SOURCE: Animation Collective, Nicktoons Network

July 20, 2006 08:00 ET

Animation Collective's "Kappa Mikey" and "Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF" Hit the Road With Nicktoons Network Mobile Tour This Summer

Five-City National Tour to Visit New York, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 20, 2006 -- Animation Collective, the largest animation studio in New York, with more original series in production than any other studio, is going on the road with Nicktoons Network this summer. Animation Collective's hit series "Kappa Mikey" and "Thumb Wrestling Federation" are key features of the Nicktoons Network Mobile Tour, a five-city event that takes kids and fans behind the scenes of how animation is made and lets them interact with their favorite shows. The tour will also kick off the third annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival (NNAF) at the final tour stop in Los Angeles.

Fans can interact with the Animation Collective shows in several different areas of the tour:

--  Creator Meet & Greet with Larry Schwarz -- Fans can meet and have
    autographs signed by Larry Schwarz, creator of "Kappa Mikey" and "Thumb
    Wrestling Federation."
--  Thumb Wrestling Competition -- Fans can compete in live thumb
    wrestling matches disguised as their favorite "Thumb Wrestling Federation"
    characters.  Matches are recorded so participants may download their
    personalized video, which automatically enters them into the TWF
    Sweepstakes for a chance to win a guest 'thumb' spot on Nicktoons Network.
--  Tips and Tricks -- Fans can learn about storyboard design from an
    actual "Kappa Mikey" storyboard and will receive free flip books featuring
    "Kappa Mikey" animation.
    
Having kicked off on Saturday, July 15th in New York, the five-city tour will drive cross-country in its branded Nicktoons Network Tour Truck stopping in, Boston, Detroit, Houston and Los Angeles (Burbank) for five consecutive weekends in a row.

Following are tour dates and cities:

--  Boston              Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, July 23
--  Detroit             Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, July 30
--  Houston             Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 6
--  Los Angeles/Burbank Saturday, August 12 - Sunday, August 13
    
Animation Collective is the largest animation studio in New York with more original series in production than any other animation studio in the world. The company is a leader in creating children's programming for television, the Internet, home video and other platforms. Larry Schwarz is the creator and executive producer of all of Animation Collective's original television series including "Kappa Mikey" -- Nickelodeon's first ever global acquisition, recently picked up for a second season -- "Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF," "Leader Dog," and "Tortellini Western" for Nicktoons Network and "Ellen's Acres" and "HTDT" for Cartoon Network. In addition, Schwarz served as producer of "Wulin Warriors" for Cartoon Network and the first season of "The Incredible Crash Dummies" for 4KidsTV. Animation Collective is the largest provider of original content for KOL, America Online's kids channel and Red, its teen channel.

Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a 24-hour schedule featuring programming such as "Kappa Mikey," "Corneil and Bernie" and "Martin Mystery," as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and animation lovers' TV, including "The Angry Beavers," "Yakkity Yak," "Invader Zim," "Spongebob Squarepants," "The Fairly OddParents" and "Jimmy Neutron." 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 39 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.

*Source: NMR *8/29/05-5/7/06 vs. 8/30/04-5/08/05 (LSD) AA(000), K6-11 & K9-14 Nick & Toon Tot Prg Day, NKTNS M-F 2-11p;S/S 9a-11p, DSNY, FAM, TDSNY (M-Su 6a-11p) CBS, WB, FOX, NBC based on Kids Type Codes, Tribune; DIC Kids ** % Index growth UE vs. P9-14 AA(000).

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