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/

Grizzy And The Lemmings Wins Animation Prix Export 2019 Award

Grizzy And The Lemmings Wins Animation Prix Export 2019 Award

Grizzy And The Lemmings Wins Animation Prix Export 2019 Award

Yesterday (18th March), was TV France International’s Prix Export (Export Prize) 2019 awards ceremony. Prix Export celebrates the most successful high quality audiovisual programming produced in France that has been exported to other parts of the world. TV France International is a trade association which promotes French TV programmes worldwide.

At the awards ceremony, Studio Hari’s Grizzy and the Lemmings won the animation award for the show’s first season, internationally, Grizzy and the Lemmings airs on Cartoon Network’s sister channel – Boomerang. Grizzy and the Lemmings has been one of France’s most successful animation exports in recent years, the show is also a success in China and has reached the five billion views mark on the SVOD (Subscription Video-On-Demand) platform – Mango TV last November. Other animation nominations include Technicolor Animation Productions’ and PGS Entertainment’s – Monchhichi Tribe (now on the Boomerang USA streaming service) and GO-N International’s Simon.

Grizzy and the Lemmings producer – Josselin Charier made this statement (translated):

“It is a privilege to represent a property such as Grizzy & the Lemmings on the international market: the humour of this non-dialogued series is truly universal. Grizzy & the Lemmings is successful absolutely everywhere. It is a new classic that reinvents the genre of golden age cartoons: the sales achieved prove that the market shares this analysis!”

http://www.boomerangtv.co.uk/shows/grizzy-and-the-lemmings

http://www.boomerangtv.fr/shows/grizzy-et-les-lemmings

http://www.mediakwest.com/communaute/item/prix-export-tv-france-international-2019-decouvrez-les-laureats.html

http://www.leblogtvnews.com/2019/03/prix-export-tv-france-international.html

https://www.screenopsis.com/www/corner/279c8ad2-33fa-4383-938f-412e654c1691

https://www.studiohari.com/en/productions/grizzy-and-the-lemmings/

https://www.studiohari.com/en/5-billion-views-in-china-in-less-than-a-year/

Looney Tunes Cartoons World Premiere At Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019

Looney Tunes Cartoons World Premiere At Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019

Looney Tunes Cartoons World Premiere At Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019

Warner Bros. Animation has been busy producing brand new Looney Tunes shorts based upon the original classic shorts that made Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the many other Looney Tunes characters world famous. The brand new short-form cartoons, collectively referred to as “Looney Tunes Cartoons” will have its world premiere at the Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France on Monday 10th June 2019 as part of the festival’s opening ceremony playing alongside Playmobil: The Movie. The new Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts will be shown during publicly accessible open-air screenings on Monday 10th June.

At the Annecy Animation Festival on Wednesday 12th June, there will be a special Looney Tunes Cartoons session with Peter Browngart (Looney Tunes Cartoons Executive Producer, creator of Cartoon Network’s Uncle Grandpa and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome), Alex Kirwan (Looney Tunes Cartoons Supervising Producer), Audrey Diehl (Vice President, Series, Warner Bros. Animation) and Sam Register (President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, creator of The Looney Tunes Show and Cartoon Network’s Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, executive producer of Teen Titans Go!). At the session more shorts will be shown and there will also be a behind-the-scenes look inside the production of the brand new Looney Tunes shorts.

Each season of Looney Tunes Cartoons will feature 1,000 minutes of brand new Looney Tunes animation which will be distributed on the internet and on television. Looney Tunes Cartoons is heavily influenced and inspired by the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts. In a similar style to the classic shorts, the new shorts also features a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other famous Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, humour driven and visually pleasing short episodes. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and each episode will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists, applying their own unique personality and style. The new shorts features veteran Looney Tunes voice actors – Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen.

From The Annecy International Animation Film Festival Press Release: It’s a World Premiere, Doc!: Warner Bros. Animation to Debut Looney Tunes Cartoons During the Opening Ceremony at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2019

Bugs Bunny! Daffy Duck! The Looney Tunes are back! The classic characters, from Warner Bros. Animation, return in Looney Tunes Cartoons, a series of new shortform cartoons, debuting at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2019. The next chapter of the iconic Looney Tunes story, featuring a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling, will have its world debut on Monday, 10th June, as part of the Opening Ceremony festivities, with Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts playing in front of the previously announced opening film, Playmobil: The Movie.

Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts will also be a part of the open-air screenings on Monday, 10th June, so the general public can also enjoy the fun with Bugs Bunny and his pals.

But wait, thththat’s not all folks, Warner Bros. Animation’s presence to showcase the most ambitious Looney Tunes content initiative to date continues on Wednesday, 12th June, during a Looney Tunes Cartoons session, when Peter BROWNGARDT (Looney Tunes Cartoons Executive Producer), Alex KIRWAN (Looney Tunes Cartoons Supervising Producer), Audrey DIEHL (Vice President, Series, Warner Bros. Animation) and Sam REGISTER (President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series) will screen more shorts and present a behind-the-scenes look inside the production of one of the studio’s most iconic franchises.

LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS : Series Description

Looney Tunes Cartoons is a series of new short form cartoons starring the iconic and beloved Looney Tunes characters. With a crew of some of the premiere artists working in animation today, each “season” will produce 1,000 minutes of all-new Looney Tunes animation that will be distributed across multiple platforms — including digital, mobile and broadcast.

Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists, allowing their own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and features veteran Looney Tunes voice cast members including Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) and Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) serve as executive producers.

Peter BROWNGARDT

Peter Browngardt serves as executive producer on the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons. Browngardt was the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award–winning series Uncle Grandpa, as well as creator of the Annecy & Emmy® Award–winning series Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. Previous credits also include work on a number of Cartoon Network shows, including Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time. Browngardt studied character animation at CalArts and began working professionally on Futurama at age 19, followed by Industrial Light & Magic and MTV Animation.

Alex KIRWAN

Alex Kirwan serves as supervising producer on the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons. Kirwan is an Emmy® Award–winning designer, art director, writer, visual development artist and producer who has worked in the animation industry for more than 20 years. Previous credits include My Life as a Teenage Robot for Nickelodeon; Wander Over Yonder, Mickey Mouse Shorts and the new Duck Tales series for Disney; and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends at Cartoon Network. He has been nominated for five Annie awards and three Emmy® Awards.

Audrey DIEHL

Audrey Diehl serves as Vice President, Series, at Warner Bros. Animation (WBA). In her position, Diehl develops new animated programming for the Studio, with wide-ranging oversight of creative and production matters for animated content. Diehl also serves as programming executive and manages the day-to-day production activities and creative affairs for current WBA series including Looney Tunes Cartoons, Animaniacs for Hulu and Harley Quinn for DC UNIVERSE. Prior to WBA, Diehl served as Vice President, Animation Development, at Nickelodeon.

Sam REGISTER

Sam Register serves as President, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Warner Digital Series, overseeing creative efforts related to the development and creation of animated programming, for broadcast television, home entertainment and digital platforms. Under Register’s leadership, WBA is currently in active production on 14 animated series for multiple networks, including Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls for Cartoon Network, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz for Boomerang, Harley Quinn for DC UNIVERSE, Animaniacs for Hulu, and Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix.

https://www.annecy.org/resources/communiques_presse/2019_CP_Warner_en.php