Cartoon Network Africa’s Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

Cartoon Network Africa's Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

Cartoon Network Africa’s Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

South African media news website – The Media Online has interviewed the channel manager of Turner Africa (and France) – Julien Borde, in the interview, Julien talked about the new pop-up channel in Africa – Superhero HQ, new local content and viewing ratings.

Interview Summary With Julien Borde:

The full interview can be viewed on the following link: https://themediaonline.co.za/2019/03/from-superheroes-and-american-blockbusters-to-local-partnerships/

Superhero HQ

Regarding the temporary pop-up channel – Superhero HQ (Super-powered by Cartoon Network), Julien said a channel was needed to target both adults and kids, as 51% of CN’s audience are in fact adults and includes adults who watch animation with their children, as TV shows and movies about superheroes are popular at the moment, it was an ideal theme for the pop-up channel. Superhero HQ was set up to air during the school holidays, which is when children’s television broadcasters have a captive audience and Cartoon Network wanted to make use of its animation library, which includes CN’s original programming, content from Warner Bros. Animation and some acquisitions. In order to localise the channel for an African audience, Turner hired South African comedian Mojak Lehoko who created some superhero related comedy sketches for the channel.

Local Content and Localisation

Julien Borde also said that there will be more local content appearing on Cartoon Network Africa very soon, including a second season of the dance show – Pop Up Party and magic show – WOOALA! Pop Up Party season two will feature 15 super-talented kids from different backgrounds in Cape Town going head to head to express themselves through movement and dance. In WOOALA!, Wian, a 23-year-old South African magician, will use everyday objects to perform illusions and magic tricks that will amaze children and their parents.

Cartoon Network Africa also developed its new Creative Lab initiative, which is an opportunity for potential African animated show creators. The winning shorts are currently being produced and will be shown at DISCOP Johannesburg 2019 in November. After some market research, it was revealed that the African market is very interested in anime as a comic form, Cartoon Network Africa has acknowledged the findings and will premiere a new anime series on Cartoon Network Africa on Saturday 27th April – Bakugan: Battle Planet.

Viewing Ratings, VOD, Content Distribution

Turner’s content is distributed to 56 different countries in Africa, because of local differences, Turner has to make sure its content is suitable for each market it broadcasts to. Turner Africa had a successful end to 2018 with the children’s channel multiplex (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Toonami) and TNT reaching new viewing rating highs.

Cartoon Network remains to be the favourite children’s channel in South Africa, dominating the top 15 best performing shows. Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, Apple and Onion and Craig of the Creek are particularly popular in Africa. Boomerang is also growing, its now the second favourite childrens channel in Africa, for kids aged between 4 and 14 years old, it’s also the second most popular channel in French speaking Africa (Boomerang France is received in Francophone Africa). Recently, TNT was the second movie channel within the total African movie channel movie market (source: AGB Nielsen).

In Africa, conventional linear pay-TV is still a popular option for entertainment, however Turner has worked with DStv to provide programming on its Catch Up VOD (Video On-Demand) service and is distributing Boing Africa and Toonami Africa on Cell-C’s live-streaming service – Black. Turner also formed a partnership with South Africa-based streaming service Showmax, the deal included Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim programming.

https://themediaonline.co.za/2019/03/from-superheroes-and-american-blockbusters-to-local-partnerships/

Cartoon Network Australia April 2019 Highlights

Cartoon Network Australia April 2019 Highlights

Cartoon Network Australia April 2019 Highlights: From Sky New Zealand’s Website

New Show

Bakugan: Battle Planet

Airs from Saturday 6th April, airs weekends at 5.30pm (NZ).

Anime fans rejoice! Brand New Bakugan Battle Planet is now on Cartoon Network!

New Episodes

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes

New episodes air from Saturday 13th April, airs weekends at 6pm (NZ).

Our heroes are back this April with brand new episodes full of action and adventure. The fun starts when our heroes return from some time off and are surprised to discover that things have changed. Everyone is forced to deal with some major alterations and not everyone is happy with it.

This month, Lakewood Plaza hosts its very own film festival. K.O., Enid and Rad are determined to make their entry the winner and set off on a film making journey. The crew also discover that the Boxmore security camera feed is the most entertaining thing ever and become hooked on people watching.
Catch all the brand new super hero fun this April.

New Episodes Programming Block

Friyay 5,6,7,8

Airs from Friday 5th April, airs Fridays between 5pm and 9pm (NZ).

Cartoon Network is set to become the perfect Friday night destination with a selection of premiere
episodes showcasing on the hour from 5pm-9pm.

Friyay 5,6,7,8 includes brand new episodes of some of the biggest Cartoon Network shows including
The Amazing World of Gumball, Craig of the Creek, Teen Titans Go! and We Bare Bears.

Kick off your shoes, settle in to the couch and enjoy all the fun Friyay has to offer!

Gumball VIP Interactive Programming Stunt

Airs from Monday 1st April, airs weekdays at 5pm (NZ) and weekends at 7.30pm (NZ).

Viewers can play along with Gumball and Darwin in this amazing Gumball VIP experience! Simply download the free App to unlock secret videos as well as play quizzes and games whilst watching the interactive episodes.

https://www.sky.co.nz/kids

Cartoon Network UK New Show Bakugan: Battle Planet Premieres Tomorrow 23rd March

Cartoon Network UK New Show Bakugan: Battle Planet Premieres Tomorrow 23rd March

Cartoon Network UK New Show Bakugan: Battle Planet Premieres Tomorrow 23rd March

Tomorrow (Saturday 23rd March) at 7am, Cartoon Network UK will be premiering a brand new show – Bakugan: Battle Planet, based on the revived children’s toy, card game and anime franchise – “Bakugan”, the franchise’s original series made its debut on Cartoon Network UK a decade ago, and now it’s back to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a brand new series. The original Bakugan animated series – Bakugan: Battle Brawlers had a run of four seasons, which aired on Cartoon Network in several countries worldwide (between 2008 and 2012), the series also had an internationally successful toy range. New episodes of Bakugan: Battle Planet will air every Saturday and Sunday at 7am.

The new series will feature a Japanese anime art style combined with CGI animation. The new series follows a boy named Dan and his group of friends as they forge relationships with mysterious alien creatures known as Bakugan. Bakugan Battle Planet is also expected to air on Cartoon Network feeds in Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America. Bakugan: Battle Planet will premiere on Cartoon Network Australia (and New Zealand) on Saturday 6th April, airing weekends at 3.30pm (Sydney, Australia) and 5.30pm (New Zealand).

https://www.sky.co.nz/-/ep_cn_bakugan_april

To help promote Bakugan: Battle Planet, Cartoon Network UK has also been airing a promo for the new show:

Also check out the official Bakugan website (https://www.bakugan.com) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ8_wntNdHu_VVJUItyupqA) for additional content.

https://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/show/bakugan-battle-planet