Turner Africa’s First Africa Based Management Role

Turner Africa's First Africa Based Management Role

Turner Africa’s First Africa Based Management Role

Turner France, Portugal and Africa has made its first African based appointment. Colman Murray has been appointed as business development director for Africa. Turner Africa operates several brands and channels on the continent which include Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Turner Classic Movies and CNN International. Colman Murray will be based at Turner’s Johannesburg office.

Before moving to South Africa, ten years ago Murray worked for Time Inc’s EMEA publishing division (a former unit of Time Warner) while based in Amsterdam. He has also worked at news agency AFP (Agence France Presse), Yahoo! and at Fox Networks Group.

http://www.bizcommunity.com/Person/196/15/9002.html

Cecilia Persson Appointed Cartoon Network EMEA Head Of Programming

Cecilia Persson Appointed Cartoon Network EMEA Head Of Programming

Cecilia Persson Appointed Cartoon Network EMEA Head Of Programming

Today (03/05/2016), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed Cecilia Persson as the new Vice President for Programming and Content Strategy for Cartoon Network, Boomerang (and other associated kids channels) for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) area. Cecilia Persson will oversee programming, co-production and acquisitions across Turner’s linear and digital services. In 2004, she joined Turner as director of acquisitions, and has been promoted from vice president of acquisitions and co-productions. Previously, Cecilia Persson worked at Middle Eastern pay-tv provider Showtime (now known as Orbit Showtime Network, better known as OSN) and before that at Carlton Cinema (a defunct British movie channel which was owned by Carlton, now part of ITV plc).

Persson will report to Patricia Hidalgo, Turner EMEA’s chief content & creative officer for kids content, Patricia Hidalgo also made this statement in regards of joining programming and content production together:

“There’s never been a more important time to bring together teams that produce winning programming strategies with those that source and create the best programmes our audiences crave across all platforms.”

http://www.digitaltveurope.net/533892/turner-names-emea-programming-boss-for-cartoon-network/
http://tbivision.com/news/2016/05/persson-upped-turner/586732/

Turner Promotes Boing Africa At DISCOP Africa Convention In Johannesburg

Turner Promotes Boing Africa At DISCOP Africa Convention In Johannesburg

Turner Promotes Boing Africa At DISCOP Africa Convention In Johannesburg

This week (04/11/2015 – 06/11/2015) was the DISCOP Africa convention in Johannesburg, South Africa, where people from the television industry promote their channels and new programming. Turner Africa used the opportunity to announce that Boing Africa is now available to all pay-tv operators on the African continent if they are willing to make a carriage deal. At present, Boing Africa is only available on a small amount of operators in Africa in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa and the Seychelles. Boing Africa broadcasts Cartoon Network’s older animated shows, such as the original Cartoon Cartoons.

At present 45% of Cartoon Network’s and Boomerang’s audience is over 14 years old and Turner’s children’s channels are the most popular in Africa. Television remains a popular source of entertainment in Africa as access to other forms of digital entertainment is yet to be developed in Africa. Turner has already made an additional carriage deal with Nigerian direct-to-home satellite provider CONSAT to distribute Boing Africa on their platform.

Pierre Branco, VP and general manager for France, Portugal and Africa made this statement regarding that older cartoons can be shared between parents and their children but mentions that merchandising can be an issue as Africa’s economy is still developing:

“People know them, Some have been growing up with them when they were kids, and now they’re young parents, and they see them again and they can share them with their kids. While content travels, though, merchandising — the backbone of kids brands in much of the world — is still to be developed in Africa in the same way that it is in other markets. The toys that you have in other places might not be affordable here for a family. We’re happy to see that families are still watching the kids channels together. It’s probably a good sign. They remain young.”

Jaime Ondarza, Turner senior VP and general manager for Southern Europe and Africa also made a statement regarding Turner’s working branding strategy:

“We can have a great brand proposition in South Africa and have the same position in Nigeria, and it works really well.”

http://variety.com/2015/tv/markets-festivals/turner-shows-off-kiddie-network-boing-africa-at-discop-1201634751/

http://www.mediaupdate.co.za/media/84250/%5C