UK National Broadcaster Channel 4 Signs Deal With Turner For Adult Swim Shows

UK National Broadcaster Channel 4 Signs Deal With Turner For Adult Swim Shows

UK National Broadcaster Channel 4 Signs Deal With Turner UK For Adult Swim Shows

Today (14th January), UK national state-owned broadcaster Channel 4 has announced they have signed a broadcasting and on-demand content deal with Turner Broadcasting UK for TV shows from their young adult entertainment brand – Adult Swim, including the Emmy award-winning and critically acclaimed animated sci-fi comedy series – Rick and Morty. As part of the deal, new episodes of Rick and Morty from season four and onwards will premiere on Channel 4 in the UK. Channel 4’s youth-skewing entertainment sister channel – E4 will be airing Rick and Morty season one to three from February, this will be the second time that Rick and Morty will have aired on UK free-to-air television (aired first on TruTV’s limited time only Adult Swim block). Channel 4 also promised a frequent “Adult Swim” hour-long block on E4.

In addition to new Rick and Morty episodes and a new Adult Swim block, a large library of Adult Swim content will be coming soon to Channel 4’s VOD (Video on-demand) service – All 4 for free, from launch, the VOD library will feature 300 episodes with hundreds more to come over the next three years. Rick and Morty has been a breakout Adult Swim show in UK, and fans in the UK can now watch all the hilarious intergalactic adventures of a crazed scientist and his panicky grandson on a channel and VOD service that’s free and widely available.

The first ever Adult Swim block on E4 will not only feature Rick and Morty but also the UK television premiere of the Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special, the new block will feature a variety of Adult Swim shows which will also be available to stream as full series boxsets on All 4 in the UK.

Rick and Morty debut on E4 will air alongside the UK premiere of the Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special on E4. The Adult Swim section on the All 4 service (referred to as the “Adult Swim Channel”) will be accessible on the All 4 app. The All 4 app is available for iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, Freeview Play and Samsung TVs, as well as games consoles, alternatively the service can be accessed in a web browser at http://www.all4.com.

Adult Swim content on All4 will feature a mix of new and old shows from February including classics Robot Chicken (still in production), Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Venture Bros (recently revived for a new season which has aired in the U.S.) and Squidbillies. Newer content include The Eric Andre Show, the UK premiere of Mostly 4 Millennials, Mr. Pickles, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Hot Streets, Ballmastrz 9009 and much more to come in 2019 and beyond.

In the past, Adult Swim shows have aired on various channels in the UK including CNX (Cartoon Network’s short-lived young adult entertainment channel), Bravo (defunct), FX (now branded as FOX), TCM2 (now TCM’s one hour timeshift channel – TCM +1), FOX, TruTV (was owned by Turner when the Adult Swim block aired, now owned by Sony) and Comedy Central, and in Rick and Morty’s case – the Netflix streaming service.

From The Channel 4 Press Release: Rick And Morty Get Schwifty On Channel 4, E4 and All 4

– New series of Emmy award-winning Rick and Morty to premiere exclusively on Channel 4 in the UK
– Seasons 1-3 will be broadcast on E4 from February
– A huge catalogue of Adult Swim shows to be available on All 4

The brand new and highly anticipated fourth series of Emmy, Critic’s Choice and IGN award-winning Rick and Morty will make its UK premiere on Channel 4, with the first three series airing on E4 from February – the first time ever on free-to-air UK television. This is part of a new brand partnership that will also see hundreds of hours of Adult Swim content being made available to stream for free on All 4.

Described as “the world’s most ingenious animation” (Guardian), and “one of the best shows on television” (Vulture), UK viewers can get up to speed with the duo’s universe-hopping antics on E4. Series 1 to 3 will have the UK flying around Anatomy Park, turning into sentient pickles and bingeing on Interdimensional Cable with our favourite terrified grandson and maniacal genius grandfather from February.

Ian Katz, Channel 4 Director of Programmes, said “Rick and Morty is one of the most anarchic, ingenious and original shows around and the breakthrough animated hit of recent years. I’m thrilled that it’s coming to Channel 4 and E4.”

Rick and Morty will be accompanied by the UK premiere of the Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead Special on E4. This will be the first of a regular new ‘Adult Swim hour’ block on E4, showcasing episodes from different Adult Swim shows that will be available to stream, as full series boxsets, exclusively on All 4 in the UK.

Karl Warner, Controller E4 said, “Adult Swim’s amazing mix of original ideas and anarchic comedy is the perfect brand partner in E4’s evolution.”

Charlie Palmer, Managing Editor All 4, said, “Adult Swim is a fantastic brand with a clear proposition and a devoted fan base. I’m delighted to have it join VICE and Walter Presents as a featured channel on All 4.”

Over 300 episodes of Adult Swim content will be made available at launch, with hundreds more being added over the next three years, sitting in an Adult Swim-branded ‘Featured Channel’ alongside VICE and Walter Presents. The Adult Swim channel will be available on the All 4 app across Channel 4 owned and operated platforms including iOS and Android devices, on big screens such as Amazon Fire TV, Freeview Play and Samsung TVs, as well as games consoles and online at All4.com.

Pierre Branco, SVP & GM, Northern Europe for Turner said: “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Channel 4 to bring Adult Swim’s eclectic mix of weirdly wonderful and surreal shows to audiences here in the UK. In this unique collaboration with Channel 4, we are creating a branded destination that will reach fans, new and old, across TV and VOD, building on the huge success of Adult Swim in the US.”

Fans old and new will be able to revisit and fall in love with a vast array of shows as the first batch of programmes arrives in February:

Long running, irreverent and beloved sketch show Robot Chicken including specials on Star Wars, DC Comics and The Walking Dead
Super-villainous The Venture Bros
Meme-generating surrealist wonder The Eric Andre Show and the UK premiere of Andre’s new show Mostly 4 Millennials
Satanic good boy Mr. Pickles
Everyone’s favourite band of sentient fast food Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Hilarious and bizarre Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, with Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories
Backwoods redneck nonsense from Squidbillies
Crime fighting capers with Hot Streets
Suit up for The Game with Ballmastrz 9009
And many, many, many more to come across 2019

All About All 4:

All 4 is Channel 4’s award-winning streaming service, home to original and exclusive shows including, US acquisitions; 30 Rock, Community and 90210; featured channels, such as VICE and Walter Presents; hundreds of box sets of iconic Channel 4 series; as well as live streams and catch up from the broadcast channels.

All 4 is available on a wide range of owned-and-operated platforms including web, mobile (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), console (Xbox, PlayStation) and big screen (YouView, FreeSat, Freeview Play, Samsung, Amazon Fire TV, Now TV). A syndicated version is also available via Sky and Virgin Media.

https://www.channel4.com/press/news/rick-and-morty-get-schwifty-channel-4-e4-and-all-4

Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience Orchestra To Perform At The Adult Swim Festival

Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience Orchestra To Perform At The Adult Swim Festival

Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience Orchestra To Perform At The Adult Swim Festival

Today (22nd August), Adult Swim USA has released their final acts line-up for their upcoming Adult Swim Festival which will be held at ROW DTLA in Los Angeles between Friday 5th October to Sunday 7th October. One of the final acts to be announced will be of special interest to Rick and Morty fans as Adult Swim will be bringing the first-ever “Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience” to the festival. The Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience will feature a 37-piece orchestra and Rick and Morty’s composer – Ryan Elder, the orchestra will be performing the songs from the hit show.

The first-ever Adult Swim Festival will have more than 24 hours of live entertainment, featuring 42 musical and comedy performers over three days, headlined by musical acts Run the Jewels and Mastodon. As well as the acts on stage, fans will immerse themselves in a Adult Swim experience like no other, take a trip on the Dream Corp LLC Virtual Reality Eggs, play Rick and Morty themed Mini Golf and much more. Fans will also enjoy live broadcasts by Adult Swim’s FishCenter & Friends, featuring the best of Adult Swim’s streams.

Buy tickets before Saturday 14th September to enter in the Adult Swim Festival Fan Sweepstakes and get a chance to watch your favourite band from the soundboard, get a 50% discount of all Adult Swim merchandise, win a limited-edition Rick and Morty vinyl and autographs, free food and drink vouchers, a custom Adult Swim bike and much more. Fans who already bought tickets between 16th March and 14th September are also eligible to enter the sweepstakes when they register their admission wristbands at AdultSwimReg.com.

From The Adult Swim USA Press Release: Rick and Morty Blasts Into Adult Swim Festival with Full Live Orchestra: Final Event Line Up Announced

Rock out with Rick and Morty like never before when the Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience goes live with a 37-piece orchestra at the highly anticipated Adult Swim Festival at ROW DTLA Los Angeles, October 5-7th. For the first time ever, see composer Ryan Elder (The man behind Rick and Morty’s music) and some very special guests bring your favorite Rick and Morty songs to life in melodic harmony in sync with an episode. There’s going to be an actual orchestra, with trombones and stuff.

The inaugural Adult Swim Festival will showcase more than 24 hours of live entertainment, featuring 42 musical and comedy performers over three days and headlined by musical powerhouses Run the Jewels and Mastodon. L.A.’s Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus’ independent record label, dominates Saturday with special performances from Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus (in 3-D), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hannibal Buress, and Thundercat.

Fans will get a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in an Adult Swim experience like no other happening on and around two massive stages. They can take a trip on the DREAM CORP LLC Virtual Reality Eggs, play a round of Rick and Morty Mini Golf; ride a giant Hot Dog Ride; soak in six minutes of air-conditioning in the immersive Meatwad Dome 4D Experience and climb everyone favorite feline on Smack Up My Uvula. Fans far and wide will also enjoy live broadcasts by Adult Swim’s FishCenter & Friends, featuring the best of the streams.

Buy tickets before Saturday, September 14th for the opportunity to enter the Adult Swim Festival Fan Sweepstakes and get a chance to watch your favorite band from the soundboard, get 50% off all Adult Swim merchandise, go home with a limited-edition Rick and Morty vinyl and other autographed exclusives, free food and drink vouchers, custom Adult Swim bike, plus many more prizes! Already bought your ticket? Don’t worry fans who purchased tickets between March 16th and September 14th are also eligible to enter the sweepstakes when they register their admission wristbands at AdultSwimReg.com. One registered wristband per person. Visit AdultSwimReg.com to view full rules and restrictions.

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/adult-swim-festival-adds-rick-and-morty-musical-experience

http://www.adultswimfestival.com

http://www.adultswimreg.com

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/05/the-first-ever-adult-swim-festival-expands-its-lineup-with-24-additional-music-and-comedy-acts/

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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