Toya Delazy Voices Fourth Powerpuff Girl In African Version Of The Powerpuff Girls
Today (07/09/2017), it was announced that South African singer, pianist, dancer and performer – Toya Delazy has been announced as the voice of the fourth Powerpuff Girl in the sub-Saharan African version of The Powerpuff Girls. The five-part TV special which will feature the new character – “Power Of Four” will air on Cartoon Network Africa on Saturday 21st October at 7.05am CAT. According to unclear sources such as Channel24 and TV With Thinus, it implies that Toya will be voicing the fourth character in the international English version rather than just Africa however this seems unlikely because:
1. No press outside South Africa has reported that Toya will be voicing the fourth Powerpuff Girl.
2. The statement by Jaime Ondarza – The Senior Vice President of Turner Southern Europe and Africa says that we will find out more in October, the five part special airs in the United States next Sunday (17th September), obviously we will find out more about the new Powerpuff Girl before then.
3. No official statement from Cartoon Network USA or from another English-language version (UK, Australia etc.) of Cartoon Network.
4. Toya Delazy sung and produced the African Powerpuff Girls theme song, the theme is exclusive to Africa, this could be the same for the voice of the fourth Powerpuff Girl too, it’s been known before in English language dubs, an example is Jane Horrocks voicing the role of Queen Eleanor (instead of Wendi McLendon-Covey) in the UK variant of Long Live The Royals. Australia also has their own version of The Powerpuff Girls theme song too.
Also, I want to make a point about the new Powerpuff Girl, I’m fully aware about a certain leak circulating around on the internet months ago, but I won’t publish anything until Cartoon Network themselves has made an announcement.
Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager
Today (28/06/2017), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed Pierre Branco as the new SVP (Senior Vice President) of Turner Northern Europe (UK and Ireland, Nordics and Baltics), he replaces Ian McDonough who announced his resignation in April this year. Mr Branco is a long serving Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) employee and has worked for the company since 2006, in his last role, he was the general manager for Turner’s channels in France, Portugal, Africa and Israel.
In his new role, Mr Branco will move from his old regional base in Paris to Turner EMEA’s headquarters in London, where he will report to Turner EMEA president, Giorgio Stock. Mr Branco will be working with the Turner Northern Europe team leaders including the head of UK Kids channels – Sean Gorman (manager of Cartoon Network UK, Boomerang UK and Cartoonito UK) and the general manager of Turner in Scandinavia – Bo Falk Østergaard as well as their respective teams.
During his time as general manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa, he has introduced Turner’s action-animation channel brand – Toonami to France and Africa and launched variety animation channel Boing in Africa, he also oversaw a 12-channel children’s, news, movie and general entertainment portfolio in three different languages (French, Portuguese and English), including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.
Mr Branco’s wealth of experience while building the French, Portuguese and African part of the business can be used to develop and maintain the reputation of the Northern Europe part of the company, especially as Cartoon Network is currently the number one channel for boys in the UK and Denmark*. Meanwhile in France, Portugal and Africa, the SVP of Turner Southern Europe and Africa – Jaime Ondarza will be advising local teams until a replacement is found.
From the Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Appoints Pierre Branco to lead its Northern European business
Turner EMEA today announced a significant internal promotion with the appointment of Pierre Branco to the role of SVP Northern Europe. Branco, who takes up the role with immediate effect from his present position as Turner’s GM for France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, will lead Turner’s business across the UK, Nordics and Baltics at a period of particularly fast paced change for the company. He will move to London from Paris in the coming months and will report directly to Turner EMEA President, Giorgio Stock, and joins his executive team.
Overseeing a senior management team who themselves bring a wealth of experience within the Northern European markets, Branco, a more than ten year Turner veteran behind some of the company’s fastest growing EMEA markets, will be responsible for leading the growth and development of Turner’s operations in the region. This includes its kids and general entertainment portfolio of Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and TNT brands, as well as the distribution of CNNI. He will be charged with identifying new areas for driving revenues and profits, overseeing P&L and ensuring consistency and strategy for the region, all through the lens of delivering branded experiences that drive fan engagement across the linear and non linear ecosystem.
Stock says: “At a time when we are developing ambitious new initiatives in the Northern Europe region alongside a relentless focus on our core channels business, this is a particularly important appointment and amongst a high calibre of candidates Pierre stood out for his exceptional track record in building our brands and driving growth. His combination of industry knowledge, a deep commitment to leveraging the digital trends shaping our business and a passion for putting our fans at the centre of everything we do, will bring vision and momentum to the Northern Europe business to take it to the next level.”
Branco’s transition to the Northern Europe remit follows a transformative approach to his current role where he has overseen mould breaking commercial deals, the introduction of new brands to the marketplace and reinvigorated businesses in highly differentiated markets such as France and Africa, both of which have enjoyed their best commercial and ratings performances to date under his leadership.
Branco has been with Turner since 2006, most recently as Vice President and General Manager, France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, overseeing a 12-channel portfolio in three different languages, including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.
Added Stock, “It’s particularly rewarding, and proof of the calibre of talent we have at Turner, to promote from within the company, as we continue to deliver on our commitment to create and curate great content that really resonates with our audiences, wherever and whenever they are engaging with us.”
The appointment comes at a time when the strength of Turner’s Northern Europe brand portfolio includes Cartoon Network maintaining its #1 position for boys in the UK and Denmark*, long term established platform partnerships and significant growth in digital engagement across the region.
*Source: BARB, boys 4-15 in the UK and Kantar Gallup DK/Kantar TNS NO/MMS SE, boys 4-9 in Denmark
Pan-African DTH (Direct-To-Home) Satellite television provider – Kwesé TV has signed a distribution deal with Turner Southern Europe and Africa to include Cartoon Network Africa, Boomerang Africa and CNN International as part of their pay-TV packages. Cartoon Network, Boomerang and CNN International will be available to Kwesé TV subscribers from 3rd May, subscribers will get to enjoy a wide range of cartoons, including long-time favourites Tom and Jerry and Scooby-Doo! on Boomerang, and current hits such as We Bare Bears, Steven Universe and The Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network. CNN International will also be available for those who want to keep up with current news and events.
All three channels will also be added to Kwesé TV’s mobile app, allowing subscribers to watch cartoons and the news on their smartphone anywhere on the continent. The new broadcasting deal expands Turner’s presence in Africa, which is currently a growing and emerging market.
Joseph Hundah, the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media, the owners of Kwesé TV, commented on the distribution deal with Turner:
“We are a relatively new broadcaster with ambitions to become one of Africa’s leading networks. Our objective is to give more viewers in Africa access to the best in international and local content. This agreement with a global leader like Turner strengthens our proposition and takes us closer to achieving our goal. Turner’s superior content offering will appeal to our diverse audiences across the continent”
Jaime Ondarza, Senior Vice President for Turner Southern Europe and Africa also added:
“Partnering with Kwesé reflects our commitment to expand our presence and our consumer base across the African continent. With this new step in the development of Turner in Africa, we bring our content to more fans and audiences, across more screens”