Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK July 2018 Highlights

Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK July 2018 Highlights

Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK July 2018 Highlights: From The Turner UK Press Release

Boomerang UK July 2018 Highlights

New Episodes

Wacky Races

New episodes start Monday 2nd July, airs weekdays at 6.30pm.

Join Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, Dick Dastardly, Muttley and the Gruesome Twosome in wacky fun as they race to strange and exotic places around the world, and beyond! Filled with fast-paced slapstick and high-octane thrills, Wacky Races is pure zany fun from start to finish. In brand-new episode the future is not what it used to be. As the crew of Wacky One find out when the Evil Lord Dastarius challenges them to a race for the Heart of the Galaxy.

School Summer Holidays

Starts Saturday 21st July, airs daily from 6am.

To kick off the summer holidays on Boomerang, Tom and Jerry and the Scooby gang takeover with back-to-back adventures and movies every day from 6am-4.30pm. The iconic cat and mouse duo go on a pirate adventure in Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers! In Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare, it’s all thrills and chills as the Mystery Gang must fish for clues to solve spooky mysteries at Camp Little Mouse. Tune-in to these films and many more this summer on Boomerang!

Boomerang Movies

Starts Saturday 7th July, airs weekends at 10am and 6.30pm.

Grab your popcorn and join Boomerang for movies every weekend and during the summer holidays. It’s the most amazing race in history when the world’s favorite cat and mouse get booted out of their happy home and enter a Reality TV contest to win a huge dream mansion in Tom and Jerry: The Fast and The Furry. Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang are in for a creepy encounter with a monster from Mexico in the mucho spooky, Scooby-Doo! And The Monster of Mexico.

Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK July 2018 Highlights

Cartoonito UK July 2018 Highlights

New Episodes

Daisy and Ollie

Starts Monday 2nd July, airs weekdays at 4.30pm.

Catch brand-new episodes of Daisy and Ollie this July on Cartoonito! Join Daisy and Ollie alongside their out of the ordinary toys, Boo the Monkey and Whizzy the Robot as they discover all the answers to your questions! Daisy’s Daddy who is a musician filling every episode with music and songs as well as his dry humour, often gets caught up in all the adventures!

Fireman Sam Mornings

Starts Monday 23rd July, airs daily at 8am to 12pm.

Join our favourite everyday hero Fireman Sam for brand-new episodes this month on Cartoonito! Whenever or whatever the problem, be it a lost kite or cat, stranded sledgers or kitchen fires, Fireman Sam and his trusted team – Elvis, Station Officer Steele Jupiter, and their big red fire engine, are always on hand to save the day.

Weekend Stunts

Starts Saturday 7th July, airs all day.

Join all the Cartoonitos every weekend this July for movies and episodes from your favourite shows like Masha and the Bear, Daisy and Ollie and Fireman Sam. Spend the weekend with Fireman Sam and the rest of the rescue team as they protect the citizens of the Welsh town of Pontypandy as well as the lively Masha and her best friend, a retired circus bear.

Edutainment Company Bright Little Labs Makes Deal With Turner International For Equity Investment

Edutainment Company Bright Little Labs Makes Deal With Turner International For Equity Investment

Edutainment Company Bright Little Labs Makes Deal With Turner International For Equity Investment

Today (7th June), Turner International’s Digital Ventures and Innovation division has announced they have made an equity investment in Bright Little Labs (BLL), a UK based company that specialises, creates and distributes edutainment (educational entertainment) content for kids. The extra funding from Turner in exchange for equity will help with Bright Little Labs’ international expansion as well as the creation and distribution of new educational content, this includes topics covering critical thinking, computer science and computer coding.

The equity deal is also Turner’s Digital Ventures & Innovations’s first investment into the edutainment sector. The education material is also inline with the UK’s national curriculum for coding and is supported by the British Government’s Cabinet Office. BLL uses a cartoon character called Detective Dot to teach kids about coding. The character – Detective Dot is a tech-whizz who is on a dangerous mission from the Children’s Intelligence Agency (CIA). BLL is also a recipient of a EDF Stem Pulse Award (awarded in 2017) and was named ‘Top Coding Toy for Kids’ by UK national newspaper – The Independent in 2017 and by London’s Evening Standard newspaper in 2018.

As part of the agreement, BLL will be able to make use of Turner’s animation, licensing and merchandising portfolio, which includes animated properties from Cartoon Network, and it will also be possible to form collaborations with Turner’s kids channels which include Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Toonami and Cartoonito.

From The Turner International Press Release: Turner International and Bright Little Labs Sign Strategic Equity Investment

– Investment marks Digital Ventures & Innovation group’s first entry into the edutainment space.

– Turner provides funding and kids creative expertise to power Bright Little Labs’ international growth as innovator in the kids coding and life skills space.

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) group today announces an equity investment in Bright Little Labs (BLL), a UK-based early stage company which creates and distributes edutainment content for kids.

The funding will be used to fuel Bright Little Labs’ international expansion in terms of both creative development and distribution.

The investment will enhance BLL’s current offering by leveraging Turner’s expertise in the kids’ space to develop quality IP which delivers on Bright Little Labs’ vision to engage, entertain and educate kids about critical thinking, computer science and coding.

Bright Little Labs’ existing edutainment IP centres around Detective Dot from the Children’s Intelligence Agency, a hi-tech spy agency which incorporates the official UK coding curriculum and allows kids to learn in a fun and engaging way.

The agreement will also lay the foundation for further leverage across Turner’s wider animation and licensing and merchandising portfolio.

The investment means that Turner becomes Bright Little Labs’ main strategic investor and signals its commitment to developing a presence in edutainment. Christopher Sodergren VP Digital Ventures, DV&I for Turner will take a seat on Bright Little Labs’ board of directors.

“Partnering with relevant start-ups is a core part of our strategy to compete and lead in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape,” said Aksel van der Wal, Executive Vice President, Digital Ventures & Innovation for Turner. “We saw in Bright Little Labs the opportunity to expand a great concept into an international multiplatform D2C offering, in a way that fully embraces and utilises our expertise in kids, speaks to our desire to create new fan-centric experiences and aligns us with a like-minded partner. It also serves as a great platform for our ambitions to do more in the kids D2C space.”

Sophie Deen, CEO, Bright Little Labs, said: “We’re beyond excited to be partnering with Turner in the next phase of our journey. In a world of post-truth, job-automation and internet enabled teddy bears that could be snooping on you, digital literacy and critical thinking are key. It’s imperative that all children, regardless of their background, have access to these 21st century skills and we’ve seen first-hand that a hi-tech spy agency with empowering role models like Detective Dot is a great way to achieve this. We’re working to scale our transmedia platform, reaching kids wherever they are, so we can deliver rich, personalised experiences directly to our users. Not only does Turner share our vision, working with Turner means we can leverage their expertise in creating the very best kids content and reach new audiences globally.”

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer EMEA & International Kids Strategy for Turner, said: “Turner shares with Bright Little Labs a passion for engaging kids in a way which is original and immersive. We see multiple opportunities to leverage our kids’ expertise to further develop BLL’s existing business and engage kids in a way that while putting entertainment first also equips them for the skills they need for today’s 21st century world.”

Turner’s kids’ portfolio includes the Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Toonami and Cartoonito channels, websites and YouTube channels as well as extensive content production and licensing and merchandising operations.

The investment in BLL follows DV&I’s stake in Copa90 in February 2017. DV&I has also launched gaming service Gloud and movie streaming service FilmStruck internationally since forming just under 18 months ago to focus on D2C opportunities executed through innovation, in-house development or acquisition.

About Digital Ventures & Innovation

Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I), is part of Turner International. Turner International operates versions of Turner brands including CNN, TNT and Cartoon Network across the world, whilst also focusing on digital-only brands. DV&I drives innovation, develops new revenue streams and is responsible for managing and growing Turner’s existing multi-platform suite of international products and services on the web, for smart phones, games, apps and OTT. It is responsible for Turner International’s Data strategy and it develops new digital direct-to-consumer businesses and consumer-centric products. These include the recent UK launch of FilmStruck, a new premium movie streaming service expertly curated by film lovers for film lovers, and GLOUD, a cloud-based gaming service available in Latin America. The group is also charged with identifying new opportunities for Turner through technological product innovation and acquisitions. Technology and operations (T&O) for Turner International is also part of DV&I.

About Bright Little Labs

Bright Little Labs is building a kids media giant for the 21st century. They make interactive stories to promote critical thinking, computer science and equality for kids aged 5+. Their flagship story is about Detective Dot, a tech-whizz who is on a dangerous mission from the Children’s Intelligence Agency (CIA). The company provides a lo-fi and accessible route into coding, with kids joining the CIA to complete STEM-focused ‘missions’ on and offline which complement the UK Computing Curriculum. Starting on Kickstarter in 2016, Bright Little Labs was part of the Cabinet Office backed, tech-for-good accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures. They now have users in over 30 countries and are widely recognised for their story-led approach to 21st Century skills (recipient of EDF Stem Pulse Award 2017, named ‘Top Coding Toy for Kids’ by The Independent in 2017 and the Evening Standard in 2018). Their founder and CEO, Sophie Deen, is an active advocate for diversity in kids’ media and in the tech industry. She has been named one of Computer Weekly’s ‘Most influential women in UK IT’ 2017, Barclays/Everywoman ‘Startup Founder of the Year’ 2017, the British Interactive Media Association’s ‘Innovator’ in 2017 and London Tech Week ‘Changemaker’ in 2018 for her work to inspire children into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Cartoon Network At Cardiff Animation Festival 2018

Cartoon Network At Cardiff Animation Festival 2018

Cartoon Network At Cardiff Animation Festival 2018

Later this week (19th to 22nd April) is the Cardiff Animation Festival in Cardiff, Wales, UK. The animation festival is one of the largest in the UK and celebrates home-grown and international animation. On the first day of the festival (Thursday 19th April) some of the UK’s top childrens’ content commissioners will be speaking during the “Afternoon Tea with the Children’s Commissioners” session. Turner EMEA’s VP of Programming and Content Strategy, Kids (Cartoon Network/Boomerang/Cartoonito/Boing), Acquisitions and Co-productions International – Cecilia Persson will also be there. Other content commissioners attending the event are Cheryl Taylor (Head of Content, for CBBC), Stuart Rowson (Head of Curation and Discovery for CBBC), Lucy Murphy (Head of Kids Content at Sky UK) and Sioned Wyn Roberts (Children’s Commissioner for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C).

During the session, each content commissioner will discuss what they’re looking for in terms of child-friendly animated programming. After the session, there will be an opportunity for potential show creators to pitch and discuss their ideas in a ten-minute one-to-one session with a content commissioner, they’re also there to offer advice on how to get an animated project picked up and commissioned by a children’s channel. The session is supported by BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Wales division – BAFTA Cymru.