AT&T To Combine WarnerMedia’s Turner And HBO Divisions, Turner President David Levy And HBO President Richard Plepler To Leave The Company

AT&T To Combine WarnerMedia's Turner And HBO Divisions, Turner President David Levy And HBO President Richard Plepler To Leave The Company

AT&T To Combine WarnerMedia’s Turner And HBO Divisions, Turner President David Levy And HBO President Richard Plepler To Leave The Company

Over the past couple of days (28th February and 1st March), AT&T, the ultimate parent company of Turner (the owner of Cartoon Network) via AT&T’s WarnerMedia is planning some structural changes to the way WarnerMedia is run, particularly its television division.

The plan is to merge its two television channel divisions – Turner which focuses on basic package cable channels and its premium entertainment and movies channel brand – HBO (Home Box Office). Also WarnerMedia is planning a direct-to-consumer streaming service which will feature HBO content in its core package, plus content from Turner’s general entertainment and kids brands.

On Thursday (28th February), it emerged that the President of Turner – David Levy will be leaving the company after 33 years, his career at Turner dates all the way back before the Turner/Time Warner merger and years before Cartoon Network started broadcasting.

In a internal company memo, David Levy said:

“I have decided the time is right to leave my role. I am ready for a professional change. Turner has been a significant part of my life and I will watch from the sidelines as this company continues to produce more amazing moments. The next few months will be filled with many new ‘firsts’ and experiences. I am confident that you all will show that true maverick spirit this company was founded on to march forward and continue the standard of excellence we have built and enjoyed.”

The news of David Levy’s resignation follows news that AT&T has finally jumped over the last legal hurdle in its acquisition of Time Warner (Now WarnerMedia), which was a lengthy appeals court battle. Telecommunications conglomerate AT&T acquired Time Warner in June last year and the merger itself was announced in October 2016. On Thursday, the CEO of HBO – Richard Plepler also announced that he’s also leaving the company.

Both Mr Levy and Mr Plepler reported to WarnerMedia’s new CEO – John Stankey, who replaced Jeff Bewkes. Also Turner’s CEO John Martin stepped down immediately after the AT&T merger in June, leaving the post vacant.

There’s no official word on who will manage the combined Turner/HBO unit, some sources including The Hollywood Reporter and Variety suggest that AT&T is currently in talks with former NBC Entertainment chairman – Bob Greenblatt.

In addition to the HBO/Turner changes, WarnerMedia is planning to sell its 10% stake in Hulu, a popular online streaming service for TV shows in the United States to Disney. Disney is also in a similar situation to AT&T as its merging with 21st Century Fox, after the Fox/Disney merger and after buying WarnerMedia’s 10% stake, Disney will own 70% of the Hulu streaming service, with 30% still owned by Comcast (NBC).

Last October, AT&T said there won’t be any big changes at Turner, there was no mention about combining Turner with HBO, but hopefully this will be the only significant change, merging business units together usually leads to cost cutting measures such as administration which also leads to job losses. At present, there’s no news on how these significant changes will affect Cartoon Network and rest of Turner’s children’s and young adults division. In many parts of the world, HBO and Turner already work together, they already share offices in London, Turner’s kids streaming service in Scandinavia – Toonix is available via HBO Nordic’s streaming service, Cartoon Network shows are available via the HBO GO streaming service available in parts of Europe and Turner already operates HBO South Asia on behalf of the company.

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Cartoon Network USA New Steven Universe Episodes Coming In April 2018

Cartoon Network USA New Steven Universe Episodes Coming In April 2018

Cartoon Network USA New Steven Universe Episodes Coming In April 2018

American video-on-demand and live television streaming service – Hulu has announced that new episodes of Steven Universe will be coming to Cartoon Network USA in April this year, the new episodes were confirmed by a tweet from Hulu’s support team after a Hulu customer saw an announcement on the streaming service stating “Steven Universe Returns April 2018”.

The show’s loyal fanbase (especially in the United States) are always anticipating new episodes because the show is now reaching an increasingly critical story point with the Crystal Gems getting more involved in the fight against Homeworld to protect Earth, minor characters such as Lars are now having a more prominent role and also because more info about one of the show’s (now deceased or “shattered”) villains – Pink Diamond has been revealed.

Hulu is partly owned by Time Warner, the ultimate parent company that owns Cartoon Network, so Hulu can be treated as a trusted source of information for premiere dates. Hulu Live TV subscribers can currently watch the first twelve episodes of Steven Universe’s current season – season five.

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http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/steven-universe/episodes/

Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Buys Supernoobs Season Two Broadcasting Rights

Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Buys Supernoobs Season Two Broadcasting Rights

Cartoon Network EMEA And Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Buys Supernoobs Season Two Broadcasting Rights

This Thursday (11/01/2018), Canadian children’s media company – DHX Media has announced that they’ve renewed their animated comedy series – Supernoobs for a second season. Both Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Turner Asia-Pacific hold exclusive regional licensing rights over the series, in these regions, the second season of Supernoobs will air on Turner’s Cartoon Network. In Canada, the second season will air on DHX’s Family Channel. In the United States, Hulu (partly owned by Turner’s parent company – Time Warner) has exclusive SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) and FVOD (Free Video on Demand) rights over the series. The second season will consist of 26 episodes, with a runtime of 22 minutes.

Supernoobs is an animated series produced by DHX’s animation studio in Vancouver and is created by Scott Fellows, also known as the creator of Johnny Test, which also aired on Cartoon Network USA and other international versions of Cartoon Network. Season two will be a continuation of the crazy space adventures of four kids – Kevin, Tyler, Shope and Roach. Collectively known as the Supernoobs, their mission is to save the galaxy from a deadly space virus, even though they’re inexperienced and they’re trying to master their powers given to them by their Battle Balls.

In season two, the Supernoobs are no longer the “noobs” they once were and are now more experienced, their training is nearing completion and they’re preparing to take on Count Venamus and the Creators. However, the Creators have realised that Earth maybe harbouring a secret ancient weapon that could wipe out the space virus, also Count Venamus now has a super-tough Mech-Army who are prepared to destroy the weapon and the Supernoobs, but only if the Supernoobs stop them first.

From The DHX Media Press Release: DHX Media Announces Season Two of Supernoobs with Turner and Family Channel

Hit DHX Media original series to air on Turner’s Cartoon Network channels in EMEA and Asia Pacific, and on DHX Television’s Family Channel in Canada

DHX Media, a leading global children’s content and brands company, announced today that a second season of its hit animated comedy series, Supernoobs has been exclusively licensed by Turner’s Cartoon Network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and in Asia Pacific. The 26-episode order, which has been greenlit by DHX Television’s Family Channel in Canada, is produced by DHX Media’s Vancouver animation studio.

“The global momentum continues for Supernoobs with a second ‘supercharged’ season, as characters Kevin, Tyler, Shope, and ‘the Roach’ get up to more crazy adventures,” said Josh Scherba, EVP, Content and Distribution. “Kids worldwide can’t get enough of this hilarious DHX Media original series, and Turner’s Cartoon Network as well as our own Family Channel are the perfect broadcast outlets to deliver a new season of thrills to them.”

These newly announced broadcast deals come on the heels of a recently announced agreement with Hulu, which saw the digital service take exclusive SVOD and FVOD rights for season one of Supernoobs in the U.S. The deals highlight the continued global demand for DHX Media original content across linear and digital services.

In season two of Supernoobs (26×22’), it’s more super chillin’, more super villains and more super battle ball action, as the Supernoobs begin to master their powers! Noob training is almost complete, and the superhero team is ready to take on Count Venamus and the Creators with a new attitude, new powers and all new episodes! But it won’t be easy: The Creators have stepped up their game since realizing Earth may be hiding a secret ancient weapon that could wipe out the space virus. Count Venamus and his new super-tough Mech-Army are ready to destroy the hidden Earth power – and the Supernoobs – unless they can defeat him first.

Aimed at kids aged six to 11, Supernoobs is created by Scott Fellows, who is also behind another DHX Media hit, Johnny Test.

About DHX Media

DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM) is a leading children’s content and brands company, recognized globally for such high-profile properties as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the acclaimed Degrassi franchise. One of the world’s foremost producers of children’s shows, DHX Media owns the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at 13,000 half-hours. It licenses its content to broadcasters and streaming services worldwide and generates royalties through its global consumer products program. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media operates one of the largest networks of children’s channels on YouTube. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has 20 offices worldwide. Visit us at www.dhxmedia.com.

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