News Release

  • Press Release
  • Jun.19, 2023

Polygon Pictures Partners with Corus Entertainment Subsidiary Nelvana
To Develop Global IPs Originating from Japan

Polygon Pictures (“PPI” President and CEO: Shuzo Shiota, Head Office: Tokyo, Japan) is proud to announce a new development partnership with Nelvana (President: Pam Westman, Head Office: Toronto, Canada), a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment (CEO: Doug Murphy, Head Office: Toronto, Canada).

Corus is a leading Canadian developer and provider of high-quality content across numerous platforms including specialty channels, radio stations, and streaming services, while its subsidiary Nelvana produces and globally markets animated and live-action content for children. Nelvana content is broadcast in over 180 countries around the globe, bringing Japanese animated properties such as Bakugan™, Beyblade, and Cardcaptor Sakura to audiences around the world.

Polygon Pictures, which holds licenses for a number of animated properties, has been in long-term discussions with Corus to create a new global hit based on Japanese content, which has now led to the finalization of a joint development agreement with Nelvana, a company with a successful history in worldwide development of Japanese animation. With the cooperation of Corus, Polygon Pictures and Nelvana will work together to develop leading Japanese animated content for children around the world, in addition to jointly developing IP in various fields such as lifestyle, publishing, and design.

Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Colin Bohm, EVP Content and Corporate Strategy at Corus Entertainment, said the following:
“Nelvana has enjoyed tremendous success over the years working with several notable Japanese content companies on such brands as Bakugan™, Beyblade, and Cardcaptor Sakura, and we are excited to team up with Polygon Pictures uncover the next big global hit. We’ve long admired Polygon Pictures, a truly innovative and creative studio, and we couldn’t be happier to finally be working together.”

As we develop our business presence on the global stage, PPI will continue to uphold our mission to “do what no other has done, in unparalleled quality, for all the world to see and enjoy,” and strive to ensure the continued growth of Japan’s digital content industry.

About Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world.
Engaging audiences since 1999, the company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 33 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, digital and streaming services, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an internationally-renowned content creator and distributor through Nelvana, a world class animation studio expert in all formats and Corus Studios, a globally recognized producer of hit scripted and unscripted content.
The company also owns full-service social digital agency so.da, lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada, leading 2D animation software supplier Toon Boom and children’s book publishing house, Kids Can Press. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Magnolia Network Canada, The HISTORY® Channel, Showcase, Adult Swim, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX, along with streaming platforms STACKTV, TELETOON+, the Global TV App and Curiouscast. Corus is the domestic advertising representative and an original content partner for Pluto TV, a Paramount Company, which is the leading free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service. For more information visit www.corusent.com.

About Nelvana

Entertaining kids for over 50 years, Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and action series, and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 180 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,700 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Canadian Screen Awards.
Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com.