Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Latin America Partners With WildBrain For YouTube Management

Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Latin America Partners With WildBrain For YouTube Management

Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Latin America Partners With WildBrain For YouTube Management

Turner Broadcasting System Europe and Turner Broadcasting System Latin America has signed a deal with London based WildBrain to help manage their children’s television show’s YouTube channels. WildBrain will be responsible for specific YouTube accounts for Cartoon Network’s animated shows including The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time which are in the process of being localised, new channels have already rolled out for The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time in the UK, Russia, Poland and Latin America.

WildBrain is the digital management division of Canada’s DHX Media, the world’s leading independent kids’ content company. DHX Media has access to a video library of over 11,800 half-hours of kids’ and family content including Cartoon Network’s Supernoobs and Boomerang’s Inspector Gadget. Before the deal, WildBrain was already responsible for managing LazyTown’s YouTube channel, a kids entertainment property owned by Turner. Apart from online kids content management and connecting content owners to advertisers, WildBrain also produce their own original content including storybook reading videos, animated and live-action shortform content and toy unboxing videos.

From The DHX Media Press Release: DHX Media’s Wildbrain To Manage Turner Kids Channels On YouTube For EMEA And Latin America

WildBrain, a leading online kids’ network with expertise in connecting content owners to advertisers through advertising video-on-demand (AVOD) platforms, announces a deal with Turner International to manage a number of Turner Kids YouTube channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America. The agreement sees WildBrain extending the international exposure of key Turner brands. New local-language channels have already rolled out for The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time in the UK, Russia, Poland, Brazil and Spanish-speaking Latin America, with more languages following soon. The Amazing World of Gumball and Ben 10 will also be included, together with a selection of other Cartoon Network shows.

The deal comes following a successful collaboration between Turner EMEA and WildBrain around LazyTown, which saw a number of local channels launched over the last year.

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Creative Officer for Turner Kids International, says:

“Building a strong branded presence on YouTube for our major kids’ brands is a key part of our strategy of putting our audience at the centre of everything we do. We are excited to be working with YouTube kids’ specialist WildBrain and to benefit from their fantastic expertise in this field.”

John Robson, Managing Director of WildBrain, commented:

“As a leading network of channels for parents and kids, we are excited to deploy our experience and skills on Turner’s content. As more and more kids consume content on mobile devices, content owners are looking for ways to reach online audiences. We couldn’t be more excited to be looking after great Turner brands like Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls, by leveraging our large WildBrain platform and digital media expertise to broaden their global reach.”

Under the agreement, WildBrain will create and manage channels, and provide content production services, and audience development and social networking expertise.

About WildBrain

WildBrain is an industry leader in the management and creation of preschool and children’s entertainment content on platforms such as YouTube, Dailymotion and others. WildBrain’s branded YouTube network is one of the largest of its kind, featuring more than 20,000 videos across more than 350 kids’ entertainment channels, and generating approximately 30-billion minutes of watch time annually.

Connecting kids’ content owners with advertisers in the advertising video-on-demand (AVOD) space, the WildBrain network features popular third-party brands such as Strawberry Shortcake, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and LazyTown, as well as much of DHX Media’s world-renowned library of more than 11,800 half-hours of kids’ and family content, including classic Teletubbies, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Degrassi, Yo Gabba Gabba! and many others. WildBrain also specializes in the creation of new original content for its network, such as animated and live-action shorts; toy-play and unboxing videos; book readings; preschool counting and alphabet videos; nursery rhymes and more. WildBrain is a wholly owned subsidiary of DHX Media (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM).

http://www.wildbrain.com

https://www.dhxmedia.com/trade-news/dhx-medias-wildbrain-manage-turner-kids-channels-youtube-emea-latin-america/

Cartoon Network UK Adventure Time Virtual Reality Game Available From 29th September

Cartoon Network UK Adventure Time Virtual Reality Game Available From 29th September

Cartoon Network UK Adventure Time Virtual Reality Game Available From 29th September

Cartoon Network UK will be releasing an Adventure Time virtual reality game on Google Play for Android mobile devices on Thursday 29th September. The “I See Ooo” game features many of the characters from the popular animated show and the player can immerse themselves in a story in the Land of Ooo, with three different mini-games with twenty levels and several levels of difficulty. The first two mini-games will be avaliable from launch: Glider Flight and Snowball Fight, Puzzle Path will be released later as a free downloadable. The game will be released in UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries.

Alongside the release of the game, a Jake the Dog themed VR viewer will be available to purchase on pyramidshop.com and Forbidden Planet for £24.99, the viewer can also be used for other VR games. Each Jake the Dog VR viewer also comes with a download code for the I See Ooo app.

The I See Ooo game was developed by Bristol-based VR software company Opposable.

http://www.opposablevr.com

Patricia Hidalgo, chief content officer, Kids, Turner EMEA and international kids strategy said:

“At Turner we are committed to creating and developing the best content for audiences and ensuring that our viewers are able to experience our brands across multiple platforms, windows and devices. This comprehensive, immersive new VR experience for Adventure Time is an excellent example of how we are continually looking to innovate and offer fans new ways to interact with their favourite shows and characters – and on a deeper level than ever before.”

Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises, Turner EMEA said:

“I can’t think of a more perfect show to highlight this exciting new technology than the quirky and unpredictable Adventure Time. Its licensing potential and social currency gives us so much scope when creating new ways for fans to play and interact with the brand – and, in this instance, we have an amazing, one-of-a-kind offering that not only allows kids to try out virtual reality gaming but also gives them the chance to become Jake the Dog with a fully customised VR viewer.”

http://www.digitaltveurope.net/601782/cartoon-network-to-launch-vr-mobile-game-and-viewer/

From The Official Turner UK Press Release:

Cartoon Network is giving fans of global hit animated series Adventure Time an opportunity to experience the show in a whole new way, with the launch of the thrilling virtual reality mobile game “I See Ooo” and specially-designed Adventure Time branded viewer to play it through.

Feel closer to Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Princess Bubblegum and the rest of the cast as you immerse yourself fully in the Land of Ooo. Play as Finn to take on three righteous challenges and help him unlock Party Pat, the Party Bears and Abracadaniel – and discover why the Ice King is such a party pooper.

Start the game in the Tree Fort partying with your friends when suddenly the Ice King attacks, freezes everyone and scatters them across Ooo. Now it’s up to you and Finn to find your friends, release them from their ice prisons and restart the party.

Featuring the popular characters and quirky stories familiar to fans of Adventure Time, “I See Ooo” is a funny, compelling, intuitive and highly-entertaining game with broad appeal that makes for a brilliant and affordable introduction to the world of virtual reality. It features an original story and two games to experience, Snowball Fight and Glider Flight, plus a third game, Puzzle Path, which will made available as a free downloadable content pack shortly after launch. Each game contains twenty levels with varying degrees of difficulty, alongside fourteen characters to discover. Launching together with a specially-designed Jake-the-Dog branded viewer, this is a first-of-a-kind offering for those wanting to try out virtual reality gaming.

What do you get?

1 Adventure Time branded viewer
1 original story
3 games set in the Land of Ooo (2 at launch + 1 as free downloadable content)
3 virtual rooms to explore in the Tree Fort (2 at launch + 1 included with free downloadable content)
20 levels to complete in each game
14 characters to discover (6 at launch + 8 further characters included with free downloadable content)
Powerful items to find and use in the games
Additional elements unlocked when you achieve awesomeness
Original music from the show

The combined “I See Ooo” virtual reality branded viewer and mobile game can be purchased now at pyramidshop.com and Forbidden Planet and is targeted at kids 7+ and adult fans. Created by Pendleton Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Adventure Time season seven is currently airing across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Catch Adventure Time every day at 5pm on Cartoon Network.

New Show The Happos Family On Boomerang UK In October

New Show The Happos Family On Boomerang UK In October

New Show The Happos Family On Boomerang UK In October

Today (14/09/2016), Turner UK have announced a brand new animated show coming to Boomerang UK in October called The Happos Family. Initially, twenty episodes have been made, each episode will be two minutes in length each. The Happos Family is also the first ever Boomerang original created by Turner Europe, Middle East and Africa. The 3D CGI show is about a bunch of happos (a fictional animal similar to a hippo) living at a safari park, to the people visiting the safari park during the day, they’re just ordinary happos doing what happos normally do, lying around in mud and sleeping. But, when the park closes for the evening and all of the humans have left the park, the happos wake-up and their personalities come out to shine.

Characters include Astro Happo, a happo with an ambition to travel to the moon, there also a Daredevil called Stunt Happo and there’s Party Happo who like dancing with Ballerina Happo and Bollywood Happo. The show is a slapstick comedy produced by the UK based animation studio – Spider Eye and the show is created in partnership with the famous Italian chocolate company – Ferrero, known for producing Kinder Surprise, Nutella and of course, Kinder Happy Hippos. The Boomerang UK website will also offer very soon an interactive experience with video clips of The Happos Family and online games based on the show.

There are many other new shows coming to Boomerang UK (and other international versions of Boomerang) very shortly, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Series and Grizzy and the Lemmings.

From The Turner UK Press Release:

Turner today announces The Happos Family – a brand-new, original series that will be coming to its second flagship kids’ channel, Boomerang from October 2016.

Made up of 20 x 2 minute shorts, The Happos Family is the first Boomerang Original to be created by Turner EMEA and will complement the channel’s existing portfolio of global and international acquisitions, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the soon-to-launch Grizzy & the Lemmings, as well as the new pipeline of original content, including Wabbit and Bunnicula, produced by Turner’s sister company Warner Bros. Animation. It has been created in partnership with world-renowned Italian corporation Ferrero and UK animation company Spider Eye.

The show features a family of Happos who live in an enclosure in a European safari park. In the morning the park is open to human visitors who drive past the Happos, taking pictures of them wallowing in the mud, lazing by the pool, sleeping in the shade of the tree. When the last car races out of the safari park and the gates are shut to all visitors, the Happos jump up out of the mud, wake up from their snoozing and get dressed up. It’s now their time for crazy, zany, Happo adventures.

Each of the 20 episodes centres on one of ten costumed Happos. Whether it’s Astro Happo longing to fly to the moon, or Stunt Happo attempting a daredevil feat, or Party Happo in a dance off with Ballerina and Bollywood, each storyline is laugh-out-loud, slap stick comedy with lots of heart.

Patricia Hidalgo, SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids’ Strategy commented:

“The Happos Family is a great demonstration of our commitment to bringing high quality, new content to Boomerang, as we continue to build the brand as a second flagship to Cartoon Network and invest in original production for both channels both here in the UK and internationally. We’re excited to have joined forces with Ferrero, who really share the heritage family values that Boomerang and its audience represents, and Spider Eye who did a great job with the animation.”

In addition to these beautifully colourful and hilarious, non-dialogue shorts – which will begin airing on Boomerang channels worldwide, starting with EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) from October 2016 – the loveable Happos characters will appear across a variety of interactive digital platforms, including web, games and Youtube, among others.

This first Boomerang Original series, created and produced in EMEA, follows the recent announcement that Turner has commissioned a sixth season of the EMEA-created hit series The Amazing World of Gumball for Cartoon Network.

http://www.boomerangtv.co.uk