Information About Turner Upfront 2017

Information About Turner Upfront 2017

Information About Turner Upfront 2017

This Wednesday (17/05/2017), Turner Broadcasting System will be holding a 2017 upfront event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The upfront is a special preview event for Turner’s upcoming programming for the next twelve months or so. As Cartoon Network USA already released their upfront info on 30th March (with the exception of Unikitty! which was announced last week), the upfront event mostly focuses on their news, general entertainment and sports brands (TBS, TNT, CNN, HLN, truTV, Adult Swim and Turner Sports), however the upfront is an opportunity to inform and to remind the press about Cartoon Network’s upcoming programming. The upfront will start at 10am and there will be an Adult Swim Upfront Party at 9pm at Terminal 5.

Reminder and Summary of Cartoon Network USA’s 2017-2018 Upfront

In 2017-2018, Cartoon Network USA will premiere five brand new shows, Apple and Onion, Craig of the Creek, Summer Camp Island, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes and Unikitty!, this year so far, Cartoon Network USA has already premiered the new Ben 10 reboot and Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs. OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes will premiere very shortly on Cartoon Network USA.

Apple and Onion follows the lives of the titular characters in the “big city of sophisticated food”, both Apple and Onion are new to the big city and are somewhat naïve but that doesn’t stop them from making friends and from enjoying their incredible adventure of life. Apple and Onion is created by George Gendi, a storyboard artist who worked on The Amazing World of Gumball during the show’s first season.

Craig of the Creek follows Craig and his two best friends, the show takes place at a creek where the rules of the outside world don’t apply, the place is a utopia for kids, filled with tree forts and dirt bike ramps. The adventure series is created by two former writers for Steven Universe – Matt Burnett and Ben Levin.

Summer Camp Island is about two friends, Oscar and Hedgehog at a magical summer camp where anything is possible, the show is created by British animation director – Julia Pott, known for her episode storywriting on Cartoon Network Studios’ Adventure Time.

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is about an endlessly optimistic boy named K.O., who levels up to be the best he can be in a computer-game beat-em’-up like universe of heroes, friends and challenging foes. The series is based on the pilot episode – OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo and follows the animated shorts released online in 2016 and 2017. The show is created by Ian Jones-Quartey, former supervising director for Steven Universe.

Unikitty! follows the beloved character of the same name from The Lego Movie, and a whole cast of friends into the world full of adventure, excitement and dance parties. Unikitty is a cheerful character who wants to spread joyfulness and good vibes around her kingdom, but she explodes with anger when things don’t go her way. Unikitty! is animated by Warner Bros. Animation.

We Bare Bears, The Powerpuff Girls, Mighty Magiswords, Adventure Time, Teen Titans Go! and The Amazing World of Gumball have all been renewed for the 2017-2018 upfront season.

In the United States, Cartoon Network offers the most popular VOD (Video on-demand) content across all television and the channel has five out of the top 10 animated series for kids.

http://eventpress.turner.com/cartoon-network/

Cartoon Network USA’s 2017-2018 Upfront: https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/03/cartoon-network-usa-2017-2018-upfront/

Cartoon Network USA announces Unikitty! a Lego-themed animated series from Warner Bros. Animation: https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/05/cartoon-network-usa-announces-a-new-lego-animated-series-unikitty/

Adult Swim USA’s 2017-2018 Upfront

Ahead of the 2017 upfront, Turner has already released some Adult Swim upfront info. Coming soon to Adult Swim is a quarter-hour live-action comedy series aimed at millennials (Adult Swim’s current target audience and age group) called Mostly 4 Millennials, the comedy series will be a funny and exciting look into what makes the “More Greatest Generation” tick. Mostly 4 Millennials is created by Derrick Beckles (Totally for Teens, Hot Package) and executive produced along with Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show). In terms of specials, Comedian and filmmaker Jena Friedman will also be having her very own 30-minute special on Adult Swim. The special will be about the current state of the United States of America, regarding issues related to politics, gender and culture. Jena Friedman has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic Explorer and Vice and as a field producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman.

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/adult-swim-announces-new-comedy-projects-jena-friedman-derrick-beckles-and-eric-andre

In terms of animation, Adult Swim will premiere a brand new quarter-hour show called The Jellies! and is created by Tyler, The Creator and Lionel Boyce. The show is about a family of Jellyfish, but focuses mostly on their 16-year-old human son Cornell. When Cornell learns that he was adopted at birth, he spirals out of control and he tries to “find himself”. The musical score is composed by Tyler, Tyler is also a voice actor on the show, along with Lionel Boyce, Phil LaMarr, Blake Anderson, AJ Johnson, Kevin Michael Richardson and many more.

Another animated show that will premiere on Adult Swim is Apollo Gauntlet, which is about a cop who gets transported to a futuristic medieval society, and with the help of a magical suit and a set of talking gauntlets, he’s able to fight crime exactly the way he wants under the alter-ego of “Apollo Gauntlet”. The quarter-hour animated adventure comedy series is created by Myles Langlois and is produced by MONDO’s animation studio, Six Point Harness and Mosaic.

Hot Streets is also another animated show that will premiere on Adult Swim. In Hot Streets, FBI Agent Mark Branski, his partner, his niece, and her dog, investigate supernatural phenomena. The quarter-hour animated science fiction adventure series is created by Brian Wysol (Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken). Seth Green, Matt Senreich, John Harvatine IV, and Eric Towner (Robot Chicken), Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Wysol are serving as executive producers. Produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

From Monday 22nd May, Adult Swim will premiere season two of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter with a new episode airing each night at 12am ET/PT for five days. The show is about a retired Werewolf Hunter who runs a cocktail bar but due to some unpleasant situation at the bar, Joe has no choice but to get back into the werewolf hunting game.

http://eventpress.turner.com/adult-swim/

For more information about Turner Upfront 2017, click the link below:

http://eventpress.turner.com/

Fyodor Golan Powerpuff Girls Clothing London Fashion Week Collaboration

Fyodor Golan Powerpuff Girls Clothing London Fashion Week Collaboration

Cartoon Network and fashion brand Fyodor Golan have teamed up at London Fashion Week today (17/02/2017) for an all-new fashion collaboration inspired by Cartoon Network’s very own The Powerpuff Girls. To promote the new Powerpuff Girls collection, Cartoon Network animated a special news report called “Townsville Today” featuring The Powerpuff Girls, in the news report, the girls give infamous Townsville villains – The Fashionistas a good “dressing down” after being caught stealing Fyodor Golan’s fabric so they could produce their own creation – “The Smoohji”, but they get arrested by the fashion police. As an award for saving the day, Fyodor Golan invited the girls to their show at London Fashion Week. CNN’s Becky Anderson (anchor of CNN’s Connect the World) played the role of news anchor in the animated news report. The Powerpuff Girls inspired Autumn/Winter 2017 collection will be available for sale beginning in July at select department stores and boutiques worldwide.

Fyodor Golan is a fashion brand founded by Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman in 2011, previously they have worked with Hasbro for My Little Pony and Transformers fashion collaborations.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: The Powerpuff Girls Collection Unveiled at Fyodor Golan Fashion Show

Turner’s Cartoon Network and Fyodor Golan showcased today (17/02/2017) an all-new collaboration inspired by the original ambassadors of #girlpower, The Powerpuff Girls. The super cute, super fierce animated crime-fighting trio featured as part of the fashion designers’ bold and vibrant new collection, aimed at today’s modern and iconic woman: “seductive, fragile and fearless”. Fyodor Golan’s Autumn/Winter collection was revealed at the exclusive Fyodor Golan fashion show in London this morning.

Featured on the runway during the event were seven of the 15-piece collection. The night before the show, a bespoke piece of animation created by Cartoon Network saw the designers catapulted to the city of Townsville to appear in their very own episode of The Powerpuff Girls http://fyodorgolan.co.uk/PPG/. What’s more, the designers have also created miniature digital versions of their most recognisable pieces for http://www.powerpuffyourself.com – giving fans across the globe the chance to turn themselves into their very own Powerpuffed person wearing Fyodor Golan.

Fyodor and Golan said: “We grew up with The Powerpuff Girls and are still huge fans! For us, these three characters empower you to be yourself. Encompassing strength and standing up for yourself against all odds, and being overly cute at the same time. Designing with the girls in mind was really liberating and felt very naturally relevant. We love the iconic quality they come with, in the simplicity of line, colour and mood. Staring in our own The Powerpuff Girls cartoon was like a dream come true.”

The full range of products from The Powerpuff Girls x Fyodor Golan collection includes an assortment of outerwear, tops, sweatshirts, skirts, dresses and trousers, as well as a “mini-me” collection for powerful women and their aspiring girls. The Autumn/Winter 2017 collection will be available for sale beginning in July at select department stores and boutiques worldwide.

The Powerpuff Girls x Fyodor Golan collaboration further solidifies the return of Cartoon Network’s aspirational franchise to the pop culture spotlight. Since their TV-screen debut in 1998, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have charmed girls and women of all ages – proving that girl power should never be underestimated. With all-new episodes of the reimagined animated series produced by Cartoon Network Studios currently airing on Cartoon Network worldwide, along with an ambitious, multi-category licensing programme, generations of fans both old and new can continue to be mesmerised by The Powerpuff Girls.

About Fyodor Golan

FYODOR GOLAN is a London based label with distinctive visual language. Both coming from Fine Art backgrounds the designers infuse expressive approach with clean geometrical silhouettes and sportswear aesthetics into modern luxury womenswear. Manipulating materials through new technology brings to life distinctive textiles and 3D embroideries. Fyodor studied at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Golan Graduated from Istituto Marangoni London. Their combined experience in the industry includes Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Richard Nicol and Raf Simons. The label’s second season won Fashion Fringe award and in 2012 was the youngest label to be the focus of the V&A’s “Fashion in Motion” exhibit. In 2015 Awarded Best New E-Store at Decoded Fashion Futures Awards. FYODOR GOLAN collections encompass a wardrobe for today’s global modern & iconic women. A seductive, fragile and fearless woman.

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/powerpuff-girls-collection-unveiled-fyodor-golan-fashion-show

http://fyodorgolan.co.uk/PPG/

http://londonfashionweek.co.uk/designers_profile.aspx?DesignerID=1864

AT&T Buys Time Warner Pending Regulatory Decision

AT&T Buys Time Warner Pending Regulatory Decision

AT&T Buys Time Warner Pending Regulatory Decision: Cartoon Network Will (Probably) Have A New Owner By The End Of 2017

Time Warner (owners of Warner Bros, HBO and Turner) has agreed to be acquired by American telecommunications and satellite TV giant AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph Company) for $85.4 billion, which could make it one of the largest media corporate takeovers ever. The acquisition deal was announced on Saturday evening (22/10/2016). AT&T buying Time Warner will more than likely change the way Turner and Warner Bros. is managed, this includes: Cartoon Network and its international variants along with Boomerang and sister channels, Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation.

Time Warner has been looking for a buyer for a few years now, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox tried to buy the company a couple of years ago. In recent years, Time Warner has been spinning off various divisions of the company, including Warner Music, AOL, Time Warner Cable and Time Publishing to focus more on their television and movie content production divisions, Warner Bros., Turner and HBO. AT&T and Time Warner have been in talks since August, with numerous meetings between Jeff Bewkes (Chairman and CEO of Time Warner) and Randall Stephenson (Chairman and CEO of AT&T).

AT&T can trace its history all the way back to the Bell Telephone Company, a company founded by the inventor of the telephone – Alexander Graham Bell in 1875, the company grew to become one of the largest landline, mobile telephone and broadband internet service companies in the United States. AT&T has a complex history, with mergers, demergers and remergers, even AT&T spinoff SBC took over AT&T and re-branded their whole company as AT&T. AT&T wanted to buy Time Warner because of its television and movie content, they purchased the largest satellite television provider in the United States – DirecTV in 2015 and they want a content division to run alongside its home and mobile media distribution division.

The takeover is very similar to the Comcast/NBC Universal merger in 2011, a cable television company buying a TV and movie business. If the AT&T merger gets approval from the U.S. Department of Justice, I hope that there won’t be any changes to the way the ex-Time Warner entertainment part of the business is run and is kept separately with the same management which has the right expertise. AT&T is first and foremost a telecommunications company and they purchased Time Warner because its content is attractive to their company and shareholders as it has potential to make a profit for their distribution business, it would be incredibly unwise to start making changes to a media company when AT&T has little to no experience in the media sector and to start making job losses.

All we can do is wait and see what happens next as the deal is expected to be completed in late 2017.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/22/media/att-time-warner/index.html

AT&T Announces Time Warner Acquisition Video

News Report By CNN

From The AT&T and Time Warner Press Release

From The Time Warner Website:

http://www.timewarner.com/investors/-w66%269%23%24Gf2%2525wUvPC_8QRY3%2APKFFYd%24p

From The AT&T Website:

http://about.att.com/story/att_to_acquire_time_warner.html

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire Time Warner in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $107.50 per share. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the boards of directors of both companies.

The deal combines Time Warner’s vast library of content and ability to create new premium content that connects with audiences around the world, with AT&T’s extensive customer relationships, world’s largest pay TV subscriber base and leading scale in TV, mobile and broadband distribution.

“This is a perfect match of two companies with complementary strengths who can bring a fresh approach to how the media and communications industry works for customers, content creators, distributors and advertisers,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Premium content always wins. It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen. We’ll have the world’s best premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen. A big customer pain point is paying for content once but not being able to access it on any device, anywhere. Our goal is to solve that. We intend to give customers unmatched choice, quality, value and experiences that will define the future of media and communications. With great content, you can build truly differentiated video services, whether it’s traditional TV, OTT or mobile. Our TV, mobile and broadband distribution and direct customer relationships provide unique insights from which we can offer addressable advertising and better tailor content,” Stephenson said. “It’s an integrated approach and we believe it’s the model that wins over time. “Time Warner’s leadership, creative talent and content are second to none. Combine that with 100 million plus customers who subscribe to our TV, mobile and broadband services – and you have something really special,” said Stephenson. “It’s a great fit, and it creates immediate and long-term value for our shareholders.”

Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said, “This is a great day for Time Warner and its shareholders. Combining with AT&T dramatically accelerates our ability to deliver our great brands and premium content to consumers on a multiplatform basis and to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities created by the growing demand for video content. That’s been one of our most important strategic priorities and we’re already making great progress — both in partnership with our distributors, and on our own by connecting directly with consumers. Joining forces with AT&T will allow us to innovate even more quickly and create more value for consumers along with all our distribution and marketing partners, and allow us to build on a track record of creative and financial excellence that is second to none in our industry. In fact, when we announce our 3Q earnings, we will report revenue and operating income growth at each of our divisions, as well as double-digit earnings growth.

Bewkes continued, “This is a natural fit between two companies with great legacies of innovation that have shaped the modern media and communications landscape, and my senior management team and I are looking forward to working closely with Randall and our new colleagues as we begin to capture the tremendous opportunities this creates to make our content even more powerful, engaging and valuable for global audiences.”

Time Warner is a global leader in media and entertainment with a great portfolio of content creation and aggregation, plus iconic brands across video programming and TV/film production. Each of Time Warner’s three divisions is an industry leader: HBO, which consists of domestic premium pay television and streaming services (HBO Now, HBO Go), as well as international premium & basic pay television and streaming services; Warner Bros. Entertainment, which consists of television, feature film, home video and videogame production and distribution. Warner Bros. film franchises include Harry Potter & DC Comics, and its produced TV series include Big Bang Theory and Gotham; Turner consists of U.S. and international basic cable networks, including TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. Also, Turner has the rights to the NBA, March Madness and MLB. Time Warner also has invested in OTT and digital media properties such as Hulu, Bleacher Report, CNN.com and Fandango.

Customer Benefits

The new company will deliver what customers want — enhanced access to premium content on all their devices, new choices for mobile and streaming video services and a stronger competitive alternative to cable TV companies.

With a mobile network that covers more than 315 million people in the United States, the combined company will strive to become the first U.S. mobile provider to compete nationwide with cable companies in the provision of bundled mobile broadband and video. It will disrupt the traditional entertainment model and push the boundaries on mobile content availability for the benefit of customers. And it will deliver more innovation with new forms of original content built for mobile and social, which builds on Time Warner’s HBO Now and the upcoming launch of AT&T’s OTT offering DIRECTV NOW.

Owning content will help AT&T innovate on new advertising options, which, combined with subscriptions, will help pay for the cost of content creation. This two-sided business model — advertising- and subscription-based — gives customers the largest amount of premium content at the best value.

Summary Terms of Transaction

Time Warner shareholders will receive $107.50 per share under the terms of the merger, comprised of $53.75 per share in cash and $53.75 per share in AT&T stock. The stock portion will be subject to a collar such that Time Warner shareholders will receive 1.437 AT&T shares if AT&T’s average stock price is below $37.411 at closing and 1.3 AT&T shares if AT&T’s average stock price is above $41.349 at closing.

This purchase price implies a total equity value of $85.4 billion and a total transaction value of $108.7 billion, including Time Warner’s net debt. Post-transaction, Time Warner shareholders will own between 14.4% and 15.7% of AT&T shares on a fully-diluted basis based on the number of AT&T shares outstanding today.

The cash portion of the purchase price will be financed with new debt and cash on AT&T’s balance sheet. AT&T has an 18-month commitment for an unsecured bridge term facility for $40 billion.

Transaction Will Result in Significant Financial Benefits

AT&T expects the deal to be accretive in the first year after close on both an adjusted EPS and free cash flow per share basis.

AT&T expects $1 billion in annual run rate cost synergies within 3 years of the deal closing. The expected cost synergies are primarily driven by corporate and procurement expenditures. In addition, over time, AT&T expects to achieve incremental revenue opportunities that neither company could obtain on a standalone basis.

Given the structure of this transaction, which includes AT&T stock consideration as part of the deal, AT&T expects to continue to maintain a strong balance sheet following the transaction close and is committed to maintaining strong investment-grade credit metrics.

By the end of the first year after close, AT&T expects net debt to adjusted EBITDA to be in the 2.5x range.

Additionally, AT&T expects the deal to improve its dividend coverage and enhance its revenue and earnings growth profile.

Time Warner provides AT&T with significant diversification benefits:

Diversified revenue mix — Time Warner will represent about 15% of the combined company’s revenues, offering diversification from content and from outside the United States, including Latin America, where Time Warner owns a majority stake in HBO Latin America, an OTT service available in 24 countries, and AT&T is the leading pay TV distributor.
Lower capital intensity — Time Warner’s business requires little in capital expenditures, which helps balance the higher capital intensity of AT&T’s existing business.
Regulation — Time Warner’s business is lightly regulated compared to much of AT&T’s existing operations.

The merger is subject to approval by Time Warner Inc. shareholders and review by the U.S. Department of Justice. AT&T and Time Warner are currently determining which FCC licenses, if any, will be transferred to AT&T in connection with the transaction. To the extent that one or more licenses are to be transferred, those transfers are subject to FCC review. The transaction is expected to close before year-end 2017.

Conference Call/Webcast

On Monday, October 24, at 8:30 am ET, AT&T and Time Warner will host a webcast presentation to discuss the transaction and AT&T’s 3Q earnings. Links to the webcast and accompanying documents will be available on both AT&T’s and Time Warner’s Investor Relations websites. AT&T has cancelled its previously scheduled call to discuss earnings, which had been set for Tuesday, October 25.