Cartoon Network At The Children’s Media Conference 2017
Today (04/07/2017) was the first day of the 2017 Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK, an annual conference where the British children’s media industry congregate, all forms of media can include 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 4th July and Thursday 6th July. The conference is an opportunity for creatives and business leaders to discuss the current state of the industry, 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. This year, all (with exception of one) sessions featuring representatives from Turner (UK and the greater EMEA area) will run tomorrow (Wednesday 5th July).
Turner’s main event at Children’s Media Conference 2017 is the “Meet the Commissioners: Channels” event, this is when content commissioners from three of the main children’s television channel broadcasters in the United Kingdom this includes, Turner (Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito), Viacom (Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr and Nick Jr Too) and Disney (Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD) will discuss their past success stories and talk about what’s in the content pipeline (in Cartoon Network’s case – new cartoons) all in one single session. Joining along this year is 21st Century Fox, who owns and operates the Baby TV channel. During this event, Turner will be represented by Cecilia Persson (Vice President, Programming & Content Strategy Kids EMEA, Acquisitions and Co-Production International, Kids) and Zia Bales (Senior Acquisitions Manager Kids’ Channels EMEA). The “Meet the Commissioners: Channels” event will be on Wednesday 5th July, between 11am and 12.30pm.
Zia Bales and Helen Charalambous (Programming Manager Kids’ Channels UK) will be taking part in the “Speed Meetings – Commissioners: Channels” session after the “Meet the Commissioners: Channels” event on Wednesday 5th July 2017 running from 12.45pm to 1.45pm.
Marc Goodchild (Head of Digital Strategy & Product EMEA) will be at two sessions on Wednesday 5th July – “Can We Fix It?” (11am to 12.15pm) which is about ideas on how to make the internet a more child friendly place and “The Ethics of VR – Inside a Child’s Virtual World” (12.45pm to 1.45pm), which talks about the use of virtual reality technology as a form of entertainment for children and whether its suitable and ethical, an example of an VR app from Cartoon Network is the Adventure Time – I See Ooo mobile game.
Johanne Broadfield (VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA) will be at two sessions and will be representing the product licensing side of Cartoon Network’s business, she will be attending the “Is your IP Ready for Licensing?” session, which talks about the use of intellectual property and how to use product licensing such as toys and clothing as an extra revenue stream. “Is your IP Ready for Licensing?” session will take place on Wednesday 5th July between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Later at 5pm to 6pm there will be a “Speed Meetings – Commissioners: VOD and Licensing” session with Johanne Broadfield attending.
Ranja Mohyieldin (Senior Research Manager, Data & Consumer Insights EMEA) will be at the “Deciphering the Data Puzzle” session on Wednesday 5th July from 5.10pm to 6pm, the purpose of this session to find out how children media companies can use data to better understand their audiences.
Finally, on Thursday 6th July is the “Engineering Change” session with Lesley Bailey (VP, Channel Marketing & Brand Management, Kids EMEA) at 2.10pm to 3.10pm, this is session is about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and how it can be incorporated into TV shows (The Powerpuff Girls is used as an example) to encourage more girls to consider a career in these subjects.
Taffy A Brand New Show Coming To Boomerang Late 2018
Today (13/02/2017), Turner has announced that they are partnering with French animation studio – Cyber Group Studios to produce a brand-new animated co-production called “Taffy”. The new show will air on Boomerang’s international feeds, alongside other content on the channel such as classics and modern remakes of Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes. 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 of the United States, but no matter where they go and who they meet won’t stop their endless battle.
The animated show shares many similarities to Boomerang’s Tom and Jerry and Oggy and the Cockroaches (airs on Turner’s kids channels in Asia-Pacific) because of the slapstick humour and also two other animated shows called Counterfeit Cat and Zip Zip partly because of the “pet in disguise” part of both the show’s premises.
Initially, 78 episodes will be produced and each episode will be 7 minutes long. The show will be produced by Cyber Group Studios in France and will air on Boomerang in late 2018. Cyber Group Studios is known for the 3D CGI pre-school show – Zou which airs on many Disney Junior feeds in Europe and Latin America.
From The Cyber Group Studios News Blog (Dated 18th October 2016):
Taking down Taffy (52×7′ 2D HD), its first full 2D cartoon comedy in coproduction with Turner.
Aimed at children from 6 to 12-year-old children, this animation and comedy series tells the story of Mrs. Muchmore and her beloved dog Bentley, who live a delightful life in their manor until the arrival of Taffy, a raccoon that is able to disguise himself into a cat. Mrs. Muchmore gets so fond of Taffy that she decides to have him in her Manor. But Bentley is no dummy and knows instantly that Taffy is not a cat. He’ll stop at nothing to take down the intruder!
From The Official Turner International Press Release: Turner and Cyber Group Studios Announce New Co-production “Taffy” For Boomerang International
Turner International and Cyber Group Studios have joined forces to create a brand-new animated series, currently entitled Taffy, for Turner’s second flagship kids’ channel Boomerang across international markets.
Based on an original creation from Cyber Group Studios and developed with Turner, Taffy 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 instalment 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!
The 78 x 7-minute series, which will be produced in France, will join Boomerang’s line-up of funny, multi-generational shows like Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Mr Bean: The Animated Series and Grizzy & the Lemmings from Q4 2018.
Cecilia Persson, Turner’s Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy Kids EMEA & International Kids Acquisitions and Co-Productions said:
“With its classic-look animation style and timeless, slapstick humour, Taffy couldn’t be a more perfect fit for Boomerang. We’re very excited to be working with Cyber Group Studios to produce the show, and further our efforts to build Boomerang as a second flagship kids channel with a strong and refreshing pipeline of content.”
Pierre Sissmann, Chairman & CEO, Cyber Group Studios commented:
“It is an honour and a thrill for the Cyber Group Studios team of artists and authors to be working alongside the Turner International team to develop a new series for Boomerang and I hope this idea we had, Mike de Seve of Baboon Animation and myself, a couple of years ago, of creating this new slapstick character of TAFFY, will become a great addition to the cartoon line up of one of the most prestigious cartoon channels in the world.”
About Cyber Group Studios
Cyber Group Studios is a French independent multi-awarded company which produces and distributes its own and third party audiovisual productions and brands. The company handles programs with strong international appeal targeted to kids and families in particular, 3D CGI and 2D HD, animated productions (TV series and movies) targeted at 2-12 years old kids and teens and HD animation series, for “Triple Play” broadcast (web, mobile phones, TV). Its mission is to bring the best quality entertainment associated with the best creative talent around the world and to develop breakthrough technology to enhance its productions. The company’s aim is also to associate with other top producers in the world to help bring their outstanding new productions to market through Cyber Group Studios distribution network.
During 2016, Cartoon Network has been airing new shows, new episodes and even new channels in some countries, so here’s a timeline of some of the major events that have happened around the world in the last twelve months. Note: Some dates are not exactly accurate, but was approximately around that time or it was the date when news was publicly announced.
1st January: Cartoon Network Southeast Asia rebranded to Check It 4.0.
4th January: Cartoon Network Latin America and Brazil rebranded to Check It 4.0.
6th January: Cartoon Network USA releases Twelve Forever pilot/minisode.
7th January: Mark Eyers Promoted To Senior Vice President Of Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific.
14th January: Cartoon Network USA premieres first stop-motion animated Adventure Time episode: Bad Jubies.
14th January: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Season 2 announced.
25th January: New Bob The Builder series premiered on Cartoonito UK.
25th January: Daniel González becomes new general director Of Turner Iberia.
29th January: Justice League Action officially announced.
All of January 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below: