MIPCOM 2012: U.K. Broadcaster ITV to Air Nickelodeon’s 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Key Art - P 2012

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Key Art - P 2012

The kids network's parent Viacom says its longtime British partner has struck a deal for season one and two of the new animation series.

The turtles are headed to ITV in the U.K. Viacom announced Tuesday that its longtime broadcast partner in that territory has nailed down season one and season two broadcast rights for Nickelodeon's new animation series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for simulcast on ITV1 and CITV.

The deal, along with a raft of multi-territory pre-sales, was announced by Caroline Beaton, SVP International Program Sales, at Mipcom in Cannes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will air across ITV1 and CITV, the children's television arm, starting in spring 2013. ITV and VIMN also confirmed season three pick-ups of Nick's live action series, Big Time Rush and Victorious. As is usual with such deals, no financial details were released.

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"ITV is the perfect broadcast home for Nick's heroes in a half-shell, complementing their hugely popular action packed animation line-up," Beaton said.

Pre-sale deals for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles include: TVI (Portugal), RTL Klub (Hungary), and Bandeirantes (Brazil). Viacom announced earlier this summer a three-year deal with national Spanish broadcaster Television Espanola (TVE) for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, commencing May 2013.

Following its launch in the U.S. on Sept. 29, Nickelodeon has ordered 26 additional episodes of the series, which will begin airing next year. The series is rolling out across Nickelodeon channels around the world between now and December 2013.