Marvel Animation finds Canadian home

Series will air on Teletoon

TORONTO -- Marvel Animation TV series have found an exclusive home in Canada on the domestic cartoon cable channel Teletoon, it was announced Oct. 13.

The multi-year output deal between Marvel and Toronto-based Teletoon will see the countrywide channel air at least 182 animated episodes of super hero action in both the English and French languages, beginning in spring 2009.

The supply deal includes broadband, VOD, mobile and other digital platform rights.

Marvel series like "Iron Man," "The Avengers" and "Wolverine" will air in a Sunday morning action block and in after-school slots on weekdays.

And Marvel TV specials will air during Teletoon's late-night Detour block.

"With this announcement, Marvel Animation and TELETOON are now the clear home for super heroes across all of Canada for many years to come," Eric Rollman, Marvel Animation president said in a statement.

The Marvel series will also air on Teletoon Retro, a cable cartoon re-run channel recently launched by Teletoon co-owners Astral Media and Corus Entertainment.

Teletoon and Marvel have a long association, with series like "Spider-Man" and "The Spectacular Spider-Man," produced by Sony Television and Marvel Comics, and Marvel movies like "Captain America" and "X-Men" having long aired on the Canadian channel as part of its round-the-clock schedule.
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