Nicktoons, Nickelodeon’s digital home for kid TV’s most popular animated hits, will add four new shows to its 2004 line-up. The slate will help the outlet move closer to its goal of upping its original programming to 25% by 2005. The outlet will develop an original series in 2004 and add three acquisitions never before seen in the U.S. On top of that, two comedic interstitial series will roll out beginning Oct. 6.
"The goal of this new channel is to create a home for the next generation of animation, a laboratory for new talent and animation styles," says Cyma Zarghami, exec. VP and general manager of Nickelodeon.
Along with the new shows, the network is getting a new on-air look, produced by Klasky Csupo division Class-key Chew-po Broadcast Design, which counts among its credits the MVT hits Punk’d, The Osbournes and The Anna Nicole Show.
Nicktoons also get its first-ever general manager in Keith Dawkins. The former supervising producer at VH1 also served as a producer for Fox News Channel, where he was part of the network’s original launch team.
Nicktoons is part of the MTV Networks expanded suite of channels available for digital distribution. Its current schedule features a roster of hits including The Angry Beavers, Rugrats, Ahhh! Real Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and As Told By Ginger.