Adventure Time Wrap Party: A Party To Celebrate The End Of Production Of One Of Cartoon Network’s Greatest Shows

Adventure Time Wrap Party: A Party To Celebrate The End Of Production Of One Of Cartoon Network's Greatest Shows

Adventure Time Wrap Party: A Party To Celebrate The End Of Production Of One Of Cartoon Network’s Greatest Shows

To celebrate the end of production for one of Cartoon Network’s biggest shows over the past decade – Adventure Time, Cartoon Network threw a huge Wrap Party at the Boulevard3 Night Club on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles last night (16/11/2017). The party was a gathering of the voice acting cast and crew from the show and they were united together in celebration for one final time. The whole event was themed on the show, including a replica of Finn and Jake’s treehouse featuring a DJ stage, cocktails inspired by the characters from the show, food based on dishes featured in the show including bacon pancakes, burritos, candy and there was a live band too.

Created by Pendleton Ward and co-produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios – Adventure Time was the one show that kickstarted, influenced and led the television animation renaissance during the past seven years. Loved by kids and adults, the show soon became Cartoon Network’s hottest property with high viewing ratings and winning several Creative Arts Emmys. The show had a plethora of merchandise ranging from T-shirts to soft toys. Globally, the show had mass appeal due to the show’s storytelling which had a lot of potential, its colourful and cute aesthetic, a large cast of memorable characters, its expansive environment, and its mix of comedy and action. For the show’s production crew it may of ended, but for its audience it hasn’t, Finn and Jake’s adventures will continue with new episodes in 2018, there’s still plenty to do in the Land of Ooo, whether it’s protecting Candy Kingdom or solving the mysteries of Ooo.

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Cartoon Network At MIPJunior 2017 Schedule

Cartoon Network At MIPJunior 2017 Schedule

Cartoon Network At MIPJunior 2017 Schedule

This weekend (Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October) is the annual MIPJunior convention at the JW Marriott Hotel in Cannes, France. The convention is an annual gathering of the international children’s media industry and is an opportunity to promote their programming and even to buy and sell broadcasting rights to and from other broadcasters. MIPJunior is a side event of the annual MIPCOM convention (French acronym for Marché International des Programmes de Communication, In English: International Market of Communications Programmes), which focuses on general entertainment and other genres aimed towards adults. MIPJunior is usually a major event for Cartoon Network and its usually the case that new announcements are made during one of the most important conventions in the industry. The event is more focused towards media industry professionals and is more business orientated, so its very different to a pop-culture convention like San Diego Comic-Con or MCM Comic-Con London.

Tomorrow at MIPJunior (14/10/2017), Cartoon Network will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special “25 Years Of Drawing On Creativity” event, Rob Sorcher – the Chief Content Officer of Cartoon Network and Michael Ouweleen – the Chief Marketing Officer of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang will be speaking during this special event. followed by a keynote speech by Fred Seibert, the president and CEO of Frederator Networks (co-producer of Adventure Time). Fred Seibert was also president of Hanna-Barbera during Cartoon Network’s formative years.

On Sunday, there will be a fireside chat (informal conversation) about content strategy with the vice president of content acquisitions and co-productions for Cartoon Network USA – Adina Pitt. Lesley Bailey – Vice President of Channel Marketing & Brand Management for Turner EMEA Kids will also be speaking at the convention, along with Patricia Hidalgo – Chief Content & Creative Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy for Turner and Cartoon Network’s content acquisition team will also be present at MIPJunior.

Cartoon Network MIPJunior 2017 Schedule

Below is a schedule of official Cartoon Network events and other events directly or indirectly relating to the channel or its sister brands.

Saturday 14th October

View From The Top: World Screen Kids Trendsetter Awards

Conference Room – Grand Theatre
10.45am to 11.30am

With Patricia Hidalgo – Chief Content & Creative Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy for Turner and Michael Carrington – Former Chief Content Officer for Cartoon Network EMEA.

Four programming experts from around the world engage in a lively discussion about acquisitions trends and offer their perspectives on how to spot hit shows and offer content to young viewers multiplatform.

Cartoon Network: 25 Years of Drawing On Creativity

Conference Room 1, Grand Theatre.
11.45am to 12.15pm

With Rob Sorcher – Chief Content Officer of Cartoon Network and Michael Ouweleen – Chief Marketing Officer of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang.

On October 1, 1992, the way we enjoyed cartoons changed forever when Cartoon Network launched as the very first 24-hour network dedicated to animation. Today, that spirit of re-inventing television continues in 192 countries and over 400 million households worldwide where Cartoon Network is making kids laugh with original animated series and all-new engaging content for the mobile-first generation. As the stars align and MIPJunior also marks 25 years, join Cartoon Network at MIPJunior to celebrate its history of innovation as the leading global kids culture brand. Hear from two executives at very helm of Cartoon Network – Chief Content Officer, Rob Sorcher and Chief Marketing Officer, Michael Ouweleen – as they share a unique insight behind some of the best creative moments in the history of the channel.

MIPJunior Keynote Speech: Fred Seibert, President and CEO of Frederator Networks

(Frederator is the co-producer of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time)

Conference Room 1, Grand Theatre
5pm to 5.30pm

Fred Seibert is the founder of Frederator Networks, the Chief Creative Officer of WOW! Unlimited Media, and a serial media entrepreneur. He was the first creative director of MTV and the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.

Frederator Networks is Channel Frederator, the leading online cartoon network, Frederator Studios, an independent production company with hits on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, Cartoon Hangover, the home of Bravest Warriors and Bee & PuppyCat (the most funded web series Kickstarter in history), and Frederator Books. Frederator distributes hundreds of independently owned, animator operated, YouTube channels.

WOW! Unlimited Media is the merger of Frederator, Rainmaker Entertainment, and Ezrin Hirsh (founded by veteran producer Bob Ezrin and animation pioneer Michael Hirsh).

Thomas and Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! World Premiere Screening Presented By Mattel Creations

(Thomas and Friends currently airs on Cartoonito UK and Cartoonito Italy)

Conference Room 1, Grand Theatre
6pm to 6.50pm

“Thomas & Friends™: Big World! Big Adventures!” (26 episodes x 11mins) sees iconic train engine Thomas traveling farther than ever before, taking kids on a journey of wonder and curiosity as he adventures around the world to experience new countries, learn about other cultures and, of course, make new international friends along the way. The show will have a more modern feel and increased global appeal for preschool viewers.

MIPJunior Opening Party

In Partnership with Mattel’s Thomas and Friends.

(Thomas and Friends currently airs on Cartoonito UK and Cartoonito Italy)

Majestic Hotel
From 7pm

Sunday 15th October

Buyers and Commissioners Matchmaking

9.30am to 10.30am, Matchmaking Room

With Zia Bales – Senior Acquisitions Manager for Turner Kids EMEA and Edward Barnieh – Associate Director, Acquisitions & Co-Productions at Turner.

The industry’s top international buyers and commissioners are coming to Cannes. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to pitch your projects, find out what they are looking for and cement new partnerships.

Content Strategy: A Fireside Chat With Adina Pitt, Cartoon Network

Conference Room 2, Renoir
10.15am to 10.45am

In these intimate sessions, key content executives share their programming, acquisition and commissioning strategies over 30 minutes. This quality time allows producers to get a sense of what the market currently needs … and prepare their pitches accordingly.

Preparing Kids For Social Media Teenhood

With Lesley Bailey – Vice President of Channel Marketing & Brand Management for Turner EMEA Kids.

Conference Room – Grand Theatre
11am to 11.45am

Cyberbullying, online harassment, fake news, faker friends—let’s face it. After leaving childhood (and the gentle land of kids programming), new teenagers plunge into a world where social media is king … and not the fairest ruler. This new online universe can become a nightmare for rookies. How can the kids programming industry effectively prepare kids for the challenges of adolescence? Experts share their views.

A full schedule for MIPJunior 2017 can be downloaded via the link below:

http://www.mipjunior.com/RM/RM_Mipjunior/marketing/2017/pdf/mipjunior-2017-at-a-glance.pdf

http://www.mipjunior.com

Happy 60th Birthday Hanna-Barbera

Happy 60th Birthday Hanna-Barbera

Happy 60th Birthday Hanna-Barbera: The Animation Studio That Started It All And Entertained Kids (And Adults) For Six Decades

Today, 60 years ago on 7th July 1957, the creators of Tom and Jerry – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera opened their very own animation studio. The new studio known as Hanna-Barbera (a combination of the founder’s surnames) was groundbreaking as it was one of the few animation studios that specifically made animated TV shows at the time, before Hanna-Barbera, most animation that aired on television were theatrical shorts. Hanna and Barbera were pioneers in the animation industry (and the media industry as a whole) and created cartoons that were both high-quality and affordable for television broadcasters. On 14th December 1957, Hanna-Barbera’s first ever production – The Ruff and Reddy Show aired on NBC in the United States, an animated show about two friends, a cat named Ruff and a dog named Reddy. It only took two months to get a studio running after the closure of the animation unit at Tom and Jerry’s animation studio – MGM and with the help of a director named George Sydney, a friend of Hanna and Barbera, they were able to reach a deal with Screen Gems (a part of Columbia Pictures), the deal laid a solid foundation for the new studio.

The Huckleberry Hound Show was the studio’s first big hit which premiered in 1958, Yogi Bear soon followed with his own show in 1961, also Top Cat debuted in 1961. The most important milestone (pun intended) for Hanna-Barbera was The Flintstones, based on the sitcom – The Honeymooners but in a stone age setting, the show was the studio’s biggest primetime hit and made Fred Flintstone and Hanna-Barbera a household name. Before Fox’s The Simpsons broke the record – The Flintstones was the longest running animated sitcom in the world, and aired between 1960 to 1966, quite an achievement considering this was still the early days of television animation. In 1962, came The Jetsons, which followed a similar formula to The Flintstones but this time in a futuristic setting.

In 1963, Hanna-Barbera Studios moved to their new state-of-the-art studios at 3400 Cahuenga Boulevard West in Hollywood, Los Angeles, after the studio’s opening, the science-fiction adventure show Jonny Quest and The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show soon followed, along with Wacky Races (which has been rebooted by Warner Bros. Animation) and its spinoff series’ The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines in the late 1960’s.

At the start of the 1970’s, Hanna-Barbera controlled 80% of the children’s programming in the United States, by this point it was the biggest animation company in the world, Disney may of ruled the theatrical animation business (and arguably still does), but Hanna-Barbera ruled children’s television, the very form of audiovisual media that kids were most exposed to in their own homes.

In 1970’s the studio was in full-production, with Josie and the Pussycats, Help!… It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!, Hong Kong Phooey, Captain Caveman being produced, but the most influential cartoon that was produced at Hanna-Barbera (and still being produced today with several re-versions and movies) is Scooby-Doo!, created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in 1969, the series remains to be one of Boomerang’s biggest hits (alongside Tom and Jerry). Scooby-Doo! centres on four teenagers and the eponymous talking Great Dane who go solving spooky supernatural mysteries.

In the 1980’s, the studio started to decline, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom though, aside the odd spinoff and prequel such as The Flintstone Kids and The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, there was one hit that stood out – The Smurfs, an animated show about small blue human-like creatures that live in a forest, the show’s concept wasn’t created by Hanna-Barbera but rather by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (real name Pierre Culliford).

The studio changed ownership a few times, but it wasn’t until 1991 that will completely change the course of the studio’s history and it’s so important that if it didn’t happen I wouldn’t be writing this blog today – Turner Broadcasting System brought 50% of the studio (as well as the all important archive) with the Apollo Investment Fund, at the time, Turner already owned the MGM catalogue which includes Tom and Jerry and for the first time the studio’s IP’s and Tom and Jerry are united under one company. In 1994, Turner fully owned the studio.

Both, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera carried on at the studio as creative consultants. The studio hired new animators, most notably – Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls), Donovan Cook (2 Stupid Dogs), Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory), David Feiss (Cow and Chicken), Seth MacFarlane (worked on multiple productions as well as his What A Cartoon! animated short – Larry and Steve which was the prototype for his later creation – Family Guy), Van Partible (creator of Johnny Bravo) and Butch Hartman (worked on several shows at Hanna-Barbera, later created The Fairly OddParents for Frederator and Nickelodeon).

Turner Broadcasting System hired Fred Seibert as the president of Hanna-Barbera and to oversee its What A Cartoon! animated short development programme, Seibert later founded Frederator Studios, the co-producer of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. During this time Cartoon Network Studios was only a brand name used by Hanna-Barbera.

People were originally sceptical of Ted Turner’s 24-hour news network CNN (Cable News Network) before it launched, but he proved the critics wrong, and he was about to prove them wrong yet again, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. or TBS for short decided to make use of its newly acquired catalogue of animated shows from Hanna-Barbera and MGM as well as new productions from the new studio, finally in the United States on 1st October 1992, the newest network from TBS – Cartoon Network launched, the world’s first ever 24-hour channel dedicated to nothing but cartoons. Cartoon Network quickly spread internationally with a focus on distribution as opposed to full-localisation, with the Latin American version launching in April 1993, the European launch in September 1993 from TBS’s base in London and the Asian feed launching in 1994.

Luckily, Cartoon Network already had a large library of cartoons to keep the channel going during its formative years while production on new shows such as Dexter’s Laboratory and Cow and Chicken were on-going. The 1996 merger between TBS and Time Warner was also important, especially as Cartoon Network now has full access to one of the biggest movie studios in Hollywood – Warner Bros. as well as content from Warner’s post-1948 animation library (Turner already owned the pre-1948 library). By 2001, Hanna-Barbera ceased to exist in its own right within the media conglomerate, with Warner Bros. Animation owning the Hanna-Barbera name and archive. Warner Bros. Animation is now responsible for modern remakes of its animated classics such as Be Cool, Scooby-Doo.

Sadly, William Hanna died in 2001, Joseph Barbera remained at Warner Bros. Animation as an executive producer and director until his death in 2006. William Hanna’s and Joseph Barbera’s studio and their legacy continues to this very day, the studio itself was renamed Cartoon Network Studios and continues to produce many of your favourite cartoons. There is so much to write about the history of Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network, so I’m leaving part two for the channel’s 25th Anniversary on 1st October this year. Hanna-Barbera has produced some of the most loved cartoon characters, its influence is still present today and it will carry on well into the future.

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