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Treehouse Channel Picks Up Nelvana’s New Trucktown Series

Trucktown_NoLogoCorus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio has announced start of production on a new boys preschool CGI-animated series Trucktown, based on a series of children’s books. Forty half-hour episodes have been greenlit with delivery set for next spring. Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse, Canada’s No. 1 24-hour preschool channel, is the first broadcaster to pick up the new series.

Trucktown, which follows the playful adventures of a group of rough and tumble young trucks, is based on a successful series of bestselling books by children’s author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales, The Time Warp Trio, Spaceheadz) and published by Simon & Schuster, which includes more than 50 titles and has sold more than 1 million books.

The action centers around Jack Truck and his best friends Dump Truck Dan and Max the Monster Truck and the rest of the truck gang as they roar, romp, and power their way through Trucktown. This group of friends have never met a wall they couldn’t smash or a road or bridge they couldn’t build—and smash again. Filled with fun, Trucktown tells big stories that capture the big personalities of the trucks that live there.

Season 2 of Mike The Knight Gets Greenlight from HIT Entertainment, Nelvana

HIT Entertainment and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana have approved a second season of their preschool phenomenon, Mike the Knight.

MTK_GROUP_CastleThe second season, comprising 52 x 12-minute episodes, is in production and is set to begin delivery to broadcasters in late Spring. HIT Entertainment and Nelvana Studio will produce the series jointly. In the second season, viewers will be introduced to Mike’s father and role model, the King of Glendragon, who has been away exploring faraway lands.

Treehouse in Canada, CBeebies in the UK, and Nick Jr. in the U.S. have committed to air Season 2 of Mike the Knight starting in May in Canada, this summer in the UK, and later in the fall in the U.S.

Season 2 will also see additional product rollout. For more information, visit www.miketheknight.com.

New Beyblade Series and Toy Line to Launch in Canada

On May 15, Beyblade: Metal Fusion, a spin-off of Beyblade, will premiere on Canada’s YTV. From Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Japan’s d-rights, the new series will kick off with a four-episode stunt event at 12 p.m. that day.

Beyblade: Metal Fusion features a new cast of characters as they follow Gingka and battle the rising dangerous group, The Dark Nebula. Following the stunt event, the series will air every Saturday on YTV at 12 p.m. ET/PT.

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