Cartoon Network Asia Pacific And Prudence Foundation Launch Cha-Ching Financial Education App

Cartoon Network Asia Pacific And Prudence Foundation Launch Cha-Ching Financial Education App

Cartoon Network Asia Pacific And Prudence Foundation Launch Cha-Ching Financial Education App

Prudence Foundation, the community investment division of Prudential Asia (owned by the British insurance and financial services firm – Prudential) and Turner Asia-Pacific have celebrated their seven-year “Cha-Ching” campaign partnership with the launch of a new money management mobile app aimed at children called “Cha-Ching Challenge”. Through the use of art and animated content produced by Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific, the purpose of the app is to increase financial literacy among children and their families.

The Cha-Ching Challenge app was developed especially for parents and for children aged between seven to 12 year old and covers four concepts of money management – Earn, Save, Spend and Donate. The app offers activities to make the experience of money management more fun and encourages families to talk about their financial decisions. The app also has additional features which helps the user to learn the objectives for each activity, even record their achievements and share photos. The app features songs, including the latest Cha-Ching animated music video called “Cha-Cha Choices”.

Cha-Ching was first launched in Southeast Asia in 2011 on Cartoon Network and later, Boomerang. The campaign has spread as far as Poland in 2014, the UK in 2016, and the United States where the campaign was launched earlier this year. Produced by Cartoon Network in the Asia-Pacific region, Cha-Ching episodes are available in more than 34 million households in 10 different languages. Since Cha-Ching’s launch in 2011, the initiative has had more than 76 million website page views (on http://www.cha-ching.com), more than 3 million video views on its YouTube channel and has a total of nearly 139,000 Facebook fans.

Download the free Cha-Ching Challenge mobile app now available on Google Play and the iTunes App Store:

Google Play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cha_ching_challenge&hl=en_GB

iTunes App Store (iOS for iPhone): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cha-ching-challenge/

http://www.cha-ching.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/ChaChingVideos

https://www.facebook.com/ChaChingFan/

http://www.prudencefoundation.com

http://www.cartoonnetworkasia.com

From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Turner-Prudence Foundation Celebrate Partnership With New “Cha-Ching” Financial Education App & Content: App helps children practice earning, saving and donating

Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential Corporation Asia, and Turner Asia Pacific have marked their seven-year partnership with the launch of a new mobile app and animated content to help boost financial literacy in families, as part of the international Cha-Ching campaign.

The app, Cha-Ching Challenge, is designed for parents to engage their children aged seven to 12 years old on the four fundamental money management concepts of the programme: Earn, Save, Spend and Donate. It offers a variety of activities in each category that serve as fun conversation starters to help families navigate the different options available and help them make smarter money choices.

There are additional features that enable users to learn about the key objectives for each activity, record their achievements and share photos. The app also features clips from the Cha-Ching songs, including the latest music video in the 18-episode Cha-Ching series entitled Cha-Cha-Choices.

“After seven years of working together, Turner and Prudence Foundation continue to demonstrate amazing dedication to the Cha-Ching campaign, and we’re both determined to develop new ways to connect, inform and entertain,” said Vishal Dembla, Turner’s General Manager in Southeast Asia. “We add value by bringing content back into the communication conversation. Rather than transactional media buys, Turner’s new-look team looks at its relationships as strategic marketing partnerships – and our conversations revolve around these types of native solutions and branded content.”

The partnership between Turner and the Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia, dates back to 2011 when Cha-Ching was first launched across Southeast Asia on Cartoon Network and subsequently on Boomerang. It has also travelled beyond Asia; to Poland in 2014; UK in 2016; and the US where it launched earlier this year.

“Financial literacy is an important life skill that children should learn not just early in life, but practice on a daily basis. We are delighted that Cha-Ching has made an impact globally since its launch in 2011, providing millions of children all over the world the opportunity to get a head-start on money management concepts,” said Marc Fancy, Executive Director of Prudence Foundation. This new app is the ideal tool for parents, who want to discuss financial literacy but don’t know where to start. Cha-Ching Challenge provides yet another touchpoint and platform to deliver our message about the importance of financial education.”

On the Cartoon Network channel, Cha-Ching episodes are available in more than 34 million households in 10 languages per month. Since its launch in 2011, the programme has accumulated more than 76 million page views on www.cha-ching.com, more than 3 million video views on its YouTube channel and generated 139,000 Facebook fans.

The Cha-Ching Challenge app is now available on the App Store and Play Store. For more information, visit http://www.cha-ching.com and the Cha-Ching Facebook page.

About Cha-Ching

Cha-Ching is an initiative of the Prudence Foundation, the charitable platform of Prudential Corporation Asia. Produced in co-operation with the Cartoon Network, the leading children’s channel in the Asia Pacific, and with the backing of Dr. Alice Wilder, an expert in educational and child psychology, ­Cha-Ching takes an engaging and age-appropriate musical narrative approach to teach children about four key fundamental money management concepts – Earn, Save, Spend and Donate.

It rolled out in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines in 2011, and then in Korea and Poland in 2014, Taiwan and UK in 2016. In 2017, the programme arrived in the US. Cha-Ching is currently available in English, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Thai, Polish, Vietnamese, Khmer and Burmese.

Cha-Ching is a series of three-minute animated television music videos for children aged 7 to 12 that were produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. Other elements of the programme include a website (http://www.cha-ching.com) with games and applications featuring real-life money management scenarios, online resources and activity plans for kids, parents and teachers. The Cha-Ching School Contact Programme was implemented across Asia since 2012 and has reached more than 280,000 children directly and was adopted by the Department of Education in the Philippines. A new Cha-Ching Curriculum with structured lessons plan for teachers was launched in schools in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia in 2016.

About Prudence Foundation

Prudence Foundation is the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia and was established in 2011. The Foundation brings Prudential’s regional community activities to a new level of strategic alignment and focus to maximise the impact of its efforts across Asia.

Its mission is to make a lasting contribution to Asian societies through sustainable initiatives focused on three key pillars: Education, Children and Disaster Preparedness & Recovery. Under each pillar, the Foundation has regional flagship programmes as well as market specific programmes, working closely in partnership with local and international NGOs. The Foundation embodies the long-term and heartfelt commitment of Prudential’s people in Asia to provide innovative, focused, and practical support to their local communities. More information at www.prudencefoundation.com

Cartoon Network Celebrates Gumball And Other Local Productions At Annecy Animation Festival 2017

Cartoon Network Celebrates Gumball And Other Local Productions At Annecy Animation Festival 2017

Cartoon Network Celebrates Gumball And Other Local Productions At Annecy Animation Festival 2017

Cartoon Network is at the Annecy Animation Festival this week (12/06/2017 to 17/06/2017) to promote their animated programming not only from their well-established studio in Burbank, California but also local productions in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) area including the critically acclaimed and Children’s BAFTA award-winning The Amazing World of Gumball and other new productions in the pipeline. Turner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang content is also complimented by animation productions from its sister company – Warner Bros. Animation. 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, to seek new talent or just to find inspiration.

In 2016-2017, Turner EMEA has increased their investment in local productions by 30%, new European productions include The Happos Family (renewed for a second season with extended episodes) and a brand new show coming in 2018 – Taffy, both shows are Boomerang original series and are produced by Cyber Group Studios. For Cartoon Network, a short-form animated series – The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe has been greenlit, the show is due to premiere in late 2017, the show is created by two former members of The Amazing World of Gumball production staff – Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg. The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe is animated by Sun Creature Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also during this summer, Cartoon Network will be producing a new live-action game show based on the Ben 10 franchise named Ben 10 Challenge, the show will be recorded in Madrid and will be produced in eight languages.

Representatives from Cartoon Network will also be at MIFA animation market at the festival (French acronym: Marché international du film d’animation, in English: International Animated Film Market) and will be looking for new creative talent to join its regional teams in the US, Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC), for both current and new productions. Meetings will be held at the Cartoon Network booth (Stand 4.A08) and Cartoon Network will also host its highly popular Picnic By the Lake event at the festival on Thursday 15th June. The Picnic By the Lake event will be an opportunity for animation students to network with studio talent and creatives.

An episode of Cartoon Network’s Clarence will be screened at the festival – The Tails of Mardrynia as well as Bill and Tony shorts from Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific. Cartoon Network’s main event at Annecy this year will be a The Amazing World of Gumball studio panel, featuring show creator Ben Bocquelet and show director Mic Graves accompanied by creatives and guest studios involved in some of its most unique episodes. UK-based kids’ production company Blink Industries who have recently completed work on Gumball’s season five episode entitled “The Puppets,” (directed by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling creators of internet sensation Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared) will be joining the panel. A mini-series inspired by the episode named “Waiting For Gumball” has also been commissioned and is directed by BAFTA-nominated Simon Cartwright (Manoman) and Baker Terry (Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared). The special panel event will take place on Thursday 15th June at Salle Pierre Lamy (4pm – 5.15pm). Ben and Mic will also be joined with the show’s composer – Ben Locket as well as French director and illustrator, Simon Landrein, who created a special skateboarding sequence for the season five episode “The Ollie”.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Cartoon Network To Celebrate The Power Of Local Production At Annecy Animation Festival: As the network invests in more local content than ever, it brings to Annecy a special showcase of European-produced global hit “The Amazing World of Gumball”

Turner’s Cartoon Network heads to Annecy Animation Festival and MIFA this week riding high on a wave of newly announced content, including a host of internationally-produced series and local development projects. In Europe alone, Turner has increased its content investment for Cartoon Network and second flagship kids’ channel, Boomerang by around 30% from 2016-2017 – complementing the amazing pipeline of US content from Cartoon Network Studios and sister-company Warner Bros., whilst ensuring the channels deliver strong local relevance.

Spearheading this year’s activities is a Studio Panel celebrating Cartoon Network’s European-produced, award-winning, global hit The Amazing World of Gumball, which is now in production on season six. Taking place on Thursday 15th June at Salle Pierre Lamy (4-5.15pm), the panel will feature Ben Bocquelet (Series Creator) and Mic Graves (Series Director) on a special journey behind-the-scenes of this extraordinary animated series, accompanied by creatives and guest studios involved in some of its most unique episodes.

Among the panel guests is new UK-based kids’ production company Blink Industries who have recently completed work on Gumball’s season five episode entitled “The Puppets,” directed by Becky & Joe, creators of internet sensation Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared. A mini-series inspired by the episode named “Waiting For Gumball” has also been commissioned and is directed by BAFTA-nominated Simon Cartwright (Manoman) and Baker Terry (Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared) – fresh and exciting creative talent managed by Blink Industries.

Also joining the line-up are Gumball’s music composer, Ben Locket, who will talk about his process and the use of some complex and unusual musical techniques, and acclaimed French director and illustrator, Simon Landrein, who created a special skateboarding sequence for the season five episode “The Ollie”.

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA Kids & International Kids Strategy commented: “As we dial up our local production investments internationally, this couldn’t feel like a more fitting time to celebrate our first major hit to come out of Europe and some of the amazing talent involved in the show. We’re continuing to look for great animation talent to work on Gumball season six, as well as our many different productions across the globe, and we’re excited to once again host our highly anticipated Picnic by the Lake, which is a fantastic opportunity for students to network and connect with key people from our studios.”

Brian Miller, SVP & General Manager, Cartoon Network Studios added: “Coming to Annecy always furthers the opportunity for Cartoon Network to explore and collaborate with various global production partners, and this year, we are especially keen to learn about some of the new production technologies being presented at the festival.”

Mark Eyers, SVP & Chief Content Officer – Kids Networks, Turner Asia Pacific said: “We’re attending Annecy again this year in the hope of discovering more fun and engaging ideas to become part of our successful original development programme in APAC. It’s also exciting that just one of the many highlights to have come out of that programme already – a series of shorts entitled Bill and Tony – has been selected to screen in competition at the festival, which is an amazing endorsement of the comedy animation we’re producing in the region right now.”

Known for its creator-driven and holistic approach to developing content across multiple platforms, representatives from Cartoon Network will also be on the lookout for new creative talent to join its teams in the US, Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Meetings will be held at the Cartoon Network booth (Stand 4.A08) and Cartoon Network will also host its hugely popular Picnic By the Lake on Thursday 15th June.

In the past few months’ alone, Turner has announced a number of new internationally-produced series and local development projects, including: Taffy and a second season of The Happos Family, both created for Boomerang in partnership with Cyber Group Studios; The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, a Danish-produced series for Cartoon Network, created by two animators who previously worked on Gumball; and Ben 10 Challenge, a live-action gameshow based on the Cartoon Network franchise, which will be produced in Spain in eight languages.

https://www.annecy.org/programme/index:rdv-200001500611

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Turner Broadcasting System Europe, owners of the animation channel – Boomerang has announced that their first ever original series – The Happos Family has been renewed for a second season. Turner released the press release during the 2017 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week (23/05/2017 – 25/05/2017). The new season will feature seven-minute long episodes (episodes had a 2.5-minute runtime in season 1), longer episodes mean longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters at the safari park, each with their own personality and theme. A total of twenty-five episodes will be made for season two. Digital content will be released alongside the premiere of the new season, digital content includes the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app which also features Boomerang favourites Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

Season two of The Happos Family will launch on Boomerang feeds within the Europe, Middle East and Africa region starting from January next year. The new season will also be welcoming three new Happos: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. The show is created in partnership with Italian chocolate company Ferraro, known for Ferraro Rocher, Kinder Surprise and Happy Hippos. Season two will be animated by Cyber Group Studios in France, the studio is also co-producing another animated show with Turner – Taffy, which is due to premiere next year. Season one was animated by Spider Eye in Cornwall, England.

The show has no dialogue which means the show doesn’t require any dubbing and translating making it easier for international distribution. Apart from Boomerang’s international channels, the show has premiered on POGO in India and free-to-air channel Karusel in Russia, reaching more than 88 million. The show has a diverse range of characters such as Astro Happo who has an aspiration to fly to the moon, the daredevil Stunt Happo, Party Happo, Ballerina and Bollywood. The show is referred to having slapstick humour with lots of heart.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Announces Second Series Greenlight Of The Happos Family: First original production for Boomerang to become latest addition to Turner EMEA Kids franchise portfolio; New series to be produced by Cyber Group Studios, with episodes extended to 7 minutes.

Turner EMEA announced today (24/05/2017) that it has greenlit a second season of its first ever Boomerang Original, The Happos Family – this time featuring longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters, as well as a raft of new digital content.

Series two, made up of 25 x 7-minute non-dialogue episodes, will launch on Boomerang channels from January 2018, and will introduce three brand-new characters to the family set-up: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. It has been created in partnership with world-renowned Italian corporation Ferrero and will be produced by leading European animation company Cyber Group Studios (headquartered in Paris), with whom Turner recently signed a co-production deal for another new Boomerang series, Taffy.

Following a first series of 20 x 2 ½ minute shorts – which has launched on Turner Kids channel POGO (South Asia) and free-to-air channel Karusel (Russia), as well as Boomerang channels globally, reaching more than 88M viewers to date* – series two will offer kids and families the chance to become better acquainted with each of the unique and hilarious Happos and the safari park in which they live, where just about anything seems possible. Whether it’s Astro Happo longing to fly to the moon, or Stunt Happo attempting a daredevil feat, or Party Happo in a dance off with Ballerina and Bollywood, each storyline is laugh-out-loud, slapstick comedy with lots of heart.

In addition to the linear roll-out, the Happos characters will appear across a variety of interactive digital platforms, including the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app (more than 20M downloads worldwide) alongside other Boomerang favourite characters Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

“The great audience reaction, channel exposure and performance of Happos to date are all positive signs that we have an exciting new franchise on our hands”, says Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’ve seen kids actually belly-laughing while watching the content and demonstrating really strong engagement with the humour and characters. Taking the show to a new level, with longer episodes and extensive support across digital, stands us in very good stead for a successful consumer products programme – and we’re looking forward to the reaction we get from prospective partners here at Vegas.”

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman & CEO, Cyber Group Studios added: “We immediately fell in love with The Happos Family and it’s not at all surprising that the show is already resonating with kids and families around the world. We’re delighted to be partnering again with Turner and coming on board to produce the second series of Happos, this time with longer stories and great new characters.”

The Happos Family follows the lives of a family of Happos who live in an enclosure in a safari park. In the morning the park is open to human visitors who drive past the Happos, taking pictures of them wallowing in the mud, lazing by the pool, sleeping in the shade of the tree. When the last car races out of the safari park and the gates are shut to all visitors, the Happos jump up out of the mud, wake up from their snoozing and get dressed up. It’s now their time for crazy, zany, Happo adventures.

*Source: BARB, Auditel, AGB Nielsen, Kantar Media, TNS Gallup, MMS, IPSOS/KTLM, TNS TV/Index Plus, BARC Media Workstation, IBOPE, All Individuals, 10/16 – 08/05/17, All Day, Reach (1min+)

http://www.cybergroupstudios.com

http://www.boomerangtv.co.uk/shows/the-happos-family