The Lego Batman Movie Cast And Crew Live Chat 22nd January
Tomorrow (22/01/2017), Lego will be hosting a live chat and Q&A session with the cast & crew of the upcoming Lego Batman Movie. The session will feature Lego Batman’s voice actor – Will Arnett, as well as director Chris McKay and movie producers Dan Lin, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The Lego Batman Movie is produced by Cartoon Network’s sister company – Warner Bros. and is animated by Australian animation studio – Animal Logic. The movie will be released in cinemas in Denmark (Lego’s homeland) on Thursday 9th February, followed by the United States the next day on Friday 10th February.
The live event will be streamed on YouTube at 7.30pm GMT/2.30pm ET/11.30am PT tomorrow, people are able to ask questions on the event’s page on Facebook.
Warner Bros Consumer Products At Licensing Expo 2016
Yesterday (21/06/2016), Warner Bros’ consumer products division made an announcement of its current and new TV shows and movies available to potential merchandise licencees at the 2016 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week (21/06/2016 – 23/06/2016). New properties include DC Super Hero Girls, Mattel is the toy partner of this property and will launch a toy range in July. Another new property that has merchandising potential is the upcoming Justice League Action series as well as the new fully CGI Scooby-Doo movie – S.C.O.O.B, other upcoming movies include The Lego Ninjago Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry remain to be cross-generational hot properties.
Extract From The Warner Bros Consumer Products Press Release
DC Super Hero Girls Makes Girl Power Global: Front and center at Licensing Expo will be the groundbreaking DC Super Hero Girls franchise, a fun, immersive world that encourages girls to play, watch, read and be inspired to discover their own Super Hero potential. Led by master toy partner Mattel, DC Super Hero Girls is supported with a global merchandising program that crosses multiple categories and rolls out worldwide in July.
DC TV Hit Programming: WBCP continues to bring fans innovative and collectible product lines featuring characters from DC’s portfolio of fan-favorites, including animated hits Justice League Action and Teen Titans, Go! from Warner Bros. Animation.
The LEGO Batman Movie: WBCP and The LEGO Group brings fans of all ages exciting merchandise for the eagerly awaited The LEGO Batman Movie, which takes fans on a new adventure with Batman as the Dark Knight embarks on a personal journey to find himself while learning the importance of teamwork in hopes to save Gotham City from The Joker and the Rogues Gallery.
The Ninjago Movie: Also from the world of LEGO comes The Ninjago Movie as WBCP and The LEGO Group continue their partnership to create cool and collectible product in driver categories to support the film. Inspired by the wildly popular LEGO line of toys, Ninjago is the story of six young ninja tasked with defending their island home, Ninjago.
WBCP’s animation franchise boasts perennial animated favorites, including Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry, which attract new fans every day. The beloved characters and properties continue to propel new trends and partnerships for WBCP and its globally renowned partners on board with high-profile programs and high-end collaborations. WBCP’s animation offerings also will have fans excited for the theatrical films from Warner Bros. Pictures and WAG Pictures, including S.C.O.O.B.
Scooby-Doo Hits The Big Screen: Everyone’s favorite canine hits the big screen as we’ve never seen him before in a fully CG film with Warner Bros. Pictures’ and WAG Pictures’ family-adventure S.C.O.O.B.
All New Classic Content: The Studio continues to offer fans all-new content, including three shows from Warner Bros. Animation – Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production, Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and The Tom and Jerry Show – all supported by WBCP and its top-tier licensees.
Located at Booth #N186, WBCP is one of the largest exhibitors at this year’s show.
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.”