premieres, Disney will launch the show around the world through 2013. Nerd Corps is continuing to lock down agents in key territories, as well as terrestrial broadcast, and will announce more deals through the fall. Additionally, full episodes will be showcased at the upcoming MIPJunior in Cannes, France.
To support the series rollout, Nerd Corps Interactive has launched www.Slugterra.com, a robust fan site featuring the online adventure platformer game, Battle for Slugterra. Set in the same fun and fantastical world as the television series, young Eli Shane must traverse the 99 known caverns of Slugterra while collecting powerful slugs, solving puzzles and battling a horde of nefarious enemies along the way. The game will launch a series of “caverns” throughout 2012 and beyond, each offering 10 levels with cool new slugs and power ups to collect. Players can build their slugslinger ranking in the world as they progress through the game, and eventually take on leaderboard challenges.
Aspiring slugslingers will also be able to find the official Slug Arsenal on www.Slugterra.com this fall. This handy reference tool for die-hard fans provides all of the stats and information about individual slugs, how to use them and where to find them underground—plus details on all of the cool blasters, gear and mechabeasts from the show. Additionally, Nerd Corps Interactive is in development on a soon-to-be announced action game for the iPhone and iPad.
Choose your ammo… Slug it out! Slugterra is an epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep underground, where the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world every cavern holds a new adventure, new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered.
Eli Shane is determined to be the greatest slugslinging hero of them all. To do it, he’ll need to collect and train an army of little critters called slugs. When these magical creatures are fired at 100 MPH out of a high-powered blaster, they transform into powerful battle beasts! The adventure follows Eli and his team of friends as they explore the caverns, challenge rivals and each other to duels, upgrade their cool gear, and generally have a blast in this never-before-imagined underground world. But there is a very real threat to Slugterra; Dr. Blakk is seeking to “ghoul” the slugs, transforming them into feral mindless weapons! No one has been able to stand up to Blakk’s powerful ghouls and army of henchmen… until now!
39 x 22 minute episodes + 39 x 1-minute Slugisodes.
About Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc.
Nerd Corps Entertainment is a privately held IP creation, development, production, and distribution company based out of Vancouver, Canada, with offices in Toronto, Canada. The company’s mandate is to produce stylistically innovative animated projects for television, film, online, and mobile based on a solid foundation of creative and exceptional storytelling. Working in a state-of-the-art studio with highly skilled artists and production staff, Nerd Corps’ expertise in creative development and execution covers all aspects of property generation and management, from development and production to distribution, marketing, interactive and licensing. The studio’s award-winning stable of productions includes original series Slugterra, Storm Hawks, League of Super Evil and Rated A for Awesome, as well as Dragon Booster for Alliance Atlantis and Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, Max Steel and Monster High for Mattel, Inc. Visit www.nerdcorps.com.