New Show Sesame Street To Premiere On Cartoonito UK On 7th November

New Show Sesame Street To Premiere On Cartoonito UK On 7th November

New Show Sesame Street To Premiere On Cartoonito UK On 7th November

Today (19/10/2016) it has been officially announced that Sesame Street is going to premiere on Cartoonito UK on Monday 7th November. Turner UK has made a broadcasting rights deal with Sesame Workshop in the United States for new 30-minute episodes, the show will air on Cartoonito UK from Monday 7th November, airing daily at 4pm. Sesame Street hasn’t aired in the UK since 2001 where it used to air on Channel 4, but since then there has been UK spin-offs such as The Furchester Hotel and Sesame Tree.

The pre-school show has aired around the world in different localised forms and formats, the show is known for its Jim Henson puppet characters and for teaching children how to spell, read and count as well as health and social education.

In the United States, Turner’s sister company – HBO (Home Box Office) currently own the first run broadcasting rights to Sesame Street, with public service broadcaster PBS airing the episodes after a nine month exclusivity time window.

Sean Gorman, Director of Kids Channels (Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito) at Turner UK talked about the addition of Sesame Street to Cartoonito:

“For more than four decades now Sesame Street has been helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder, and we’re delighted to be driving these engaging and educational messages to our young UK audience in such a fun and entertaining way.”

http://www.c21media.net/sesame-street-returns-to-uk-broadcast

Cartoon Network UK Ben 10 Boys Research Study

Cartoon Network UK Ben 10 Boys Research Study

Cartoon Network UK Ben 10 Boys Research Study

Cartoon Network UK conducted a research study about male children in the UK co-inciding with the premiere of the Ben 10 reboot, the survey had a sample size of 1,200 boys across the country; The Sun reports.

According to the survey, boys read an average of 42 books a year (almost one book every week), play outside for two hours every day and get told off by their parents 161 times a year (or three times a week) but also get praised by parents 154 times a year, they have an average of ten friends and their favourite colour is usually blue. Boys usually gets up at 6.55am and go to bed at 8.38pm, spends 16 hours playing sports and 29 days a year playing computer games.

Boys spend on average one hour everyday watching television, spend 22 days, 12 hours a year on smartphones and tablets. Football, bike riding, swimming and trampolining (in descending order) are the most popular physical activities among boys.

Sean Gorman, Director of UK Kids Channels at Turner EMEA explained that the British kids do have a few things in common with Ben Tennyson (the main protagonist in Ben 10) enjoying their free time and other social activities, but the survey has surfaced some surprising statistics, especially in the amount of time boys spend reading books and doing their homework (average of 1 hour and 47 minutes everyday):

“This insight into how boys spend their time is a real eye opener – particularly their keen interest in books and dedication to homework. Like Ben Tennyson, the superhero in Ben 10, British boys have active lives, going to parties, spending time with their friends and riding their bikes outside. It’s no wonder they wear holes into so many of their clothes – their parents must be exhausted trying to keep up with their comings and goings.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1960687/typical-schoolboy-spends-29-days-playing-computer-games-and-only-four-out-on-their-bike-research-reveals/

Cartoon Network At The Children’s Media Conference 2016

Cartoon Network At The Children's Media Conference 2016

Cartoon Network At The Children’s Media Conference 2016

Today (07/07/2016), was the final day of the annual Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, probably the most important annual event in the year where the British children’s media industry gather and discuss their ideas, their work and their plans for the future. Yesterday (06/07/2016), Turner (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito) along with Viacom (Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons) and Disney (Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior) ran a combined content commissioner event. Turner, Viacom and Disney are the three major players in the UK children’s pay-TV industry.

During Turner’s part of the session, Cecilia Persson, VP of Programming & Content Strategy for Kids Channels at Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) stated that Cartoon Network is looking for more original show ideas from outside the United States, Sarah Fell (Executive Director for Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball) was also there to emphasise the importance of international kids programming. The Amazing World of Gumball was used as a successful example, produced by Cartoon Network but made outside the United States which is Turner’s main and home country.

At present, there is around 20% of non-US content airing on Cartoon Network UK, 40% of Boomerang’s schedule is content from outside the United States, half of which is commissioned. Nearly 100% of the programming on Cartoonito is acquired (not counting the programming from Turner’s sister company, Warner Bros.).

Micro-formatted content is also being commissioned and Mighty Magiswords produced by Cartoon Network Studios is one example, which has evolved from an interactive choose-your-ending fifteen-second animated shorts into a full-blown 11 minute per episode show.

In terms of Turner EMEA’s current operation, the situation of the UK leaving the European Union (which still might not happen) won’t affect their operations in the short-term and they’re still committed to using the UK as a creative base and to take advantage of children’s content/animation industry tax breaks.

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/blog/2016/07/06/report-commissioner-conversations-commercial-networks/

Sean Gorman, Director of Cartoon Network UK, took part in an UK/Canada content collaboration session, two countries united by a common language, history and culture, both countries also have a large animation and kids TV production industry.

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/blog/2016/07/07/report-focus-canada/