DC Super Hero Girls Animated Shorts Now On YouTube: New Shorts Every Thursday
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics are now releasing brand new animated shorts based on the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls series coming to Cartoon Network USA this year. New episodes are released every Thursday on the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel, the first new animated short called “Super Sleeper” was released on Thursday 17th January. The first short “The Late Batsby” which was released theatrically preceding Teen Titans Go! To The Movies premiered on YouTube on 10th January.
In the animated short “Super Sleeper”, Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) hosts a sleepover and finds out that Kara (aka Supergirl) “sleep-flies” in her sleep and tries to stop her from flying into danger. In the first animated short which was released “The Great Batsby” – Batgirl is desperate for adventure and can’t wait to join Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the rest of the gang as they attempt to stop Mr Freeze’s latest sinister plot, but one problem, she’s late, but is she?.
DC Super Hero Girls was first introduced as an animated shorts series on YouTube in 2015 and a total of five seasons have been produced so far. Following the success of the shorts and the TV special – “DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High”, Warner Bros. Animation decided to make a TV series adaptation with a revised art style for both the shorts and the TV series. Warner Bros. Animation also hired Lauren Faust (best known for her work on Cartoon Network’s Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends and Hasbro’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) the as series developer, producer, writer and character designer of the new TV series and has given the DC Super Hero Girls a brand new look. The brand new shorts offers an insight into what the new series will look like.
The new DC Super Hero Girls series follows not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara, Barbara better known by their superhero names Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl. While not in school, they’re busy protecting the city of Metropolis from some of the most fearsome supervillians of the DC Comics Universe. Being a teenaged superhero isn’t easy, especially as they have to balance their time between a social life, their families, their studies and saving the city. Other members of the DC Super Hero Girls include Bumblebee, Zatanna and the Green Lantern.
DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby Short
DC Super Hero Girls: Super Sleeper Short
Video introducing Batgirl:
Video introducing Wonder Woman:
Meet Barbara Gordon, A.K.A: Batgirl. She's just moved to Metropolis from Gotham City with her father and is finding it tough to be the new girl in school. Catch her in all-new DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUPER SHORTS beginning January 17 on YouTube!#DCSuperHeroGirlspic.twitter.com/X9QIHx4W2d
Happy New Year 2019: Cartoon Network Year 2018 In Review
Welcome to 2019 and Happy New Year!. Now that 2018 is over, it’s now the best time to look back and review Cartoon Network related events over the past 12 months. The list below is very lengthy, a lot has happened during 2018.
The list below also mentions new and exciting shows coming to Cartoon Network in 2019, with Infinity Train, Victor and Valentino and DC Super Hero Girls to name a few. Turner Europe has also contributed to Cartoon Network’s and Boomerang’s output, with a new co-production – Taffy and Cartoon Network Studios Europe’s Elliott From Earth. However, a date for Elliott From Earth in 2019 hasn’t been confirmed, but Taffy will premiere on Boomerang UK on Monday 7th January at 4.30pm.
Sorry that I haven’t been active on the blog during December, I haven’t been feeling well. 🙁 But, regardless, I’ve been active on Twitter, to stay up-to-date with the latest news, I recommend that you follow my Twitter account (@RegularTweetsUK).
All the dates below are the dates when the news was first reported (at least the first known source) from various sources, or the particular event in question happened on that day, not when it was written on the blog, however what’s listed below is listed on the blog or/and my Twitter account. Some dates are an approximation.
Unikitty! Premieres on Cartoon Network USA (1st January) Cartoon Network Studios pilot – Tiggle Winks released on YouTube (8th January) Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold Movie released in the United States (9th January) Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Teaser Trailer Released (10th January) Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Buys Supernoobs Season Two Broadcasting Rights (11th January) The Heroic Quest Of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe Adventure Game Opened On The Cartoon Network UK Website (12th January) Cartoon Network UK’s We Bare Bears Bearista Coffee Mobile UK Tour Starts (13th January) Hot Streets Premieres on Adult Swim USA (14th January) Cartoonito UK becomes a 24-hour service (15th January) Cartoon Network UK announces plans for 20th Anniversary of The Powerpuff Girls (17th January) British Animation Awards 2018 Nominations Announced, Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball received two nominations, Boomerang’s The Happos Family received one nomination. (17th January) Cartoon Network USA New Digital Production And Product Management Leadership (17th January) Cartoon Network Teams Up With Pitti Bimbo Children’s Wear Trade Fair In Florence, Italy For Powerpuff Girls Designer Clothing (18th January) Cartoon Network India Supports Mumbai Traffic Police’s Child Road Safety Campaign (18th January) Warner Bros. Animation’s Bunnicula’s final voice recording session (18th January) Steven Universe Nominated For 2018 GLAAD Award For Outstanding Kids And Family Programming (19th January) Cartoon Network France Announces Imagination Studios 2017 Winner And New Animated Short – Les Frères Cerise (The Cherry Brothers) (19th January) Cartoon Network USA Partners With Voodoo Doughnut For Steven Universe Doughnuts (20th January) Playmates Toys announces second wave of Ben 10 toys (22nd January) International Video Streaming Service iflix Launches iflix Kids Channel Includes Shows From Cartoon Network (23rd January) OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes Video Game Released (23rd January) Cartoon Network CEE Added To The Skylink TV Platform In The Czech Republic (23rd January) Cartoon Network at the London, UK Toy Fair (23rd to 25th January) Cartoon Network Announces Its First Cruise Ship – Cartoon Network Wave (25th January) Cartoon Network Studios Summer 2018 Internships Opened (25th January) Cartoon Network Live Show Announced To Tour South Africa In June And July 2018 (27th January) Cartoon Network Turkey Celebrates 10th Anniversary (28th January) Boomerang Japan Launches (30th January) Cartoon Network France and Africa Management shakeup: Jaime Ondarza Assumes Role As General Manager Of Turner France and Africa, Guillaume Coffin Promoted, Julien Borde Hired As Director Of Channels (30th January) Cartoon Network Italy Management Shakeup: Marco Berardi The New General Manager Of Turner Italy, Alice Fedele Promoted To Content Director Of Turner Italy (30th January) Storyboard For Final Episode Of New Looney Tunes Finished (31st January)
Cartoon Network Offers New Scholarship to CalArts Animation Students (1st February) Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Renewed For A Second Season Coming Soon To International Versions Of Cartoon Network (1st February) Villainous becomes available in English on Cartoon Network Latin America’s YouTube Channel for the first time (3rd February) We Bare Bears Wins 2018 Annie Award For Best Animated Television Production For Children, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and Samurai Jack also pick-up awards (3rd February) Cartoon Network Now Available In Czech On O2 TV In Czech Republic (4th February) The Amazing World Of Gumball Happy Meals Now At McDonald’s UK (During February) Ram Pam Dam A New Animated Short Airing On Cartoon Network Latin America (6th February) International versions of Boomerang acquires new season of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (6th February) Cartoon Network Online Store Launches In Argentina (7th February) Cartoon Network Latin America announces more episodes of Oswaldo coming in 2019 (7th February) Cartoon Network At Kids In Motion Expo And Festival 2018 In Saudi Arabia (8th February) Cartoon Network USA introduces new YouTube series – Cartoon Network This Week (10th February) Interview With The Band Behind Ninjago: Dan And George From The Fold (12th February) Cartoon Network At Kidscreen Summit 2018 (12th to 15th February) Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears And Jorel’s Brother Announced As Prix Jeunesse International Festival 2018 Finalists (13th February) Cartoon Network Latin America Management shakeup: Pablo Zuccarino Announced As Senior VP And General Manager Of Cartoon Network Latin America (15th February) YouTube TV USA Adds Turner Networks Including Cartoon Network And Adult Swim (15th February) Cartoon Network Now Available In Czech On freeSAT In The Czech Republic (16th February) Cartoon Network Now Available On AIS In Thailand (16th February) Katie Eary Unveils Powerpuff Girls Womanswear Collection For London Fashion Week (16th to 20th February) Cartoon Network At American International Toy Fair 2018 (17th To 20th February) Cartoon Network Southeast Asia airs Ben 10: Vilgax programming stunt (Mid February) Lego Unikitty Building Sets And Collectables announced for August 2018 (17th February) BOOM! Comics, Cartoon Network And Hero Initiative Team Up For The Adventure Time 100 Comic Cover Project (16th February) Joss Duffield Hired As Turner UK And Northern Europe Syndication Director (23rd February) Cartoon Network Studios’ limited run series Apple and Onion premieres (23rd February) Cartoon Network At Heroes Comic Con València, Spain (23rd to 25th February) Over The Garden Wall: Distillatoria graphic novel announced for November 2018 (22nd February) Cartoon Network Latin America releases new Villainous web browser game – Maldad Mecánica (Mechanical Evil) (23rd February) Cartoon Network India releases digital series Stan Lee’s Chakra: The Invincible (23rd February) Final Space Animated Series Premieres on TBS in the United States (26th February) Teen Titans Go! Nominated For 2018 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award In The Favourite Cartoon Category (27th February) New Comic Book Series Adventure Time: Beginning Of The End Announced For May 2018 (27th February) Cartoon Network CEE In Czech Republic Now Available In HD (27th February) Cartoon Network USA Continues And Expands Stop Bullying: Speak Up Initiative (27th February) Unikitty! UK Premiere Screening In London (28th February 2018)
Unikitty! premiere party in the United States (1st March) Cartoonito UK rebranded (2nd March) Cartoon Network USA releases Infinity Train teaser, show announced to premiere in 2019 (3rd March) Brand New Regular Show comic book series announced which continues the show’s story (4th March) Unikitty! premieres on Cartoon Network UK (5th March) Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Wins Awards At 2018 FICCI Frames Animation Awards, Lamput and Roll No.21 win awards (6th March) Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs The Series Wins Two 2018 Canadian Screen Awards (8th March) Steven Universe Soundtrack Volume One reached number one in the Billboard vinyl album charts (8th March) Cartoon Network USA celebrates International Women’s Day with The Powerpuff Girls (8th March) Cartoon Network USA announces 2018-2019 programming slate, the biggest in its history: New shows include Apple and Onion, Craig of the Creek, Victor and Valentino, Infinity Train and Summer Camp Island Cartoon Network On The Green At SXSW (South By Southwest) 2018 event in Austin, Texas (12th March) Cartoon Network India Launches Eight Month Long Roll No. 21 Kris Ka Funda Campaign (12th March) Cartoon Network releases two Mighty Magiswords books – “The Far-from-Complete Compendium of Magiswords” and “The Sword That Wasn’t There” (13th March) The Amazing World Of Gumball Wins Three 2018 British Animation Awards (15th March) Grace Rolek Voice Of Steven Universe’s Connie To Guest Star At MCM Comic Con Birmingham, UK (17th to 18th March) Cartoon Network USA uploads Adventure Time finale Come Along With Me teaser trailer onto YouTube and social media (19th March) Boomerang USA launches Boomerang Best Cartoon Bracket championship (19th March) Two New Seasons Of FLCL: FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative announced for Adult Swim USA (20th March) Cartoon Network Studios At GLAS Animation Festival 2018 (22nd to 25th March) Ram Pam Dam animated short released on YouTube (22nd March) Theme Park Company Six Flags And Riverside Investment Group Partner With Turner For New Rides And Attractions In China (22nd March) Cartoon Network At Animation Dingle Festival 2018 in Ireland (22nd March) Warner Bros. Animation At Wondercon 2018, Unikitty!, Teen Titans Go! (23rd to 25th March) Cartoon Network Amazone Becomes The World’s First Smartphone Cashless Waterpark (26th March) Cartoon Network Studios’ We Bare Bears And Cartoon Network Latin America’s Jorel’s Brother Selected For Annecy Animation Festival 2018 TV Films In Competition (27th March) Potential The Amazing World Of Gumball Movie Being Considered (27th March) Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Appoints Vikram Sharma As Vice President of Cartoon Network Enterprises Asia-Pacific (28th March) Craig of the Creek premieres on Cartoon Network USA (30th March, sneak peek on the Cartoon Network App 19th February) Cartoon Network Studios Europe’s The Heroic Quest Of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe Selected For Annecy Animation Festival 2018 TV Films In Competition (30th March) Toonami Asia closes (31st March)
Cartoon Network Latin America Celebrates its 25th anniversary (all through April, channel’s birthday 30th April) Cartoonito UK launches new website (sometime during April) Toonami USA’s 2018 April Fools’ Joke Japanese Audio And The First Episode (Subbed) Of FLCL Alternative (1st April) Mighty Magiswords To Air On UK Free-To-Air Childrens’ Channel CITV (1st April) Cartoon Network Australia Pranks Viewers On April Fools’ Day With Classic Cartoon Network Original Shows (1st April) Cartoon Network USA Richard Watterson Easter Bunny April Fools Joke, Adult Swim USA Rick and Morty Bushworld Adventures April Fools Joke (1st April) Cartoon Network France’s 1st Original Production Les Blagues Virales De Mick & Rob Debuts (1st April) Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe Partners With The Dove Self-Esteem Project To Help Improve Confidence In Young People Worldwide (4th April) Boomerang Central Eastern Europe Now In Widescreen (4th April) Boomerang USA Announces Best Cartoon Bracket Tournament Winner – Bugs Bunny (5th April) Cartoon Network Italy launches The Amazing World of Gumball pop-up channel – The Amazing Channel of Gumball (Lo Straordinario Canale di Gumball) (5th to 15th April) Cartoon Network Games announces a new mobile game – Teen Titans Go Figure! (6th April) Cartoon Network India And Pogo India New IPL Cricket Season With Roll No.21 And Chhota Bheem Specials (7th to 8th April) Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Pilot Episode Now On Vimeo (8th April) Turner promotes Adult Swim’s and TBS’s Final Space at MIPTV 2018 convention in Cannes, France (9th to 12th April) New Channel Cartoon Network India HD+ launches (15th April) Cartoon Network At MIPTV 2018 (9th to 12th April) Cartoon Network Watch And Play App now available for Sky TV customers in New Zealand (12th April) Boomerang USA streaming service celebrates its first birthday (12th April) New Cartoon Network Vinyl Figures from Titan Merchandise announced for August 2018 (13th April) Cartoon Network announces The Powerpuff Girls and Her Universe Junior Fashion Designer Competition (13th April) Cartoon Network USA Vishnu Athreya Promoted To Senior Vice President Of Programming (16th April) Boomerang Central Eastern Europe HD launched in Poland (17th April) Cartoon Network Brazil Apple and Onion surprise premiere (17th April) Cartoon Network And Adult Swim At Stuttgart International Trickfilm Festival 2018 (19th April) Cartoon Network At Cardiff Animation Festival 2018 (19th to 22nd April) The Amazing World Of Gumball Pays Tribute To Fans In The Shippening Episode (20th April) Boomerang USA celebrates Earth Day with free episodes of Captain Planet (22nd April) First Lego Unikitty! sets revealed announced to be released in Summer 2018 (22nd April) Cartoon Network And HowStuffWorks Partner For A New Podcast – Drawn: The Story Of Animation (24th April) Cartoon Network Latin America YouTube Live Cartoon Artists Special (25th April) Cartoon Network USA releases Summer Camp Island Pilot Episode on YouTube (25th April) Boomerang Now Available In Portugal On Vodafone And Nowo (26th April) Cartoon Network Latin America To Celebrate Its 25th Birthday With An Online 10 Hour Time Machine Marathon Of Cartoon Network’s Classic And Current Shows (27th April) The Heroic Quest Of Valiant Prince Ivandoe Talk At FMX Conference 2018 Stuttgart, Germany (27th April)
Justice League Action Happy Meals At McDonald’s UK (Early May) New Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Trailer Released Today (1st May) Cartoon Network Africa Wins Awards At Three Different Recent Award Events For Marketing And PR (2nd May) The Tom And Jerry Show Wins Daytime Creative Arts Emmy For Outstanding Music Direction And Composition (3rd May) TBS’s And Adult Swim’s Final Space Renewed For A Second Season (7th May) Cartoon Network At The Chilemonos Animation Festival And Chile Comic Con 2018 (8th to 12th May) Cartoon Network’s Craig Of The Creek Awarded A Common Sense Seal (9th May) Cartoon Network PromaxBDA Global Excellence Awards 2018 Nominations (10th May) Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty Renewed In A Seventy Episode Long-Term Deal (10th May) Cartoon Network Releases A New Interactive Story Experience Ben 10: It’s Hero Time For Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition (11th May) Cartoon Network Turkey’s Original Series Kral Şakir Now Has Its Very Own Movie In Cinemas Across Turkey (12th May) Cartoonito UK World’s First Living Colouring Book Event In London (13th May) Adult Swim USA Announces New Harvey Birdman Special: Harvey Birdman, Attorney General (14th May) DHX Media’s And Cartoon Network USA’s New Mega Man Animated Series Title Revealed: Mega Man: Fully Charged (14th May) Final Space To Premieres On TNT Comedy’s Adult Swim Programming Block In Germany (15th May) Cartoon Network USA Announces Best Summer Ever Programming Event For Summer 2018 (15th May) Cartoon Network Latin America’s Villainous Celebrates Its First Anniversary (15th May) Toonami India closes (15th May) Turner Asia-Pacific Appoints Jia Salindong-Du As Philippines Country Manager (16th May) The Powerpuff Girls Lego Playsets Announced For August 2018 (17th May) Unikitty! Lego Playsets Now Available At Tesco In The UK (17th May) ThunderCats revival series – ThunderCats Roar announced for 2019 (18th May) Cartoon Network Enterprises Launches Its Most Ambitious Campaign Yet Ready For Licensing Expo 2018 (22nd to 24th May) Cartoon Network Special Guests At MCM Comic-Con London (John DiMaggio – the voice of Jake from Adventure Time; Jim Cummings – voice of Lord Boxman from OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes; Steven Ogg – voice of Professor Venomous, Shadowy Figure and Laserblast from OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes; Khary Payton, voice of Cyborg from Cartoon Network’s and Warner Bros. Animation’s Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! and Kevin Conroy, voice of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Action) (25th to 27th May) Cartoon Network Animate Your Life Special Event In Singapore (26th May to 10th June) The First Ever Adult Swim Festival Expands Its Lineup With 24 Additional Music And Comedy Acts (17th May) Boomerang France Wins Media Changers Award For Barbichette Cup Public Event (20th May) Turner’s Adult Swim Buys Big Pixel Studios: The Game Developer Of The Rick And Morty Themed Mobile Game – Pocket Mortys (21st May) DC Super Hero Girls Animated Series Character Designs Released, New Show Coming To Cartoon Network USA In 2019 (was 2018) (22nd May) Cartoon Network Enterprises Announces New Product Licensees, New Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Steven Universe And We Bare Bears Merchandise (22nd May to 24th May) Boomerang USA’s Streaming App Announces Its Upfront For Its Second Year, New Scooby-Doo Series – Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, New Flintstones Spinoff – Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! And Wind in the Willows (23rd May) Cartoon Network Games’ And South Korean Game Developer SundayToz’s We Bare Bears Match3 Repairs Game Is Now Available Worldwide (29th May) Cartoon Network USA Released The Opening Credits For Summer Camp Island (30th May) Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA Teams Up With Online Fashion Retailer Daisy Street For Powerpuff Girls Inspired Collection (31st May)
Cartoon Network Italy Pop Up Town Temporary Shop Opens In Milan (1st to 17th June), Cartoon Network Italy also celebrates 20th anniversary. Gangreen Gang Leader And Villain – Ace From The Powerpuff Girls Joins The Gorillaz (3rd June) Cartoon Network USA’s Best Summer Ever Starts (4th June) Cartoon Network EMEA Gets Ben 10 Broadcasting Licence (5th June) Turner Asia-Pacific Announces New Cartoon Network Entertainment Park Coming Soon To Bali, Indonesia (6th June) Edutainment Company Bright Little Labs Makes Deal With Turner International For Equity Investment (7th June) Wishfart premieres on Cartoon Network UK (8th June) Cartoon Network Africa Launches Creative Lab To Seek New Talent And Produce New Content (10th June) Cartoon Network At Annecy Animation Festival 2018, Cartoon Network To Focus More On Female Talent (11th to 16th June) Warner Bros. Animation Announces New Looney Tunes Shortform Episodes (13th June) Steven Universe Nominated For A 2018 Teen Choice Award For Choice Animated TV Show (15th June) AT&T Completes Merger With Cartoon Network’s Ultimate Parent Company – Time Warner (15th June) Time Warner Rebrands As WarnerMedia Following AT&T Merger (16th June) Cartoon Network At Cannes Lions Festival 2018 (18th to 22nd June) Alesha Dixon Returns To Voice Bliss In The UK Version Of The Powerpuff Girls Never Been Blissed Special (20th June) Turner EMEA Launches Toonix OTT Streaming Service In Scandinavia (20th June) Turner Announces They Will Launch Adult Swim On Viafree In Scandinavia On 1st August (21st June) Rick And Morty Magazine Issue One Now Available In Newsagents Across The UK (22nd June) Minor League Baseball Partners With Cartoon Network USA’s Best Summer Ever (28th June)
Cartoon Network UK’s Ben 10 Themed Pop-Up Channel Launched Today (1st July) Cartoon Network Studios Europe Greenlights A New Animated Series Elliott From Earth (2nd July) Steven Universe Heart of the Crystal Gems Five Night Special (2nd to 6th July) Cartoon Network Latin America Announces Partnership With Pixelatl For Animation Pitch Competition Girl Power: Pitch Me The Future (3rd July) Cartoon Network At The Children’s Media Conference 2018 in Sheffield, UK (3rd July to 5th July) Cartoon Network USA’s New Animated Show Summer Camp Island Premieres With A 48 Hour Takeover (7th July) Cartoon Network Partners With Spanish Fashion Designer Maria Escoté For Powerpuff Girls Clothing Collection (9th July) Cartoon Network France Announced As Number One Pay-TV Channel For Boys Aged 4 To 14 (10th July) Adult Swim USA and TBS announce San Diego Comic Con Events (10th July) Adult Swim USA Promotes The Return Of The Anime Series FLCL With A Six-City Tour With Japanese Alternative Rock Band – The Pillows (10th to 19th July) Cartoon Network Creative Arts Emmys 2018 Nominations Announcement, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears, Teen Titans Go! and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken (12th July) Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion Video Game Released (17th July USA, 20th July worldwide) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes T.K.O. DVD Released In The United States (17th July) Cartoon Network At San Diego Comic-Con 2018 (19th to 22nd July) Teen Titans Go Figure! Mobile Game Released (19th July) Adventure Time Minecraft Special Diamonds And Lemons To Premieres on Cartoon Network USA (20th July) TBS’s Final Space Premieres On Netflix UK (20th July) Goodbye Adventure Time Panel At San Diego Comic Con 2018 (20th July) Apple And Onion Screening At BAFTA Piccadilly London (21st July) Steven Universe: The Movie Announced At San Diego Comic Con 2018 (21st July) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Crossover Nexus Special Announced, Infinity Train and Victor and Valentino teasers released (21st July) Cartoon Network UK Teen Titans Go! Summer Starts To Help Promote Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (23rd July) Cartoon Network USA Announces New Show Transformers: Cyberverse To Premiere Autumn 2018 (23rd July) Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Theme Park Opens (23rd July) Pixelatl 2018 Announces Special Guests Alan Ituriel Creator Of Cartoon Network’s Villainous And Ollie Green VP Of Animated Production For Adult Swim (24th July) Rare Footage Of Cartoon Network USA’s Launch From 1st October 1992 Uploaded To YouTube (24th July) Pixelatl 2018 Ivanobich Verduzco Creator Of Cartoon Network Latin America’s Viking Tales Invited As Special Guest (25th July) Cartoon Network UK And British Gymnastics Partner For Powerpuff Girls POW! Academy (27th July) We Bare Bears Season Four Premieres On Cartoon Network USA (30th July) Cartoon Network Europe Launches New YouTube Show – Toony Tube (Late July/Early August)
Cartoon Network India Launches School Contact Programme For 2018 (1st August) Cartoon Network USA Launches Colouring Book Mashup Bumpers And Invites Fans To Contribute To The Mashup (2nd August) Steven Universe Save The Light And OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes Video Games Announced To Be Released As A Two In One Bundle And Also For Nintendo Switch (3rd August) The Adventures of Puss In Boots Premieres On Boomerang UK (3rd August) Viking Tales Premieres On Cartoon Network Latin America (4th August) Mega Man: Fully Charged New Show Premieres On Cartoon Network USA (5th August) Cartoonito UK Premieres Curious George Animated Series (6th August) WarnerMedia (AT&T) Fully Acquires Otter Media, The Parent Company Of CrunchyRoll (7th August) Two New Shows -The Shivering Truth And Tigtone Announced For Adult Swim USA (8th August) Ben 10 Alien Party Smyths Toys Superstores UK Tour Starts (9th August) Running Man Premieres On Cartoon Network Southeast Asia And Cartoon Network Australia (11th August) Lego Ninjago: Masters Of Spinjitzu Season 9 Hunted Premieres On Cartoon Network USA (11th August) Cartoon Network Africa Celebrates Girls’ Achievements With The Launch Of The Powerpuff Girls Awards (13th August) Steven Universe The Heart Of The Crystal Gems DVD To Be Released In the United States (14th August) Cartoon Network Latin America And Pixelatl Announces Girl Power: Pitch Me The Future Finalists (14th August) Prudence Foundation And Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Team Up With Kid Influencers For A New Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Music Video (15th August) Cartoon Network’s Craig Of The Creek Renewed For A Second Season (15th August) New Mobile Game Announced For Autumn 2018 Launch Looney Tunes: World Of Mayhem (17th August) Warner Bros. Animation Opens Get Animated: Invasion Exhibit At The Grammy Museum In Los Angeles (18th August to 9th September) Villainous Villain Orientation Codename: Kids Next Door Episode (19th August) Cartoon Network And Adult Swim Now Available On fuboTV In The United States (22nd August) Cartoon Network Live Stage Show Tours Bahrain (23rd to 26th August) Cartoon Network UK Apple And Onion Dance Off GIF Booth At Westfield London (25th August) Apple and Onion Premieres On Cartoon Network UK (27th August) Adventure Time Series Finale Screening In Los Angeles (27th August) Bloons Adventure Time TD A New Mobile Game Launched (30th August) Cartoon Network Creative Arts Emmys 2018 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Winners Announced, Adventure Time and Steven Universe (30th August) Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Wins Three 2018 Spark Awards For Its Ben 10 Rise Of Vilgax Campaign (31st August) Cartoon Network UK Announces Two New Shows, Craig of The Creek and Summer Camp Island (Late August)
Cartoon Network Shows Start Airing Weekend Mornings On CNN Philippines’ Junior Block (1st September) Transformers: Cyberverse Premieres On Cartoon Network USA (1st September) Total DramaRama Premieres on Cartoon Network USA (TV premiere 1st September, Cartoon Network App debut: 1st August) Boomerang UK Rebrands (3rd September) Cartoon Network USA Adventure Time Finale Marathon, Adventure Time’s Finale Airs (3rd September) Adventure Time The Final Seasons DVD To Be Released In The United States (4th September) Adventure Time Finale The Ultimate Adventure Screening In Sydney, Australia (4th September) Adventure Time Finale Come Along With Me Soundtrack And Adventure Time: The Final Seasons DVD Released (4th September) Cartoon Network USA Uploads Adventure Time Fan Tribute Video: Thanks For The Adventure: Farewell Adventure Time (4th September) Pixelatl 2018: Villainous Pilot Teaser Trailer, El Bosque Olvidado Wins CN Pitch Competition, Toontorial Coming To Cartoon Network Latin America In October (4th to 8th September) Cartoon Network Launches Its First Location Based VR Game: We Bare Bears: Food Truck Rush (5th September) New Animated Series Care Bears: Unlock The Magic Announced For The Boomerang Streaming Service In The United States (5th September) Adventure Time: The Ultimate Adventure Screening In Madrid, Spain (6th September) Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty And Robot Chicken Win Creative Arts Emmy 2018 Awards (8th September) We Bare Bears Dubbed In Māori In New Zealand For Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori) (10th September) Cartoon Network USA Debuts Colouring Book Mashup Bumpers (10th September) New Movie Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost Released On DVD In The United States (11th September) Interview With Scooby-Doo! And The Gourmet Ghost Music Composers Jake Monaco And Matthew Janszen (11th September) The Licensing Awards 2018: CID And Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty Wins Best Licensed Adult Apparel Range Award (12th September) Cartoon Network UK 25th Anniversary Party In London (13th September) Cartoon Network USA Starts Halloween 2018 Colouring Book Bumpers Mashup, Invites Fans To Colour-In (14th September) Cartoon Network USA Continues Its Stop Bullying: Speak Up Initiative With New Animated PSAs (Mid September) Cartoon Network UK 25th Anniversary: Cartoon Network Classics Games And Videos (Mid September) Ben 10 Omni-Tricked DVD Released In The United States (18th September) Cartoon Network UK celebrates 25th Anniversary, also marks 25 years of Cartoon Network being available in Europe. (17th September) Cartoon Network Studios Launches CNS Storyboard Academy (17th September) Cartoon Network UK And Boomerang UK Launch Super Fan Club (19th September) Boomerang USA Streaming Service Acquires Monchhichi Streaming Rights (19th September) Over The Garden Wall Hollow Town Comic Issue One Released In The United States (20th September) Cartoon Network Poland Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary (20th September) Cartoon Network, Katapult And Future Kid Team Up For New Cartoon Network Attraction In Kuwait (27th September) Special Cartoon Network UK 25th Anniversary Screening In London (29th September) Cartoon Network USA Partners With Mojang’s MINECON Earth Livestreaming Minecraft Themed Event (29th September)
Craig of the Creek Premieres On Cartoon Network UK (1st October) Boomerang Central Eastern Europe Rebranded (1st October) Cartoon Network France And Boomerang France Announce Late 2018 And 2019 Upfront, New Shows: Craig of The Creek, Apple and Onion, Taffy, Unikitty! (2nd October) Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Warner Bros. Animation at New York Comic Con 2018 (4th to 7th October) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Crossover Nexus Special Premieres (8th October) Boomerang Buys International Broadcasting Rights To Mush-Mush And The Mushables Coming Soon In 2020 (8th October) Boomerang Nordic Rebranded (8th October) Cartoon Network Nordic Rebranded (8th October) New Animated Series Announced Bakugan Battle Planet Coming Soon To Cartoon Network USA, Latin America, EMEA And Australia (9th October) Cartoon Network At Brand Licensing Europe 2018, Future Plans For Ben 10 Announced, Including A Third Season And A Special Episode Where Ben Visits Europe. (9th to 11th October) Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Acquires Broadcasting Rights To Level-5’s The Snack World Animated Series (10th October) Cartoon Network Announces That They Still Have Future Licensing Plans For Adventure Time (11th October) Cartoon Network Latin America Announces New Original Special Production – Guau Created By Alexis Moyano (11th October) Cartoon Network Confirms That More Seasons Of The Amazing World Of Gumball Is A Possibility (13th October) Cartoon Network At MIPJunior 2018 In Cannes, France (13th to 14th October), special guests include Ben Bocquelet – Creator of The Amazing World of Gumball and Julia Pott – Creator of Summer Camp Island. Cartoonito Italy Acquires Broadcasting Rights To Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! (15th October) Warner Animation Group Announces Plans To Produce Tom And Jerry Live-Action Animation Hybrid Movie (15th October) Turner’s Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios’ Animated Co-Production Taffy Premiered At MIPCOM In Cannes, France (15th October) Turner Italy And Turner Middle East Acquire Broadcasting Rights To Mattel’s And DHX Media’s Polly Pocket Animated Series (16th October) Adventure Time: Marcy And Simon Comic Book Limited Series Announced For January 2019 (16th October) Turner Asia-Pacific Renews Horrid Henry Seasons One To Four Broadcasting Rights (17th October) Lego DC Super-Villains Video Game Released Worldwide (19th October) Boomerang Latin America Acquires Broadcasting Rights To Om Nom Stories (19th October) Toontorial Premieres On Cartoon Network Latin America’s YouTube Channel (20th October) Cartoon Network Partners To Host First Black Women Animate Boot Camp Training Day (20th October) New Mobile Game Released: Cartoon Network Party Dash (22nd October) Cartoon Network UK Children’s BAFTA 2018 Nominations Announced, The Amazing World of Gumball and The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe Nominated (22nd October) Ben 10: For Science New Graphic Novel Announced For July 2019 (26th July) Cartoon Network at MCM Comic Con London 2018 (Autumn), With Zach Callison (voice of Steven Universe) (26th to 28th October) Cartoon Network Lego Days Pop-Up Channel Launches (27th October to 4th November) Cartoon Network Philippines Animate Your Life Halloween Event At Ayala Malls Starts (27th October) Transformers: Cyberverse Premieres On Cartoon Network UK (27th October) Cartoon Network EMEA’s Announces Plans To Rollout The Gumball VIP App Internationally (29th October) Teen Titans Go! To The Movies Released On DVD And Blu-ray In the United States (30th October) First Ever Cartoon Network Hotel Announced To Open In Pennsylvania In Summer 2019 (30th October) Cartoon Network Italy At Lucca Comics And Games Festival 2018 (31st October to 4th November) Cartoon Network Latin America’s Villainous Halloween Special (31st October) Cartoon Network Escape Game At Kidexpo Paris 2018 (31st October to 4th November)
Kwesé TV Mostly Closes Down In Africa, Future Of Toonami Africa Is Uncertain (1st November) Cartoon Network VOD Service Launches On Cosmote TV In Greece (1st November) Cartoon Network Australia Continues Partnership With Miniso For We Bare Bears Christmas Merchandise (2nd November) Cartoon Network Brazil Launches New Young Adult Programming Block: CN Off-Air (5th November) Cartoon Network EMEA’s And Sun Creature Studio’s The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe Receives Four Emile Awards 2018 Nominations (8th November) Cartoon Network Czech Republic’s Launches New Website, New Website Layout Could Launch On Cartoon Network Websites Across Europe Cartoon Network USA Winter/Christmas Colouring Book Bumpers Mashup (9th November) Legendary Place Pilot Uploaded To Cartoon Network USA’s YouTube Channel (9th November) Cartoon Network Attends Manimation Animation Gathering In Manchester, UK (12th November) Cartoon Network USA Celebrates 20 Years Of The Powerpuff Girls With the Launch Of The Empowerpuff Internship Programme (12th November) Cartoon Network UK Teams Up With England Footballer Jordan Pickford For 2018’s Cartoon Network Buddy Network Anti-Bullying Initiative (12th November) Online Gaming YouTube Show Planet 1UP Announced To Air On Cartoon Network Australia From Early 2019 (13th November) Boomerang USA Streaming Service Launches On The VRV Streaming Platform (13th November) Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab Winner Announced (Garbage Boy and Trash Can), Local Production Pop Up Party Season 2 Confirmed, Toonami Africa’s future is secured as Cell C’s Black streaming service is carrying the channel. (13th November) A Few Cartoon Network EMEA Feeds Acquire Broadcasting Rights To Birdo Studio’s Oswaldo (15th November) Sunshine Brownstone Pilot Uploaded On To Cartoon Network USA’s YouTube Channel (18th November) Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Latin America Feeds To Air Transformers: Cyberverse (Formal Announcement From Hasbro Studios) (20th November) Cartoon Network UK’s A Whale’s Tale Animated Short For The Hope Works Project Released (20th November) Cartoon Network Spain Awards Three Women Athletes Powerpuff Girls Awards (22nd November) Cartoonito UK’s Daisy and Ollie Christmas Special Info Announced On Lifestyle/Entertainment Show – Lorraine On ITV, Take That’s Gary Barlow announced as the special episode’s musical act. (22nd November) Cartoon Network Christmas Lights Along Via Condotti In Rome (24th November to 10th January 2019) Cartoon Network India Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of The Powerpuff Girls (25th November) Cartoon Network Philippines’ Computer Programming Learning Initiative Code The Future Returns With Code The Future 2.0 (27th November) Simworx To Install Ben 10 Immersive Adventurer Ride At The New Cartoon Network World Kuwait Theme Park (27th November) Adult Swim And Crunchyroll To Produce New Blade Runner Anime Series: Blade Runner: Black Lotus (29th November) Cartoon Network And Adult Swim VOD Content Now On Orange TV In Spain (During November) Cartoon Network USA Airs Christmas Colouring Book Mashup Bumpers (Starting From Late November)
Cartoon Network Latin America’s Classic Animation Channel – Tooncast Celebrates Its 10th Birthday (1st December) HBO Asia’s Streaming Service HBO Go Adds Cartoon Network Shows (1st December) Cartoon Network And Adult Swim Annie Awards 2019 Nominations: Ben 10, Craig of the Creek, We Bare Bears, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, Unikitty!, The Tom and Jerry Show and Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. receive nominations (3rd December) Cartoon Network And CNN International To Be Removed On MEO In Portugal On 1st January 2019 (5th December) Teen Titans Go! Figure Mobile Game Legion Of Doom Update Released (6th December) Cartoon Network Wins Three Final 2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards: Bill and Tony, Lamput Win Final Winner Awards. Cartoon Network’s Partnership With The Dove Self-Esteem Project Continues With A New Steven Universe Themed E-book Your Magic Mind and Body (6th December) Steven Universe Creator Rebecca Sugar And Jorel’s Brother Creator Juliano Enrico Special Guests At CCXP 2018 In São Paulo, Brazil (6th to 9th December) Cartoon Network Latin America’s ¡Golpea duro Hara! Premieres On YouTube (8th December) Cartoon Network Philippines Rockstar 2018 Competition Grand Finals (9th December) World Television Premiere of Turner EMEA’s And Cyber Group Studio’s Taffy On Cartoon Network Africa (17th December) Steven Universe Returns To Cartoon Network USA With Its Most Anticipated New Story Arc Yet: Diamond Days (17th December) Cartoon Network Africa HD Launches On DStv (18th December) Cartoon Network USA Releases January 2019 Highlights, Steven Universe’s 5th Season To End With A Hour-Long Finale On 21st January (19th December) Various European Boomerang Versions Acquire Broadcasting Rights To New Mr. Magoo Animated Series (20th December) Cartoon Network USA Releases 2019 Upfront Reel (20th December) Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific And South Korean Game Developer SundayToz Partner Up Again For Another Mobile Game (21st December) Cartoon Network UK Premieres Adventure Time finale Come Along With Me (22nd December) Bakugan Battle Planet Premieres On Cartoon Network USA (23rd December) Cartoon Network UK Premieres Regular Show finale A Regular Show Epic Final Battle (29th December) Cartoon Network Studios Europe’s And Sun Creature Studio’s The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe Wins Four Emile Awards (30th December) Boing Spain Launches Mobile App Includes Channel Livestream And On-Demand Content (Late December)
Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab Winner Announced
Turner Africa held an upfront event in Johannesburg, South Africa this Tuesday (13th November), unveiling a new lineup of programming, content and partnerships for its kids channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Toonami and also its recently launched TNT channel, which replaced TCM (Turner Classic Movies) in Africa. The new TNT channel airs a variety of Hollywood blockbusters (with popular movies such as The Illusionist, Crank, Robin Hood, Gladiator, The Island, Jurassic Park and King Kong) and has achieved a 45% ratings increase since its launch in September. Compared to other multinational broadcasters in Africa, Turner is also a leader in local content. Turner’s channels broadcast to 54 countries in Africa in four different languages: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic, with the Arabic language channels ran by a separate Middle East and North Africa team. The special Upfront event was hosted by South African comedian Nicholas Goliath along with senior members of Turner Africa’s team.
There’s more than 20 million Cartoon Network fans in South Africa alone, and many more across the African continent. Next year, Cartoon Network Africa will air 325 hours of new content, which will include six exclusive new shows and 1,325 new episodes. According to the 2018 Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Survey, Cartoon Network is the “Coolest Kids TV Channel” in South Africa and is also the second coolest channel overall for the third consecutive year. Next year, CN fans in Africa will be treated to a brand new Cartoon Network original series – Victor and Valentino and just before the end of the year on 23rd December, Summer Camp Island will premiere (following a sneak peek episode on 13th December). Local content coming soon to Cartoon Network include a second season on Pop Up Party where kids take part in dance challenges and also the launch of an animated shorts series called Mike and Rob, the shorts follows two microbes making jokes with local references voiced by South African comedian – Trevor Gumbi.
Pop Up Party season 2, where we see local kids expressing themselves through some incredible dance challenges; the launch of Mike and Rob, a series show-casing two witty microbes making jokes with local reference voiced by local comedian, Trevor Gumbi; and African magic will take center stage in Boomerang’s new exciting local production set to hit screens in 2019.
Boomerang also recently undergone a fresh in many territories across the EMEA region, including Boomerang Africa which had a refresh this month, the channel also has a new brand positioning called “Watch. Laugh. Play”, In 2019, Boomerang will continue to air The Tom and Jerry Show (voted “Coolest Animated Brand or Entertainment Characters” in the Sunday Times Generation Next 2018 Youth Survey), Grizzy and the Lemmings and The Happos Family. Also coming in December this year, Boomerang Africa will be airing a world premiere – Taffy, which is a co-production between Turner EMEA and France’s Cyber Group Studios. Also, African magic will take center stage in Boomerang Africa’s new exciting local production due to air in 2019.
Cartoon Network Africa’s and Boomerang Africa’s December 2018 Highlights, with info about Summer Camp Island and Taffy:
In a statement regarding the audiences of Turner’s properties in Africa, Jaime Ondarza, Senior Vice President for Turner Southern Europe & Africa said:
“As Turner, our audience needs are becoming more pertinent and we’re constantly challenging ourselves to be more innovative and creative in our offering to keep attracting and entertaining our loyal fan base, on-air, on-line and for-real. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the best service and high-standard content to our fans. We are benefiting from high awareness and a great level of brand recognition with our brands in Africa. CNN International is widely known to be the most trusted source for news and information on the continent while our kids’ channels, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, have been leading and gaining market share within the pay TV kids industry for almost four years in a row.”
Back in June this year, Cartoon Network Africa launched a new initiative called “Creative Lab”, is a creative competition where the winner and runner-ups will be given the chance to produce a pilot for Cartoon Network Africa; the pilots will premiere on the channel next year. This week at the DISCOP Johannesburg media convention, the winners and runner-ups of Cartoon Network’s Creative Lab 2018 were announced, Moshood Ridwan from Nigeria won the top prize for his animated comedy idea – Garbage Boy and Trash Can. The pitch impressed the competition’s jury panel and approved of the show concept’s art style, absurd humour and funny characters. Garbage Boy and Trash Can follows self-proclaimed superhero Garbage Boy and his sidekick Trash Can on a mission to fight for justice.
While talking about Garbage Boy and Trash Can – Ariane Suveg, the Programming Director and Head of Kids Content for Turner Africa said: “Ridwan’s style is a perfect fit for the channel and shows fantastic graphism that makes the show instantly lovable, unique and full of energy.”
The runner-up entry – Intergalactic Ice Cream, created by John Phillips of South Africa, follows the life of a 13-year-old kid named Makhaya, whose afterschool job as a delivery boy for a mysterious ice cream parlor launches him into space where he goes on the craziest, danger-filled and dairy-fueled adventures this side of the Milky Way.
The other runner-up entry – Majitu by Mark Kinuthia from Kenya, is about two friends named Jasiri and Bokari, who are on a quest to rid the world of evil and stop a terrible witch from opening the gates between Earth and the phantom’s universe.
Regarding the competition entries for Cartoon Network Creative Lab, Ariane Suveg also added:
“Diverse and original content is what Cartoon Network is all about. Now, more than ever, we are on the lookout for something out of the norm, which challenges the status quo, new, irreverent, smart, truly African and unexpected! We were pleasantly surprised by the wealth of animation talent on the continent and the selection panel had a tough task; the editorial guidelines for the channel were very specific, and yet we received many applications.”
At the end of the upfront event, Turner Africa announced the winners of the brand new The Powerpuff Girls awards, which celebrates the achievements of young girls in Africa, whether its Science and Innovation, Leadership or Creativity and Art. Toya Delazy, the voice of Bliss in the African English language variant of The Powerpuff Girls hosted the awards ceremony. The Powerpuff Girls Awards were first announced in August this year.
Ten year-old Uviwe Bubu from South Africa, won the Blossom Award for Leadership. Uvine received the award for her Mini Sparkles project, which helps bring sanitary towels to underprivileged girls throughout Africa.
Twelve year-old Mwangala Maunga from Zambia, won the Buttercup Award for Innovation and Science, her solar-powered water purifier project which is now providing clean water in rural and local areas
Eleven year-old Daniella Soje from Nigeria won the Bubbles Award for Creativity and Art. Daniella’s Trash to Art project inspires young people to make better use of their waste for a better Africa.
Turner Africa has conducted extensive market research in Africa to better understand the audiences of its brands and also to find out what kind of local programming its viewers want, according to Julien Borde, Turner Africa’s head of channels, Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa will be producing a localised version of Cartoon Network EMEA’s (Europe, Middle East and Africa) YouTube series – Toony Tube. In terms of marketing and public relations, Cartoon Network will be at the Johannesburg Zoo on the 8th and 9th December and will also tour the Kwazulu-Natal coast for 10 days with Cartoon Network and Boomerang’s Beach Tour.
In terms of channel distribution, Turner Africa has distribution deals with TV platforms with various pay-TV platforms in Africa including MultiChoice (DStv), StarTimes, Orange, SFR/Altice, Canal Overseas and other regional services, also mobile streaming services such as Cell C’s Black streaming service and Maroc Telecom.
Some entertainment and news channels are already available on the Black streaming service and also DStv’s Catch Up and Now services. Turner Africa has also made a deal with a new SVOD (Subscription Video on-demand) service called Showmax, owned by Multichoice, from mid November, content from the U.S. number one cable network – Adult Swim will be available on the service, the service will also include content from Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Despite the closure of the pan-African Kwesé TV satellite pay-TV service earlier this month, Toonami Africa is still airing on Cell C’s Black streaming service, also in 2019, Toonami will air more Lego DC Comics content and also super-hero movies such as Justice League Universe. Next year, Toonami will also have new episodes of Dragon Ball Super and also a new show – Inazuma Eleven.
In 2019, Boing will premiere international animation shows such as My Knight and Me, DC Super Hero Girls and new seasons of The Jungle Bunch and Total Drama Action. Boomerang refreshed its on-air look this November with hilarious idents, a vibrant colour palette and a tone of voice which brings to life the brand proposition of ‘Watch. Laugh. Play’. We are excited to announce that the latest Cyber Group Studios animation production, Taffy, will be launching at the end of the year with the world premiere happening in Africa!
SABC (The South African Broadcasting Corporation) has signed a broadcasting rights deal with Turner Africa for Ben 10 – one of Cartoon Network’s most successful properties in terms of animated content and merchandise sales. SABC premiered Ben 10 in July, with a Afrikaans dub of the first season of Ben 10 airing on SABC2 and a SiSwati dub airing on SABC 1 later this year.
Regarding the Ben 10 broadcasting rights deal with SABC, Guillaume Coffin, VP Head of Commercial & Business Development at Turner Africa said:
“Partnering with the SABC reflects our strategy to expand our brands’ presence in South Africa. We are thrilled to bring Ben 10 to new fans and audiences across more screens and in new languages, Turner is dedicated to a localisation strategy that adapts to the cultural differences of its African markets. Implemented in recent years, this effort has helped Turner address the gap in locally-relevant content, drive programming that resonates with African audiences, and boost brand value across the continent. This collaboration allows new local audiences to engage in the Cartoon Network brand.”
Also earlier this year, Bafana Bafana’s (nickname for the South African Football team) midfielder, Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyane, helped to promote Ben 10 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In terms of advertising, Turner has appointed advertising representatives Mediamark in South Africa, and Greenworld Communications in Nigeria in October.
Regarding the topic of advertising, Guillaume Coffin also added:
“Our wide portfolio allows us to target a large array of segments from families, to kids, through to young adults; we can offer our client fully integrated advertising offerings from non-linear to linear and on-the ground events. We are aware that clients are looking for fully integrated advertising package which Turner Africa is able to now do in South Africa and Nigeria”
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