Turner Europe, Middle East And Africa’s New Headquarters From January 2019

Turner Europe, Middle East And Africa's New Headquarters From January 2019

Turner Europe, Middle East And Africa’s New Headquarters From January 2019

From January 2019, Cartoon Network EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) will have a new home in London, the new European headquarters will be moved to 160 Old Street in Shoreditch. Turner EMEA’s departments will start moving from the old HQ at Turner House, 15 Great Marlborough Street from autumn 2019. The new site will provide a brand new working environment for its staff and to allow expansion for its television channels business and for its digital services including the company’s Digital Ventures & Innovation division.

The new HQ will house a new purpose-built CNN London newsroom for CNN’s Europe, Middle East and Africa news team and will also serve as a new global office for CNN International’s commercial operations. The company will be able to expand their digital offering in Europe which supplements its existing linear TV offering, this could mean more web services such as subscription video on-demand services, websites and mobile apps. The new HQ is located within the world class creative and technology area of London. Prior to Turner signing the new lease, 160 Old Street was occupied by the UK’s national postal service – Royal Mail. The property lease was agreed and signed with The Great Ropemaker Partnership (GRP), a 50-50 joint venture between Great Portland Estates plc (GPE) and Ropemaker Properties.

HBO (Home Box Office) will also move from its current home at Turner House to the new HQ along with other departments in the Time Warner media group. The reason why Turner is relocating is because the lease at 15 Great Marlborough Street is about to expire, which meant the company had to find another location, also the company’s decision to stay and expand its European division in London shows optimism for the British media industry despite Brexit.

Prior to the move to Great Marlborough Street in 2001, Cartoon Network Europe was based in Soho Square and CNN’s European bureau was based in Rathbone Place, the purpose of the move to Great Marlborough Street was to amalgamate Turner’s operations into one single location.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner Takes Lease for New London Premises in Old Street

Global media company Turner, whose news, kids, general entertainment and sports brands includes CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM, has taken a lease on 160 Old Street EC1 to take effect from January 2019. The site will become its new London headquarters when the lease on its current Great Marlborough Street site expires. Staff will begin to move out of Turner UK’s current premises from autumn 2019.

Turner’s move to the new site provides a fresh working environment for staff supporting the portfolio of channels it programmes out of London and across the EMEA footprint, as well as a suite of digital properties and social channels, a growing consumer products business, its innovation arm Digital Ventures & Innovation, and a range of distribution, syndication, and advertising divisions. It also means a new purpose-built CNN London newsroom and studio to house its Europe, Middle East and Africa newsgathering, production, broadcast and digital HQ, as well as a new global hub for CNN International Commercial operations.

The move will also include London-based staff of HBO and HBO Europe and Time Warner currently based at Great Marlborough Street who will relocate to 160 Old Street with Turner.
The expiry of the lease at GMS and the decision to move to Old Street coincides with a time of fast-paced evolution at Turner as it transforms from a historically channels-led operation, into a fan-first content creation and curation business delivering multiplatform products and services across the kids, news, sports and general entertainment genres. It forms part of a wider initiative from Turner to invest in new locations for its offices, with Rome, Madrid, Stockholm, Dubai and Warsaw being recent examples in EMEA, all of which will combine to better position the company for growth.

“We found a building that will allow us to execute our diverse and expanding range of businesses, reflects our culture and is attractive to existing and future employees, all of which was vital to our growth plans,” said Giorgio Stock, president Turner EMEA. “This is an exciting move which will put us at the heart of a vibrant and creative community which shares our values of enterprise and innovation. The thinking has been long in the making and this is an important moment for us as a company to mark our next incarnation in London.”

The lease agreement has been concluded with The Great Ropemaker Partnership (GRP), a 50-50 joint venture between Great Portland Estates plc (GPE) and Ropemaker Properties.




Cartoon Network Nordic And HBO Launch Toonix Kids VOD Service

Cartoon Network Nordic And HBO Launch Toonix Kids VOD Service

Cartoon Network Nordic And HBO Launch Toonix Kids VOD Service

Cartoon Network Nordic (broadcasts to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland) has partnered with the local division of its sister company – HBO (Home Box Office) Nordic to launch a brand new OTT (Over The Top) video-on-demand service for children called Toonix. The brand new streaming service launched yesterday (03/10/2017). The new VOD service feature a mix of animated television shows and movies, especially content from Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation aimed for kids aged between 3 and 12 years old.

The new service has more than 2000 episodes of Cartoon Network’s and Boomerang’s most popular shows and is available for no additional cost to existing HBO Nordic subscribers. All shows are fully localised, with shows available in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish. Toonix also offers a 100% ad-free no interruption service.

Popular animated shows available on Toonix include: The Amazing World of Gumball, Lego Ninjago: Masters Of Spinjitzu, Looney Tunes, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Ben 10, Teen Titans Go!, Scooby-Doo! and Tom and Jerry. Pre-school classics on the service include Shaun the Sheep, Alfie Atkins and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Scandinavian originated series like Pippi Longstocking, Bamse, Rasmus Klump and The Moomins.

In addition to its usual offering of animation, Toonix will include live-action shows such as Dance Academy, also there’s a movie section which includes movies such as Arthur and the Minimoys and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

Toonix is also name of Cartoon Network’s avatar character maker as seen on several Cartoon Network websites all over the world, where kids can create a cute version of themselves or recreate a popular cartoon character. Many of these Toonix characters can been seen on the brand new streaming service. Cartoon Network Latin America also had a branding era called “Toonix” which features many of Cartoon Network’s characters in Toonix form, this was also Cartoon Network Latin America’s version of Cartoon Network USA’s Noods era.

HBO, also part of Time Warner (soon to be AT&T) family is known for its critically acclaimed programming including current hits such as Game of Thrones and Westworld and even pre-school programming such as the long-running Sesame Street. In the UK, Sky owns the pay-TV rights to many of HBO’s shows and airs them on its exclusive Sky Atlantic channel.

Toonix Scandinavia Links:

Sweden: http://www.toonix.se
Denmark: http://www.toonix.dk
Norway: http://www.toonix.no
Finland: http://www.toonix.fi

From The Turner Nordic Press Release: HBO Nordic And Turner Join Forces To Launch OTT Offering, Toonix: New kids & family content included for all HBO Nordic subscribers launching on October 3rd

HBO Nordic, the premium streaming service in the Nordic market and the home of many internationally acclaimed series such as Game of Thrones, Westworld and Big Little Lies, is today launching kids’ and family service Toonix. HBO Nordic’s new addition will be available for consumers on http://www.hbonordic.com, and through selected distribution partners in the Nordic region.

Toonix is an all new kids’ brand created by Turner EMEA and targeted at 3-12 year olds and their families. The service will offer a mix of high quality kids’ series and movies including popular content from Turner’s Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation and many more. HBO Nordic is proud to be the first partner in launching the brand.

At launch, Toonix contains more than 2000 episodes of the most acclaimed shows and movies and comes with no additional fees for HBO Nordic subscribers. All shows are fully localised, with offerings in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish, and are 100% ad free.

With brand new content set to be added each week, key shows include all-time favourites, The Amazing World of Gumball, Lego Ninjago, Looney Tunes, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Ben 10, Teen Titans Go!, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry. The service also includes pre-school programming such as Shaun the Sheep, Alfie Atkins, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and local favourites like Pippi Longstocking, Bamse, Rasmus Klump and The Moomins.

A selection of live-action series such as Dance Academy will entertain “tweens” and there is a curated movie section for the whole family, including titles such as Arthur and the Minimoys and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

Hervé Payan, CEO, HBO Europe, made this statement regarding the launch of the new service:

“Thanks to our cooperation with Turner, we are very pleased to be able to provide our Nordic subscribers with a complete offer of the best premium content. Now our adult TV-series fans as well as families with kids can enjoy all their favourite shows on HBO Nordic”

The president of Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) – Giorgio Stock also added:

“At Turner we are constantly seeking new ways to engage with our fans, building on our leadership in premium content creation across kids, news, movies, general entertainment and sports, and expanding our options to curate and distribute our branded content. We’re delighted to be partnering with HBO Nordic to start this flagship kids and family focused OTT venture, which represents a significant and exciting new milestone in our ability to provide our fans with a trusted, bespoke, rich and immersive user offering.”

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Today (28/06/2017), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed Pierre Branco as the new SVP (Senior Vice President) of Turner Northern Europe (UK and Ireland, Nordics and Baltics), he replaces Ian McDonough who announced his resignation in April this year. Mr Branco is a long serving Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) employee and has worked for the company since 2006, in his last role, he was the general manager for Turner’s channels in France, Portugal, Africa and Israel.

In his new role, Mr Branco will move from his old regional base in Paris to Turner EMEA’s headquarters in London, where he will report to Turner EMEA president, Giorgio Stock. Mr Branco will be working with the Turner Northern Europe team leaders including the head of UK Kids channels – Sean Gorman (manager of Cartoon Network UK, Boomerang UK and Cartoonito UK) and the general manager of Turner in Scandinavia – Bo Falk Østergaard as well as their respective teams.

During his time as general manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa, he has introduced Turner’s action-animation channel brand – Toonami to France and Africa and launched variety animation channel Boing in Africa, he also oversaw a 12-channel children’s, news, movie and general entertainment portfolio in three different languages (French, Portuguese and English), including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.

Mr Branco’s wealth of experience while building the French, Portuguese and African part of the business can be used to develop and maintain the reputation of the Northern Europe part of the company, especially as Cartoon Network is currently the number one channel for boys in the UK and Denmark*. Meanwhile in France, Portugal and Africa, the SVP of Turner Southern Europe and Africa – Jaime Ondarza will be advising local teams until a replacement is found.

From the Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Appoints Pierre Branco to lead its Northern European business

Turner EMEA today announced a significant internal promotion with the appointment of Pierre Branco to the role of SVP Northern Europe. Branco, who takes up the role with immediate effect from his present position as Turner’s GM for France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, will lead Turner’s business across the UK, Nordics and Baltics at a period of particularly fast paced change for the company. He will move to London from Paris in the coming months and will report directly to Turner EMEA President, Giorgio Stock, and joins his executive team.

Overseeing a senior management team who themselves bring a wealth of experience within the Northern European markets, Branco, a more than ten year Turner veteran behind some of the company’s fastest growing EMEA markets, will be responsible for leading the growth and development of Turner’s operations in the region. This includes its kids and general entertainment portfolio of Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and TNT brands, as well as the distribution of CNNI. He will be charged with identifying new areas for driving revenues and profits, overseeing P&L and ensuring consistency and strategy for the region, all through the lens of delivering branded experiences that drive fan engagement across the linear and non linear ecosystem.

Stock says: “At a time when we are developing ambitious new initiatives in the Northern Europe region alongside a relentless focus on our core channels business, this is a particularly important appointment and amongst a high calibre of candidates Pierre stood out for his exceptional track record in building our brands and driving growth. His combination of industry knowledge, a deep commitment to leveraging the digital trends shaping our business and a passion for putting our fans at the centre of everything we do, will bring vision and momentum to the Northern Europe business to take it to the next level.”

Branco’s transition to the Northern Europe remit follows a transformative approach to his current role where he has overseen mould breaking commercial deals, the introduction of new brands to the marketplace and reinvigorated businesses in highly differentiated markets such as France and Africa, both of which have enjoyed their best commercial and ratings performances to date under his leadership.

Branco has been with Turner since 2006, most recently as Vice President and General Manager, France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, overseeing a 12-channel portfolio in three different languages, including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.

Added Stock, “It’s particularly rewarding, and proof of the calibre of talent we have at Turner, to promote from within the company, as we continue to deliver on our commitment to create and curate great content that really resonates with our audiences, wherever and whenever they are engaging with us.”

The appointment comes at a time when the strength of Turner’s Northern Europe brand portfolio includes Cartoon Network maintaining its #1 position for boys in the UK and Denmark*, long term established platform partnerships and significant growth in digital engagement across the region.

*Source: BARB, boys 4-15 in the UK and Kantar Gallup DK/Kantar TNS NO/MMS SE, boys 4-9 in Denmark