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PR: Nicktoons Network Animation Festival Announces 4th Annual Call for Entries

NICKTOONS NETWORK ANIMATION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL WORLDWIDE CALL FOR ENTRIES APRIL 1 THROUGH JUNE 1
Festival of Top Animated Shorts to Roll Out On-Air August 26 through 31

NEW YORK – April 2, 2007 – Calling all animators! Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation network, in partnership with Frederator Studios, the festival’s production house, are seeking entries for the fourth annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. Animators from around the world can submit their work to the first and only multiplatform animation festival from Sunday, April 1st through Friday, June 1st. Entry forms can be downloaded on www.nicktoonsnetwork.com.

“This is the Animation Festival’s fourth year, and we’re certain it’ll be the best one yet,” said Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons Network. “We’re excited to work with Frederator once again and are looking forward to receiving submissions from around the globe for a festival created for animators and lovers of animation alike.”

“The film festival has allowed us to help independent animators reach a larger audience, which is very important to us,” said Fred Seibert, Festival Executive Director and President, Frederator Studios. “We are also pleased to award prizes to indies to help them continue their work and realize their unique visions.”

The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, co-produced by Radar Cartoons, is on the hunt for a selection of original short films created in any style of animation that do not exceed 10 minutes in length. Submitted shorts will be chosen by a pre-selection jury and will be showcased on-air and online on Nicktoons Network with five half-hour episodes kicking off Sunday, August 26 through Thursday, August 30, in addition to a “Best Of” episode on Friday, August 31. A grand jury will select a $10,000 grand prize winner from the top ten films chosen by the pre-selection jury.

About Nicktoons Network
Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids’ network* and offers a 24-hour schedule featuring programming such as the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, Skyland, Kappa Mikey, Thumb Wrestling Federation, The Secret Show and Martin Mystery, as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids’ and animation lovers’ TV, including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. Nicktoons Network is a part of the MTV Networks expanded suite of channels available for digital distribution. The new channels include MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Nicktoons Network and VH1 Mega Hits, expanding and strengthening MTV Networks’ digital offerings to thirteen services. Nicktoons Network currently reaches 45 million homes via cable, digital cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons, and all related titles and logos are property of Viacom, Inc. *Nicktoons Network is the Fastest Growing Kid’s Network among K2-11, K6-14 and K12-17. Source: Nielsen Media Research, 8/28/06-01/21/07 vs. 08/29/05-01/22/06.

About Frederator
Frederator makes cartoons for television and movies. Since its 1998 founding by former Hanna-Barbera Cartoons President Fred Seibert, Frederator Studios has become one of the industry’s largest and most prolific independent cartoon studios. The company’s debut production was Oh Yeah! Cartoons, an anthology of traditional seven-minute animated shorts by three dozen creators, for Nickelodeon. That project has so far spawned three hit series for the network. Frederator has more than 100 projects in active development as well as production for features, books, television, and video.

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