Cartoon Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of The Powerpuff Girls Animated Series

Cartoon Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of The Powerpuff Girls Animated Series

Cartoon Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of The Powerpuff Girls Animated Series

This year, Cartoon Network will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Powerpuff Girls, the full series premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on 18th November 1998, the show eventually became one of Cartoon Network’s most iconic animated series appealing to both girls and boys all over the world. The animated series followed the daily-lives of three unlikely superheroes, three kindergarten-aged (school-aged in the 2016 reboot) girls named Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, it’s their duty to save Townsville and the world from destruction before bedtime while still trying to live a normal childhood. The 20th anniversary celebrations will begin next month with the global rollout of new episodes, events and products that will continue into 2019. As seen in the Cartoon Network USA 2018 preview video, Bliss will also be returning to the show this year.

The original series was created by Craig McCracken who later created another Cartoon Network hit Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, for the rebooted series which launched in 2016, Nick Jennings and Bob Boyle serve as executive producers.

In 2017, The Powerpuff Girls won a “Best National Family Series” Gracie Award. The Gracie Awards recognises high-quality programming created by women, for women and about women in media and entertainment. The graphical assets from the animated series have been utilised in Cartoon Network’s commitment to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education, including Google’s Made with Code GIF and the Scratch programming language developed by MIT Media Lab.

Throughout the entire history of the show, The Powerpuff Girls has amassed more than $2.5 billion in retail sales, makes it one of Cartoon Network’s most successful licensed brands of all time. with a total of 150 partners including toy manufacturers, clothing retailers, book publishers and even theme parks. Partners for The Powerpuff Girls brand include: designer Jeremy Scott and Moschino on a global fashion collaboration that was launched in 2016, Hot Topic, C&A, Miniso, El Corte Ingles, Reserved, TVOE, Fyodor Golan, Saucette, Bizuu, Peripera and 7.Modifier, Spin Master, McDonalds, Ferrero, Cold Stone Creamery, IMG Worlds of Adventure, The Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, Live Nation, Hachette and many more.

From The Turner UK Press Release: The Powerpuff Girls Celebrate 20 Years of Saving the World Before Bedtime

Cartoon Network announced today that The Powerpuff Girls will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. As the original harbingers of girl power, the iconic brand has been an inspiration to generations of girls and young women since its initial launch in November 1998. The celebration will begin in February with the global rollout of new episodes, events and products that will continue into 2019. Fourth sister Bliss will also return throughout the year.

From the moment they started to save the world before bedtime, these three superhero sisters, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, became more than characters on a show, but a global phenomenon with a message of empowerment that continues to resonate today with the reimagined series that debuted in 2016.

The Powerpuff Girls won a 2017 Gracie Award in the “Family Series – National” category, recognizing high-quality programming for girls and women. The series has also played an important part in Cartoon Network’s overall commitment to STEAM education by inspiring children to learn coding with special episodes and programs including Google’s Made with Code GIF: The Powerpuff Girls and Scratch from the MIT Media lab.

With more than $2.5 billion in retail sales generated since its original debut, The Powerpuff Girls is one of the most enduring and top-grossing Cartoon Network brands of all time. Over the years, Cartoon Network has teamed with a roster of more than 150 global licensing partners across toys, apparel, publishing and themed entertainment, among others. Those partners have included: designer Jeremy Scott and Moschino on a global fashion collaboration that was launched in 2016, Hot Topic, C & A Department Store, Miniso, El Corte Ingles, Reserved, TVOE, Fyodor Golan, Saucette, Bizuu, Peripera, 7.Modifier, Spin Master, McDonalds, Ferrero, Cold Stone Creamery, IMG Worlds, Cartoon Network Amazone, Live Nation, Hachette and many more.

The Powerpuff Girls is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, with Nick Jennings serving as executive producer and Bob Boyle as co-executive producer. The initial run of The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, premiered in 1998 and earned two Emmy Awards along with five nominations and other countless honors and accolades.

Catch The Powerpuff Girls weekdays at 11:30am on Cartoon Network in the UK.

http://powerpuffgirls.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/

More Ben 10 Merchandise Coming Soon To Europe In 2017 And 2018

More Ben 10 Merchandise Coming Soon To Europe In 2017 And 2018

More Ben 10 Merchandise Coming Soon To Europe In 2017 And 2018

With the success of the recently rebooted Ben 10 television series in many markets in Europe and ahead of the Brand Licensing Europe 2017 convention in London next week (10th – 12th October), Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA has announced their new lineup of companies that have permission to use its Ben 10 intellectual property for various and different uses, including merchandising and services. The new licensing deals builds upon the existing toy deal with Playmates Toys, which hold the master global toy rights, with Giochi Preziosi distributing the toy range in Europe, with subsidiary – Flair presiding over the UK toy distribution rights. The existing toy range includes a series of figurines, role-play items and play sets. The extra new products will include everything from clothing to homeware and will be available in stores from Autumn/Winter 2017.

In terms of Ben 10 clothing and accessories, the following companies hold a license: Smith & Brooks (daywear), Fashion UK (daywear), Cooneen Group (nightwear and underwear), Drew Pearson International (accessories) and Roy Lowe and Sons (socks).

Centum Books hold the master publishing rights, with Italian publisher – Panini having the license to publish a Ben 10 Magazine. Dreamtex will provide Ben 10 themed bedding and Zak will launch a range of lunchware and drinkware.

In Spain and Portugal, Ben 10 licensees include Air Val Iberia (personal care), and Kid Licensing Iberia (watches and lights). Meanwhile in Poland, Uroda (bedding) and Smyk (apparel, footwear and accessories) will be providing Ben 10 merchandise. For the Turkish market, Zorluteks Tekstil Ticaret Ve Sanayi A.S. will introduce a range of Ben 10 themed homeware. In Italy, Ben 10 licensees include Commerciale Campana Srl (footwear) and Original Marines (apparel and accessories). Sun City Sasu is producing a range of kidswear and fashion accessories for Italy, Spain and Portugal.

In Scandinavia, Skybrands will be providing Ben 10 bedding and kidswear, and will also launch the bedding range in Germany. In terms of pan-European deals, IMC will be offering Ben 10 walkie talkies and board games, Mondo will be providing Ben 10 inflatables and chocolate maker – Ferrero will be manufacturing Kinder Surprise Eggs with Ben 10 toys. Also in November, Outright Games will launch their new Ben 10 game in Europe, Middle East and Africa and in the United States.

Commenting on the new licensing deals, Maria Rosaria Milone, Senior Director, Category Management & Agent Markets, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA said:

“After all these years, Ben 10 has maintained significant momentum and playground credentials thanks to its combination of relatable characters and exciting action-adventure that really appeals to kids and fires up their imaginations. The outstanding sales success that we’re seeing for Playmates’ new toy range has laid a strong foundation for the wider Ben 10 licensing programme. We’re delighted to be revealing such high calibre partners who will introduce fresh, innovative and creative products and give our fans the best possible experience of the brand.”

http://www.licensingcorner.com/character-entertainment/tv-series-licensing/cartoon-network-details-comprehensive-first-collection-emea-licensing-partners-emea/

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Turner Broadcasting System Europe, owners of the animation channel – Boomerang has announced that their first ever original series – The Happos Family has been renewed for a second season. Turner released the press release during the 2017 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week (23/05/2017 – 25/05/2017). The new season will feature seven-minute long episodes (episodes had a 2.5-minute runtime in season 1), longer episodes mean longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters at the safari park, each with their own personality and theme. A total of twenty-five episodes will be made for season two. Digital content will be released alongside the premiere of the new season, digital content includes the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app which also features Boomerang favourites Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

Season two of The Happos Family will launch on Boomerang feeds within the Europe, Middle East and Africa region starting from January next year. The new season will also be welcoming three new Happos: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. The show is created in partnership with Italian chocolate company Ferraro, known for Ferraro Rocher, Kinder Surprise and Happy Hippos. Season two will be animated by Cyber Group Studios in France, the studio is also co-producing another animated show with Turner – Taffy, which is due to premiere next year. Season one was animated by Spider Eye in Cornwall, England.

The show has no dialogue which means the show doesn’t require any dubbing and translating making it easier for international distribution. Apart from Boomerang’s international channels, the show has premiered on POGO in India and free-to-air channel Karusel in Russia, reaching more than 88 million. The show has a diverse range of characters such as Astro Happo who has an aspiration to fly to the moon, the daredevil Stunt Happo, Party Happo, Ballerina and Bollywood. The show is referred to having slapstick humour with lots of heart.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Announces Second Series Greenlight Of The Happos Family: First original production for Boomerang to become latest addition to Turner EMEA Kids franchise portfolio; New series to be produced by Cyber Group Studios, with episodes extended to 7 minutes.

Turner EMEA announced today (24/05/2017) that it has greenlit a second season of its first ever Boomerang Original, The Happos Family – this time featuring longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters, as well as a raft of new digital content.

Series two, made up of 25 x 7-minute non-dialogue episodes, will launch on Boomerang channels from January 2018, and will introduce three brand-new characters to the family set-up: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. It has been created in partnership with world-renowned Italian corporation Ferrero and will be produced by leading European animation company Cyber Group Studios (headquartered in Paris), with whom Turner recently signed a co-production deal for another new Boomerang series, Taffy.

Following a first series of 20 x 2 ½ minute shorts – which has launched on Turner Kids channel POGO (South Asia) and free-to-air channel Karusel (Russia), as well as Boomerang channels globally, reaching more than 88M viewers to date* – series two will offer kids and families the chance to become better acquainted with each of the unique and hilarious Happos and the safari park in which they live, where just about anything seems possible. Whether it’s Astro Happo longing to fly to the moon, or Stunt Happo attempting a daredevil feat, or Party Happo in a dance off with Ballerina and Bollywood, each storyline is laugh-out-loud, slapstick comedy with lots of heart.

In addition to the linear roll-out, the Happos characters will appear across a variety of interactive digital platforms, including the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app (more than 20M downloads worldwide) alongside other Boomerang favourite characters Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

“The great audience reaction, channel exposure and performance of Happos to date are all positive signs that we have an exciting new franchise on our hands”, says Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’ve seen kids actually belly-laughing while watching the content and demonstrating really strong engagement with the humour and characters. Taking the show to a new level, with longer episodes and extensive support across digital, stands us in very good stead for a successful consumer products programme – and we’re looking forward to the reaction we get from prospective partners here at Vegas.”

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman & CEO, Cyber Group Studios added: “We immediately fell in love with The Happos Family and it’s not at all surprising that the show is already resonating with kids and families around the world. We’re delighted to be partnering again with Turner and coming on board to produce the second series of Happos, this time with longer stories and great new characters.”

The Happos Family follows the lives of a family of Happos who live in an enclosure in a safari park. In the morning the park is open to human visitors who drive past the Happos, taking pictures of them wallowing in the mud, lazing by the pool, sleeping in the shade of the tree. When the last car races out of the safari park and the gates are shut to all visitors, the Happos jump up out of the mud, wake up from their snoozing and get dressed up. It’s now their time for crazy, zany, Happo adventures.

*Source: BARB, Auditel, AGB Nielsen, Kantar Media, TNS Gallup, MMS, IPSOS/KTLM, TNS TV/Index Plus, BARC Media Workstation, IBOPE, All Individuals, 10/16 – 08/05/17, All Day, Reach (1min+)

http://www.cybergroupstudios.com

http://www.boomerangtv.co.uk/shows/the-happos-family