Cartoon Network Offers New Scholarship to CalArts Animation Students

Cartoon Network Offers New Scholarship to CalArts Animation Students

Cartoon Network Offers New Scholarship to CalArts Animation Students

Cartoon Network are now offering merit-based scholarships for students studying at the internationally renowned arts and animation university – CalArts (California Institute of the Arts). Many CalArts graduates work in Hollywood’s animation industry and Cartoon Network is no exception. Top Cartoon Network talent, including Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack), Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Pendleton Ward (Adventure Time), Daniel Chong (We Bare Bears) and J.G. Quintel (Regular Show, Close Enough) all graduated from CalArts. Cartoon Network’s scholarship programme is now in its second year and will be awarded again later this year.

After a long relationship with CalArts, Cartoon Network are now offering an annual scholarship of $15,000 (USD) to two exceptionally talented students – Michelle Lam and Mariana Yovanovich. Michelle is completing her fourth year at the school and has previously interned at Cartoon Network, while international student, Mariana is in the last semester of her third year, the two students weren’t expecting a scholarship.

Regarding the new scholarship, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cartoon Network Studios – Brian Miller said:

“We tap into talent from everywhere, but a lot of the CalArts talent in particular has risen up to places of show creators like Genndy and Craig, and that list continues to expand with people like Pen Ward and J.G. Quintel (“Regular Show”), and further from there to Daniel Chong (“We Bare Bears”), and it just continues. We have this very long history of talent coming from CalArts. It was probably about 2015 when we started talking to them about a scholarship as a way for us to pay back for the great relationship and great talent we’ve received from the school. They came up with a proposal for the scholarship program, explained to us how it would work and we were completely on board. Now we’re about to enter the second year of the program. There’s no application process. What we do is nominate based on merit and people who have done, ideally, an internship at Cartoon Network. We have a very robust mentoring program, so we have a pretty intimate knowledge of what’s up with the students, and these two have been exceptional students.”

CalArts’ School of Film/Video Dean Leighton Pierce said:

“We had kind of an informal relationship (with Cartoon Network) for years. Many, many alums go to Cartoon Network, so we wanted to take the relationship a step further. He explained that there were a series of meetings to figure out what would be best for the students and Cartoon Network. It wasn’t like someone called and said “Let’s do this!” It’s more like we said, “Let’s meet and talk about how we can make this a more robust and solid relationship”, and it grew from there.”

After receiving the scholarship, Michelle said:

“I felt very honored because Cartoon Network was my first internship. Not only did the scholarship help me with tuition and continuing my time here at CalArts, but it felt like I was somewhat accepted by the industry, or that there is a chance or hope for me to enter an industry that I’ve dreamed of being a part of since I was a little kid”.

Mariana also said:

“Because I’m an international student, I don’t have many options for scholarships besides what the college can give me. For me, this was such a financial relief. I’m never quite sure if I’m going to be able to come back for another year. But the scholarship took care of her for this third year. I have another year to go, I think I will be able to come back for a fourth year and graduate. Fingers crossed.”

Regarding Mariana’s situation, Leighton Pierce also added:

“It’s really great when a student actually stays in the school because they’re able to get a scholarship. And it’s great that Cartoon Network supplied this for us.”

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/cartoon-network-scholarships-1202683794/

Cartoon Network USA San Diego Comic Con 2017 Thursday 20th July Overview

Cartoon Network USA San Diego Comic Con 2017 Thursday 20th July Overview

Cartoon Network USA San Diego Comic Con 2017 Thursday 20th July Overview

Yesterday (21/07/2017) was the first official day of San Diego Comic Con 2017, so here’s a little overview on what happened, yesterday was also Warner Bros. Animation’s main day for animation programming for Cartoon Network. The day started off with a Teen Titans Go! panel, at the panel, the co-creator of DC’s Young Justice – Greg Weisman was asked a question whether the cancellation of the show was because of Teen Titans Go!, he revealed that Teen Titans Go! was in development before Young Justice was even cancelled. Also a new season of Young Justice – Young Justice: Outsiders is currently in development.

Teen Titans Go! fans attending panel were giving a Teen Titans Go! goodie bag, featuring art of the Teen Titans from the original animated series beating up the Teen Titans from the Teen Titans Go! universe.

Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Tara Strong (Raven) and Scott Menville (Robin) were meeting and greeting fans during the Teen Titans Go! autograph session.

The next panel was for Unikitty, Warner Bros. Animation’s upcoming animated series based on the character of the same name from the 2014 movie – The Lego Movie. People who attended the session got to see the first episode before anyone else.

Lynn V. Wang (producer), Andrea Fernandez (art director), Eric Bauza (voice actor) and Ed Skudder (showrunner), all took part in a Unikitty poster signing session.

The next Warner Bros. Animation panel was for Justice League Action, Cartoon Network’s latest superhero animated show featuring a large bunch of characters from the DC Comics universe.

Afterwards, Rachel Kimsey (voice of Wonder Woman) and Jason Lewis (voice of Superman) and Diedrich Bader (Booster Gold) were also meeting fans at the autograph session.

There was also a panel for the upcoming Lego Ninjago Movie, Lego Senior Creative Director – Simon Lucas was at the panel, later he appeared in the photo shoot with the movie’s cast with some specially created Lego Mini-figures based on all the characters. Convention visitors even took part in a session of Ninjoga (Ninja + Yoga).

TBS also had their animation session at the convention yesterday evening, and J.G. Quintel, the creator of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show revealed a sneak preview of his new show – Close Enough which will premiere in 2018. The show is currently in development at Cartoon Network Studios.

To really prove that Cartoon Network are in town, giant inflatable balloons featuring the faces of the channel’s most famous characters are on display outside the New Children’s Museum in the city.

As yesterday was the first official day of San Diego Comic Con 2017, visitors got to see the OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes themed Cartoon Network booth for the first time, make sure to visit the booth to get some Cartoon Network freebies.

To end the day, there was a Summertime Go! Screening and Costume Contest, this was an opportunity for convention attendees to dress up as their favourite characters and watch some exclusive sneak peeks. Guest judges include Ian Jones-Quartey (creator and voice of Rad for OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes), Greg Cipes (voice of Stinkfly for Ben 10 and voice of Beast Boy for Teen Titans Go!), Zach Callison (voice of Steven for Steven Universe), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl for Steven Universe), and Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst for Steven Universe) and the voice actor of multiple roles in several shows – Eric Bauza.

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San Diego Comic Con 2017 Ninjago Movie And TBS Animation Panels

San Diego Comic Con 2017 Ninjago Movie And TBS Animation Panels

San Diego Comic Con 2017 Ninjago Movie And TBS Animation Panels

Later today (20/07/2017) at San Diego Comic Con 2017, there will be an hour long event from 6.45pm for the upcoming Lego Ninjago Movie, based on Cartoon Network’s hit series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the Lego toy range of the same name. In the new animated comedy-action movie, a young Master Builder ninja named Lloyd must team up with his fellow ninja, who are skilled in the martial art of Spinjitzu to save Ninjago City from the evil Lord Garmadon – Lloyd’s father. There will be another Ninjago event at the convention on Sunday afternoon at 3pm (23/07/2017), but this time it’s a panel for the animated TV series, joining the panel are the show’s writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, showrunner Tommy Andreasen, senior creative director Simon Lucas, and IP lead Nelson Lamonica. The panel will include sneak peeks for upcoming episodes and a voice talent guest appearance.

At 7pm today, Cartoon Network’s sister general entertainment channel – TBS will be hosting a panel for their current, brand new and upcoming animated shows, joining the panel will be executive producers, creators and writers from each show. The panel will start off with American Dad co-creator – Matt Weitzman, followed by an introduction to TBS’s new animated dark comedy – Tarantula – created by Carson Mell. Final Space will also be introduced at the event, the show is a serialised animated series set in Space, the show follows Gary – an astronaut and his adorable planet-destroying alien friend – Mooncake. J.G. Quintel, the creator of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show will be introducing his brand new animated series – Close Enough, which follows a married couple transitioning into their 30’s, the show has Regular Show’s surreal humour and art style, and just like Regular Show, its produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

While at the convention, also make sure to stop by at Cartoon Network’s booth (#3735) to grab some OK K.O. goodies!

Lego Ninjago and TBS Animation San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Thursday 20th July 2017 at 6.45pm – 7.45pm
Room 6A

In this big screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, a.k.a. the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

TBS Gets Animated

Thursday 20th July 2017 at 7pm – 8pm
Room 7AB

Executive producers, creators, and writers from upcoming TBS animated original comedy series present exclusive clips and sneak peeks of each show. First up will be Matt Weitzman of TBS’s American Dad! followed by an introduction to the eccentric residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel in Tarantula by creator Carson Mell. Coming in early 2018, Final Space is a serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable planet-destroying friend Mooncake, from indie film producers Olan Rogers and David Sacks (The Tick and The Simpsons). The program will also feature a surreal animated series about a family growing up without getting old from J.G. Quintel, the creator of the Emmy Award-winning Regular Show.

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 3pm – 4pm
Room 7AB

Join creators of the smash-hit Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu television series and LEGO Ninjago toys for an in-depth look behind the scenes. Writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, showrunner Tommy Andreasen, senior creative director Simon Lucas, and IP lead Nelson Lamonica go under the hood and explore the Ninjago universe. Plus, sneak peeks and an appearance from voice talent of the hit show. Moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director).

https://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule