VOOM's Animania HD Acquires New Kids Series

BRUNO AND THE BANANA BUNCH Premieres Saturday, March 1

New York, NY – February 24, 2008 – Animania HD, the channel solely dedicated to high-definition animation, announced today that it has acquired the preschool series BRUNO AND THE BANANA BUNCH from Paris based distributor awol. The 13-episode series, which is designed to inspire kids to explore and discover the world around them, will premiere on Saturday, March 1 at 9am ET/PT. Animania HD is part of the VOOM HD Networks, the world's largest and most diverse suite of high-definition channels, and features such popular kids' series as ANIMALIA, THE GLOOPS and COSMIC QUANTUM RAY.

"This new children's series is another example of how Animania HD continues to invest in key acquisitions to maintain and build upon our impressive slate of animated series," said Keith O'Connell, Vice President of Programming for VOOM HD's Film and Series Services. "The lively, vibrant characters and stories featured in this series will translate beautifully in true HD giving kids a wonderfully captivating viewing experience."

BRUNO AND THE BANANA BUNCH captures the exciting adventures of Bruno, a playful monkey, and his colorful cast of animal friends. With his quirky sense of humor and childlike wonder, Bruno inspires kids to explore and discover their world through imaginative play. Bruno's best friends, The Banana Bunch, are always eager to cheer on Bruno and get in on the fun. Together, they invent imaginative games featuring colors, numbers, shapes and sizes, with a strong focus on early math and number skills that serve as building blocks for future learning. Narrated by Maurice Dean Wint, this series will provide delightful fun for both children and parents alike.

"We are extremely excited to showcase the elegant and iconic design and stunning animation of BRUNO AND THE BANANA BUNCH in high definition." ," said Adam Shaheen, Cuppa Coffee President and Executive Producer of the series. "Animania HD is the perfect home for our little monkey!"

About Cuppa Coffee Studios

Under the helm of President and Executive Producer Adam Shaheen, Cuppa Coffee Studios has been committed to providing original and innovative animation and design for over fifteen years. In that time, Cuppa Coffee has risen to become the largest stop-motion facility in the world, housing 42 stop-motion studios, 50 compositing stations, 7 online editing suites with HD capability, a live-action green-screen studio and an unparalleled character, sets and props fabrication department. A true full-service production house, Cuppa Coffee has garnered over 150 international awards and offers a wide range of animation styles, from CG to Stop-Motion to 2D and everything in between.

About VOOM HD Networks
VOOM HD networks (www.voom.com) comprise the world's largest suite of high-definition channels for distribution through satellite and cable operators. Produced exclusively in true high-definition and 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound, VOOM HD networks carry programming in categories as diverse as sports, movies, fashion, music and art. VOOM HD networks' 15 HDTV channels are available in the U.S. on Echostar's DISH Network and Cablevisions iO digital cable service. VOOM HD, a 24/7 linear channel is available internationally in 35 countries and is currently distributed in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Building on Rainbow Media Holdings LLCs history of original programming innovation, VOOM HD was developed by Rainbow to meet the growing worldwide demand for quality high-definition programming.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, LIFESKOOL, SPORTSKOOL, and VOOM HD Networks. Through its IFC Entertainment division, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a theatrical feature film distribution company; IFC First Take/IFC in Theaters, a day and date theatrical feature film/VOD initiative; the IFC Center in New York City; IFC Productions, a feature film production company; and IFC Entertainment, which owns and operates a film library. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company, and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.

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  • Marie Stenberg
    VOOM HD Networks