Turner’s Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios’ Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Turner's Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios' Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Turner’s Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios’ Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Today (15th October), Turner’s Boomerang International and French animation studio – Cyber Group Studios (made in association with France Télévisions) will premiere their first animated co-production – “Taffy” at the MIPCOM media convention in Cannes, France.

The show’s world premiere will be held during a session at MIPCOM called “The Making of a Modern Classic” (Monday 15th October, 12.30pm at the Majestic). During the presentation, Pierre Sissmann and Mike de Seve (Co-Creators of Taffy), Ahmed Guerrouache (Director) and representatives from the show’s main original broadcast partners, Patricia Hidalgo (Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy) and Tiphaine de Raguenel (Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions) will be introducing the new animated series and will be sharing their motivation behind the Hanna-Barbera inspired show.

In Taffy, a billionaire old lady named Mrs Muchmore takes in a raccoon imposter posing as a cat named Taffy, this leads to slapstick mayhem for Mrs. Muchmore’s pet dog – Bentley. In each episode, Bentley tries to expose Taffy for what he is, but Taffy outsmarts him on his every move and causes nothing but chaos and disaster in the process. As a result of the mess, poor Bentley always gets the blame. Both Taffy and Bentley live a luxurious lifestyle in a large mansion, they travel around the world and meet important people – including the President, but no matter where they go and who they meet will never stop their endless battle of complete mayhem.

From The Cyber Group Studios Press Release: Cyber Group Studios And Turner Proudly Announce The Launch Of “Taffy” Their First Cartoon Co-Production For Boomerang International In Association With France Télévisions

Cyber Group Studios has joined forces with Turner to create Taffy, a brand-new animated series for Turner’s second flagship kids’ channel Boomerang across international markets. The series will also be broadcasted on France Televisions Networks.

Inspired by the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Taffy will enjoy a special World Premiere presentation at MIPCOM in a session titled – “The Making of a Modern Classic” (Monday 15th October at the Majestic). In this unique presentation, Pierre Sissmann and Mike de Seve (Co-Creators of the series), Ahmed Guerrouache (Director) and representatives from the main original broadcast partners,Patricia Hidalgo (Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy) and Tiphaine de Raguenel (Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions) will introduce the series and share the motivation behind its creation.

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy said: “We were on the look-out for an original series for Boomerang inspired by the great Hanna Barbera classics and that’s how we came to work on a development project, followed by this fantastic co-production with Cyber Group Studios. Taffy perfectly matches our ambition and we’re confident it will be an instant hit when it premieres on Boomerang from the end of this year.”

Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios and Co-Creator of Taffy added: “Cyber Group Studios is particularly proud to bring to the public the very first episodes of this modern classic and strongly believes it will find its home in the heart of kids and families around the world!”

Taffy (78×7’) follows the non-stop, slapstick extravaganza faced by loyal hound dog Bentley when his billionaire old lady owner Mrs Muchmore takes in an imposter posing as wide-eyed, fluffy angora cat.

Each installment sees Bentley try to reveal “Taffy” for the vermin he is – while super-clever Taffy handily frames the dog for every one of his exploits, pillagings and disastrous messes. Whether traveling from Mrs Muchmore’s luxurious mansion, to a five-star cruise, to jet-setting international adventures or a visit with the President, wherever these rivals go, mayhem is sure to follow!

About Cyber Group Studios:

Cyber Group Studios is a French independent, multi-award-winning company which develops, produces and distributes its own and third party audiovisual productions and brands. The company focuses on content with strong global appeal targeted particularly to kids and families, namely with 3D CGI and 2D HD-animated productions (TV series and movies). Its mission is to bring the best quality entertainment to audiences produced by top creative talent and to develop breakthrough technologies to enhance its productions. The company also aims to collaborate with other top creators and producers to help them bring their creations to market with outstanding content distributed and marketed through Cyber Group Studios’ worldwide operation. Visit us at www.cybergroupstudios.com and follow us on Instagram (@CyberGroupStudios), Twitter (@CyberGroupSDs) and Facebook (Cyber Group Studios).

Turner's Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios' Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

A picture from Taffy’s world premiere today at MIPCOM, (from left to right) with Richard Goldsmith, President Cyber Group Studios USA; Dominique Bourse, Chief Operating Officer, Cyber Group Studios; Pierre Siracusa, Head of Animation, Children & Youth Department, France Télévisions; Mike de Seve, Co-Creator of Taffy, Baboon Animation; Taffy (himself); Tiphaine de Raguenel, Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions; Pierre Sissmann, Chairman and CEO, Cyber Group Studios; Patricia Hidalgo, Senior Vice President Chief Content & Creative Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy, Turner Broadcasting System; Cecilia Persson, Vice President Acquisitions and Co-Productions EMEA & International at Turner Broadcasting System; Bentley (himself); Zia Bales, Senior Acquisitions Manager, EMEA at Turner, Turner Broadcasting System; Dominique Neudecker, Senior Manager Series Acquisition & Production at The Walt Disney Company Germany and Ahmed Guerrouache, Director of Taffy.

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Cartoon Network At The Children’s Media Conference 2018

Cartoon Network At The Children’s Media Conference 2018

Cartoon Network At The Children’s Media Conference 2018

Today (04/07/2017) was the second day of the 2018 Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK, an annual conference where the British children’s media industry gather, all forms of media aimed at young audiences including film, TV, radio, interactive media, games, licensing, toys and book and magazine publishing are represented at the conference. This year’s conference is being held between Tuesday 3rd July and Thursday 5th July. Turner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang are this year’s bag sponsor for this year’s conference and have been giving away special Cartoon Network 25th anniversary bags to attendees, Cartoon Network UK will celebrate its 25th anniversary on 17th September this year.

The conference is a chance for creatives and business leaders to discuss what’s happening in the industry including both threats and opportunities, promote their content, introduce new shows and products and to exchange new ideas. As with previous years, Turner UK is at the conference again and are sponsoring the event using their Cartoon Network and Boomerang television channel brands. A vast majority of events relating to Cartoon Network will be running at the conference tomorrow (Thursday 5th July), representatives from Turner UK (and the greater EMEA area) will be speaking at the conference, today (4th July) was mostly about the use of technology to distribute content rather than the content itself.

Today (4th July), Marc Goodchild, Head of Digital Content Strategy & Product at Turner EMEA was present at three different sessions – Behind the Screens at YouTube Kids, Big Lessons from Niche Memes and Technology – What’s Next?. Behind the Screens at YouTube Kids discussed the use of YouTube’s YouTube Kids video service to distribute child-friendly content. Big Lessons from Niche Memes discussed the use of internet memes (widespread internet jokes) and how it can be used as a form of marketing that will appeal to young people. The “Technology – What’s Next?” session was mostly about the use of smartphones and tablets, AR (Augmented Reality), toys-to-life and voice-powered home assistants and how they can be used for entertainment. Also today, Sophie Deen (CEO, Bright Little Labs) was moderating a session – “Learning – What’s Happening?”, which talked about the best ways to educate children both in and out the classroom. Turner EMEA made an equity investment in Bright Little Labs last month, the company produces educational material that focuses on computer coding with the use of the character – Detective Dot, through the investment, the company can now utilise Cartoon Network’s portfolio in its educational material.

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/behind-the-screens-at-youtube-kids/

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/big-lessons-from-niche-memes/

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/technology-whats-next/

Tomorrow (5th July), Sarah Fell (Executive Producer for Turner EMEA Kids Original Programming, including The Amazing World of Gumball and The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe) will be speaking at the “Tips and Hits from Animated Women” session, which focuses on the success of woman in the British animation industry, the session will take place between 9.30am to 10.30am. Today, Sarah was also at the What a Relief! session, which talked about the use of UK tax relief to help lower the cost of production for animation, children’s TV, film and video games.

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/tips-and-hits-from-animated-women/

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/what-a-relief/

John Conlon (Senior Director of Data & Consumer Insights for Turner Northern Europe), will be speaking at the “If we can’t Measure it, how can we Manage it?” session which will discuss the measurement of viewership for video content aimed at children, the session will take place between 11am and 12pm.

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/if-we-cant-measure-it-how-can-we-manage-it/

Also tomorrow (5th July), Zia Bales (Senior Acquisitions Manager for Turner Kids EMEA) and Cecilia Persson (Vice President, Programming and content strategy, Turner EMEA Kids, Acquisitions and Co-Production International), will be speaking at the Commissioner Conversations event, run in conjunction with children’s pay-TV rivals – Nickelodeon, the event will run between 11am and 11.45pm, which will be followed by a speed meetings event from 12.15pm to 1.15pm, Zia and Mary Dimitriadis (Senior Programming Coordinator for Turner UK’s kids channels) will be present for business meetings and general business networking. The purpose of the Commissioner Conversations event is to find out what Turner EMEA (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Cartoonito, Toonix and Toonami) are looking for in terms of content and the speed meetings session will be a good opportunity to talk about animation projects.

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/commissioner-conversations-nickelodeon-and-turner/

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/sessions/speed-meetings-vod-2-2/

Cyber Group Studios Hosts The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards For The Seventh Time

Cyber Group Studios Hosts The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards For The Seventh Time

Cyber Group Studios Hosts The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards For The Seventh Time

On Monday (25th June) this week, Cyber Group Studios, the animation studio behind the new season of Boomerang’s The Happos Family and Taffy, a brand new animated show coming soon to Boomerang, held the Semi-Final round of judging of the International Emmy® Kids Awards in two categories: Kids Preschool and Kids Animation.

The ceremony was hosted by Pierre Sissmann, the chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios) under the supervision of Emmy Judging Director – Nathaniel Brendel. The jury composed of more than twenty influential TV executives from various major broadcasters, including Turner (the owners of Cartoon Network and Boomerang). The jury had representatives from Turner’s France and Africa region and also from the London, UK based EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) team. Jury members include Head of Channels for France, Africa and Israel – Julien Borde, Patricia Hidalgo – Senior Vice President and Chief Content and Creative Officer for Kids EMEA and International Kids Strategy and also Cecilia Persson – Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy EMEA and Acquisitions and Co-Productions International.

The jury spent the entire day screening shows and judging. The programme with the highest score will be put through to the final round of judging. The winner will be announced at The International Emmy® Kids Awards during the MIPTV convention in Cannes, France in April 2019.

From The Cyber Group Studios Press Release: Cyber Group Studios Hosts For The Seventh Time The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards

On Monday June 25th, 2018, Cyber Group Studios held for the seventh time the Semi-Final round of judging of the International Emmy® Kids Awards in two categories: Kids Preschool and Kids
Animation.

The ceremony was hosted by Pierre Sissmann (Chairman & CEO of Cyber Group Studios) under the supervision of Nathaniel Brendel (Emmy Judging Director). The jury was composed of more than
twenty leading TV executives including some of the biggest television broadcasters around the world:

Coralie Pastor – RTBF (Belgium)
Telidja KlaÏ – VRT (Belgium)
Géraldine Soto – Canal + (France)
Patricia Adane – France Télévisions (France)
Tiphaine De Raguenel – France Télévisions (France)
Claire Heinrich – France Télévisions (France)
Lila Hannou – M6 (France)
Yann Labasque – TF1 (France)

Julien Borde – Turner Broadcasting System (France)
Patricia Vasapollo – HR (Germany)
Sebastian Debertin – KIKA (Germany)
Frank Dietz – Super RTL (Germany)
Brigitta Muehlenbeck – WDR (Germany)
Nicole Keeb – ZDF (Germany)
Arne Lohmann – ZDF Enterprises (Germany)
Brenda Maffuchi – De Agostini (Italy)
Andrea Basilio – RTP (Portugal)
Saskia Krijnen – RTS (Switzerland)

Henrietta Hurford-Jones – BBC Worldwide Ltd (United Kingdom)
Orion Ross – The Walt Disney Company (United Kingdom)
Theresa Plummer-Andrews – Plumtrees (United Kingdom)
Sarah Muller – Sony Pictures TV’s kids’ channels (United Kingdom & Italy)
Patricia Hidalgo – Turner Broadcasting System (United Kingdom)
Cecilia Persson – Turner Broadcasting System (United Kingdom)
Richard Goldsmith – Cyber Group Studios (USA)

The jurors devoted the entire day to the screening and judging process. Tabulations are done by the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. The program with the highest score will be proceeded to the Final round of judging. The winner will be announced at The International Emmy® Kids Awards during the Cannes Miptv in April 2019.

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios and Director of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences says: “It was an honor on behalf of Cyber Group Studios, to welcome the International Emmy semi-final judging for the seventh time in Paris. And a real pleasure to spend a full day with so many highly qualified experts joining to review animated series
whose quality is always improving year after year, both from a storytelling and a production standpoint.”

About Cyber Group Studios:

Cyber Group Studios is a French independent, multi-award-winning company which develops, produces and distributes its own and third party audiovisual productions and brands. The company focuses on content with strong global appeal targeted particularly to kids and families, namely with 3D CGI and 2D HD-animated productions (TV series and movies). Its mission is to bring the best quality entertainment to audiences produced by top creative talent and to develop breakthrough technologies to enhance its productions. The company also aims to collaborate with other top creators and producers to help them bring their creations to market with outstanding content distributed and marketed through Cyber Group Studios’ worldwide operation. Visit us at http://www.cybergroupstudios.com and follow us on Instagram (@CyberGroupStudios), Twitter (@CyberGroupSDs) and Facebook (Cyber Group Studios).

About the International Emmy® Awards:

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced and aired outside of the United States. The International Emmy® Kids Awards, an event attended by major figures from the global Kids television community, will take place at Miptv in Cannes in April 2019. In late September, the Academy will send an invitation to jurors with the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the International Emmy® Awards Gala, which will be held on November 19 in New York City. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a non-profit organization.

http://www.cybergroupstudios.com