Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

Personal Overview Of 2017 And Plans For The Future

2017 was a great year for the RegularCapital blog, the blog is now three years old and this year was the blog’s most successful year yet. As of writing and according to Google Analytics, this blog has had a total of 306,304 page views so far this year with six days to go, in the same period last year, the blog had 231,079 page views, thank you all for reading as every view makes this blog worthwhile. I hope I’ve been a reliable source for news relating to Cartoon Network (although I do the odd clumsy mistake), as I had a lot of positive feedback.

I prefer blogging rather than doing actual YouTube videos for numerous reasons, first of all I’m not exactly an outgoing person and not a great speaker, if I did present YouTube videos with the news posted on the blog, I reckon I’ll reach a lot more people. In my opinion, blogging is better, for users, it’s easier to find information because search engines such as Google index text-based content a lot better than video (I could write video transcripts but that kind of defeats the purpose), it’s significantly faster to write a blog post than record a video as I am able to explain things in more detail. I will continue to upload Cartoon Network UK/Boomerang UK/Cartoonito UK promos on to my YouTube channel as long as Turner UK is still fine with it.

There’s a lot of improvements I could make, for instance, I could cover Adult Swim a lot more, but the problem is a lack of time and I run the site all by myself, with the help of some friends for sources. This year, I went to the UK premiere of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Hands of Time, met Ben Bocquelet and Mic Graves at a special The Amazing World of Gumball screening and also met Daniel Chong at a special We Bare Bears screening in London at BAFTA in London, all those were memorable moments I’ll never forget and thanks to Cartoon Network UK for inviting me to write about those events.

In 2018, there will be some changes, I will no longer support anyone on Patreon, up until yesterday, I supported animation YouTubers – RebelTaxi and Saberspark, the reason why I’ve stopped supporting is because of a conflict of opinion regarding Cartoon Network USA’s current business practices (most particularly scheduling) and as a result I don’t want this blog to be associated with the content discussed in their YouTube channels. This isn’t because I have a problem with Pan Pizza (RebelTaxi) or Saberspark, they’re really good YouTubers and probably the best in terms of animation YouTube channels, especially RebelTaxi. I can see the uproar caused by the schedule by airing Teen Titans Go! so much, but there’s an app now, people can watch their favourite shows anytime they like, even new episodes before they air on television, this is progress, but people just ain’t used to change. As “cord-cutting” is a lot more prevalent in the United States, I can see Cartoon Network having a standalone subscription streaming service and possibly merge it with their existing Boomerang streaming service but as a separate package or alternatively, Warner Bros., Turner and HBO could run a combined streaming service or fully-integrate with DirecTV’s NOW service if the AT&T merger is approved.

Also a lot of channels on YouTube covering animation news tend to be very “cookie-cutter” (again – this year’s scheduling controversy), they’re often have videos with clickbait titles or offer a vague opinion or their opinion is wholly based on popularity of said opinion in the “animation community”, though, RebelTaxi and Saberspark don’t necessarily fall into this category of YouTubers.

Instead, the money will be reinvested into the website, in April 2018, my current web hosting contract with PickAWeb will end, I hope to stay with PickAWeb as they’ve been very reliable and their support has been really good, the extra money will be funded towards better a hosting package, hopefully SSD (Solid State Drive) hosting, this will make the website load even faster. SSD’s are also more reliable and environmentally friendly because of no moving parts and have lower electricity consumption.

PickAWeb are a little bit on the pricey end of hosting, but they’re UK based, use enterprise grade hardware, have better server software (CloudLinux, Litespeed etc.) than most hosts which often comes with a premium and have a high reliability rate, also the site is running surprisingly well on shared hosting, rather than dedicated hosting. The website is 100% funded by myself as I class this as a hobby rather than a job. I did have adverts on the site a few times as an experiment, but this was mostly to see if the site can support itself financially, but the ads had no relevance to the content, are of low quality or provided a service which are quite frankly, a rip-off, I don’t want to be associated with these companies. I also don’t expect anyone to pay me for running the blog, I do the blog purely on choice.

In 2017, I’ve been optimising the site, the site now uses Cloudflare’s CDN (Content Delivery Network), I have attempted to use Cloudflare back when the site was hosted on Heart Internet but I ran into a few problems, PickAWeb’s integration with Cloudflare has helped me to alleviate these issues. The use of Cloudflare on the site makes the site faster and protects the site when there’s a web traffic overload, Cloudflare will fetch a copy of the site from the user’s nearest Cloudflare server rather than the web host’s server in London, which is useful as I have a lot of readers in other parts of the world. The blog is now using the WPRocket plugin, this makes the site load faster by caching and minifying the HTML, JavaScript and CSS used on the site. Earlier this year, I’ve made the move to HTTPS by buying a SSL certificate, Google now considers HTTPS to be a ranking signal for search engine results, so such a move was advantageous. Images are also optimised for the web by using the Imagify WordPress plugin.

Once again, thanks for reading my blog and for supporting for what I do. 2018 is going to be a great year for Cartoon Network, much better than 2017, a brand new show – Unikitty! will premiere worldwide as well as the new Cartoon Network original series’ – Craig of the Creek and Summer Camp Island, along with the new Megaman animated series, a brand new Boomerang original – Taffy and much much more.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and have a great 2018.

Perkins+Will To Design Turner EMEA’s New Headquarters In London

Perkins+Will To Design Turner EMEA's New Headquarters In London

Perkins+Will To Design New Turner EMEA’s New Headquarters In London

Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) has signed up architecture and design company Perkins+Will to design the interior of its new headquarters at 160 Old Street in the Shoreditch district of London which will house Cartoon Network’s European headquarters but also other brands including CNN, Boomerang and TCM. The new headquarters will be located in London’s world-class creative and tech hub. The new HQ will be 100,000 sq.ft in size and will be sufficient room for Turner’s future growth plans and provide more than enough workspace for the company’s staff.

Alongside its linear television channel business, the company is expanding more into digital services including its Digital Ventures & Innovation division. The new HQ will also have a new purpose-built CNN studio and newsroom. Turner’s sister company – HBO (Home Box Office) along with other staff in the Time Warner group will be moving their London-based staff to the new Turner HQ. Staff will start moving to the new HQ in Autumn 2019.

Kate Vine, Principal at Perkins+Will’s London Studio, said: “Turner is undergoing an exciting period of change, and asked us to design a vibrant, high-tech work space that meets the needs of a modern workforce. Our experience delivering award-winning corporate interior designs and personal service means we’re perfectly placed to create the ideal working environment for Turner’s UK based operation”

Sarah Lodge, the Director of Facilities at Turner EMEA, said: “We are investing in a space that offers a better working environment for us and for the business as a whole. The move will place us in the heart of one of London’s most dynamic areas. We look forward to being part of one of London’s most vibrant tech hubs, home to a diverse mix of start-ups, digital agencies and major media brands and well served with transport links and amenities.”

http://www.architectsdatafile.co.uk/news/perkinswill-to-design-vibrant-new-uk-headquarters-in-the-heart-of-londons-tech-hub-for-global-media-company-turner/

Note: The article I’ve written on the link below had the wrong date for when Turner will start moving into the HQ, it previously said “Autumn 2018”, it has been changed to “Autumn 2019”, the first source I used for the blog post was from Broadband TV News who’ve got the year wrong, but is correct in the official press release below my post, of which I found later.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/12/turner-europe-middle-east-and-africas-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

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.

http://www.turner.com/story/turner-takes-lease-new-london-premises-old-street

https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/12/11/turner-moves-to-new-london-premises-in-old-street/

https://www.standard.co.uk/business/broadcasting-firm-turner-heads-to-old-street-for-new-london-hq-a3715601.html