Cartoon Network To Launch On Digital Terrestrial In Finland

Cartoon Network To Launch On Digital Terrestrial In Finland

Cartoon Network To Launch On Digital Terrestrial In Finland

According to Finnish state television broadcaster – YLE, the Finnish government has granted Turner Broadcasting System Europe a Digital Terrestrial broadcast licence for Cartoon Network. The channel will be encrypted for pay-TV. Viewers in Finland already receive Cartoon Network Nordic (also broadcasts to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) on cable and satellite. At present, there is no Finnish language audio-track on Cartoon Network Nordic, viewers in Finland choose to watch the channel in English or in some cases in Swedish.

It is not known when Cartoon Network will start broadcasting on Digital Terrestrial in Finland but the licence’s term will begin from 17th May this year and will end on 10th January 2027.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9390418

http://valtioneuvosto.fi/artikkeli/-/asset_publisher/television-ohjelmistotoimiluvat-myonnetty

Powerpuff Girls European Broadcasting Rights Deals

Powerpuff Girls European Broadcasting Rights Deals

Powerpuff Girls European Broadcasting Rights Deals

Everyone’s favourite superheroines – The Powerpuff Girls are flying their way to two free-to-air digital terrestrial channels in Europe next month. The news was announced by Turner yesterday (31/01/2017) coinciding with the Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair 2017 (1st-6th February) in Nuremberg, Germany.

As reported on this blog last November, Disney Channel Germany has brought the broadcasting rights to the 2016 rebooted series. It has also emerged that French children’s channel – Gulli has also brought the FTA rights to The Powerpuff Girls. Both Gulli and Disney Channel will start airing episodes from March this year. More broadcasting rights deals are currently in the pipeline.

Gulli has also aired Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball and Disney Channel Germany is currently airing episodes of We Bare Bears.

The addition of The Powerpuff Girls on free-to-air children’s channels will help to maximise exposure of The Powerpuff Girls franchise especially as a range of toys (from master toy licensee Spin Master) and merchandise is in the process of being rolled out across Europe.

In Spain, The Powerpuff Girls airs on Boing (a joint venture of Cartoon Network’s Turner Broadcasting System Europe and Mediaset España). From this month in Spain, a range of Powerpuff Girls toys will be available to buy from major hypermarket chains including Carrefour, Alcampo and Eroski as well as department store chain El Corte Inglés and toy retailer Toys “R” Us and independent retailers Juguettos, Toy Planet, Mapa, Dimasa, Poly and many more.

The Powerpuff Girls premiered on free-to-view kids channel – CITV (Children’s Independent Television) in the UK last November, it became the most watched commercial show for girls aged 4-9 in the last quarter of 2016. Powerpuff Girls toys are now available to buy in the UK at Argos and The Entertainer.

In the Arab world, a free version of Cartoon Network called Cartoon Network Arabic airs The Powerpuff Girls (alongside premium versions – Cartoon Network MENA English and Cartoon Network Hindi). In the United Arab Emirates, Toy Store holds exclusive retail rights over Powerpuff Girls toys. Dubai is also home to IMG Worlds of Adventure, the theme park has a Cartoon Network zone and features a Powerpuff Girls themed ride – Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage

The popularity of The Powerpuff Girls is soaring across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region with 38 million people having watched the show since its premiere. In December 2016, the show also reached one in two kids in South Africa, Spain, Romania and Portugal and one in three kids in Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and United Arab Emirates.

From The Turner EMEA/Licence to PR Press Release

Leading up to the opening of Spielwarenmesse 2017 (1st-6th February), Cartoon Network EMEA today unveils exciting developments for its brand-new series of The Powerpuff Girls. With the brand’s popularity rapidly accelerating, Cartoon Network is now rolling-out the toy range at leading EMEA retailers and also boosting broadcast exposure through the signing of new free-to-air deals.

Turner’s Cartoon Network launched the brand-new series of The Powerpuff Girls (40 x 11 minutes) worldwide last April and now the first wave of product has begun hitting shelves across EMEA. The merchandise roll-out is being spearheaded by the global master toy range from Spin Master with fashion, accessories, gifting, homewares, personal care, FMCG and back-to-school products following soon.

In the UAE, where Cartoon Network Arabic is free-to-air, the toy range including playsets and plush launched exclusively at Toy Store last November following its debut at the Cartoon Network Zone in IMG Worlds of Adventure in October 2016. While in the UK, 21st January saw the toys launch at Argos through its catalogue and online, and The Entertainer also introduced the range into stores and online on 26th January. In Spain, where the show is free-to-air on Turner’s Boing channel, February 2017 will see the toys debut at nationwide retail chains Carrefour, Alcampo, and Eroski, in addition to specialist retailers El Corte Inglés and Toys “R” Us, independent retailers Juguettos, Toy Planet, Mapa, Dimasa, Poly and more.

“With its credibility and heritage already firmly established with mums and millennials, The Powerpuff Girls is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the current ‘Girl Power’ trend that is taking the toy industry by storm” comments Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’re delighted to see retailers across the region share our enthusiasm and passion for the property – through shelf space allocation, as well as comprehensive marketing support. The Powerpuff Girls is well on its way to becoming top of mind with girls in all our key markets!”

Broadcast exposure for The Powerpuff Girls is being significantly boosted following the signing of new free-to-air deals too. In EMEA, last November saw the show debut on CITV in the UK – becoming the #1 commercial show for girls aged 4-9 in Q4 2016 – and in March, The Powerpuff Girls will also launch on Gulli in France and on Disney Channel in Germany. Added to this, in Italy the show is already free-to-air on Boing (a joint venture between Turner and Mediaset) where it has become the most viewed show of all kids’ channels in its prime-time slot. Additional FTA broadcast deals will be announced shortly.

Broadfield adds, “We’re ensuring girls across EMEA can join Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup on their action-packed quests to save the world, thanks to these significant free-to-air broadcast deals and our digital plans. Added to that, we’re building the buzz even further through multiplatform engagement initiatives, a stunning cinema campaign and other marketing and retail activations right across the region.”

The popularity of The Powerpuff Girls is soaring across EMEA with 38 million individuals tuning in since launch. In December 2016, the show also reached an impressive one in two kids in South Africa, Spain, Romania and Portugal and one in three kids in Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and United Arab Emirates.

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/cartoon-network%E2%80%99s-powerpuff-girls-gains-momentum-across-emea

Cartoon Network UK Adventure Time Virtual Reality Game Available From 29th September

Cartoon Network UK Adventure Time Virtual Reality Game Available From 29th September

Cartoon Network UK Adventure Time Virtual Reality Game Available From 29th September

Cartoon Network UK will be releasing an Adventure Time virtual reality game on Google Play for Android mobile devices on Thursday 29th September. The “I See Ooo” game features many of the characters from the popular animated show and the player can immerse themselves in a story in the Land of Ooo, with three different mini-games with twenty levels and several levels of difficulty. The first two mini-games will be avaliable from launch: Glider Flight and Snowball Fight, Puzzle Path will be released later as a free downloadable. The game will be released in UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries.

Alongside the release of the game, a Jake the Dog themed VR viewer will be available to purchase on pyramidshop.com and Forbidden Planet for £24.99, the viewer can also be used for other VR games. Each Jake the Dog VR viewer also comes with a download code for the I See Ooo app.

The I See Ooo game was developed by Bristol-based VR software company Opposable.

http://www.opposablevr.com

Patricia Hidalgo, chief content officer, Kids, Turner EMEA and international kids strategy said:

“At Turner we are committed to creating and developing the best content for audiences and ensuring that our viewers are able to experience our brands across multiple platforms, windows and devices. This comprehensive, immersive new VR experience for Adventure Time is an excellent example of how we are continually looking to innovate and offer fans new ways to interact with their favourite shows and characters – and on a deeper level than ever before.”

Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises, Turner EMEA said:

“I can’t think of a more perfect show to highlight this exciting new technology than the quirky and unpredictable Adventure Time. Its licensing potential and social currency gives us so much scope when creating new ways for fans to play and interact with the brand – and, in this instance, we have an amazing, one-of-a-kind offering that not only allows kids to try out virtual reality gaming but also gives them the chance to become Jake the Dog with a fully customised VR viewer.”

http://www.digitaltveurope.net/601782/cartoon-network-to-launch-vr-mobile-game-and-viewer/

From The Official Turner UK Press Release:

Cartoon Network is giving fans of global hit animated series Adventure Time an opportunity to experience the show in a whole new way, with the launch of the thrilling virtual reality mobile game “I See Ooo” and specially-designed Adventure Time branded viewer to play it through.

Feel closer to Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Princess Bubblegum and the rest of the cast as you immerse yourself fully in the Land of Ooo. Play as Finn to take on three righteous challenges and help him unlock Party Pat, the Party Bears and Abracadaniel – and discover why the Ice King is such a party pooper.

Start the game in the Tree Fort partying with your friends when suddenly the Ice King attacks, freezes everyone and scatters them across Ooo. Now it’s up to you and Finn to find your friends, release them from their ice prisons and restart the party.

Featuring the popular characters and quirky stories familiar to fans of Adventure Time, “I See Ooo” is a funny, compelling, intuitive and highly-entertaining game with broad appeal that makes for a brilliant and affordable introduction to the world of virtual reality. It features an original story and two games to experience, Snowball Fight and Glider Flight, plus a third game, Puzzle Path, which will made available as a free downloadable content pack shortly after launch. Each game contains twenty levels with varying degrees of difficulty, alongside fourteen characters to discover. Launching together with a specially-designed Jake-the-Dog branded viewer, this is a first-of-a-kind offering for those wanting to try out virtual reality gaming.

What do you get?

1 Adventure Time branded viewer
1 original story
3 games set in the Land of Ooo (2 at launch + 1 as free downloadable content)
3 virtual rooms to explore in the Tree Fort (2 at launch + 1 included with free downloadable content)
20 levels to complete in each game
14 characters to discover (6 at launch + 8 further characters included with free downloadable content)
Powerful items to find and use in the games
Additional elements unlocked when you achieve awesomeness
Original music from the show

The combined “I See Ooo” virtual reality branded viewer and mobile game can be purchased now at pyramidshop.com and Forbidden Planet and is targeted at kids 7+ and adult fans. Created by Pendleton Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Adventure Time season seven is currently airing across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Catch Adventure Time every day at 5pm on Cartoon Network.