Teletoon

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Teletoon
2011–present Teletoon logo
2011–present logo
Launched October 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Owned by Corus Entertainment
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2012–present)
480i (SDTV)
(1997–present)
Slogan It's Unreal!
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) Télétoon
Teletoon Retro
Télétoon Rétro
Cartoon Network (Canada)
YTV
Nickelodeon (Canada)
Treehouse TV
Disney Channel (Canada)
La chaîne Disney
Timeshift service Teletoon East
Teletoon West
Website www.teletoon.com/en/
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1653 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 544/171 (East)
Channel 545/172 (West)
Channel 72/572 (HD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems. Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 254 (SD)
Channel 502 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1554 (HD)
MTS Channel 151 (East)
Channel 152 (West)
Optik TV Channel 85 (East)
Channel 73 (West)
Channel 701 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 90 (East)
Channel 95 (West)

Teletoon (stylized as TELETOON) is a Canadian English-language Category A specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment that broadcasts animated programming. Its name is a portmanteau of "television" and "cartoon".

The channel primarily airs various animated series, including both original and imported content. Its daytime programming is aimed at children and younger teenagers, while nighttime shows are targeted at older teenagers and adults.

Teletoon operates two timeshift feeds running on Eastern and Pacific schedules. Along with its French-language counterpart, it is available in over 7.3 million Canadian households as of November 2013.[1]

History[edit]

Logo used from 1997 to 2007. The 1997–1999 variant did not contain a border around the logo.

Licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)[2] after a related application for a channel to be called "Fun TV" had been denied,[3] the channel was launched on October 17, 1997,[4] with the first episode of Caillou.[5] At the time, it was known as The Animation Station before later adding, and then switching to, its current slogan: It's Unreal![6]

When Teletoon was launched in 1997, it showed more mature[clarification needed] fare as the day progressed, with a strong commitment to air diverse and international programming, and the ability to air a great majority of material uncut. A typical broadcast day started with preschool content at 7:00 a.m. EST and ended with adult content after midnight, airing more adult cartoons such as Duckman and various anime programs.

Production of original programming for the channel began in its first year. In 1998, however, Teletoon management decided to focus on renewals instead of new shows, thus adopting a more cautious strategy than the aggressive one of launching a significant number of new series that had been used in the prior year.[7]

In its second year, Teletoon was supposed to air the cult favourite series Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and had the show referenced in many promotional materials. However, despite being printed in television listings for weeks, the show was never aired on the channel. In 2004, the channel began airing that show's spin-off, The Brak Show. Space Ghost began airing in fall 2006. In 1999, Teletoon started airing bumpers with its first mascot, Teletina.[8][9] These bumpers were made by Spin Productions in Toronto. Several more bumpers using CGI animation made by Guru Studio[10] subsequently premiered on the channel.

In 2001, Teletoon was noted as possibly being the Canadian channel with the highest spending on original production at the time. At that point, Teletoon had invested in 98 original series, including 225 half-hour episodes that fall.[11] An updated look for the channel, no longer featuring the original logo, was later created[12] for a partial rebranding in 2005.[13]

2007–2011 logo

The older bumpers were removed in 2007 as part of an on-air rebranding. Said rebrand took place on February 5, 2007; Teletoon's on-air appearance and its website were dramatically changed, the website for The Detour (then the name of its late night block) was moved to teletoon.com, and the aesthetic appearance of both the normal block and The Detour changed.

Four years later, on September 6, 2011, Teletoon's on-air branding changed again to reflect the 50th anniversary of one of its owners, Astral Media, and to reflect the transition to digital television.[14] Since then, Teletoon has begun airing a number of live-action programmes in the daytime, including original series such as My Babysitter is a Vampire and Mudpit, as well as acquired programming and movies. This wasn't the first time the channel has aired live-action programming; Teletoon had aired the live-action Fireball XL-5 during the 1997–98 season. Occasionally, the channel also airs live-action movies related to cartoons and comic books, such as Space Jam, Sin City, and Batman.

After Astral Media's stake in TELETOON Canada Inc was purchased by Corus Entertainment, several of Teletoon's original and acquired shows, primarily live-action series, began airing on YTV. In turn, Teletoon began airing anime series that aired on YTV, including Yu-Gi-Oh!, beginning with Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II, and Pokemon, beginning with XY and reruns of Pokémon: Advanced.[15][16][17] The debut of Zexal, in particular, marks the first time an acquired anime series aired on the channel since the debut of MegaMan NT Warrior back in 2003.

In August 2015, Teletoon's website announced that original programming from Cartoon Network would move over to its Canadian counterpart on September 1, 2015.[18] At the same time, several series from Teletoon Retro, previously announced to be shutting down on the same day, will move to Teletoon.[19]

Ownership[edit]

The channel was originally owned by a consortium made up of various other Canadian specialty services and producers: Family Channel acting as managing partner at 53.3% (Western International Communications and First Choice Canadian Communications Corporation (by then a division of Astral Communications), YTV at 26.7% (Shaw Communications), and Cinar and Nelvana with 10% each.[20]

Corus Entertainment was spun off from Shaw Communications (who originally owned a stake in Teletoon through YTV)[citation needed] in 1999. In 2000, Corus began to slowly buy out its partners in the service. Western International Communications sold its stake in the service, along with Family, to Corus in 2000, but it had to sell WIC's stakes in Teletoon and Family to Astral Media the next year. Corus bought out Nelvana in 2000 and inherited its stake. Cinar was sold in 2004 to an investment consortium composed of Michael Hirsh, Toper Taylor, and Birch Hill Capital Partners, who renamed the company Cookie Jar; Cookie Jar sold its 20% stake in the service to Corus and Astral in 2006, making it a 50-50 joint venture between the two companies.

On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment announced that they would buy Astral's stake in Teletoon and take full ownership of the channel. The purchase was in relation to Bell Media's takeover of Astral (which had earlier been rejected by the CRTC in October 2012, but was restructured to allow the sale of certain Astral Media properties in order to allow the purchase to clear regulatory hurdles).[21] Corus's purchase was cleared by the Competition Bureau two weeks later on March 18;[22] on December 20, 2013, the CRTC approved Corus's full ownership of Teletoon[23][24] and ownership was transferred on January 1, 2014.[25] The channel continues to be owned by Teletoon Canada, now wholly owned by Corus Entertainment under its Corus Kids division.[26][27]

Programming[edit]

Teletoon predominantly airs animated television series and movies. The channel is best known for airing shows from Cartoon Network, which itself carries several Canadian animated series (such as Total Drama). Teletoon's license originally required that 90% of all programs on the channel be animated (151 hours and 12 minutes per week), which leaves 16 hours and 48 minutes in a week, or 2 hours and 24 minutes per day for live-faction programmes or films.[2] Teletoon has been involved in the production of numerous original series, almost all of which are animated.

The French-language version of Teletoon contains a different schedule of programs than the English-language version, some being French-dubbed versions of television shows such as South Park. Some productions made in association with Teletoon have not run on its French counterpart; Just Kidding aired on TVA while Beyond Human did not have a French version released.

Programming blocks[edit]

Current[edit]

Yearly[edit]

  • Camp Teletoon – The Camp Teletoon block replaces morning programming during the summer vacation period from July to August, containing some of the channel's popular programs, and daily movies. However, in the summer of 2009, Camp Teletoon was placed on hiatus, with Laugh Riot taking its place. The block returned in the summer of 2012, now airing weeknights from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. EST
  • Cartoon Network on Teletoon – This block features series from the Canadian Cartoon Network channel. It first ran from May to June 2012 as the Saturday morning block "Cartoon Network Sneak Peak" before the channel's launch, and returned in April 2013 as the Wednesday night block "Cartoon Network Takeover". The block returned in February 2014, Cartoon Network was available for free preview around this time.
  • MOREvember - This block features series marathon and sneak peek of series during the month of November, some of these series come from the Canadian Cartoon Network.
  • Snowed In - This block features holiday specials.

Former[edit]

Related services[edit]

Teletoon HD[edit]

On April 18, 2012, Teletoon launched a high definition feed called Teletoon HD, which simulcasts the east coast standard definition feed. It is available through EastLink, Cogeco Cable, Bell TV, Optik TV, and Rogers Cable.

Teletoon On Demand[edit]

Teletoon On Demand is a video-on-demand channel featuring series from Teletoon.

Teletoon at Night[edit]

Main article: Teletoon at Night

Launched in September 2002 as "The Detour on Teletoon", the block is an amalgamation of it and "Teletoon Unleashed", an adult programming block. Its French counterpart, Télétoon la nuit, airs on the Francophone Télétoon channel. In September 2009, the block was relaunched under its current name with an overhaul of its on-air appearance.

Teletoon Retro[edit]

Main article: Teletoon Retro

Teletoon Retro is a Category B digital cable and satellite channel that debuted in Fall 2007, and was named after a program block featuring classic animated series; shows included on the Teletoon Retro channel have included such shows as The Tom and Jerry Show, The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Raccoons, The Jetsons, The Pink Panther, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and Inspector Gadget.

French services[edit]

Main articles: Télétoon and Télétoon Rétro

Télétoon and Télétoon Rétro are the French counterparts to Teletoon and Teletoon Retro.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ January 15, 1996 by Allison Vale (1996-01-15). "Fight for specialties resumes » Playback". Playbackonline.ca. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
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  15. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premieres on Teletoon on Sunday". Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
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  18. ^ http://www.teletoon.com/en/faq
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  21. ^ BCE to sell assets to Corus as part of Astral deal, The Globe and Mail (via Reuters and The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
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  31. ^ "Teletoon Mail Archive March 1998 - Last Letter". Archived from the original on 2001-05-22. 

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