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"Contest" (TV movie) on Cartoon Network is a live-action drama that explores themes of trust, forgiveness, loyalty and redemption presented in a story about a bully who learns to appreciate and understand others not like himself, and a victim who accepts that true friendship can result from unlikely circumstances.

The movie is set in a small town high school where athletes are revered and the swim team rules. Within this arena, Matt (Kenton Duty) is a major bully. Tommy (Daniel Flaherty) is his
"Contest" (TV movie) poster
Contest (TV movie) poster
favorite victim. School administrators warn Matt that if he and his friends don't stop bullying, he will be expelled, destroying his chances for a swimming scholarship. In an effort to salvage his scholarship opportunity, Matt pretends to become Tommy's friend by joining him in a television cooking contest for teens. Somewhere along the way, though, Matt suddenly begins to wonder if he's just acting the part or if he is really enjoying Tommy's company and becoming his friend. As the contest unfolds and stakes grow higher, old emotions resurface, loyalties are challenged and the line between friend and foe is blurred.

Kenton Duty ("Shake It Up!," "Lost"), Katherine McNamara ("Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn," "Madison High," "New Year's Eve") and Dan Flaherty ("The Americans," "Nurse Jackie") lead the cast, which also includes Kyle Dean Massey ("Hart of Dixie," "Sex In The City 2"), Mary Beth Peil ("The Good Wife," "Dawson's Creek"), Chris Riggi ("Gossip Girl," "Vampire's Suck"), Owen Teague ("Malibu Country"), and Raviv Ullman ("Phil of the Future"). The film also showcases YouTube sensation Jan "Johnny" Uczkowski. Robert Wuhl ("Arli$$," "Bull Durham"), Tina Benko ("The Avengers," "Brotherhood") and Kelley Missal ("One Life to Live") round out the ensemble cast.

From Percolate Productions, a New Jersey-based independent production company whose emphasis is family-friendly films with socially conscious themes, Cartoon Network's "Contest" is written and directed by newcomer Anthony Giunta, and is produced by Howard T. Alter and Stephen N. Lerner. Martin Katz is co-producer and Nick Andrus is line producer. Giacomo Belletti is the director of photography, with casting by Michael Cassara. Original music for the movie soundtrack, including 12 original songs, is written by Robert J. Cornejo.


Network: Cartoon Network
Genre: Drama
Premiere Date: October 6, 2013
Production Company: Percolate Productions

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