Cartoon Network Years 2000 To 2006 History

Cartoon Network Years 2000 To 2006 History

Cartoon Network Years 2000 To 2006 History

This blog post forms as part of a continuing blog post series about the history of Cartoon Network, this post in particular, is part three in the series and will cover Cartoon Network’s first six years of the new millennium (2000 to 2006).

Part 1: https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/07/happy-60th-birthday-hanna-barbera/

Part 2: https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/10/happy-25th-birthday-cartoon-network/

By the year 2000, Cartoon Network has already established itself as a content creator and also in most major markets around the world including Western Europe, Japan and Australia, the channel started to rely less and less on classic cartoons from the Warner Bros./Hanna-Barbera library and aired more of its original shows. The older shows moved to a brand new channel called “Boomerang”, the brand new channel was named after one of Cartoon Network’s first ever programming blocks, with the slogan “It’s All Coming Back To You”, Boomerang is a home for older cartoons and a “retirement home” for older Cartoon Network originals (e.g. the original Cartoon Cartoons animated productions). Boomerang launched in the United States on 1st April 2000 (April Fools Day) with a UK version launching the following month on 27th May 2000, after the UK, Boomerang spread to the rest of Europe, Latin America and Asia. Late in the previous year – 1999, one of Cartoon Network’s most frightening shows premiered – Courage The Cowardly Dog, the show was known for its dark and surreal humour; the show was considered a success and left a lasting impression on animation fans everywhere. Also in 1999, Ed, Edd and Eddy premiered, the show became one of the network’s most popular comedies and had a simple and relatable plot premise – three young boys with distinct personalities who scheme to raise money to buy jawbreakers, but their schemes don’t often go to plan. Both Courage The Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd and Eddy continued well into the next decade.

Between 2000 and 2006, there was an explosion of new shows coming to the network and among them are some of the channel’s greatest shows, a few examples include, the dystopian action-adventure – Samurai Jack, Codename: Kids Next Door – an action-adventure comedy following an organised gang of kids fighting against adult villains, the funny and much loved Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, the frighteningly funny The Grim Adventures Of Billy and Mandy and of course – Ben 10 featuring the alien transforming hero himself – Ben Tennyson, also among them are Warner Bros. Animation productions including Justice League, Duck Dodgers and Teen Titans. In 2002, Cartoon Network released their first ever theatrical movie – The Powerpuff Girls: The Movie, the movie was a prequel to the series and received mixed to positive reviews. Alongside the usual American productions, Cartoon Network Europe started to contribute to the network’s output with a series of co-productions including The Cramp Twins and Robotboy.

In 2001, Cartoon Network’s first president – Betty Cohen stepped down, she was instrumental for laying the foundations for the network, but she resigned fearing that she will die as “the queen of cartoons”, one of her final acts was to plant the seeds for a brand new programming block just for adults called “Adult Swim” with one of its first animated shows – “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” being well into production. Replacing Betty Cohen was the Senior Vice President of Cartoon Network Latin America at the time – Jim Samples, he became the worldwide president of Cartoon Network, he overseen the network during most of this era and also helped to develop Adult Swim to what it is today. In 2004, Cartoon Network USA introduced a new branding package called “CN City” as well as a new logo. CN City era, along with the Powerhouse era of the late 90’s-early 00’s is a fan favourite. CN City was unique as it featured a set of bumpers featuring the channel’s cartoon characters living together in a town, the branding package featured 2D characters animated on 3D backdrops.

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Cartoon Network USA To Launch On New Hulu Live Stream Service

Cartoon Network USA To Launch On New Hulu Live Stream Service

Cartoon Network USA To Launch On New Hulu Live Stream Service

Time Warner (the ultimate parent company of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang via Turner) has announced today that the company has acquired a 10% stake in Hulu, a USA based premium streaming video on-demand TV service owned by a consortium of Hollywood’s biggest media firms such as The Walt Disney Company (Disney/ABC), 21st Century Fox (20th Century Fox/Fox Broadcasting) and Comcast (Universal/NBC).

With Time Warner now owning a part of Hulu, it was announced that live streams of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang will be distributed on Hulu’s new live TV streaming service (including other Turner networks – TNT, TBS, CNN, truTV and TCM) which is due to be launched in early 2017. Back in April 2015, Hulu signed a multi-year streaming deal with Turner for full seasons of Adult Swim and Cartoon Network shows including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Dexter’s Laboratory, Ben 10, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros, Adventure Time and Regular Show. The new Time Warner/Hulu partnership will expand upon the current deal with Turner.

The new live TV streaming will feature an intuitive interface with personalisation options and access to live and on-demand content, subscribers will be able to use the new service on compatible living room and mobile devices and there will be no set-up and installation costs. Hulu is the only streaming subscription service that offers the latest TV episodes from five out of the six largest broadcasters in the United States. Presently, Hulu provides a discounted VOD service with limited commercials for $7.99 per month and a completely ad-free subscription for $11.99 per month.

http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2016/08/03/time-warner-joins-hulu-as-equity-owner-and-signs-affiliate

From The Time Warner Press Release

Time Warner Inc. and Hulu LLC announced today that Time Warner will become a 10% owner of Hulu, the premium streaming TV service that offers the best of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series. Time Warner joins The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast in the joint venture.

The investment in Hulu reflects Time Warner’s continued commitment to supporting innovative digital services that allow consumers to access high-quality content however they want it across a variety of platforms.

It was also announced that Turner’s powerful entertainment, sports, news and kids networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies will be available live and on-demand on Hulu’s new live-streaming service, which is slated to launch early next year. With no set-up costs or installation, Hulu’s new service will offer an intuitive and personalized interface, and instant access to live and on-demand content, across hundreds of living room and mobile devices.

Hulu will continue its current offering of ad-supported and ad-free subscription video on demand products to complement both traditional pay TV packages as well as the new streaming service. The company also remains focused on acquiring iconic and award-winning programming like Empire, Homeland, Seinfeld, Curious George, South Park and Fear The Walking Dead, as well as creating original programming that builds upon its success with shows such as The Mindy Project, The Path, Difficult People, 11.22.63 and the Golden Globe® -nominated Casual.

Jeff Bewkes, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner said, “Our investment in Hulu underscores Time Warner’s commitment to supporting and developing new platforms for the delivery of high-quality content and great consumer experiences to audiences around the globe.” Mr. Bewkes continued: “We’re also excited to join Hulu’s other owners in launching a new consumer-friendly package featuring leading networks that will deliver more value to audiences and complement Hulu’s core SVOD offerings. The inclusion of Turner’s networks in Hulu’s new streaming service furthers our efforts to allow consumers to engage with and enjoy our brands across a wide range of platforms and services.”

Mike Hopkins, CEO of Hulu, said, “This investment from Time Warner marks a major step for Hulu as we continue to redefine television for both consumers and advertisers. Our two companies have long enjoyed a productive relationship – which includes the availability of past seasons of popular Turner shows on our current SVOD offerings – and we are very proud that Turner’s networks will be included in our planned live streaming service.”

About Hulu

Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that offers hundreds of thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series to subscribers with limited commercials for $7.99 per month or commercial free for $11.99 per month. Hulu is the only streaming subscription service that offers current season content from 5 of the 6 largest U.S. broadcast networks, as well as acclaimed Hulu Originals. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love.

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2016

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2016

Adult Swim At San Diego Comic Con 2016

Cartoon Network’s sister network for young adults – Adult Swim will also be attending the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International convention this week (Thursday 21st July – Sunday 24th July), with panels, autograph sessions and an adults only carnival called “Adult Swim on the Green” where attendees can play games, get a photo op with Mr. Pickles, check out the Meatwad Full Dome Experience and watch special screenings at nighttime.

Panels

Friday 22nd July – Indigo Ballroom

Robot Chicken – 12.15pm – 1pm
Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio – 1.15pm – 2pm
Rick and Morty – 2.15pm – 3pm
Samurai Jack – 3.15pm – 4pm

Autograph Sessions

Saturday 23rd July – Booth #3721

Samurai Jack 12pm – 1pm
Rick and Morty 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio 3pm – 4pm
Robot Chicken 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Adult Swim on the Green Events (Convention Way & 5th Ave Pier)

Toonami Pre-Flight at 8pm-10pm on Thursday 21st July.
Adult Swim Presents: Things You’ve Never Seen at 8pm – 10pm on Friday 22nd July.
Rick and Morty Evening with show creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland on Saturday 23rd July at 8pm-10pm.

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