Teletoon

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Teletoon
2011–present Teletoon logo
2011–present logo
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Owned byCorus Entertainment
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(2012–present)
480i (SDTV)
(1997–present)
SloganIt's Unreal!
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)Télétoon
Teletoon Retro
Télétoon Rétro
Cartoon Network
Websitewww.teletoon.com/en/
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1653 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 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
FibreOPChannel 254 (SD)
Channel 502 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1554 (HD)
MTSChannel 151 (East)
Channel 152 (West)
Optik TVChannel 85 (East)
Channel 73 (West)
Channel 701 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 90 (East)
Channel 95 (West)
 
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Teletoon
2011–present Teletoon logo
2011–present logo
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Owned byCorus Entertainment
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(2012–present)
480i (SDTV)
(1997–present)
SloganIt's Unreal!
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)Télétoon
Teletoon Retro
Télétoon Rétro
Cartoon Network
Websitewww.teletoon.com/en/
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1653 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 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
FibreOPChannel 254 (SD)
Channel 502 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1554 (HD)
MTSChannel 151 (East)
Channel 152 (West)
Optik TVChannel 85 (East)
Channel 73 (West)
Channel 701 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 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. Télétoon is its French-language equivalent.

History[edit]

Logo used from 1997 to 2007. The October 1997-August 1998 variant did not contain a border around the logo.

Licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) after a related application for a channel to be called "Fun TV" had been denied,[1] the channel was launched on October 17, 1997[2] with the first episode of Caillou[3] and the slogan The Animation Station, later adding and then switching to It's Unreal![4] It was 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.[5]

When Teletoon was launched in 1997, it showed more mature 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.[6]

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 the fall of 2006.

In 1999, Teletoon started airing bumpers with its first mascot, Teletina.[7][8] These bumpers were made by Spin Productions in Toronto. Several more bumpers using CGI animation with some made by Guru Studio[9] premiered on the channel in 2001.[7] The bumpers were removed in 2007 as part of an on-air rebranding.

2007–2011 logo

On February 5, 2007, Teletoon's on-air appearance and its website were dramatically changed, the website for The Detour block was moved to teletoon.com, and the aesthetic appearance of both the normal block and The Detour changed.

On September 6, 2011, Teletoon's on-air branding changed to reflect the 50th anniversary of one of its owners, Astral Media, and to reflect the transition of the digital television. The Teletoon at Night block had its on-air appearance unchanged.[10]

Changes in ownership[edit]

Corus Entertainment was spun-off from Shaw Communications (who originally owned a stake in Teletoon through YTV) 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 to an investment consortium composed of Michael Hirsh, Toper Taylor, and Birch Hill Capital Partners in 2004, 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).[11] Corus's purchase was cleared by the Competition Bureau two weeks later on March 18;[12] on December 20, 2013, the CRTC approved Corus's full ownership of Teletoon[13][14] and ownership was transferred on January 1, 2014.[15] The channel continues to be owned by Teletoon Canada, now wholly owned by Corus Entertainment under its Corus Kids division.[16][17]

Programming[edit]

Teletoon predominantly airs animated television series with occasional films under the Big Ticket Movie branding. The channel is known to air shows from the U.S-based Cartoon Network, which itself carries several Canadian animated series such as the Total Drama series. Teletoon's license requires that 90% of all programs on the channel be animated (151 hours and twelve minutes per week), which leaves 16 hours and 48 minutes in a week, or 2 hours and 24 minutes per day for non-animated 'stunt' programming, or live-action films.[18]

The French-language version of Teletoon contains a different schedule of programs than the English-language version, some being French-dubbed versions of well-known television shows, such as South Park.

Original series[edit]

Teletoon has been involved in the production of numerous original series. Almost all of these are animated, and a few preschool series were later produced with the involvement of and aired on another channel, Treehouse TV, instead of Teletoon.Some productions made in association with Teletoon have not run on its French counterpart; these include Beyond Human and Just Kidding. The first do not have a French version released while the latter has its on TVA (Canada)

Programming blocks[edit]

Current[edit]

Yearly[edit]

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

Teletoon at Night is the name for the animated programming block targeted towards older teen and adult audiences which airs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET/PT.

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]

  1. ^ January 15, 1996 by Allison Vale (1996-01-15). "Fight for specialties resumes » Playback". Playbackonline.ca. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  2. ^ "La majorité des séries sur Télétoon sont canadiennes - L'Express". Lexpress.to. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  3. ^ "CORPORATION CINAR CÉLÈBRE LE 5e ANNIVERSAIRE DE CAILLOU À LA TÉLÉVISION" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Teletoon / Télétoon". Web.archive.org. 1999-10-12. Archived from the original on 1999-10-12. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  5. ^ "TELETOON - Fact Sheet". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 1997-03-28. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  6. ^ November 2, 1998 by Cheryl Binning (1998-11-02). "Private ‘casters vs. spec for kid ratings » Playback". Playbackonline.ca. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b "Spin Takes Teletina to 3D For Teletoon". Animationmagazine.net. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  8. ^ "Teletoon Mail Archive January 2000 - 4th Letter". Archived from the original on 2001-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Teletoon Idents | Commercials & Shorts". Guru Studio. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  10. ^ "TELETOON Canada Inc. | Teletoon Officially Unveils Newly Refreshed Unreal Branding". Newswire.ca. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  11. ^ BCE to sell assets to Corus as part of Astral deal, The Globe and Mail (via Reuters and The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  12. ^ The Canadian Press (uncredited staff) (2013-03-18). "Competition Bureau clears Corus acquisition of Astral assets". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  13. ^ Vessing, Etan (2013-12-20). "Corus/Teletoon Deal Approved by CRTC". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  14. ^ "Press Release - Corus Entertainment Receives CRTC Approval on TELETOON Canada Inc., Historia and Séries+ Acquisitions". Corusent.com. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  15. ^ "Press Release - Corus Entertainment Completes Purchase of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada Inc". Corusent.com. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  16. ^ "Ownership Chart 32b" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  17. ^ February 10, 2014 by Jeremy Dickson (2014-02-10). "Corus unveils Teletoon integration plan". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  18. ^ "CRTC Decision 96-598". 
  19. ^ "Teletoon Mail Archive April 1999 - 5th Letter". Archived from the original on 2001-05-22. 
  20. ^ "Teletoon Mail Archive March 1998 - Last Letter". Archived from the original on 2001-05-22. 

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