DeGrassi Goes Online (broadcastermagazine.com)

The popular Degrassi brand is making its world debut online, with Degrassi: Extra credit “mangasodes” on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca.

At two-minutes in length, the mangasodes are animated extensions of the popular Canadian drama series. The first mangasode, will be available on demand beginning Thursday, Feb. 8.

“In a world where media are converging in new ways all the time, it seems natural to morph the two-dimensional book world of Degrassi: Extra Credit into animated action shorts for broadband streaming,” said Stephen Stohn, Executive Vice-President, Epitome Pictures Inc., in a release.

The Degrassi: Extra Credit novels and mangasodes complement Degrassi: The Next Generation, which will return to CTV later this year for the second act of its sixth season.

The mangasodes were produced by Toronto-based Yowza! Animation Inc., whose production credits include: Osmosis Jones, Titan AE, Looney Tunes Back in Action and Curious George – to name a few. Aside from the feature films Yowza has also worked on numerous direct-to-video features, title sequences, commercials, television series and pilots. The animation was completed by Toronto native James McCrimmon who graduated from the animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville.

The Degrassi: Extra Credit mangasodes join more than 100 hours of programming already available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network, including exclusive Degrassi webisodes and “On the Set” material from Degrassi: The Next Generation. Also available on demand at CTV.ca are Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The O.C., Corner Gas, eTalk, Instant Star, Whistler, W-Five and The CTV National News.

Launched in June 2006, The CTV Broadband Network is a multi-channel, on-demand broadband service featuring four distinct broadband channels. Utilizing an advertiser-supported revenue model, the Network features a free, premium broadband video player that harnesses the latest in technology to deliver full length CTV programming in all forms from all genres at broadband speeds and enhanced resolution.

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