Turner Asia-Pacific Buys Minority Stake In POPS Worldwide

Turner Asia-Pacific Buys Minority Stake In POPS Worldwide

Turner Asia-Pacific Buys Minority Stake In POPS Worldwide

Today (22/06/2017), Turner Asia-Pacific has announced that they have acquired a minority stake in POPS Worldwide, an entertainment company which operates the Boomerang Vietnam YouTube channel and distributes Boomerang’s content via its POPS Kids mobile app, and operates a wide network of YouTube channels. POPS Worldwide is among the most successful digital entertainment companies in Asia, the company launched Boomerang Vietnam on POPS Kids’ non-linear platforms in April 2016, offering full episodes of a wide range of animated shows including Tom and Jerry, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends and Scooby-Doo! all dubbed in the Vietnamese language.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2016/04/boomerang-video-demand-service-launch-vietnam/

POPS operates a slate of branded premium channels and has a total of 1,210 YouTube channels in its network, with a total of 32 million subscribers, 40 billion total views and two billion views every month. POPS Worldwide manages Vietnam’s top YouTube channel, POPS Music, (3.3 million subscribers, 3.6 billion lifetime views) and Vietnam’s top edutainment channel, POPS Kids, (1.4 million subscribers, 1.7 billion lifetime views). Recently, POPS has also expanded into other platforms including Dailymotion and Facebook as well as its own POPS Kids app.

Turner’s investment in POPS Worldwide follows investments in other digital media companies, including in investment in Bigballs Media, its parent company’s (Time Warner) 10% stake in Hulu and cooperating with its sister company – Warner Bros. to run the Boomerang streaming service in the United States.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1psboQLDVCEOD46RNPZdgg/featured

From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Turner Asia-Pacific Makes Investment In Leading Vietnamese Entertainment Company, POPS Worldwide

Turner Asia Pacific has announced an investment in POPS Worldwide (POPS) which sees Turner take a significant minority stake in the leading Vietnamese digital media and creator network.

This investment represents an opportunity for Turner to participate in the rapid growth of one of Asia’s most successful digital entertainment companies, reaching new audiences and further extending its existing partnership with POPS. Turner’s Boomerang brand launched in Vietnam in April 2016 on POPS Kids non-linear platforms – offering kids some of the best-loved international animations dubbed in Vietnamese.

“With its unique proposition, POPS has shown to be very adept at attracting and engaging audiences with its local content and creator network, and this agreement allows Turner to venture into this growing side of the business,” commented Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific. He added: “Our investment is part of Turner’s desire to place fans and consumers at the very core – to reach and engage them with branded content and playlists – as well as target diverse demographics in new ways. With a surge of video-on-demand viewing in both Vietnam and Southeast Asia, these are exciting times for two companies that share a very similar culture of innovation.”

Since launching its digital video network business in late 2011, POPS has doubled its annual views each year and recently surpassed 40 billion lifetime views. Other key performance highlights include:

· Monthly views: more than 2 billion
· YouTube network subscribers: 32 million
· Channels under management: 1,210
· Lifetime watch-hours: 4 billion
· Social media fans across Facebook, Instagram and Zalo: 4 million
(accurate as of June 14, 2017)

Esther Nguyen, Founder and CEO of POPS Worldwide, added: “We are excited to have Turner come on board. Using this investment, we can supercharge our ambitious vision to lead digital entertainment in Southeast Asia. We plan to expand our network onto more mobile and non-traditional platforms, invest heavily in content production and open new markets. Over the past year, we have been working closely with Turner on their Kids content. Through this journey, we realised that we share the same vision of the future of entertainment. Our work with Turner led to the successful YouTube launch of Boomerang Vietnam and popular Boomerang programming on POPS Kids. For the first time in Vietnam, full episodes of classic properties like Tom and Jerry, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls and Scooby-Doo were available for our audiences online. Though we started working together in the Kids business, we now look forward to broadening our content partnership even wider.”

In addition to actively managing a strong partner channel network, POPS operates a slate of branded premium channels. The POPS team created and manages Vietnam’s top YouTube channel, POPS Music, (3.3m subscribers, 3.6b lifetime views) and Vietnam’s top edutainment channel, POPS Kids, (1.4m subscribers, 1.7b lifetime views). Most recently, POPS expanded its video network reach to include Daily Motion and Facebook, as well as launching a new POPS Kids app for mobile users.

Working with over 1,700 content partners on over 1,200 network channels, POPS has successfully partnered with domestic, regional and international content partners. With a proven expertise in launching content locally in Vietnam, POPS has content partners that include digitally-savvy musicians, entertainers and comedians as well as traditional TV studios, local and regional production houses and media companies including Discovery Networks, UUUM, Digital Hollywood and Collab.

About POPS Worldwide

Founded in 2007, POPS Worldwide is a leading multi-platform, multi-channel digital entertainment producer and distributor fully positioned to capture the attention of today and tomorrow’s viewers in Southeast Asia. Based in Ho Chi Minh City with offices in Bangkok and Hanoi, POPS is building the most robust video network in the region and reaches a global audience of over 2.2B monthly views, 4B watch-hours and 32M network subscribers.

To learn more visit: http://www.popsww.com

Cartoon Network News In Brief Early May 2017

Cartoon Network News In Brief Early May 2017

Cartoon Network News In Brief Early May 2017

Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Animation Studio Coming Soon?

While speaking at APOS, one of Asia’s largest media and entertainment industry events, the president of Turner International – Gerhard Zeiler has said that Cartoon Network in the Asia-Pacific region will eventually have its very own animation studio. At present, Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific uses a “virtual studio” approach to commissioning and developing shows. At present, Cartoon Network works with other animation studios throughout the Asia-Pacific region such as Top Draw Animation in the Philippines (Exchange Student Zero, Monster Beach), Rubber House in Australia (Lasso and Comet) and Vaibhav Studios in India (Lamput). Outside the United States, Cartoon Network currently has a studio based in London (for The Amazing World of Gumball) and another based in Abu Dhabi (used for Mansour, a local animation production for the Arab World).

http://worldscreen.com/tvasia/turners-gerhard-zeiler-bullish-on-international-content-creation/

Cartoon Network And Cover Store In Italy Partner For Smartphone Covers

Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises and Italian smartphone cover retailer – Cover Store have partnered up for a range of Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls smartphone covers, now you can Powerpuff your phone with the cutest superheroines on Cartoon Network or you can take Finn and Jake out with you while you’re on your adventures. Looney Tunes themed mobile phone covers are also available.

http://www.milanolicensingday.it/2017/05/03/turner-e-cover-store-insieme-per-ppg-e-adventure-time/

http://www.coverstoreitalia.it/

Time Warner/Turner First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Time Warner, the parent company of Cartoon Network’s Turner Broadcasting has announced better than expected first-quarter results, helped by Warner Bros.’ movie releases The Lego Batman Movie and Kong: Skull Island. Turner has seen a two percent decline in ad revenue for its TV channels, but this is more of a television industry issue as other networks are facing the same problem. John Martin, the CEO and Chairman of Turner expected a healthy upfront season of new shows and episodes, which has helped increase advertisers’ interest in recent weeks. Time Warner has no plans to offer its content on Amazon Prime, focusing on their own channels and streaming services instead (including Boomerang, Filmstruck, the upcoming DC Comics streaming service and its 10% stake in Hulu). Time Warner’s merger with AT&T is currently on track and is expected to be finalised by the end of this year.

http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2017/05/03/time-warner-inc-reports-first-quarter-2017-results

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4469458/Kong–LEGO-Batman-success-drives-Time-Warners-profit-beat.html

The Powerpuff Girls Hulu United States VOD Exclusive From 2017

The Powerpuff Girls Hulu United States VOD Exclusive From 2017

The Powerpuff Girls Hulu United States VOD Exclusive From 2017

Everyone’s favourite crime-battling superpowered girls – The Powerpuff Girls will be a video-on-demand exclusive on Hulu from early 2017 in the United States. Hulu now has episodes from the original 1998-2005 series and the new 2016 reboot series. Another Cartoon Network original – Chowder will be added to Hulu soon, an animated show about a cat-bear-rabbit with an obsession with food and is always cooking crazy and imaginative recipes.

From today (22/11/2016), A collection of Powerpuff Girls specials and fan-favorite episodes from the original series are now available to watch on the Hulu video streaming service.

Hulu already holds exclusive U.S. VOD rights over Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show and Steven Universe. Hulu and Turner agreed an VOD distribution deal in April last year and Time Warner brought a 10% minority stake in Hulu as of August this year.

http://www.hulu.com/the-powerpuff-girls-classic

http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/powerpuff-girls-hulu-exclusive-streaming-1201924720/