Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada
Nelvana Enterprises

Nelvana Enterprises

October 18, 2007 09:00 ET

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada and Nelvana Enterprises Sign Multi-Year DVD Manufacturing, Marketing and Distribution Agreement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2007) - Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada and Nelvana Enterprises announced today a seven-year sales services agreement with a potential two-year extension, beginning in fall of 2007. The terms of the deal will see Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada manufacture, market and sell five properties on DVD for Nelvana Enterprises in Canada, including Jane and the Dragon, Grossology, Di-Gata Defenders, Ruby Gloom and a feature length Franklin movie. In all, the deal represents more than 150 episodes of some of Nelvana's premier properties.

"This agreement perfectly combines the premier marketing and distribution infrastructure of one of the world's most successful media companies with a number of the world's top-quality youth entertainment brands," said Steve Dorman, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada. "Nelvana has a fantastic history of producing quality entertainment that's enjoyed worldwide. It's a thrill for us to represent them in the Canadian DVD marketplace."

"We are delighted to begin our partnership with Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada," said Peter Maule, Vice President, Worldwide Home Entertainment and Digital Media, Nelvana Enterprises. "This strategic arrangement will allow us to leverage their industry-leading marketing and distribution capabilities to ensure that our shows gain maximum retail and consumer exposure."

About Nelvana Enterprises

With a focus on delivering quality branded entertainment as well as providing distribution and merchandise licensing opportunities on multiple platforms, Nelvana Enterprises oversees new media partnerships, global broadcast, DVD and video-on-demand sales, and consumer products licensing internationally for animated properties from Nelvana Studios and select production partners. Nelvana Enterprises stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands include literary classics Babar and Franklin as well as new shows such as Ruby Gloom and Di-Gata Defenders. Nelvana Enterprises is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada is a division of Universal Studios Canada Inc. (www.universalstudioscanada.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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