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Cartoon Network Nabs Teen Titans (9-30-02)

Cartoon Network and Kids' WB! have announced a new animated half-hour action series based on DC Comics' Teen Titans. The series will debut on the Cartoon Network in 2003 and then be rebroadcast on Kids' WB! and will be produced by Warner Bros. Animation (all the companies named are subsidiaries of AOL/Time-Warner). The series, guided by Emmy Award-winner Glen Murakami, will focus on the incarnation of the Teen Titans that were popularized by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, a team that features Cyborg, Beast Boy (previously known as Changling), Starfire, Robin, and Raven. The setting and stories, however, will be different from those of Wolfman's and Perez's issues. The animated series will be set in a  a future of intergalactic strife and interplanetary battles. The Titans, led by Robin, the Boy Wonder, unite to protect the Earth from a new generation of villains. The eclectic teens work well together when danger occurs but clash when they deal with their somewhat normal lives as teenagers.

"Cartoon Network has experienced great success with Justice League, so we know we have a loyal audience ready to embrace this exciting new show," said Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Cartoon Network. "These DC Comics characters have incredible powers, but struggle with how to use them. Teen Titans will mesh perfectly with our other action-adventure programming and thrill our viewers."

"Teaming up with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network once again gives us an excellent opportunity to bring our core audience the newest high-adventure series, Teen Titans," said Donna Friedman, Executive Vice President, Kids' WB! 
"This series will be a perfect addition to our #1 line-up, as it features superhero action-packed adventures, comedy and kid-relatable characters and stories in this exciting new saga."

"The talented individuals producing this series are truly superheroes in the world of animation," said Sander Schwartz, President, Warner Bros. Animation. "Glen and his team will bring Teen Titans to life with all of the excitement and breathtaking
quality that our audience has come to expect from Warner Bros. Animation."

"The New Teen Titans was a groundbreaking comic book as Marv Wolfman and George Perez delved into the extraordinary challenges of living as a superhero teenager," said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher. "With the animated series being brought to life by Glen Murakami's great team, we look forward to new worlds of creative magic."




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