4Kids Grabs Kappa Mikey Rights

4Kids Entertainment Inc. has acquired the worldwide licensing rights to Animation Collective's animated action-comedy series, Kappa Mikey.

Kappa Mikey is expected to launch on Nicktoons in the United States and on Nickelodeon International channels across the globe in 2006.

4Kids said it will manage marketing, promotional and licensing initiatives for the show on a global basis.

“We are excited to be working with a property that is as action-packed and adventurous as it is quirky and humorous,” 4Kids chairman and CEO Alfred R. Kahn said in a prepared statement.

“We believe the series' multifaceted elements, combined with the broadcast support of Nickelodeon worldwide, will boost Kappa Mikey's appeal and consumers' interest in expanding their experience with the property beyond the television screen and into engaging merchandise,” he added.