New The ZhuZhus Broadcasting Rights Deal For Turner UK, Nordics And France

New The ZhuZhus Broadcasting Rights Deal For Turner UK, Nordics And France

New The ZhuZhus Broadcasting Rights Deal For Turner UK, Nordics And France

Canadian children’s television production company – Nelvana (owned by Corus Communications) has signed a broadcasting rights deal with Turner UK, Nordics and France to air The ZhuZhus, an animated show about a gang of adventurous talking hamsters with diverse personalities and also their owner – Frankie. The deal includes brand new episodes that will air later in the year.

In addition to new episodes of The ZhuZhus on Boomerang UK and on Turner’s kids channels in France during June (with even more coming in November), the show will also debut in the Nordic region this October. The ZhuZhus premiered on Boomerang UK and Ireland last month and new episodes are airing in Boomerang UK’s New Saturdays programming block.

From The Corus Communications Press Release: Nelvana Partners with Turner to Bring The ZhuZhus ‘Zhuniverse’ to Viewers Across Europe: Nelvana Extends The Zhuzhus Brand with New Broadcast Partner and Signs New Licensing Agents Around the World

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has inked a broadcast deal with Turner to bring the delightful adventures of The ZhuZhus to viewers across Europe. Nelvana negotiated the long-term broadcast deal for the show with Turner for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, and Cartoonito across the U.K., France, and the Nordics. Episodes began rolling out in the U.K. and France this month with another set of new episodes slated for November. The series will debut in the Nordic regions beginning in October.

“The fur-raising adventures of The ZhuZhus has tickled the funny bone of viewers all around the world,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana. “We’re very excited to be adding to our broadcast schedule with exemplary partners that will bring the laugh-out-loud show to viewers throughout the region.”

Additionally, Nelvana has signed on six new licensing agents for the furry animated series around the world. Partners and territories include:

Discovery Italia in Italy
License Connection in The Benelux Union (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
Licensing Dynamics International in Israel
Megalicense in Russia and CIS territories
Popcorn Brand Activity in Portugal
20too Licensing in the Middle East

The ZhuZhus is based on the hugely-popular ZhuZhu Pets toy line from St. Louis, MO-based Cepia, LLC, the mastermind behind the irresistible and always-entertaining lifelike robotic hamsters that became a phenomenon when they were first introduced.

Corus Expands Cartoon Network Canada Licensing Now Includes Merchandising

Corus Expands Cartoon Network Canada Licensing Now Includes Merchandising

Corus Expands Cartoon Network Canada Licensing Now Includes Merchandising

Corus Entertainment – the broadcast brand licence holder and operator of Cartoon Network Canada, have announced today (16/06/2016) that they have extended their partnership with Turner in a new multi-year broadcast deal. Also as part of the new deal, Corus’s children’s animation and live-action division – Nelvana, will act as the exclusive merchandising agent for Cartoon Network’s brands in Canada, which includes popular animated properties such as The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Ben 10 and more. As merchandising agent, Nelvana is now able to make Cartoon Network branded product deals with other companies, this can range from anything from toys to food and drink to electronic equipment.

Nelvana will promote their new acquired Cartoon Network brands as licencing agent for Canada at Licensing Expo 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on Tuesday 21st June to Thursday 23rd June.

From The Corus Entertainment Press Release:

Corus Entertainment, the number one provider of kids content in Canada, announced today an extended partnership with Turner’s Cartoon Network in a new multi-year broadcast and merchandise deal that now features Corus’ Nelvana as the exclusive merchandising agent for the channel’s iconic brands in Canada, including The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Ben 10 and more. Nelvana will showcase its key brands at Licensing Expo 2016, Booth H214, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, June 21-23.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Cartoon Network and its dynamic roster of fan-favourite brands,” said Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, International Development and Corporate Strategy, Nelvana. “Cartoon Network Canada continues to delight our audiences with its terrific lineup of shows and we’re thrilled to be enhancing the fan experience through a wide range of merchandise that enables them to engage with the brands in exciting new ways.”

“We are looking forward to building our successful partnership with Corus with the addition of Nelvana on the licensed merchandise side,” said Peter Yoder, Vice President Consumer Products, Cartoon Network Enterprises. “Together, we’ll be able to deliver unique and creative content and series-inspired product to fans all across the Canadian marketplace.”

As the exclusive merchandising agent, Nelvana, a world-class international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content, will develop a wide array of licensed merchandise for Cartoon Network’s properties, greatly expanding the product offerings currently available in Canada and maximizing the opportunities around the re-launch of The Powerpuff Girls this fall and Ben 10 in 2017. The new categories include secondary and seasonal toys, softlines, food and beverage, sporting goods, and consumer electronics. Among the newest consumer products programs launching this fall in Canada is an assortment of The Powerpuff Girls toys from master toy licensee Spin Master.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at

About Nelvana

Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally-renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in more than 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards, including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at