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Twentieth Television Continues Successful Off-Network Run of FUTURAMA on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2002

Matt Groening's Emmy-Winning Hit Animated Series to Anchor

Cartoon Network's Comedy Block for Adults Starting in Jan. 2003

Twentieth Television and Cartoon Network have entered into an agreement for the exclusive cable rights of the Emmy-winning hit animated series FUTURAMA to begin airing in January 2003.

The announcement was jointly made by Bob Cook, President & Chief Operating Officer, Twentieth Television and Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Cartoon Network.

FUTURAMA will join Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late night block of animation aimed at adults 18-34. Cartoon Network has acquired rights to air all 72 episodes of FUTURAMA, which recently won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (less than one hour).

"FUTURAMA is a perfect fit for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network," said Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Cartoon Network. "We could not be happier about having the opportunity to showcase the brilliant work of Matt Groening."

FUTURAMA chronicles the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who was accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve in 1999 while on the job. When he thaws out 1000 years later, he must adapt to a very different world populated by peculiar species, robots, space ships and omnipresent advertising. Fry manages to form a dysfunctional family of sorts with Bender, a robot with a very bad attitude and a bit of a drinking problem, and Leela, the one-eyed pilot of their delivery ship and the object of Fry's clumsy romantic overtures.

FUTURAMA was created by Matt Groening, who also created The Simpsons. Groening and David X. Cohen developed the series, which debuted on FOX in 1999. New episodes are currently in production.

Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, a twice-weekly block of animation aimed at adults 18-34, has been a hit since its launch on September 2, 2001, posting impressive ratings growth since its launch. Cartoon Network's Adult Swim attracts more viewers 18-34 than such key cable competitors as A&E, History Channel, TNN, TV Land, FX, VH1, Sci-Fi, and E!

Sunday evening's Adult Swim block is dedicated to irreverent new comedies, including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and Home Movies. Other shows on Adult Swim, which airs Sundays from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (ET, PT), include perennial favorite Space Ghost Coast to Coast and acquisitions Baby Blues, The Oblongs and Mission Hill. The Saturday evening Adult Swim lineup, which airs from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (ET, PT), features action programming and Japanese anime shows, including Cowboy Bebop, Pilot Candidate, Gundam 0083, Yu Yu Hakusho and Outlaw Star.

A division of Fox Television, Twentieth Television produces and/or distributes programming and distributes feature film packages for the domestic syndication and cable marketplace. Twentieth brings a wide variety of product to the marketplace ranging from the smash off-network sitcom "The Simpsons" to the precedent setting sales of ground-breaking dramas "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal" to cable (FX cable network). Twentieth continues to solidify its distinction as the number one supplier of off-network product with such popular shows as "King of the Hill," "Dharma & Greg," "Malcolm in the Middle" and "The Hughleys." Over the years, Twentieth's first-run production has been at the forefront of the syndication business, creating the news magazine genre with "A Current Affair," the reality genre with "Cops," and many others. Twentieth Television's successful courtroom drama, "Divorce Court" is in its third season. This January, Twentieth Television launched "Texas Justice," a new courtroom strip which was incubated on a regional basis prior to the national launch. "The Rob Nelson Show," is set to launch nationwide this fall.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in 81.1 million U.S. homes and 145 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network also showcases unique original ventures such as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network's Web site is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network).

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
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