AT&T To Combine WarnerMedia’s Turner And HBO Divisions, Turner President David Levy And HBO President Richard Plepler To Leave The Company

AT&T To Combine WarnerMedia's Turner And HBO Divisions, Turner President David Levy And HBO President Richard Plepler To Leave The Company

AT&T To Combine WarnerMedia’s Turner And HBO Divisions, Turner President David Levy And HBO President Richard Plepler To Leave The Company

Over the past couple of days (28th February and 1st March), AT&T, the ultimate parent company of Turner (the owner of Cartoon Network) via AT&T’s WarnerMedia is planning some structural changes to the way WarnerMedia is run, particularly its television division.

The plan is to merge its two television channel divisions – Turner which focuses on basic package cable channels and its premium entertainment and movies channel brand – HBO (Home Box Office). Also WarnerMedia is planning a direct-to-consumer streaming service which will feature HBO content in its core package, plus content from Turner’s general entertainment and kids brands.

On Thursday (28th February), it emerged that the President of Turner – David Levy will be leaving the company after 33 years, his career at Turner dates all the way back before the Turner/Time Warner merger and years before Cartoon Network started broadcasting.

In a internal company memo, David Levy said:

“I have decided the time is right to leave my role. I am ready for a professional change. Turner has been a significant part of my life and I will watch from the sidelines as this company continues to produce more amazing moments. The next few months will be filled with many new ‘firsts’ and experiences. I am confident that you all will show that true maverick spirit this company was founded on to march forward and continue the standard of excellence we have built and enjoyed.”

The news of David Levy’s resignation follows news that AT&T has finally jumped over the last legal hurdle in its acquisition of Time Warner (Now WarnerMedia), which was a lengthy appeals court battle. Telecommunications conglomerate AT&T acquired Time Warner in June last year and the merger itself was announced in October 2016. On Thursday, the CEO of HBO – Richard Plepler also announced that he’s also leaving the company.

Both Mr Levy and Mr Plepler reported to WarnerMedia’s new CEO – John Stankey, who replaced Jeff Bewkes. Also Turner’s CEO John Martin stepped down immediately after the AT&T merger in June, leaving the post vacant.

There’s no official word on who will manage the combined Turner/HBO unit, some sources including The Hollywood Reporter and Variety suggest that AT&T is currently in talks with former NBC Entertainment chairman – Bob Greenblatt.

In addition to the HBO/Turner changes, WarnerMedia is planning to sell its 10% stake in Hulu, a popular online streaming service for TV shows in the United States to Disney. Disney is also in a similar situation to AT&T as its merging with 21st Century Fox, after the Fox/Disney merger and after buying WarnerMedia’s 10% stake, Disney will own 70% of the Hulu streaming service, with 30% still owned by Comcast (NBC).

Last October, AT&T said there won’t be any big changes at Turner, there was no mention about combining Turner with HBO, but hopefully this will be the only significant change, merging business units together usually leads to cost cutting measures such as administration which also leads to job losses. At present, there’s no news on how these significant changes will affect Cartoon Network and rest of Turner’s children’s and young adults division. In many parts of the world, HBO and Turner already work together, they already share offices in London, Turner’s kids streaming service in Scandinavia – Toonix is available via HBO Nordic’s streaming service, Cartoon Network shows are available via the HBO GO streaming service available in parts of Europe and Turner already operates HBO South Asia on behalf of the company.

https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-tnt-tbs-warnermedia-bob-greenblatt-richard-plepler-john-stankey-1203152672/

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/01/media/turner-president-david-levy-leaving-as-att-prepares-to-install-new-leadership/index.html

http://www.cablefax.com/distribution/disney-in-talks-to-acquire-atts-hulu-stake

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/warnermedia-eyes-bob-greenblatt-major-new-role-1189138

Teen Titans Go! Nominated For 2019 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award In The “Favourite Cartoon” Category, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Receives “Favourite Female Voice From An Animated Movie” Nomination

Teen Titans Go! Nominated For 2019 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award In The

Teen Titans Go! Nominated For 2019 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award In The “Favourite Cartoon” Category, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Receives “Favourite Female Voice From An Animated Movie” Nomination

Warner Bros. Animation’s and Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! has been nominated in the “Favourite Cartoon” category for Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards, also the movie that’s based on the animated series – Teen Titans Go! To The Movies has also received a “Favourite Female Voice from an Animated Movie” nomination for Kristen Bell’s voice acting performance as Jade Wilson. In the Favourite Cartoon category, Teen Titans Go! will compete against Nickelodeon’s ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Loud House and SpongeBob SquarePants and also DreamWorks Animation’s and Netflix’s – The Boss Baby: Back in Business.

In the “Favourite Female Voice from an Animated Movie” category Kristen Bell will compete against Gal Gadot (Shank, Ralph Breaks the Internet), Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation), Yara Shahidi (Brenda, WB’s Smallfoot) and Zendaya (Meechee, WB’s Smallfoot).

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and DC Comics’ movie – Aquaman has been nominated in the “Favourite Movie” category, with Jason Momoa (portrayed as Aquaman in the movie) also being nominated as “Favourite Superhero”. Warner Bros’s Interactive Entertainment’s LEGO The Incredibles video game has been nominated in the “Favourite Video Game” category. Warner Bros. Television’s and DC Comics’ The Flash has also been nominated in the “Favourite TV Drama” category.

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards is an annual awards ceremony event where children from around the world can vote for their favourite TV shows, video games, movies, music and much more. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, on Saturday 23rd March 2019 and will be broadcasting live on the Nickelodeon TV channel from 8pm ET/PT. The awards ceremony will be hosted by hip hop DJ and record producer – DJ Khaled.

Special thanks to The Daily Nick for the information:

http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2019/02/music-mogul-dj-khaled-to-host.html

Vote now for your favourite TV shows, movies, music, video games and celebrities on the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards website! Kids can cast their vote through social media on Twitter, and also for the first time ever, Nickelodeon will be enabling voting on specific posts on Instagram.

http://www.kidschoiceawards.com/

Minecraft Steven Universe Mashup Pack Released Today 26th February

Minecraft Steven Universe Mashup Pack Released Today 26th February

Minecraft Steven Universe Mashup Pack Released Today 26th February

Cartoon Network and Mojang – the creators of the highly popular creative and exploration sandbox game – Minecraft have collaborated again once more to produce a special mashup pack based on Cartoon Network’s cult hit – Steven Universe. For the first time, Steven Universe and Minecraft fans are able to explore “Steven’s universe”, visit Steven’s house, go to downtown Beach City or even visit the Kindergarten or even go on an intrepid adventure to Homeworld, with Minecraft, the only limit is your imagination.

The Steven Universe pack features 48 character skins featuring all the main and secondary characters from the show, including the Crystal Gems (Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, Connie and Steven himself), also the townspeople of Beach City, various gem fusions and all four diamonds.

From today (26th February), the Minecraft Steven Universe Mashup Pack is now available to buy on the Minecraft Marketplace and can be downloaded for Minecraft on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Samsung Gear VR, Fire OS, Windows 10, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Cartoon Network previously collaborated with Mojang for a special Minecraft themed episode of Adventure Time called “Diamonds and Lemons” as well as the Adventure Time mashup pack which is also available on the Minecraft Marketplace.

https://marketplace.minecraft.net/en-us/pdp?id=1814821e-1786-44a0-99f5-a950222fb6b3