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Wow! Unlimited buys Bell cable channel in “strategic partnership in kids and youth entertainment”


Wow! Unlimited, the amalgamation of Rainmaker, Frederator, and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, teased acquisitions during the company’s announcement last fall and the first big one has been revealed. Yesterday afternoon, Wow! Unlimited struck a “strategic partnership in kids and youth entertainment” that will see the animation company purchase a cable channel from Bell Media. The new channel is tentatively titled Wow. The companies will also collaborate on various other initiatives, including providing content for Bell’s streaming services. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Turning Mecard + Black Jack 2004 dubs, Beyblade Burst Evolution this fall [Updated 6/4/2017]

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Even Black Jack wouldn’t be able to save Mecard’s English dub.

Turning Mecard premiered on Teletoon this afternoon … and I’m astonished at what I’ve seen. Given the show’s international roll out appears to begin with Canada, I had assumed this was going to be a Canadian production. Maybe I’m vastly overestimating my countrymen, but I refuse to believe this was created here. I can’t believe this was produced anywhere in North America. That is not hyperbole. This is Turning Mecard’s English dub:

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Turning Mecard scheduled for Teletoon run

Various online schedules (including the channel’s own) are indicating Teletoon will premiere the South Korean-Japanese animated series Turning Mecard on May 28, 2017. Its first episode, “A Mysterious New Kid,” is set for 2PM, with episode 2, “A Guest From Another World,” listed for the following Sunday at the same time. Zap2it and TVPassport also have an encore run on Cartoon Network Canada set to begin on June 4th at 9:30AM.

While I just called Turning Mecard a South Korean-Japanese production, it’s a little more complicated than that. All of the business partners involved appear to be Korean. Heewon Entertainment provides the animation. KBS is the lead broadcast partner. Choirock designs the toys and Sono Kong distributes them. It’s some of the show’s creative staff that hail from Japan. Most notably, Atsushi Maekawa, who wrote for Bakugan, Digimon, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and a whole lot more, is Mecard’s lead writer and is also credited as the creator of the franchise. Other Japanese crew include a bunch of Bakugan’s other writers, as well as Yasuo Kageyama and Takaaki Ishiyama, the latter of whom served as one of the directors on Spider Riders. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Beyblade Burst in Quebec, Transformers: Combiner Force on Teletoon

Following in the footsteps of the two prior generations of the franchise, Beyblade Burst is heading to Quebec thanks to Télétoon. The series is scheduled to debut this Saturday, May 6th at 12:30PM. The dub, which is based on the English version produced by Vancouver’s Ocean Media, was recorded at SDI Media’s Belgium studio. It premiered in France on Canal J on March 11th. Beyblade Burst replaces Yo-Kai Watch on Télétoon’s unofficial Saturday afternoon action block, which also includes Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge and Pokémon The Series: XYZ. Continue reading

The Guardian Code reveal disappoints ReBoot fans

With shooting in Vancouver and Victoria set to wrap up this week, Corus Entertainment and Mainframe Studios (a unit of Rainmaker Animation, which in turn is a division of WOW! Unlimited Media) have officially announced new details and have shared the first production stills from their reboot of the classic 1994 Canadian animated series, ReBoot. The live-action/CG-animated hybrid, titled ReBoot: The Guardian Code, is set to air on YTV in Canada in 2018. Confirming some things we already knew, the first season will run for 20 episodes (down from its initial 26 episode order in 2015) and will be an action-comedy about four teens becoming Guardians of cyberspace. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Beyblade Burst Evolution coming later this year? Buddyfight X’s dub dated, DHX’s new look and broadcasters for Mega Man

MIPTV, the four-day Cannes television trade show is just weeks away and as companies prepare to hawk their latest productions to merchandisers and broadcasters the world over, news of what will be available is slowly starting to trickle out. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Pokémon Sun and Moon/March Movie Madness on Teletoon, Belladonna on TCM, Sunrises on 70 HMV locations

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Teletoon is celebrating March break with a swarm of Pokémon, from the premiere of the latest season to the newest movie, with a sprinkling of older flicks for you to catch up on.

Kicking the week off, Teletoon has scheduled the original Pokémon film for March 13th at 4PM. The twelfth feature, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, airs at the same time on Tuesday. Wednesday has Genesect and the Legend Awakened. On Friday, Teletoon’s schedule has Lucario and the Mystery of the Mew. What’s on Thursday? The Canadian premiere of nineteenth movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel: Continue reading