Cartoon Network UK 25th Anniversary: Previous Birthday Celebrations

Cartoon Network UK 25th Anniversary: Previous Birthday Celebrations

Cartoon Network UK 25th Anniversary: Previous Birthday Celebrations

Today (17th September) is Cartoon Network UK’s (originally launched as Cartoon Network Europe) 25th Birthday, so here’s a brief overview of the channel’s previous birthday milestones.

Cartoon Network UK’s 10th Birthday

Cartoon Network UK 10th Birthday

In 2003, Cartoon Network UK celebrated its 10th birthday, during this era, Cartoon Network Europe co-production – The Cramp Twins was airing on the channel (hence the logo featuring Wayne Cramp swapping the letter around on the logo). During this time, Cartoon Network invested a yearly average of $100 million in animated productions around the world, which mostly included the United States and Europe. At this point in its history, the channel was UK’s number one commercial channel for children aged between 4 to 9 years old. For the 10th Anniversary, the channel had a special competition, also during that September, Codename: Kids Next Door premiered.

http://www.contactmusic.com/pages/cartoonnetworkx17x09x03

Cartoon Network UK’s 18th Birthday

A few days before Cartoon Network UK’s 18th Birthday in 2011 (14th September) – a HD version of the channel – Cartoon Network HD launched, the night schedule also featured classic Cartoon Cartoons from the late 1990’s to early 2000’s. During this era, The Amazing World of Gumball was a brand new show and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien was airing, this was also during Regular Show’s and Adventure Time’s early days.

https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/cartoon-network-hd-launch-september/1084763

Cartoon Network UK’s 20th Birthday

In 2013, Cartoon Network UK celebrated its 20th Birthday, on the Cartoon Network UK website there were puzzles and activities and an animated DOG (digital originated graphic) on the channel.

https://web.archive.org/web/20130920072546/http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk:80/blogs

My Opinion on Cartoon Network UK’s 25th Birthday

I think its great that CN UK has celebrated its 25th Birthday with a party and will have a special screening at BAFTA in London in a less than a couple of weeks time plus some clips of CN classics on YouTube, but I’m disappointed that there’s no celebrations on the actual channel, this is nowhere near compared to the amazing effort Cartoon Network Latin America has done for their 25th Birthday a few months ago and at least CN USA aired a special ident for their 25th Birthday last October, which CN UK could of aired. I’m aware that unlike Latin America, the European market is a lot more fragmented, and different versions of CN will have their birthdays at different times, but this could of been more of an European effort and not just a UK one, as most of Europe had the original pan-European version since the very beginning. Nickelodeon UK also celebrated their 25th birthday this month and had no celebrations on the channel.

In Latin America particularly, the channel has very high viewership, but meanwhile in Britain there’s a lot more competition in the children’s broadcasting sector than there used to be (especially FTA channels such as CBBC, CITV and POP) and the amount of children’s channels is disproportionately high compared other developed nations, but in pay-TV terms and according to BARB statistics, CN UK still holds up against Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.

https://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk

More info on Cartoon Network UK’s 25th Anniversary celebrations on the link below:

https://www.regularcapital.com/tag/cartoon-network-uk-25th-anniversary/

Cartoon Network India And Amazon Prime Video Announces VOD Content Distribution Deal

Cartoon Network India And Amazon Prime Video Announces VOD Content Distribution Deal

Cartoon Network India And Amazon Prime Video Announces VOD Content Distribution Deal

Turner International India and Amazon Prime Video in India have signed a content distribution deal to add a selection of classic Cartoon Network shows onto the subscription video-on-demand service. Cartoon Network shows that will be added to the service include, Ben 10 (Original series), Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10 Omniverse, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls (Original series), Dexter’s Laboratory, and two shows specifically produced for Indian audiences – Kumbh Karan and Roll No. 21. The shows will be added to the Kids and Family TV section of Amazon Prime Video’s service.

In a joint statement by Amazon India and Cartoon Network India, both said:

“Kids today are consuming and engaging with their favourite content across diverse screens such as computers and mobile screens. This is increasing with the emergence of new OTT platforms and the rise in use of apps for games as an entertainment and learning activity.”

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/entertainment/news/amazon-prime-video-partners-turner-india-to-stream-cartoon-network-shows-1743459

http://tbivision.com/news/2017/08/turner-india-amazon-reach-kids-licensing-deal/787822/

http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/video-on-demand/cartoon-networks-with-amazon-prime-video-170829

In addition to the classic cartoon distribution deal with Amazon Prime Video and the recent revamp of Toonami India as a classic animation channel, Cartoon Network Enterprises in India has released a retro collection which includes a series of branded merchandise such as T-shirts, shoes, mugs, bags, badges, posters, flip-flops, mobile covers and much more. The new merchandise range features character designs from The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Laboratory.

In regards to new merchandise range, Anand Singh, the Senior Director of Cartoon Network Enterprises India made this statement:

“We are delighted to bring to our fans the nostalgic era of cartoons, with some cool and exclusive Cartoon Network Retro merchandise. These cartoon characters make for great family co-viewing experience and have transcended several generations. Their timelessness is what translates into great demand for them even now. We are sure that not only will the 90’s kids love this collection, but also that the new generation would be excited to own contemporary merchandise that reflects sophisticated storytelling in animation. We’re thrilled to bring the Cartoon Network Retro collection for the Indian fans.”

http://www.exchange4media.com/industrybriefing/cartoon-network-enterprises-launches-cartoon-network-retro-collection_70302.html

Image Featuring New Ben 10 Reboot Character Designs Released

Image Featuring New Ben 10 Reboot Character Designs Released

Image Featuring New Ben 10 Reboot Character Designs Released

Today (21/06/2016), Cartoon Network USA have released a new image promoting the new Ben 10 rebooted series which also features some of the new character designs, including the main character, Ben Tennyson. The new Ben 10 series will premiere on Cartoon Network Europe, Middle East and Africa feeds and Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific feeds from Autumn 2016 and on Cartoon Network USA and Cartoon Network Latin America/Brazil in 2017.

The storyline of the rebooted series appears to be directly based on the original series which premiered on Cartoon Network USA on 27th December 2005. This reworked version features Ben, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max, as they travel the country during their summer vacation. When Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different friendly aliens; a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him.

News about the rebooted series was announced in June 2015: https://www.regularcapital.com/2015/06/cartoon-network-to-revive-ben-10-franchise/

From The Cartoon Network USA Press Release:

Cartoon Network’s newest take on Ben 10, the animated phenomenon that had kids all over the world wanting to transform into their favorite alien, begins its global premiere this fall with Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), and will continue into 2017 with North America and Latin America (LATAM). A new generation of fans can expect all the high-energy action and fantasy, along with the heart and humor that made it an international sensation when it originally premiered in 2006.

Building on the highly successful franchise about kid hero Ben Tennyson, Ben 10 will introduce a re-imagined Ben, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max, as they travel the country during summer vacation. When Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different friendly aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him. The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Generator Rex), with John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) on board as supervising producer.

The popularity of the show launched three additional animated series (Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse); two animated movies (Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix, Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens); and two live-action movies (Ben 10: Race Against Time, Ben 10: Alien Swarm).

A proven success for Cartoon Network, Ben 10 is an established sales sensation led by top-selling toys, interactive and home entertainment franchises generating more than $4.5 billion in global retail sales to date. Playmates Toys serves as the worldwide master toy partner for the new Ben 10 with a full line of toys based on the series and will include a range of figures, playsets, and role-play items set to launch at retail globally next fall.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/The-New-BEN-10-to-Debut-This-Fall-on-Cartoon-Network-20160621