October 10, 2008

New Pink Panther & Pals Series to Air Worldwide on Cartoon Network Fall 2009

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Turner Broadcasting and MGM Worldwide Television (MGM), announced today that they are producing a new 26 episode half-hour animated series for MGM's much-loved Pink Panther franchise to air on Cartoon Network channels worldwide in Fall 2009.

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The show is being produced jointly by MGM and Rubicon, Jordan's pioneering animation, edutainment and multimedia company. Production of the series is currently taking place in both Los Angeles and Amman, Jordan.

"The Pink Panther character is iconic and instantly recognized around the globe," said Gary Marenzi, Co-President, MGM Worldwide Television. "In addition to Cartoon Network's interest in the series, international buyers have been especially eager for us to produce another Pink Panther series and we are happy to partner with Rubicon on meeting the worldwide demand with this new series."

"Pink Panther & Pals" is a 26 episode animated TV series featuring the Pink Panther as a rambunctious teenager who, along with his friends, gets into all sorts of mischievous capers and hilarious escapades.

"The character is drawn a little younger to depict the Pink Panther as a teenager, although he will be instantly recognizable with his signature walk and devil-may-care attitude," said David Corbett, Executive Producer.

Favorite characters from the original series such as Ant and Aardvark and new characters Hoarse and Dog join the Pink Panther in his daily adventures. In every episode the Pink Panther will interact with his pompous and problematic arch-nemesis Big Nose -- who always tries to spoil the party and stop the Pink Panther from doing what he does best -- having fun.

The musical score and comedy themes will be reprised from the original Pink Panther theatrical shorts and TV series and will be familiar and recognizable to legions of Pink Panther fans the world over.

MGM plans to support the new "Pink Panther & Pals" show with a dedicated licensing and merchandising initiative targeting licensed apparel, stationery and back to school toys, publishing and interactive games. The retail launch of licensed merchandise is targeted for late 2009.

About Turner Broadcasting

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired entertainment for young adults 18-34.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com/.

About Rubicon

Rubicon is the MENA region's largest production, media, animation and entertainment company. Since its inception, Rubicon has gone full thrust in the creation and development of innovative entertainment and edutainment products based on cutting edge technologies.

Rubicon is highly active in the areas of education, animation, location based entertainment and licensing and merchandizing. Headquartered in Amman-Jordan, Rubicon has offices in Dubai and Qatar, Studios in Amman, Manila and LA, and joint ventures in Qatar, England and the US.

    CONTACT:   Jeff Pryor               Executive Vice President/Corporate Communications               Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.               [email protected]; o. 310-449-3446  

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CONTACT: Jeff Pryor, Executive Vice President|Corporate Communicationsof Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., +1-310-449-3446, [email protected]

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