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NATPE NEWS: Kappa Mikey Plucked by MTV Networks

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NATPE NEWS: Kappa Mikey Plucked by MTV Networks

Viacom’s MTV Networks has made its first-ever global program acquisition, nabbing worldwide broadcast rights to Animation Collective’s Kappa Mikey for Nicktoons in the U.S. and Nickelodeon’s international channels. The pick-up covers 26 half-hour episodes of the comedic action show that will premiere on in 2006. The agreement also grants MTV Networks international distribution rights for third-party broadcast sales.

Described as a fish-out-of-water parody of the anime genre, Kappa Mikey has American actor Mikey Simon join the cast of LilyMu, which was once the top rated anime show in Japan. While he struggles to connect with his fellow cast members and adjust to life abroad, Mikey’s crazy antics and style lift LilyMu out of the ratings gutter and make him Japan’s biggest star.

Keith Dawkins, VP and general manager of Nicktoons, comments, “MTV Networks’ global acquisition of Kappa Mikey for Nicktoons and Nickelodeon internationally is a significant move forward in our strategic plans to leverage the strength and resources of our global networks to deliver our audiences everywhere the very best, cutting-edge entertainment available.”

New York City-based Animation Collective (http://www.animationcollective.com) creates Flash-based animation for television, the Internet, home video and feature films. The Incredible Crash Dummies, which the company co-produces with 4Kids Ent., airs on Fox Box on Saturday mornings. Leader Dog and Tortellini Western, two original series produced by the company, air on Nicktoons.

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