Today (10/10/2017), Turner’s Poland division has announced that a HD feed of Boomerang will launch in the country in 2018. At present, Poland receives the Central and Eastern Europe version of Boomerang, it’s not known if this will change or the HD feed will broadcast in other countries within the same region. Boomerang is home to family-friendly animation targeting children aged between four and seven years old. Boomerang is also a home for classic animation and contemporary animation from both Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera libraries, including New Looney Tunes and Be Cool and Scooby-Doo. Boomerang is also a place for animation acquired from independent studios including The Garfield Show, Grizzy and the Lemmings and Oddbods.
On Monday 16th October, Boomerang Central Eastern Europe will premiere Warner Bros. Animation’s Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Also in November, Boomerang CEE will premiere a remake of a Hanna-Barbera classic – Wacky Races.
Meanwhile, a HD version of Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe is also planned to launch sometime this month, the HD feed will first launch in the Czech Republic.
More Ben 10 Merchandise Coming Soon To Europe In 2017 And 2018
With the success of the recently rebooted Ben 10 television series in many markets in Europe and ahead of the Brand Licensing Europe 2017 convention in London next week (10th – 12th October), Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA has announced their new lineup of companies that have permission to use its Ben 10 intellectual property for various and different uses, including merchandising and services. The new licensing deals builds upon the existing toy deal with Playmates Toys, which hold the master global toy rights, with Giochi Preziosi distributing the toy range in Europe, with subsidiary – Flair presiding over the UK toy distribution rights. The existing toy range includes a series of figurines, role-play items and play sets. The extra new products will include everything from clothing to homeware and will be available in stores from Autumn/Winter 2017.
In terms of Ben 10 clothing and accessories, the following companies hold a license: Smith & Brooks (daywear), Fashion UK (daywear), Cooneen Group (nightwear and underwear), Drew Pearson International (accessories) and Roy Lowe and Sons (socks).
Centum Books hold the master publishing rights, with Italian publisher – Panini having the license to publish a Ben 10 Magazine. Dreamtex will provide Ben 10 themed bedding and Zak will launch a range of lunchware and drinkware.
In Spain and Portugal, Ben 10 licensees include Air Val Iberia (personal care), and Kid Licensing Iberia (watches and lights). Meanwhile in Poland, Uroda (bedding) and Smyk (apparel, footwear and accessories) will be providing Ben 10 merchandise. For the Turkish market, Zorluteks Tekstil Ticaret Ve Sanayi A.S. will introduce a range of Ben 10 themed homeware. In Italy, Ben 10 licensees include Commerciale Campana Srl (footwear) and Original Marines (apparel and accessories). Sun City Sasu is producing a range of kidswear and fashion accessories for Italy, Spain and Portugal.
In Scandinavia, Skybrands will be providing Ben 10 bedding and kidswear, and will also launch the bedding range in Germany. In terms of pan-European deals, IMC will be offering Ben 10 walkie talkies and board games, Mondo will be providing Ben 10 inflatables and chocolate maker – Ferrero will be manufacturing Kinder Surprise Eggs with Ben 10 toys. Also in November, Outright Games will launch their new Ben 10 game in Europe, Middle East and Africa and in the United States.
Commenting on the new licensing deals, Maria Rosaria Milone, Senior Director, Category Management & Agent Markets, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA said:
“After all these years, Ben 10 has maintained significant momentum and playground credentials thanks to its combination of relatable characters and exciting action-adventure that really appeals to kids and fires up their imaginations. The outstanding sales success that we’re seeing for Playmates’ new toy range has laid a strong foundation for the wider Ben 10 licensing programme. We’re delighted to be revealing such high calibre partners who will introduce fresh, innovative and creative products and give our fans the best possible experience of the brand.”
Romanian Winner Of Cartoon Network Vlog It Competition Announced
Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe has announced the Romanian winner of their Vlog It competition, a girl named Sabina Eparu from Ploiești, Romania. As the winner of the competition, Sabina will act as an official videoblogger for Cartoon Network in the country for a minimum of three months, she’ll be given the latest information about Cartoon Network’s shows and events in advance. In order to win, Sabina had to do a series of videos about various topics about the cartoons that air on the channel and other topics she wanted to talk about. Sabina also wins a GoPro camera.
Polish Winner Of Cartoon Network Vlog It Competition Announced
Cartoon Network Poland has also announced the winner of their Vlog It competition – 12 year old Bartosz Lenk. Out of several entrants, the jury selected three finalists and invited them to Warsaw on Friday 8th September and from this event the jury had chosen Bartosz as the winner. Bartosz is now Cartoon Network Poland’s official videoblogger and will review the latest episodes, games and toys from Cartoon Network.
Polish and Latin American Spanish Voice For The Fourth Powerpuff Girl – Bliss Announced
Cartoon Network Poland has announced the Polish voice actress for Bliss in The Powerpuff Girls special – Power of Four. Voice acting the role is actress and singer – Patricia Kazadi. The five part movie event – Power Of Four will premiere on Cartoon Network Poland on Monday 13th November.
In Latin America (excluding Brazil, which speaks Portuguese), Betzabé Jara will be voicing Bliss, she’s also known for voicing Vambre in the Latin American Spanish dub of Mighty Magiswords (Magiespadas) and for also voicing Betty Grof in Adventure Time (Hora de Aventuras). In Latin America, the Power Of Four special will air on Cartoon Network on Thursday 19th October at 5.30pm Colombia, 6.30pm Venezuela and 7.30pm Mexico/Argentina.