Interview Summary With Victor And Valentino Creator Diego Molano On Turner’s Blog

Interview Summary With Victor And Valentino Creator Diego Molano On Turner's Blog

Interview Summary With Victor And Valentino Creator Diego Molano On Turner’s Blog

Turner – the company that owns Cartoon Network* has posted an interview with Victor and Valentino creator – Diego Molano on their blog. The brand new Cartoon Network Studios original series premiered in the United States and Latin America today (30th March). Victor and Valentino is Cartoon Network’s first show based around Mesoamerican folklore – most particularly Mayan and Aztec civilisations. The show is also the first CN original series to have Hispanic lead characters.

To make sure that the new show was presented in a genuine and respectful way to the Latino and Hispanic community, CN’s Victor and Valentino production team partnered with TurnerUno, Turner’s Business Resource Group for Latino and Hispanic employees. TurnerUno helped out with the show’s marketing and promotions, and TurnerUno shared their opinions and input on how the show should be portrayed.

Below is an interview summary with Diego Molano, the full interview can be viewed on the link below:

https://www.turner.com/blog/%E2%80%98victor-and-valentino%E2%80%99-creator-brings-mesoamerican-myths-life

Interview Summary of Turner’s interview with Victor and Valentino creator – Diego Molano

According to Diego, myths and legends inspired him through school and all the way through university, Diego’s favorite mythology was Mesoamerican mythology, which includes the legends and folklore of the Aztecs, Toltecs, Olmecs, Mayans, Incans and Muiscas. Diego mentioned that he noticed that Mesoamerican mythology isn’t discussed as much as Greek, Roman, Egyptian or Norse mythology.

Diego said he was astounded that someone hasn’t made an animated show based on Mesoamerican mythology before, he feels lucky that Cartoon Network gave him the chance to make the show. In the interview, Diego also revealed that he’s the voice of Victor in the English and Latin American Spanish dubs of the show and he’s still learning to be a voice actor.

Before working on Victor and Valentino, Diego worked with OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes show creator – Ian Jones-Quartey and absorbed as much knowledge about animated show production as he possibly could, he also gained knowledge from working on Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite and also on the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls.

Diego also mentioned that he was sneaky and mischievous as a kid, which means Victor is loosely based on himself, he also got in trouble quite often as a child, but he also mentioned he learnt a new lesson every time he misbehaved, same goes for Victor who ends up learning a new lesson which softens his heart a little bit more. For this reason, Diego hopes that kids will learn something from the show, like the lessons he had as a kid.

Diego also mentioned that he used to be terrified of ghosts and was paralysed by anything supernatural because his mother used scary stories as a tactic to make him behave, his grandfather, who’s also a scientist, claimed that there’s no such thing as the supernatural and his mother was just talking nonsense, he grew up a bit in his early teen years and stopped believing such things.

Finally, Diego talks about the first season of Victor and Valentino, he explains that the first season will be a chance to learn about the characters and get to know them, including their quirks. There’s many side characters in the show that are full of personality, to the extent that Diego and the show’s writers wanted to include them in every episode and deciding which characters should be in each episode is a difficult decision.

https://www.turner.com/blog/%E2%80%98victor-and-valentino%E2%80%99-creator-brings-mesoamerican-myths-life

* Turner is currently undergoing a separation process, but remains to be a going concern until restructuring is complete, all of Turner’s kids channels (Cartoon Network, Boomerang etc.) are currently in the process of moving to Warner Bros’s brand new Global Kids and Young Adults division.

Cartoon Network Africa’s Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

Cartoon Network Africa's Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

Cartoon Network Africa’s Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

South African media news website – The Media Online has interviewed the channel manager of Turner Africa (and France) – Julien Borde, in the interview, Julien talked about the new pop-up channel in Africa – Superhero HQ, new local content and viewing ratings.

Interview Summary With Julien Borde:

The full interview can be viewed on the following link: https://themediaonline.co.za/2019/03/from-superheroes-and-american-blockbusters-to-local-partnerships/

Superhero HQ

Regarding the temporary pop-up channel – Superhero HQ (Super-powered by Cartoon Network), Julien said a channel was needed to target both adults and kids, as 51% of CN’s audience are in fact adults and includes adults who watch animation with their children, as TV shows and movies about superheroes are popular at the moment, it was an ideal theme for the pop-up channel. Superhero HQ was set up to air during the school holidays, which is when children’s television broadcasters have a captive audience and Cartoon Network wanted to make use of its animation library, which includes CN’s original programming, content from Warner Bros. Animation and some acquisitions. In order to localise the channel for an African audience, Turner hired South African comedian Mojak Lehoko who created some superhero related comedy sketches for the channel.

Local Content and Localisation

Julien Borde also said that there will be more local content appearing on Cartoon Network Africa very soon, including a second season of the dance show – Pop Up Party and magic show – WOOALA! Pop Up Party season two will feature 15 super-talented kids from different backgrounds in Cape Town going head to head to express themselves through movement and dance. In WOOALA!, Wian, a 23-year-old South African magician, will use everyday objects to perform illusions and magic tricks that will amaze children and their parents.

Cartoon Network Africa also developed its new Creative Lab initiative, which is an opportunity for potential African animated show creators. The winning shorts are currently being produced and will be shown at DISCOP Johannesburg 2019 in November. After some market research, it was revealed that the African market is very interested in anime as a comic form, Cartoon Network Africa has acknowledged the findings and will premiere a new anime series on Cartoon Network Africa on Saturday 27th April – Bakugan: Battle Planet.

Viewing Ratings, VOD, Content Distribution

Turner’s content is distributed to 56 different countries in Africa, because of local differences, Turner has to make sure its content is suitable for each market it broadcasts to. Turner Africa had a successful end to 2018 with the children’s channel multiplex (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Toonami) and TNT reaching new viewing rating highs.

Cartoon Network remains to be the favourite children’s channel in South Africa, dominating the top 15 best performing shows. Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, Apple and Onion and Craig of the Creek are particularly popular in Africa. Boomerang is also growing, its now the second favourite childrens channel in Africa, for kids aged between 4 and 14 years old, it’s also the second most popular channel in French speaking Africa (Boomerang France is received in Francophone Africa). Recently, TNT was the second movie channel within the total African movie channel movie market (source: AGB Nielsen).

In Africa, conventional linear pay-TV is still a popular option for entertainment, however Turner has worked with DStv to provide programming on its Catch Up VOD (Video On-Demand) service and is distributing Boing Africa and Toonami Africa on Cell-C’s live-streaming service – Black. Turner also formed a partnership with South Africa-based streaming service Showmax, the deal included Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim programming.

https://themediaonline.co.za/2019/03/from-superheroes-and-american-blockbusters-to-local-partnerships/

BAFTA Kids Discussion With The Creator Of Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island Julia Pott

BAFTA Kids Discussion With The Creator Of Cartoon Network's Summer Camp Island Julia Pott

BAFTA Kids Discussion With The Creator Of Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island Julia Pott

BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) children’s department – BAFTA Kids has uploaded a video featuring an in-depth discussion with the creator of Cartoon Network’s Summer Camp Island – Julia Pott. In the video, Julia talks about what sparked her interest in animation during her younger years, when she had the opportunity to pitch her Summer Camp Island show idea to Cartoon Network, and the show’s production process.

Summary of the BAFTA Kids Discussion Video (with additional info):

At a young age, Julia enjoyed drawing and wanted to work as an animator for Disney, she also watched animated shows exclusively until she was about 15 or 16 years old, her mother was very supportive and Julia expressed herself through drawings as she was a visual thinker. Originally, Julia studied illustration as she wanted to be a children’s story book illustrator, until she was told by someone that animation was a way to convey the full story visually. Julia started off producing short films, and started making connections with people in the industry. Julia’s manager in Los Angeles suggested that she could try pitching a television show as it’s basically a series of a short films, with each short film representing an episode.

Julia Pott is a big fan of Adventure Time and joined the show’s production team at Cartoon Network Studios in January 2015, she then produced a pitch bible for her Summer Camp Island idea which was greenlit by Cartoon Network. The idea of Summer Camp Island originally came from Julia’s thesis at The Royal College of Art in London, her thesis was an animated short called “Belly” which is a coming-of-age story about a character named Oscar and his older brother which was based on Julia and her older sister.

Julia Pott’s animated short film – Belly:

Julia then moved to New York to produce advertisements and music videos, but she became disillusioned and wanted to pitch her show idea. An episode of Summer Camp Island takes eight months to produce, an episode is developed at Cartoon Network Studios for about ten weeks, then the animation process is carried out in South Korea, then the animation studio in South Korea hands back the nearly completed episode and then Cartoon Network Studios handles the final post-production and mixing stage before the episode is ready for broadcast.

Julia’s favourite part of working on the show is working in the writing room, as it’s a relaxed atmosphere and many of the show’s ideas come from the everyday lives of the show’s writers. Julia’s day-to-day job as a showrunner is full of variety, ranging from storyboarding to producing animatics.

In Summer Camp Island, Julia voices the show’s main antagonist – Susie, she finds voicing Susie to be rather cathartic as its an opportunity to say things about people but never had the guts to say it. For anyone who wants to get into animation, Julia advises to draw and write as much as you can and getting feedback for your work from other people is also important and meet as many people as film and animation festivals. Julia also suggested to write and draw comic books if proper animation equipment is not available as it helps to develop storyboarding, drawing and storytelling skills.

https://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/show/summer-camp-island

http://www.baftakids.org/videos