Portuguese Children’s Channel SIC-K and Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON in Canada Broaden Reach of Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise
CANNES, FRANCE – October 19, 2016 – 4K Media Inc., the Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. subsidiary that manages the licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise brand outside of Asia, announced that existing partner SIC-K in Portugal will expand its Yu-Gi-Oh! programming with the pickup of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Seasons 2 and 3 and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Seasons 1 and 2. As well, Canada’s top kids’ network TELETOON has begun broadcasting Season 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, airing Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Nicole Correia of SIC-K Television said, “The audience’s response to the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal validated our belief in the popularity and appeal of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, which is why we are extending our Yu-Gi-Oh! programming to continue to air the rest of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, series as well as the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! installment, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. We are thrilled to expand the relationship between SIC and 4K Media.”
Kristen Gray, 4K Media’s SVP of Operations, Business and Legal Affairs, commented: “Viewers’ response to Yu-Gi-Oh! programming speaks for itself, and of course we are very happy to expand our existing programming relationships with Portugal’s SIC-K and Canada’s TELETOON. Both of these networks are proof of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s appeal around the globe.”
With these new agreements, SIC-K, SIC’s children’s entertainment channel, picks up Seasons 2 and 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal in addition to Seasons 1 and 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V for airing in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique and will begin broadcasting the series in late October 2016. TELETOON, owned by Corus Entertainment, began airing Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 2 in Canada this past July, on the heels of having finished broadcast of Season 1.
In addition to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, video games and feature films, the brand includes an animated franchise, with over 700 episodes spanning from the first series “Yu-Gi-Oh!” Duel Monsters, followed by “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX,” “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s,” “Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal” and now the fifth and latest series “Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.” The feature film, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, recently opened in Japan and is due to launch outside of Asia in the first quarter of 2017.
About 4K Media
New York City-based 4K Media Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.) is a brand management and production company best known for its management of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. This year, the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime brand celebrates its 15th anniversary of entertaining and engaging young audiences in the United States and globally outside of Asia. 2017 marks its next exciting theatrical release, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions.
Beyond the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise 4K Media is also actively expanding both its licensing and production slate to incorporate other brands including the recently announced representation of Rebecca Bonbon. The Yu-Gi-Oh! website is available at www.yugioh.com
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services.
Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.