Nick strikes major Marvel deal

Two new Marvel animations to debut exclusively on Nicktoons Network in Q1 2009.
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Nicktoon Network - Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation channel - has joined forces with Marvel Entertainment to bring two of its superhero characters to the TV screen in two new animated series.

Iron Man: The Animated Series (a co-production with French-based Method Films) and Wolverine and the X-Men (a co-production with Toonz Entertainment and First Serve International) will debut exclusively on the channel in the first quarter of 2009.

"Nicktoons Network is first and foremost about showcasing the most creative and unique animation there is, and this partnership with Marvel is another crucial way to super-serve our audiences with something fresh and new," said Keith Dawkins, senior VP and general manager of Nicktoons Network.

"The fact that these Marvel characters span books, feature films and TV speaks to their massive appeal. We hope this deal signals to the marketplace and our audience, particularly boys, that we are the home for big hits and exciting, adrenaline fueled animation."

Eric Rollman, executive VP of animation and television for Marvel Studios, added: "Nicktoons has a reputation for delivering some of the highest quality animation programming to the youth entertainment market, and Marvel is thrilled to be joining hands with such a dynamic channel."

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