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2/12/2008
6TEEN LIVE-ACTION TV MOVIE IN DEVELOPMENT AT FRESH TV

Successful tween brand takes leap into live-action with help from TELETOON and Nelvana (Toronto) - Canadian production house Fresh TV Inc. is in development with TELETOON Canada inc. and Nelvana to develop a 6TEEN live-action TV movie. The animated sitcom about six teens who work in a shopping mall is regularly a top-rated show with kids 6-11 and has been a staple of the network’s schedule for the past three years, with a total of 95 half-hours ordered to date. Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, the creators of 6TEEN, and the newest TELETOON hit series Total Drama Island, are currently penning the feature script but keeping mum about story details. “The characters of 6TEEN have become household names for Canadian tweens and teens, and we plan to take these characters to a whole new level with the live-action feature,” said Pertsch. Principal photography is currently scheduled for fall 2009 and casting will begin later this year. Fresh is planning to leave no stone unturned in its search for the brightest new Canadian talent. “We will be looking across Canada and south of the border to seek out Canadian stars on the rise,” said McGillis. “We are expecting a huge response and can hardly wait to see the cast of 6TEEN come to life,” he added. “6TEEN is a smash with our viewers,” said Michael Goldsmith, Director, Original Content, TELETOON Canada inc. “A perennial hit with audiences, the show is a great fit for our first foray into live-action. I can’t wait to see what the 6TEEN gang will look like, as Jude would say, it’s going to be ‘Sweeeet.’” 6TEEN was originally produced by Nelvana, with Fresh TV producing later episodes. Nelvana Enterprises distributes 6TEEN worldwide and will also handle distribution of the feature. An award-winning family entertainment company on a mission, Fresh TV is obsessed with captivating the dynamic and elusive youth market. Powerfully connected to the interests, influences and enthusiasms of tween and teen audiences around the world, Fresh eats, sleeps and breathes to create television young people will love right now. Fresh also offers the world-class 2D and 3D production services of Elliott Animation located in Toronto. TELETOON is where cartoons live all day, every day. Available in both English and French in over 7.2 million Canadian homes, TELETOON brings kids, youth and adults the best in animated entertainment. TELETOON is also available On Demand and on Mobile TV. Founded in 1997, TELETOON has invested more than 180 million dollars in the creation, development and production of Canadian content and has commissioned over 6250 half-hours of original productions. TELETOON Canada inc. is owned by Astral Media Inc. (50%), and Corus Entertainment Inc. (50%). About Nelvana Studios and Corus Entertainment Nelvana Studios is a globally recognized animation studio that develops and produces award-winning animated properties and brands including the literary classics Babar and Franklin as well as shows such as Jane and the Dragon and Grossology. Nelvana Studios 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, 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 www.corusent.com.
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Media contacts: For Fresh TV: Samantha Taus 416-628-5612 For TELETOON: Kate Dickson 416-956-5443







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