New Series, Launching Fall 2018, Will Expand the Turtles' World,
Introducing New Villains and Allies to a More Mystical New York City
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' network, will reimagine its iconic,
global franchise, Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles, with an all-new, 26-episode 2D-animated
series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (working title),
launching fall 2018. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows
this band of brothers as they encounter new allies and villains and
discover a magical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of
New York City. The new 2D series is co-executive produced by Andy
Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward
(supervising producer, current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at
Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. The news was announced at Nickelodeon's
Upfront presentation, held today in New York City.
"The Turtles is a property that has reinvention in its DNA, which keeps
it fresh and relevant to every new generation while satisfying the
demand from its adult fans," said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon
Group. "Turtles has been an incredibly important franchise for us
since we reignited it five years ago, and we're excited for the new
series to take the characters in a different direction with more humor,
a younger and lighter feel and all-new dimensions to explore."
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will follow Leonardo,
Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek
to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest
skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd
new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their
favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never
knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate
the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their
destiny to become a team of heroes.
Andy Suriano is an artist, illustrator and performer, and an Emmy and
Annie Award-winning character designer and storyboard artist. His past
credits include: Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Fairly OddParents, Duck
Dodgers, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Disney's
Mickey Mouse shorts, Samurai Jack, and The Powerpuff Girls, among
Ant Ward is an animator, writer and producer best known for his work as
supervising producer on Penguins of Madagascarand Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Emmy Award-winner was integral to
developing Nickelodeon's CG-animation pipeline.
The new season of Nickelodeon's current CG-animated Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles will premiere Sunday, March 19, at 9 a.m. (ET/PT).
Brand-new episodes will continue to air on Nickelodeon.
Considered one of the most popular kids' television programs of the
1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property
created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a
successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a
live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster
theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products
powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with
toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of
dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one
action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous
recipient of the Toy Industry Association's top honor for Property of
the Year at the TOTY Awards.
Nickelodeon year to date is the number-one kids' network, with the top
shows on all TV in every key demo--the top 10 among Kids 2-11; nine of
the top 10 with Kids 6-11; and six of the top 10 shows for Kids 2-5.
Nick recently marked its third straight year at number one with kids,
outpacing the competition most recently in 2016 by double digits.
Nickelodeon also had the top shows in every demo in 2016: nine out of
the top 10 with Kids 2-11; six of the top 10 with Kids 6-11; and six of
the top 10 preschool programs.
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand
for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first
in everything it does. The company includes television programming and
production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer
products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's
U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and
has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive
years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.
Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks
of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
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