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9 Story Entertainment Signs Publishing Deal with Scholastic for Almost Naked Animals

9 Story Entertainment and Scholastic have signed a publishing deal for the animated children’s comedy series Almost Naked Animals. The Licensing Shop brokered the deal. Scholastic will publish comic readers, joke books, chapter books, e-books, and digital interactive story books featuring the quirky characters and their funny escapades for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in English and Spanish. The English chapter book and joke book will launch this month in the U.S. and Canada.

Almost Naked Animals is seen in the U.S. on Cartoon Network and in Canada on YTV and VRAK, in addition to airing on leading international children’s channels around the world. Almost Naked Animals’ robust licensing program includes home entertainment, toys and apparel, an online super game, an e-commerce store, and social networking partnerships.

Almost Naked Animals Renewed For Third Season

9 Story Entertainment has announced CiTV UK has renewed the hit animated children’s comedy series Almost Naked Animals (52 x 22’) for a third season. The series, produced and distributed by 9 Story, was recently nominated for a BAFTA Kids’ Vote Award.

The series is seen in the U.S. on Cartoon Network and in Canada on YTV and VRAK, in addition to airing on leading international channels including ABC Australia, Disney Channel Italy, Disney Channel India, Disney Channel Latin America, Disney Channel Spain and Portugal, NPO’s children’s channel Z@pp/Zeppelin in the Netherlands, Super RTL Germany, Canal+ Family, Noga Isreal, RTE Ireland DR Denmark and TéléTOON+.  Almost Naked Animals’ licensing program includes home entertainment, toys and apparel, an online super game, an e-commerce store, and social networking partnerships.

KI.KA Secures Broadcasting Deal for New Babar Series

German broadcaster KI.KA has purchased the first 26 episodes of Nelvana Enterprises‘ new animated series, Babar and the Adventures of Badou. The series will launch on the channel in spring 2011. Babar and the Adventures of Badou is an updated version of the classic Babar series and introduces King Babar’s 8-year-old grandson, Badou. In the CGI series, Badou and his friends Chiku the monkey, Zawadi the zebra, and others explore the exotic world of Celestville. The show, for kids ages 4 to 7, is a co-production by Nelvana Studio and TeamTO, in association with The Clifford Ross Company.

The series will premiere on YTV in Canada this November and is set to air on TFI in France, Playhouse Disney Japan, Disney Channel in Italy and Spain, ABC TV in Australia, TV2 in Norway, YLE 2 in Finland, DR TV in Denmark, Thai PBS, SRC for French Canada, and M-Net in South Africa, among others.

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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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