Nelvana and Disney Channels Worldwide Sign Multi-Territory Broadcast Deal for New Animated Series Polly and the ZhuZhu Pets
Polly and the ZhuZhu Pets airs on Disney Channel U.S. on September 12 and internationally later this year
Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, one of the world’s leading international producers and distributors of children’s animated content, announced today that they have licensed the multi-territory broadcast and on-demand rights for Polly and the ZhuZhu Pets to Disney Channels Worldwide. Inspired by the successful toy phenomenon that swept the Zhuniverse beginning in 2009, the 26×22-minute series is set to air on Disney Channel in the U.S. on Monday, September 12, followed by Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Corus Entertainment’s Canadian premiere date for its homegrown series will be announced at a later date.
Produced by Nelvana in their Toronto studio, Polly and the ZhuZhu Pets features the well-loved characters Pipsqueak, Num Nums, Chunk, and Mr. Squiggles, as well as some adorable new faces. The curious bunch of fun-seeking adventurers live with Polly and the Pamplemousse family in Anytown. With their distinctive birthmarks, undeniable charm, and fur-raising escapades, the ZhuZhus certainly prove they are no ordinary pets – they’re extraordinary! Always on a quest for fun, the ZhuZhus have to stay on their tiny toes to keep up with the non-stop action, laughs, and adventures.
“We are excited to partner with Disney to deliver this fresh new series on a global platform,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana. “Building on the outstanding success of the ZhuZhu brand, we are confident this new series will resonate with audiences around the world.”
Executive producers on the series are Scott Dyer, Colin Bohm, and Irene Weibel from Nelvana and Russell Hornsby from Cepia LLC.
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 over 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 nelvana.com.
About Corus Entertainment
Nelvana is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B), 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.
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