'Kappa Mikey' acquired by Nicktoons Network in the US

CANNES: Nicktoons Network and MTV Networks International announced plans to secure 26 additional episodes of Animation Collective's property Kappa Mikey, which became the Networks' first-ever global acquisition when it was originally commissioned in 2005.

The announcement was made at MipTV television market in Cannes by Nicktoons Network vice president and general manager Keith Dawkins and Animation Collective CEO and Kappa Mikey's creator Larry Schwarz.

The animated comedy series has posted strong ratings on Nicktoons Network in the US since its launch on 25 February and has been gaining momentum across key demos.

The new deal comprises 26 half hour episodes and will bring the total number of episodes available for the series to 52. MTV Networks International, as per the original deal, secures international distribution rights for third-party broadcast sales for the new episodes.

Kappa Mikey is the first anime series created and produced entirely in the US and beginning in May 2006, the first season of the series is set to launch across all of Nickelodeon's international channels, including Nick Asia, Nick UK, Nick Spain, Nick France and Nick Europe.

"We are so excited to be picking up a second season of Kappa Mikey, which further demonstrates our commitment to bring new, original and distinct content to our audience. Kids have lots of choices and the brands that connect themselves to the freshest ideas win. We believe that Kappa Mikey, the characters, the story and the funny, prove to be the kind of idea that kids fall in love with," said Nicktoons Network general manager Keith Dawkins.

"In Nicktoons Network we were fortunate to find the perfect home in which to introduce Kappa Mikey. The Network's enthusiastic support and love for the property has led to its success. The speed with which they renewed the show, less than a week after its first airing, demonstrates the commitment they have made to building Kappa Mikey as a brand and how supportive they are of independent creator-producers. We feel very lucky to be able to continue to bring to life the world of Kappa Mikey, its characters and its stories," said Schwarz.

"Anime is an extremely popular genre around the world and we are delighted that the success of the first season of Kappa Mikey is being extended across 26 new episodes. Broadcasters have tremendous confidence in MTV Networks International's ability to provide cutting edge, unrivalled hit properties and Kappa Mikey is certainly delivering," MTV Networks International senior vice president international program sales Debbie Back.

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