Nickelodeon Plans 450 Animated TV Episodes
Nickelodeon, a leading player in television animation, will introduce 450 episodes of new animation programming over the next three years, with nearly 200 episodes rolling out on Saturday mornings in 2012.
Representing the largest amount of animation production in the network’s history, the new roster includes current hits like SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar, Fanboy and Chum Chum , T.U.F.F. Puppy , and the brand-new series The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra –a spinoff of Avatar: The Last Airbender; Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness –Nick’s latest partnership with DreamWorks Animation; a new CG series, Robot & Monster ; and the Italian import Winx Club.
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And in fourth quarter 2012, Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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“For 20 years animation has been a comic mainstay of the Nickelodeon DNA,” said Brown Johnson, president, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.
“Smart characters and great stories have made our shows number one for kids, and these pick-ups exemplify the continuing evolution of our animated programming. They complement our successful live-action offerings perfectly.”
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is a leading entertainment brand for kids.