Cartoon Network Africa Launches Creative Lab To Seek New Talent And Produce New Content

Cartoon Network Africa Launches Creative Lab To Seek New Talent And Produce New Content

Cartoon Network Africa Launches Creative Lab To Seek New Talent And Produce New Content

Cartoon Network Africa has launched a new initiative called “Creative Lab”. With the new initiative, Cartoon Network Africa aims to create local short-form animated content especially for people living in Africa. In order to create the new content, Cartoon Network Africa is seeking new talent on the continent. The initiative is specifically looking for creators, writers, graphic artists and animation students to help produce the new projects. Prospective content producers can apply now up until 31st August, the initiative is open to African residents above the age of 18 or any Africa-based company.

Applicants are expected to submit a one-to-three minute short comedy project that will fit in well among Cartoon Network’s other programming. In September, Cartoon Network Africa will pick ten shortlisted projects and give each creator the opportunity to pitch in-front of CN’s team. The winner and two runners-up will be revealed at the DISCOP media convention in Johannesburg which will be held between 14th-16th November and will be given the chance to turn their project into a pilot which will premiere sometime in 2019.

Cartoon Network Africa’s Creative Lab is effectively the adult-targeted version of Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios initiative. For Imagination Studios, children from all over Africa submitted their character drawings for the chance to see their characters made into a short episode.

The Head of Programming and Acquisition for Turner Kids Africa – Ariane Suveg, mentioned that there has been some really good and inspiring animation projects, including Punch Monkey Studios’ Cloud Life and wish to help support the African animation industry with the use of the new Creative Lab initiative.

“As sponsors of the DISCOP 2016 Animation Pitching Programme, we were exposed to some really inspiring local animation projects, We were so impressed by Cape Town-based Punch Monkey Studio’s amazing creative energy in the winning entry, Cloud Life, that the project has been traveling through the Turner group and is now in a development process with the Turner Asia Pacific production team! This just reinforces our need to invest in local content and our commitment to further mentoring talent in the African animation industry. We are honoured to be supporting local African animation talent through the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab. We look forward to seeing the entries and hope to see the winners flourish in their career as content creators, following the footsteps of some of Cartoon Network’s greatest talents.”

For more information about Cartoon Network Creative Lab and how to submit your project, please follow the link below:

Cartoon Network At Annecy Animation Festival 2018

Cartoon Network At Annecy Animation Festival 2018Cartoon Network At Annecy Animation Festival 2018

Cartoon Network At Annecy Animation Festival 2018

From Next Monday (11th June) to Saturday 16th June, is this year’s Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France. The Annecy Animation Festival is considered to be one of the largest and influential animation industry events in the world, the festival is an opportunity for animation studios to promote their work, for broadcasters to buy new shows, for studios to seek new talent or for potential show creators to find inspiration. The festival is also one of the most important events on Cartoon Network’s yearly calendar.

As with recent years at the Annecy Animation Festival, there will some Cartoon Network related events which will be mostly held on Thursday 14th June. On Thursday at 9.30am, there will be a session with Pablo Zuccarino, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cartoon Network Latin America.

Later on Thursday at 10.15am, Cecilia Persson VP, Programming & Content Strategy, Turner EMEA Kids / Acquisitions & Co-Production, International will be speaking at the festival and will be representing the Cartoon Network’s international divisions in terms of programming, acquisitions and co-productions.

During the late afternoon at 4pm on Thursday, there will be a special panel organised by Cartoon Network celebrating woman in the animation industry called “Cartoon Network Celebrate Women in the World of Animation”, speaking at the event will be Eva Lee Wallberg – the creator of The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, Lauren Sassen – the creative director for Cartoon Network Studios’ We Bare Bears, Julia Pott – the creator of Cartoon Network’s newest animated series – Summer Camp Island and Patricia Hidalgo – Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy.

In the evening at 5.45pm, Turner France and Africa (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Toonami) will be hosting a panel with Julien Borde – Head of Channels, Stéphane Pasquier-Miyazaki – Director of Programming, Ariane Suveg – Senior Manager of Programming and Acquisitions and Aurélie Wack – Acquisitions and Programmes Senior Executive.

As already reported by the blog in March, We Bare Bears, Cartoon Network Studios Europe’s The Heroic Quest Of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe and Cartoon Network Latin America’s Jorel’s Brother have been selected for Annecy’s 2018 TV Films In Competition and will be shown at the festival.

This year’s theme at the Annecy Animation Festival is Brazilian animation and three Cartoon Network Brazil shows will be showcased at the festival (along with the aforementioned Jorel’s Brother series) – Oswaldo, Mônica Toy (Turma da Mônica/Monica’s Gang spin-off) and Historietas Assombradas para Crianças Maleriadas (Haunted Tales for Wicked Kids).

Also, the creator of Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack – Genndy Tartakovsky, will also be present at the festival.

Cartoon Network President and General Manager – Christina Miller was about to deliver a keynote speech at the Annecy Animation Festival called “Cartoon Network: Drawing the Future”, this has now been cancelled due to business reasons.

Cartoon Network Africa To Premiere African Made Animated Shorts At The FupiToons Film Festival

Cartoon Network Africa To Premiere African Made Animated Shorts At The FupiToons Film Festival

Cartoon Network Africa To Premiere African Made Animated Shorts At The FupiToons Film Festival

Cartoon Network Africa has partnered up with the African Animation Network (ANN) and South African cinema company – Ster-Kinekor for an animated film festival called FupiToons (Fupi, means short in Swahili), the festival is the first of its kind in Africa, purely focusing on animated productions made on the continent. The festival is aimed for kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years old and will feature a total of 114 animated short films.

Four animated shorts based upon this year’s winning submissions for Cartoon Network Africa’s Imagination Studios drawing competition will be screened at FupiToons before they premiere on Cartoon Network Africa TV channel on Monday 11th December. The four shorts are called Llama Drama (Maia Janse), Smarter Phones (Zoë-Jane Mans), The Great Escape (Dida Bafor) and Attack of the Slug Monster (Katlego Khambule). The festival will run alongside this year’s DISCOP Johannesburg media industry convention, which will be held between Thursday 26th October and Sunday 29th October.

To produce the shorts, Cartoon Network has worked with a bunch of African companies specialising in animation production, scriptwriting and sound production, including MyChild TV, Mindseye Creative, Punch Money Studios and Audio Militia.

Ariane Suveg, the head of programming and acquisitions for Turner kids’ channels in Africa made this statement about this year’s Imagination Studios competition:
“We have been extremely impressed by the amazing, creative energy present within each of the partners and this energy, together with the imaginative entries received in this year’s Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition, has reinforced our investment into localizing content and our promise to further mentor the African animation industry.”

Wendy Spinks, FupiToons Festival Director & Head of Content at AAN also said: “We’ve been astounded by the volume and quality of the submissions. We’re excited to announce the official selection of films. The festival covers a broad selection of animated shorts with something for everyone but, most importantly kids aged 2 – 12 years old. Having received 114 submissions, it was extremely difficult to include everything into a FupiToons block whilst also conforming to the Film & Publication Board regulations for the festival age demographic. In future editions of FupiToons Festival we intend to open the age demographic range up and have different blocks of content catering for a wider audience and variety of content.”

Screenings will take place at the Ster-Kinekor cinema at The Zone, Rosebank, Johannesburg on Friday 27th October at 5:30pm Saturday 28th October at 2:30pm & 5:30pm and Sunday 29th October at 2:30pm.