Boomerang USA Streaming Service To Launch On The VRV Streaming Platform On 13th November 2018

Boomerang USA Streaming Service To Launch On The VRV Streaming Platform On 13th November 2018

Boomerang USA Streaming Service To Launch On The VRV Streaming Platform On 13th November 2018

Classic animation streaming service – Boomerang owned by Turner and Warner Bros. (within AT&T’s WarnerMedia group) will be launching on the multi-service streaming platform – VRV on Tuesday 13th November. VRV is also owned by WarnerMedia, via Otter Media and via its subsidiary – Ellation, Otter Media became fully owned by WarnerMedia in August 2018.

VRV users will be able to subscribe to Boomerang for $4.99 per month or to VRV’s complete collection of streaming services — including Boomerang, Ellation’s Crunchyroll, Nickelodeon’s NickSplat, Otter Media’s Rooster Teeth and six other services for only $9.99 per month.

The Boomerang streaming service has a library of more than 3,000 cartoons featuring productions from Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and MGM, including Courage the Cowardly Dog, Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons, and The Flintstones. Boomerang is also home to new animated shows such as Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz, Wacky Races, Bunnicula and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Boomerang has also recently announced that the new Care Bears animated series – Care Bears: Unlock the Magic will be joining the service, and also a remastered version of the Garfield and Friends animated series.

Ever since the AT&T takeover of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) in June, the company have been heavily restructuring their digital streaming businesses. As a result of the takeover, the Korean, Chinese and Japanese entertainment streaming service – DramaFever closed on 19th October, with Turner Classic Movies streaming service – FilmStruck also due to close on the 29th November. Despite these closures, WarnerMedia has promised that they will launch a streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019 that will feature the company’s films, television series, documentaries and animation all in one place.

https://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2018/10/10/statement-from-warnermedia-ceo-john-stankey-announcing-plans-for

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/filmstruck-cease-domestic-and-international-operations-november-29-2018

Ellation’s Crunchyroll — an anime-centric streaming service has partnered with Turner’s Adult Swim for its Toonami anime programming block to premiere the series – Mob Psycho 100, which premiered last Saturday (27th October). Crunchyroll owns the U.S. license to the anime series. WarnerMedia’s full acquisition of Otter Media has opened the door to Crunchyroll’s anime library which will hopefully lead to more new shows on Toonami.

https://uk.ign.com/articles/2018/10/26/crunchyroll-and-toonami-team-up-for-new-adult-swim-anime-debut

https://www.thewrap.com/courage-the-cowardly-dog-coming-to-vrv-in-new-partnership-with-warnermedia/

The Steven Universe Podcast Is Now Available On Spotify

The Steven Universe Podcast Is Now Available On Spotify

The Steven Universe Podcast Is Now Available On Spotify

There’s good news for Steven Universe fans and Spotify subscribers because Cartoon Network’s The Steven Universe Podcast is now available on the popular music-streaming service.

In the latest episode of the podcast, released on 6th September, Steven Universe Co-Executive Producers Kat Morris and Joe Johnston are talking about the relationships between the characters in the show, they also offer some insight into the show’s production crew (aka the “Crewniverse”), who has the best villain ideas, who likes makes word play, who came up with the idea for “The Proposal” episode and who draws the best Rose Quartz character design. Kat and Joe also reveal their own favourite characters, episodes and storylines and also offer an behind the scenes look at the creation of the “Steven Universe: The Movie” teaser that premiered at San Diego Comic Con 2018.

Not only The Steven Universe Podcast is now on Spotify but the whole of Turner’s Podcast Network is on there too. The Turner Podcast Network features a portfolio of over 60 podcasts covering entertainment, news, sports and kids content. Apart from the Steven Universe Podcast, other popular podcasts in the Turner Podcast Network include CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Bleacher Report’s Simms and Lefkoe Podcast, HLN’s Unmasking a Killer, Cartoon Network’s Drawn: The Story of Animation, truTV’s The Official Impractical Jokers Podcast and The FilmStruck Podcast. Alternatively, fans can also download Turner podcasts via https://www.turner.com/podcast, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and Tune In Radio.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/08/more-information-about-the-steven-universe-podcast/

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/04/cartoon-network-howstuffworks-partner-new-podcast-drawn-story-animation/

From The WarnerMedia Press Release: Turner Podcast Network Launches on Spotify: Turner’s Portfolio of Popular Entertainment, News, Kids and Sports Podcasts Now Available on All Major Podcast Platforms

Turner Podcast Network continues to ramp up its efforts in the podcast space. Beginning today, Turner’s entire portfolio of over 60 leading entertainment, news, kids and sports podcasts will be available on Spotify’s podcast platform. Popular podcasts including CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Bleacher Report’s Simms & Lefkoe Podcast, HLN’s Unmasking a Killer, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe Podcast, truTV’s The Official Impractical Jokers Podcast and The FilmStruck Podcast will be available for listening at www.spotify.com. Fans can also download Turner podcasts via https://www.turner.com/podcast, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio and Tune In Radio.

“Turner’s focus on the podcast space is another way the company is generating strategic, 360-degree brand opportunities for our roster of high-profile entertainment, news, kids and sports content while creating additional revenue options for the company,” said Tyler Moody, vice president and general manager of Turner Podcast Network. “Launching on Spotify helps amplify our podcasting efforts by putting our content in front of more listeners, adding additional scale to our portfolio and creating more dynamic opportunities for advertisers in this highly engaged digital space.”

About Turner Podcast Network

The Turner Podcast Network was created to implement a portfolio-wide network that centralizes production, distribution and sales for all Turner podcasts in order to develop and launch new branded podcasts across Turner’s news, kids and entertainment brands. Turner’s podcasts reach an average monthly audience of over 10 million unique users and 17 million downloads.

https://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2018/09/05/turner-podcast-network-launches-on-spotify

AT&T Completes Merger With Cartoon Network’s Ultimate Parent Company Time Warner

AT&T Completes Merger With Cartoon Network's Ultimate Parent Company Time Warner

AT&T Completes Acquisition Of Cartoon Network’s Ultimate Parent Company Time Warner

Late last night (14th June), AT&T (name originated from American Telephone & Telegraph Company) has completed its merger with Cartoon Network’s ultimate parent company (via Turner) – Time Warner. Under the terms of the merger, AT&T issued 1.185 million shares of common stock and paid $42.5 billion in cash, Time Warner shareholders received 1.437 shares of AT&T common stock, in addition to $53.75 in cash for each Time Warner share. The proposed merger was announced in October 2016, but the merger wasn’t approved until Tuesday this week (12th June) after it was given the greenlight by U.S. senior judge – Richard J. Leon.

AT&T can trace its history all the way back to the Bell Telephone Company, a company founded by the inventor of the telephone, Scottish-Canadian 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 original AT&T and re-branded their whole company as AT&T. AT&T has merged with 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 wanted a large content division to run alongside its pay-TV and mobile and landline telecommunication divisions. With access to its own movie and TV studios and media library, AT&T can give its own customers free content or at a reduced rate, which is an incentive strategy to retain and gain more customers.

The merger can be seen as an necessity for Time Warner to ensure its survival against cord-cutting (people who unsubscribe from cable and opt for streaming services) which is one of the biggest threats in the media industry, AT&T now has an advantage as it offers the infrastructure (mostly within the United States and some internet backbones worldwide) for people to use these streaming services and even owns a few of these streaming services (including DirecTV Now) and content of its own of which it can bundle with broadband and mobile packages.

With the merger, AT&T now owns one of the largest media companies in the world which includes Warner Bros. (Movies, TV Shows and Animation), Turner (U.S. and international cable television broadcaster and production company, known for its live-action, animated and news programming) and also HBO (Home Box Office), known for producing some of the highest quality entertainment on television. Turner and AT&T have some things in common, for example, digital streaming services, Turner has the classic movie streaming service – FilmStruck and also the classic cartoon streaming service – Boomerang (co-owned with Warner Bros.), meanwhile AT&T owns 50% Otter Media who run Japanese anime streaming service – Crunchyroll and the multiple entertainment brand streaming service platform – VRV.

At present, there won’t be any changes at Time Warner (including Cartoon Network’s Turner) except that Time Warner CEO – Jeff Bewkes will be stepping down, with John Stankey now in-charge of what was Time Warner. Jeff Bewkes will continue to serve as a senior business advisor at AT&T for at least the time being. AT&T and Time Warner are two very different businesses, this can be seen as a vertical merger, unlike the proposed horizontal merger with rivals – Disney and 21st Century Fox.

AT&T is yet to give a new name to its new media division, but Time Warner’s Twitter account suggests that its called “Warner Media Group”.

https://twitter.com/WarnerMediaGrp

From The AT&T Press Release: AT&T Completes Acquisition of Time Warner Inc

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., bringing together global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO and Turner with AT&T’s leadership in technology and its video, mobile and broadband customer relationships.

“The content and creative talent at Warner Bros., HBO and Turner are first-rate. Combine all that with AT&T’s strengths in direct-to-consumer distribution, and we offer customers a differentiated, high-quality, mobile-first entertainment experience,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc. “We’re going to bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.”

Stephenson said the future of media entertainment is rapidly converging around three elements required to transform how video is distributed, paid for, consumed and created. Today, AT&T brings together:

Premium Content: Broadly distributed, robust premium content portfolio that combines leading movies and shows from Warner Bros., HBO and Turner, along with more targeted digital content from Bleacher Report, FilmStruck and AT&T’s investment in Otter Media, among others.

Direct to Consumer Distribution (D2C): AT&T has more than 170 million D2C relationships across its TV, video streaming, mobile and broadband services in the U.S., mobile in Mexico, TV in Latin America, in addition to D2C digital properties such as HBO NOW, Boomerang, FilmStruck and CNN.com.

High-Speed Networks: AT&T‘s leading wireless and fiber network, including investments in new technology such as 5G, will provide the network bandwidth required as customers increase engagement with premium video and emerging 4K and virtual reality content.

Company Structure, Executive Leadership

AT&T Inc. consists of four businesses. This structure allows each business to operate independently and move quickly, while at the same time innovating across AT&T with content, connectivity and advertising. The four business are:

AT&T Communications provides mobile, broadband, video and other communications services to U.S.-based consumers and nearly 3.5 million companies – from the smallest business to nearly all the Fortune 1000 – with highly secure, smart solutions. Revenues from these services totaled more than $150 billion in 2017.

AT&T’s media business consists of HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. Together, these businesses had revenues of more than $31 billion in 2017. A new name for this business will be announced later.
AT&T International provides mobile services in Mexico to consumers and businesses, plus pay-TV service across 11 countries in South America and the Caribbean. It had revenues of more than $8 billion in 2017.

AT&T’s advertising and analytics business provides marketers with advanced advertising solutions using valuable customer insights from AT&T’s TV, mobile and broadband services, combined with extensive ad inventory from Turner and AT&T’s pay-TV services. A name for this company will be announced in the future.

Jeff Bewkes, former chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc., has agreed to remain with the company as a senior advisor during a transition period. “Jeff is an outstanding leader and one of the most accomplished CEOs around. He and his team have built a global leader in media and entertainment. And I greatly appreciate his continued counsel,” Stephenson said.

As previously announced, leading the four businesses and reporting to Stephenson will be:

John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications;
John Stankey, CEO of AT&T’s media business;
Lori Lee, CEO of AT&T International and Global Marketing Officer of AT&T Inc.; and,
Brian Lesser, CEO of AT&T’s ad and analytics business.

All of Jeff Bewkes’ direct reports will now report to John Stankey.

Acquisition Financial Details

Under the terms of the merger, Time Warner Inc. shareholders received 1.437 shares of AT&T common stock, in addition to $53.75 in cash, per share of Time Warner Inc. As a result, AT&T issued 1,185M shares of common stock and paid $42.5B in cash. Including net debt from Time Warner, we now have $180.4B in net debt.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. It consists of four businesses. AT&T’s media business, with its HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. divisions, is a world leader in creating premium content, operates one of the largest TV and film studio, and owns a vast library of entertainment. AT&T Communications has relationships with more than 100 million U.S. consumers across TV, mobile and broadband services. Plus, it serves nearly 3.5 million business customers with high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions. AT&T International provides pay-TV services across 11 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the fastest growing wireless provider in Mexico, serving consumers and businesses. AT&T ad and analytics provides marketers with innovative, targeted, data-driven advertising solutions around premium video content.

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