VIVENDI ENTERTAINMENT CANADA ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT’S ANIMATED PROPERTIES
TORONTO, June 24, 2009 – Vivendi Entertainment Canada (VEC) announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Marvel Animation, a division of Marvel Entertainment, to acquire the Canadian home video rights for Marvel Animation’s next slate of animated TV series. The deal was announced by Iain Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions, Vivendi Entertainment Canada and Eric S. Rollman, President of Marvel Animation.
Marvel Entertainment is one of the world’s largest character-based entertainment companies with a library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over the past seventy years. The deal includes: The Super Hero Squad Show, The Avengers: World’s Greatest Heroes and Black Panther. The Super Hero Squad Show, launching this fall, is a super-stylized action adventure series based on the entire Marvel Universe with an added comedy twist. The property rolls out this fall with a wealth of licensed goods, including a video game from THQ. The Avengers: World’s Greatest Heroes is an all-new property featuring some of the most popular Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk and Ant-Man, just to name a few. The Super Hero Squad Show and The Avengers are slated for broadcast on Teletoon in both English and French Canada through Marvel Animation’s output deal with the network. Black Panther is an 8 episode mini-series, voiced by Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou, that recounts the origin of the iconic Super Hero. Black Panther will air on BET.
Iain Taylor commented: “Marvel is without a doubt the most visible comic-based brand in the market today and we are very excited to partner with this world class organization to help bring their properties into the Canadian marketplace”.
“The team at VEC are top notch and are personally passionate about the Marvel Universe making them a perfect match for Marvel Animation,” said Eric Rollman. “We look forward to a great collaboration and continuing to grow our brands across Canada with an exciting slate of new series.”
About Vivendi Entertainment Canada (VEC)
Vivendi Entertainment Canada, a division of Universal Music Canada, provides producers and independent studios the full array of distribution services. Vivendi represents a vast range of genres including action, comedy, drama, anime, family, TV on DVD, documentary, fitness and sports. Vivendi has built an extensive catalogue of over 2,000 titles and its customer-centric business model was founded on the principles of collaboration and financial transparency. For more information visit www.vivendient.ca.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel’s strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online. For more information visit www.marvel.com.