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Len Cochrane Passes Away at 71

By Mike Valiquette

The Hollywood Reporter is sharing the news that legendary Canadian kids broadcast executive, Len Cochrane, has passed away at the age of 71. Len was a pioneer of the kids broadcast sector, founding Teletoon and presiding over Family Channel from 1990 to 2001. He retired in 2014. cartt.ca has an obituary that touches on how… »

press release: Counterfeit Cat Goes Global On Disney XD and Disney Channel

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – September 19, 2016  – Tricon Kids & Family’s award-winning original animated comedy series Counterfeit Cat  (52×11′ and 11×2′ shorts) pounces onto Disney XD and Disney Channel in multiple territories including France, South East Asia, Japan, Australia/New Zealand, and Latin America. Counterfeit Cat received its world premiere in May on Disney XD UK… »

press release: Radical Sheep and Teletoon Team up For SPRINKLE and the SWEET SUGAR MAGICS

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – February 4, 2016 – Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON and RADICAL SHEEP PRODUCTIONS have entered into a development deal for animated comedy SPRINKLE and the SWEET SUGAR MAGICS from Comedian, Writer and Creator Stephanie Kaliner. SPRINKLE and the SWEET SUGAR MAGICS is an 11-minute comedy for kids 6-9 about a character named Cara who… »

from the internets: Teletoon Retro Shutting Down

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 (of all places) has got this tidbit: Corus is down Teletoon Retro at the end of August. (Here’s the link) Some programming could shift to Teletoon proper, and I can assume we’ll be getting further announcements as the channels realign themselves. The broadcast landscape is shifting almost weekly it seems, with DHX dropping their… »

press release: Dave Cooper’s Bagel and Becky Lands at Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

April 13, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON has commissioned the animated comedy series, The Bagel and Becky Show from Radical Sheep Productions for their 2016/2017 slate. Production has started on 52×11 minute episodes of the animated series, based on the book “Bagel’s Lucky Hat” by Dave Cooper, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s PIGGOATBANANACRICKET.  … »

Athena Georgaklis steps into Director of Content role at Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

It was announced today by Corus Entertainment that the position left open by Alan Gregg back in May, when he left the broadcaster to head up Mercury Filmworks’ new European studio in Ireland, will be filled by Teletoon mainstay, Athena Georgaklis. Athena has been with Teletoon for 17 years, based out of the Montreal office…. »

More Networks, Less Animation.

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, Playback reported that a new movie channel, Starlight, that shows nothing but Canadian movies, would be getting a Category B broadcast license. Awesome! The all-Canadian movie channel Starlight has finally got its broadcast licence from the CRTC. After earlier being denied a category A broadcast licence that would have granted Starlight mandatory carriage,… »

Rebecca David chats with Rebecca Sugar (STEVEN UNIVERSE!!!)

By Rebecca David

    With Steven Universe premiering on Teletoon late last month, we were given an opportunity to speak with creator Rebecca Sugar. Within our talk we cover Rebecca’s journey from school to now, her hopes and intentions with the show, how marvelous her crew is (both at Cartoon Network and overseas in Korea) and how she’s… »

press release: Steven Universe coming to Teletoon!

By Mike Valiquette

I know this makes a lot of people very excited, so here you go: TELETOON Canada premieres Steven Universe this April (April 7, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) Steven Universe premieres on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT in TELETOON Canada’s flagship Can’t Miss Thursdays programming block. The new series is created by Emmy® and… »

press release: More Camp Lakebottom coming from 9Story

By Mike Valiquette

9 Story Entertainment Receives 2nd Season Order for Hit Animated Comedy Series CAMP LAKEBOTTOM Toronto, Canada – April 6, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has received a 2nd Season order from TELETOON Canada for an additional 26 x 22’ episodes of the hit animated comedy series Camp Lakebottom.  Camp… »

from the internets: New Corus structure revealed

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve been waiting to hear about this, and it looks like it’s finally being announced. Apologies to Jeremy Dickson at Kidscreen for swiping the press release: On the heels of its CRTC-approved US$233 million buy-out of the 50% stake in Teletoon Canada that it did not already own, Toronto’s Corus Entertainment has revealed a divisional… »

from the internets: Globe & Mail on Corus/Shaw acquisitions

By Mike Valiquette

This article might seem peripheral to the animation sector in Canada, but the subject matter will have a very direct effect on the working futures of animators across this country: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/crtc-raises-flag-over-ties-between-corus-shaw/article14015455/ The relationship between Corus and Shaw is the bigger discussion, and of much greater interest to the CRTC. In our little world, there’s a… »

Press release: Pirate Express, from Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons

By Mike Valiquette

  ATOMIC AND STICKY PICTURES SAIL INTO PRODUCTION ON ORIGINAL SHOW PIRATE EXPRESS (Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons and Australia’s Sticky Pictures are raising anchor and starting production on 26 half hour episodes (52 x 11) of Atomic Cartoons’ original animated television comedy series Pirate Express. The fun-filled pirate show for kids aged 7 to… »

breaking news: CRTC Approves Bell/Astral Merger

By Mike Valiquette

This is significant. We wrote about it a while back, but it looks like it’s come to pass. Canada’s media regulator, the CRTC, has approved the latest bid by Bell Media-parent BCE to acquire Astral Media for roughly US$3.4 billion. As a condition of this deal, Astral has to sell off certain assets, among them… »

Teletoon’s Latest Original Production Slate Includes Inspector Gadget Relaunch

By Mike Valiquette

TELETOON Canada announces two new original series, Inspector Gadget and Pirate Express, as well as the renewal of four others (Banff, Alberta – June 11, 2013) –TELETOON Canada Inc. today announced its latest original production slate, featuring a brand new CGI version of the beloved Canadian animated series Inspector Gadget and swashbuckling new series Pirate… »

press release: Competition Bureau okays Teletoon sale.

By Mike Valiquette

All that’s left now is for the CRTC to say yes, and then the biggest producer of animation in Canada will pretty much own every primary animation broadcaster in Canada. Yep.   Corus Entertainment Receives Competition Bureau Clearance to Acquire TELETOON, Historia and Séries+ (Toronto, Canada) On Friday, March 15, Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B)… »

press release: Teletoon study says “Cartoons are good for you!”

By Mike Valiquette

I think it’s pretty clear that I love cartoons.  I remember watching Bugs Bunny with my mom as a kid.  I watch them with my daughter. BUT. I’m really not too sure I’m down with this as a way of promoting the rebranding of your network. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Canadian Study on Cartoon-Watching Reveals… »

press release: Mercury Filmworks and Technicolor bring Atomic Puppet to Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa, Canada & Paris, France – (January 29, 2013) – Canada’s Mercury Filmworks and Paris-based Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH) today jointly announce a development deal with TELETOON Canada for animated comedy television series, Atomic Puppet. Mercury Filmworks, Technicolor and TELETOON will co-develop Atomic Puppet as a 2D animated comedy series targeting kids 6–11. Atomic Puppet was… »

press release: Rocket Monkeys premiering next Thursday on Teletoon

By Mike Valiquette

Note: The production companies never seem to get a mention in these things.  Rocket Monkeys is being produced at Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons.  Not to diminish the other players, but if this show is a hit, it has as much to do with the extremely talented people at Atomic as is does with anyone else involved…. »

press release: Cartoon Network Canada is GO!

By Mike Valiquette

(Toronto, ON, July 4, 2012) – TELETOON Canada Inc. flipped the switch today on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, giving Canadians access to programming from these top-rated U.S. brands. The brand new Canadian specialty channel Cartoon Network launched at 6 a.m. ET/PT today, while Adult Swim programming will assume its nightly position on the network… »

press release: 9 Story Entertainment announces Season 2 Renewal of “Fugget About It” on TELETOON

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – June 12, 2012 – 9 Story Entertainment announces its animated primetime comedy series Fugget About It (13 x 22′) has been renewed by TELETOON Canada for a 2nd season of 13 new episodes for Fall 2013.  Originally developed for the 2007 TELETOON at Night Pilot Project, Fugget About It season 1 premiere… »


By Mike Valiquette

TELETOON Canada announces the development of two new series and the renewal of three others (Banff, AB, June 12, 2012) – The Canadian animation world is about to gain one pair of cosmic power pants and a trio of insane animals. TELETOON Canada Inc. today announced its latest original production slate featuring kids comedies Dr…. »

Cartoon Network Canada update

By Mike Valiquette

We ran a press release a few weeks ago regarding Teletoon’s upcoming venture with Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Canada.  I’ve been in touch with the kind folks at Teletoon for some clarification. Here’s what we now know: CN Canada will be a standalone specialty channel, separate from Teletoon and Teletoon Retro.  It “will launch at… »

Cartoon Network Canada: July 4, 2012

By Mike Valiquette

Mark the date, cartoon fans.  Cartoon Network Canada is launching July 4th. Sort of. I was under the impression that what was being talked about was a standalone Cartoon Network Canada Channel.  This sounded exciting for viewers, who would be getting all kinds of great Cartoon Network programming, seven days a week, 24 hours a… »

press release: Dave Cooper + Radical Sheep + Teletoon = development deal on awesome cartoon

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto, Canada – March 29, 2012 – TELETOON and Radical Sheep Productions have entered into a development deal for an animated comedy based on the book Bagel’s Lucky Hat by the world-renowned fine artist Dave Cooper (a.k.a. Hector Mumbly). The Bagel and Becky Show is an 11-minute comedy for kids 8-11 about Bagel and Becky,… »

Cable News/Rant: Teletoon Retro in Forever Fun…’Till We Can’t Flog the Rerun

By Cameron Archer

The Teletoon channels recently introduced their winter 2012 schedules. Teletoon, being the petulant, eldest sibling, gets the most attention. Teletoon at Night gets by with new episodes of Crash Canyon and Futurama. Teletoon Retro earns…”new” episodes of Care Bears Family, Jem and King of the Hill. Oh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles makes its Teletoon Retro… »

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