Anime series secures slot on Disney XD

SAN DIEGO (Hollywood Reporter) - Disney has struck a deal with Viz Media to bring the anime series “Naruto Shippuden” to the Disney XD digital cable network beginning next month.

“Shippuden” is the sequel to the popular Japanese import and picks up with the ninja lead characters now in their teens. The original “Naruto” series has been airing on Cartoon Network since 2005.

It may be new to the Disney audience, but “Naruto” has proven to be a strong license in gaming and online. Subtitled episodes of the show were among the top streams on both Hulu and Joost earlier this year.

“Disney XD is a growing destination for our key demographic, boys 6-14, and we’re looking forward to bringing the adventures of ‘Naruto Shippuden’ to our lineup,” said Tracy McAndrew, director, acquisitions and co-productions, Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group.