Cartoon Network USA Curtis Lelash And Tramm Wigzell Promoted To Senior VP Of Original Series
Two Cartoon Network executives have been promoted to Senior Vice President of Original Series: Curtis Lelash and Tramm Wigzell. Both Curtis Lelash and Tramm Wigzell will work alongside Rob Sorcher, (chief content officer of Cartoon Network) at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California. Curtis Lelash started his employment at Cartoon Network in 2005, his recent role was VP of Comedy Animation, a major genre of Cartoon Network’s content.
Tramm Wigzell has been working for Cartoon Network since 2002, and previously he has worked on Cartoon Network’s multiplatform strategy, which includes the use of mobile devices for live-streaming apps and games, he also contributed to the development of one of Cartoon Network’s biggest animation franchises in its history – Ben 10 and the interactive series – Mighty Magiswords. Wigzell also works on Teen Titans Go! at Warner Bros. Animation as an executive in-charge of production for Cartoon Network.
Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Officer of Cartoon Network commented that Curtis and Tramm are well known for their excellent work in the animation industry and the backgrounds of the two executives will offer different viewpoints towards the development of new original content:
“Curtis and Tramm are both well-respected in the animation industry for their approach to talent and development, and their creative and executive acumen have resulted in some of our biggest hits and franchises. This newly connected structure leverages diverse viewpoints, and reflects overall dynamics in the kids’ media landscape.”
Today (29/09/2016), Cartoon Network has announced that one of their biggest shows – Adventure Time, is going to end. Not to worry, the show is not ending immediately, it will end in 2018 which is still some time away. At the end of its run of eight years, Adventure Time will have a total of nine full seasons, only beating Regular Show by one season. At the end of the show’s run, a total of 71 hours worth of episodes would of have been produced by Adventure Time’s production team.
The show is known for its multitude of lovable and funny characters and the massive world of The Land of Ooo (with a variety of places like the Candy Kingdom, The Nightosphere, Lumpy Space etc.) enabled the show to create several stories because the show was only limited to the imagination of show’s writers. Finn and Jake – the show’s protagonists have taken the show’s viewers on loads of adventures, with heart pounding action scenes and plenty of laughs along the way. The show has been a success worldwide and has aired not only on Cartoon Network but also on numerous other channels from around the world including CITV (also on main network ITV on Saturday mornings) in the UK, Gulli in France, Chilevision in Chile and Nickelodeon in Germany.
In the run up to the show’s end in 2018, there will be new half-hour episodes and specials, also a feature length Adventure Time movie is currently in production with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Adventure Time is the longest running show in Cartoon Network Studios’ history, so far the show has won six Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards and two Children BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). With Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time ending, this marks the end of an era on Cartoon Network, a channel that is constantly evolving, originally emerging from a single animation archive channel in the United States launched in 1992 to the international animation powerhouse and broadcaster its known today.
Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network made this statement regarding Adventure Time’s achievement of being one of the most successful children’s television shows in a generation:
“Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world. Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation.”
Pendleton Ward, the show’s creator, commented that the show’s crew have put a lot of passion and enthusiasm during the production of Adventure Time:
“Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”
Cartoon Network Renews The Powerpuff Girls For A Second Season
Ahead of the San Diego Comic-Con International convention this week, Cartoon Network announced today (19/07/2016) that they have renewed the rebooted The Powerpuff Girls series for a second season. The series is about three young superheroines called Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup and their duty is protect Townsville from a myriad of monsters and various villains. The new Powerpuff Girls series which premiered in April this year was the largest international event in Cartoon Network’s twenty-four-year history with 81 million fans worldwide engaged in the new show on various platforms, the “Powerpuff Yourself” avatar maker website was used by total of twelve million fans from around the world. Last week, the show was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy in the “Outstanding Short Form Animated Program” category.
This week, the 2016 series of The Powerpuff Girls will make its inaugural appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday 21st July, the Cartoon Network section of the convention will feature a booth where fans can create their own Powerpuff avatar by using the “Powerpuff Yourself” avatar maker and print it on a T-shirt or tote bag.
Several licencing deals for Powerpuff Girls were made to mark the return of the popular late 1990’s/early 2000’s animated show, including deals with fashion house Moschino, retailers Hot Topic and C&A, McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, an international toy contract with Spin Master and the use of Powerpuff Girls graphical assets for MIT Media Lab’s child-friendly Scratch computer programming and Google’s Made With Code GIF educational programmes.
Cartoon Network has announced the renewal of the global phenomenon, The Powerpuff Girls. The series premiere in April won the night in all key demos and had over 81 million worldwide fans experiencing it across multiple platforms, making it the largest international event in the history of the network. The wildly successful Powerpuff Yourself avatar maker has also given over 12 million fans of all ages the ability to see themselves as a real Townsville superhero. The series also picked up its first Emmy nomination this year for “Outstanding Short Form Animated Program.”
The original arbiters of girl power join an expanding diverse portfolio of returning fan-favorites at Cartoon Network that include Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, Regular Show and the recently announced new Ben 10.
“The Powerpuff Girls is on a momentous run with its first Emmy nod, a debut appearance at one of the biggest fan events of the year, and now a second season greenlight,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “Congratulations to the Cartoon Network creative teams who have super-powered this property with the perfect amount of Chemical X to bring a hit show for a new generation of fans.”
As previously announced, The Powerpuff Girls will also make its inaugural appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, July 21-24 with its first-ever panel and an immersive Townsville-inspired booth. Convention goers can step into the booth where they can print their personalized avatar on a t-shirt or tote bag using the Powerpuff Girls avatar maker.
The Powerpuff Girls has touched the cultural zeitgeist with Moschino and Hot Topic fashion collaborations in the United States and C&A Department Store and BIZUU globally; an international toy partnership with Spin Master featuring a full range of products; and as a McDonald’s® Happy Meal® promotion with six different toy offerings. As part of Cartoon Network’s overall commitment to STEAM education, The Powerpuff Girls continues to inspire children to learn to code with special episodes and programs including Google’s Made With Code GIF: The Powerpuff Girls and Scratch from the MIT Media Lab.
The Powerpuff Girls is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, with Nick Jennings (Adventure Time, SpongeBob SquarePants) serving as executive producer and Bob Boyle (Clarence, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!) as co-executive producer. The voice cast includes: Amanda Leighton (Blossom), Kristen Li (Bubbles) and Natalie Palamides (Buttercup).
One of Cartoon Network’s most enduring original series, the initial run of The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, premiered in 1998 and earned two Emmy® Awards along with five nominations and countless animation honors throughout its 78 episodes. The series also spawned a feature film with Warner Bros. Pictures in 2002.