Animania HD Bolsters Programming Line-Up With the Acquisition of Three New Shows

The Boy
Olliver’s Adventures

VOOM HD Originals Channel, Animania HD, Dedicated to Presenting Unique Animation Entertainment in Vivid Hi-Definition

JERICHO, N.Y., September 22, 2004 – Animania HD, the 24/7 hi-definition animation channel featuring an eclectic mix of classic shows and the newest, most cutting edge programming from around the world, continues to establish itself as an innovative player in the animation landscape by acquiring the exclusive domestic broadcast rights to three highly inventive series: The Boy, Olliver’s Adventures and Flatmania. Each of these series is targeted to boys, 6-12, and features appealing characters and storylines, and engaging animation style. The Boy and Olliver’s Adventures will debut on the channel in October, while Flatmania will launch in November. Animania HD is available exclusively on VOOM, the groundbreaking satellite service that provides the most comprehensive array of hi-definition programming for the rapidly growing but underserved HDTV audience.

“These new programs perfectly compliment our current programming roster that also includes such well-received shows as Columbia Tri-Star’s Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future, Neptuno Films’ 2020 and Xilam Animation’s RATZ,” said Keith O’Connell, Vice-President Programming and Acquisitions of Animania HD “These acquisitions are part of our aggressive growth strategy as we look to further our position as the pre-eminent high-def animation network We are continually on the look out for cutting-edge hi-definition animation partners.”

Produced by Tooncan Productions and distributed by Filmoption International, Inc., The Boy delivers on the ultimate kids fantasy – being a boy genius trained to be part of an elite espionage squad. In each episode of this stylish and humorous, fast-paced action adventure series, viewers will enter a world filled with intrigue, secret agents and covert operations to watch a spy cooler than James Bond accomplish dangerous missions — all before the end of the school day. Animania HD has acquired 26, half-hour episodes of this 2-D animated series.

Olliver’s Adventures is a slick, squish digital flash animated series centering on a rambunctious, sweet, high-energy six-year-old who is just trying to figure it all out. With a hyper-kinetic imagination and a make believe world, Olliver’s Adventures is working on dealing with bullies, older sisters and just how to get through the day. Each of the adventures delivers a constructive message: trust your instincts and be true to yourself. Animania HD has acquired 39, half-hour episodes of the show produced by Collideascope Digital Productions in association with Decode Entertainment, Inc.

Meanwhile, the unique 2-D/3-D Flatmania presents the adventures of 13-year-old Vincent who while looking through a pile of magazines gets pulled into one. To his amazement, he now finds himself in a wild and strange world where everything is made of paper and is flat – even him. Vincent befriends a funky girl with attitude named Kyu who has the unique ability to see the otherwise invisible rifts in the magazines. Together they search each magazine hoping the next rift will be the one that takes Vincent back home. Co-produced by Vivatoon and Futurikon and distributed by Vivamondo a subsidiary of the Vivavision Group, Animania HD will present 52, 13 minute episodes.

About VOOM HD Originals
Animania HD is one of the VOOM HD Originals, an all-inclusive package of 21 commercial-free channels created by Rainbow Media and available exclusively to subscribers of VOOM, the first television service to offer a comprehensive array of HD programming to customers throughout the continental United States. In addition to Animania HD, the VOOM HD Originals include exclusive HD coverage of international soccer on WorldSport HD; artistic masterpieces from around the world on Gallery HD; an inside look at exclusive live auctions on Auction HD; spine-chilling movies brought to life in hi-definition on Monsters HD; 24/7 news shot in native HD on HDNews; breathtaking world culture and natural history programming on Equator HD; experimental non-narrative video art on MOOV; the latest pop music concerts on Rave HD; in-your-face action sports on Rush HD; the best in fashion, food and fine living on Ultra HD; and HD Cinema 10, a 10-channel multiplex of uncut, commercial-free movies in HD, including Divine HD – the first ever hi-definition 24/7 gay movie channel.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
The exclusive VOOM HD Originals package of 21 commercial-free HD channels was created by Rainbow Media Holdings LLC. A leader in sports, news and entertainment programming, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Rainbow Media owns and manages national networks: AMC, Fuse, IFC (The Independent Film Channel) and WE: Women’s Entertainment; as well as the on-demand services: Mag Rack, Uncensored On Demand, World Picks On Demand and World Picks Networks. Rainbow Media’s other businesses include its regional programming services -MetroChannels, News 12 Networks and Rainbow Sports Networks – in addition to the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. Rainbow Media is also a 50 percent partner in Fox Sports Net.

About VOOM and Rainbow DBS
VOOM, provided by Rainbow DBS, Cablevision System Corporation’s satellite division, is the first television service to provide a comprehensive array of hi-definition (HD) programming for the rapidly growing but underserved HDTV audience. With a lineup of more than 35 HD channels, VOOM delivers more HD programming than any other satellite or cable service provider. VOOM’s HD lineup includes STARZ! HD, Encore HD, Showtime HD, Playboy Hot HD, ESPN HD, HBO HDTV and Cinemax HDTV. VOOM also features an exclusive package of brand-new, commercial-free channels such as WorldSport, Epics and Animania. The service also includes more than 80 of the most popular cable channels in standard-definition (SD), 18 digital music channels, and over-the-air digital broadcast channels in HD, where available. VOOM is offered across the continental United States through local Sears retailers; at BrandsMart USA stores; through leading online retailer, Crutchfield Corporation and through O’Rourke Sales Company’s independent electronics retailers with approximately 10,000 locations in all 50 states. Customers can also purchase the service by calling 1-800-GET-VOOM or by visiting

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