Interview Summary With Cartoon Network CEE Manager Matthias Heinze And Turner Marketing Manager Mira Ryness

Interview Summary With Cartoon Network CEE Manager Matthias Heinze And Turner Marketing Manager Mira Ryness

Interview Summary With Cartoon Network CEE Manager Matthias Heinze And Turner Marketing Manager Mira Ryness

Today (29/09/2017), Czech media news website has published an interview with Matthias Heinze, the general manager of Turner Central Eastern Europe and Benelux and with Mira Ryness, marketing and PR manager at Turner EMEA, in the interview both Matthias and Mira were asked a series of questions about the future of Cartoon Network and its animated shows. Cartoon Network fully launched in the Czech Republic this month, and the channel has started airing its animated shows in the Czech language.

Summary of the interview:

Matthias Heinze explains that the Czech language launch on Cartoon Network only happened due to the recent development of the Czech pay-TV market, neighbouring countries such as Poland have a high percentage of households with subscription television, hence why Cartoon Network has been available in the Polish language for several years. Mira also mentioned that Czech children are already familiar with the channel’s content which airs on other pay-TV and free-to-air channels in the country.

Matthias explained that Cartoon Network’s original programming (from Cartoon Network Studios etc.) forms a main part of the network’s “pillar” and is the main reason why kids want to watch the channel, along with the company’s emphasis on multi-platform digital services also allows the channel to stand out from its competitors. Matthias also said that Cartoon Network is interested in working with animators in the Czech Republic to work on projects, however nothing specific is planned at the moment, in other markets, the channel already has experience producing local content.

Mira said that Cartoon Network will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in different ways in different markets, such as the exhibition at the Paley Center in New York, she also mentioned that celebrations will last a whole year and not just a month. Matthias mentioned that there isn’t any plans for any more reboots (at least for the time being), he also mentioned that Wacky Races will air on Boomerang Central Eastern Europe later this year and new episodes of New Looney Tunes are already airing. He also said that rebooting Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls made a lot of sense as both shows were highly popular during their original run, the reboots have been modernised to make them relevant for the new generation of kids, however new content is important too. Mira also mentioned that a lot of care must be taken when rebooting a show, the new show must be true to the original source material.

Matthias also talked about future plans for Boomerang, at the moment, Boomerang will only be distributed in English in the Czech Republic, he explains that Boomerang has a lot of shows (Tom and Jerry or Grizzy and the Lemmings are good examples) that have little to no dialogue and simple words. Also mentioned in the interview, the Czech Republic will have an local advertising opt-out starting from next year and Turner is currently negotiating with local pay-TV providers to distribute the new HD feed which is planned to launch in a few weeks time.–1757958

Cartoon Network At MCM Comic Con London October 2016 Overview

Cartoon Network At MCM Comic Con London October 2016 Overview

Cartoon Network At MCM Comic Con London October 2016 Overview

MCM Comic Con London October 2016 was full of fun and interesting events, so here’s a summary of everything Cartoon Network related that happened at the popular Comic Book, Animation, TV Show and Movies convention this weekend (28/10/2016 – 30/10/2016).

The Adventure Time: An Ooo Experience interactive game was on display at the Cartoon Network booth next to the Inflatable Ice Mountain, this was another chance for people to play the game, many brave adventurers fought off the Nightosphere to make sure the Candy Kingdom is a safe place again.

There were exclusive MCM Comic Con Adventure Time Tour T-shirts too.

Japanese fashion house Galaxxxy was at the convention to show off their range of Adventure Time clothing, Cartoon Network UK is currently having a competition (ends Sunday 30th October at 11pm) for Adventure Time fans to win an MCM Comic Con exclusive Adventure Time Galaxxxy T-Shirt, to enter the competition just retweet the tweet below:

The Forbidden Planet stand were giving away free Adventure Time keyrings at the convention.

Saturday was Cartoon Network’s main day at the convention, there were Q&A panels for two of Cartoon Network’s biggest shows: Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball, this was an opportunity to ask Kent Osborne (Head Writer for Adventure Time) and Ben Bocquelet (Creator of The Amazing World of Gumball) and Mic Graves (Series Director for The Amazing World of Gumball) questions, during the two sessions, lucky fans got to see a never-before-seen episode of The Amazing World of Gumball and they also found out about a few storywriting secrets in Adventure Time.

Cartoon fans were dressed up as some of their favourite cartoon characters, Wirt and Greg made an appearance at the convention!

Kid reviewers Hag, Con and Bex interviewed Kent Osbourne (Head Writer for Adventure Time) and they even suggested an Adventure Time spin-off series:

Regular Show JG Quintel Final Season Interview

Regular Show JG Quintel Final Season Interview

Regular Show JG Quintel Final Season Interview

In an interview with iDigitalTimes, J.G. Quintel (the creator of Regular Show and voice of Mordecai) talks about Regular Show’s final season on Cartoon Network, his time working on the show for the last six years and how he came to his decision to end the show.

Summary of the Interview:

J.G. Quintel explains that Regular Show was meant to have a beginning, middle and a end and he has been focusing on Season 8 to wrap the show up in a big satisfying finale. Quintel also explains that a lot of territory have been explored with Regular Show’s characters which resorted to rejected scripts of potential episodes, due to similar existing episodes. He also explains that it was the right decision to end the show because he doesn’t want to run the show to the ground with bad episodes. J.G. Quintel said he’s been working on Regular Show for six years (the longest animated project he has undertook) and he wants to explore other potential ideas and projects.

Also mentioned in the interview was the fact that Season 8 is serialised, something that the Regular Show production team hasn’t attempted before during its production run, with the exception to some character development such as Rigby being more mature and slightly more educated (Rigby’s girlfriend Eileen was an influence in this, his friends while working at the park also helped him) and Eileen is a lot more sociable compared to the start of the show, thanks to Rigby and his friends she has come out of her shell and became a funny and much loved character.

Season Eight is set in space and the park is in a huge dome, in this season there will also be Halloween and Christmas specials, also there will be a lot of loose ends that will be tied, one character that J.G. Quintel said that fans should particularly pay attention to in Season 8 is Pops.

No spoilers were given in the interview, but at the end of the interview, J.G. Quintel said thanks to the fans for watching and supporting the show during its run.

As a reminder, Regular Show Season 8 premieres tonight (26/09/2016) on Cartoon Network USA at 8pm ET/PT.