Cartoon Network Asia Pacific Acquires Oggy And The Cockroaches Season 6 And 7
Turner Asia-Pacific have acquired the broadcasting rights to Season 6 and 7 of Xilam Animation’s Oggy and The Cockroaches. More information about season six and seven has also been released. The new seasons of Oggy And The Cockroaches will be made in 4K screen resolution and will air on Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo feeds across the Asia-Pacific region. The new deal secures Turner’s rights over the show, after also acquiring the fifth season last December.
In season five, Oggy and the Cockroaches will travel back in time and meet historical and mythological figures such as Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci and the Cyclops. Seasons 6 and 7 will be a mixture of brand-new episodes with full remakes of classic episodes from the first two seasons, all produced in 4K.
Mark Eyers, Chief content officer for Turner Asia Pacific kids channels commented:
“We all know that cockroaches have some serious survival skills, and there’s just something about Oggy and his mischievous friends that continues to connect with kids. By extending the relationship with Xilam, Turner has kept hold of a proven hit to further boost its leadership position in the region.”
Marc du Pontavice, the founder and CEO of Xilam Animation mentioned that he was thrilled that the Oggy And The Cockroaches partnership with Turner will continue:
“Oggy’s worldwide success continues to hit new highs, and we are thrilled to pursue the partnership with Turner and Cartoon Network that helped build and expand Oggy as a phenomenon throughout Asia.”
This week (13/06/2016 – 18/06/2016) is the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France. The Annecy Animation Festival is the largest convention dedicated to animation in the world, for both major and independent producers of animation. As usual, Cartoon Network is there to promote their current and upcoming animated programming.
The creator of Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky is at the animation festival to give a “work-in-progress” presentation of the returning series. People attending the session will get to see the progress already made on the new series. Samurai Jack originally aired on Cartoon Network between 2001 and 2004 and will be making a return to Adult Swim USA later this year. The new series will continue from where the story ended.
Cartoon Network as a whole will have a session at the festival showcasing action-animation on Thursday 16th June under the title “It’s Hero Time”. The session will have representatives from Cartoon Network USA and Cartoon Network EMEA, including Haley Mancini (staff writer on the new Powerpuff Girls) and animator Kyle Carrozza, the creator of Mighty Magiswords, which is now becoming a fully-fledged animated series. Both Mancini and Carrozza will discuss the creative process behind scriptwriting for The Powerpuff Girls and the development behind Mighty Magiswords. Following the talk, there will be a special sneak peek of the Ben 10 reboot which is currently in production. In terms of management, Patricia Hidalgo (Chief Content and Creative Officer of Kids EMEA and International Kids Strategy) and Tramm Wigzell (Vice-President of Multi-Platform Development at Cartoon Network Studios) will also be speakers.
Before the main event on Thursday, Cartoon Network will be hosting a smaller acquisitions MIFA event tomorrow (15/06/2016), with Adina Pitt, USA Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions and Cecilia Persson, Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions and Co-productions International.
Sister animation studio, Warner Animation Group unveiled their upcoming animated feature “Storks” at the festival today, Brad Lewis, the film’s producer will also be having a signing session tomorrow (15/06/2016). Storks is an action-packed, funny and heartfelt new animated adventure about finding your family in the most unlikely way.
Patricia Hidalgo, SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, EMEA Kids & International Kids Strategy at Cartoon Network, commented:
“Anyone who has watched Cartoon Network, knows that our hero characters are a little unconventional – and that’s what makes them so aspirational to our audiences and the perfect team to be bringing along to a modern and innovative environment like Annecy Animation Festival, We’re excited to share some of the trade secrets behind the creation of these heroes.”
Tramm Wigzell, VP Multi-Platform at Cartoon Network Studios added:
“We have some of the best creative minds in animation working at Cartoon Network Studios and we’re always on the lookout for creators with unique ideas. It’s key to us to work with talent that understand the importance of creating content across multi-platforms for this generation of kids. We’re looking forward to meeting the talent at Annecy and discussing these shows and how we are developing content in a different way.”
Mark Eyers, SVP & Chief Content Officer for Turner Kids Networks in Asia Pacific remarked:
“Cartoon Network’s characters always inspire viewers because they demonstrate that anyone can be a hero. For years, Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls have had exactly that effect right across the world, and that’s why we are expecting such big things from these all-new re-imaginations. Along with colleagues in the US and Europe attending Annecy, we cannot wait to identify even more fun and engaging ideas as part of our successful original development initiatives.”
Cartoon Network Number One Kids Channel In Asia 1Q 2016
Turner Asia-Pacific has revealed that its kids television channels were the most popular in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of viewing ratings during the first part of this year. Turner’s kids channel portfolio in Asia includes Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami and POGO. Turner’s kids channels portfolio were the most popular in terms of audience share for children and families in 2015 and for the first quarter of 2016.
Mark Eyers, senior VP and Chief Content Officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific states that their children’s channels are successful because of investment in localisation, new shows and embracing creativity in the region with its animated shorts programme:
“This depth of content is also complemented by investment in localisation, strategic content acquisitions, digital offerings and an original shorts program within Asia Pacific that is paying remarkable dividends. Above all else, our leadership position speaks to the ability of our brands to engage the most amount of kids and their families, across platforms, around the region. With Cartoon Network Studios pumping out the best animation in the business and a ground-breaking volume deal for Warner Bros. titles now in place, our content pipeline has never looked so strong.”
During the last two years, Turner has been expanded in Asia, Boomerang Southeast Asia was relaunched in January 2015, and has since expanded distribution in Singapore and Malaysia. Boomerang South Korea launched last November with Boomerang making a non-linear debut in Vietnam earlier this month. Within the last two years, Toonami has launched into Thailand and India.