Cartoon Network has extended its talent search by bringing the International Shorts Program to the Philippines. Cartoon Network is currently the No. 1 kids channel in the Philippines and is on a talent search to find writers, artists and studios that can develop a locally made animated series. Top Draw Animation based in Manila is producing a feature-length animated movie called Monster Beach which was commissioned by Cartoon Network Asia Pacific, the movie was created by Bogan Entertainment Solutions based in Melbourne, Australia.
Silas Hickey, Cartoon Network’s Creative Director for Animation Development in Asia Pacific, made this statement:
“Our International Shorts Program signals serious intent that we are continuing to support the animation industry in Asia Pacific. We truly recognize the value of the talent in this region and a show like Monster Beach allows it to be consumed by a global audience. It’s really funny stuff and, with the exception of some voice talent based in North America, it’s all created in Australia, Hong Kong, and right here in the Philippines.”
In the Asia Pacific region, Monster Beach premieres across Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand on Halloween (October 31st), an North American or EMEA release date hasn’t been announced yet.
Exchange Student Zero, an animated series also produced by Top Draw Animation, will premiere on Cartoon Network in mid-2015.