Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab And The Powerpuff Girls Awards Winners Announced

Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab And The Powerpuff Girls Awards Winners Announced

Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab Winner Announced

Turner Africa held an upfront event in Johannesburg, South Africa this Tuesday (13th November), unveiling a new lineup of programming, content and partnerships for its kids channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Toonami and also its recently launched TNT channel, which replaced TCM (Turner Classic Movies) in Africa. The new TNT channel airs a variety of Hollywood blockbusters (with popular movies such as The Illusionist, Crank, Robin Hood, Gladiator, The Island, Jurassic Park and King Kong) and has achieved a 45% ratings increase since its launch in September. Compared to other multinational broadcasters in Africa, Turner is also a leader in local content. Turner’s channels broadcast to 54 countries in Africa in four different languages: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic, with the Arabic language channels ran by a separate Middle East and North Africa team. The special Upfront event was hosted by South African comedian Nicholas Goliath along with senior members of Turner Africa’s team.

Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab And The Powerpuff Girls Awards Winners Announced

There’s more than 20 million Cartoon Network fans in South Africa alone, and many more across the African continent. Next year, Cartoon Network Africa will air 325 hours of new content, which will include six exclusive new shows and 1,325 new episodes. According to the 2018 Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Survey, Cartoon Network is the “Coolest Kids TV Channel” in South Africa and is also the second coolest channel overall for the third consecutive year. Next year, CN fans in Africa will be treated to a brand new Cartoon Network original series – Victor and Valentino and just before the end of the year on 23rd December, Summer Camp Island will premiere (following a sneak peek episode on 13th December). Local content coming soon to Cartoon Network include a second season on Pop Up Party where kids take part in dance challenges and also the launch of an animated shorts series called Mike and Rob, the shorts follows two microbes making jokes with local references voiced by South African comedian – Trevor Gumbi.

Pop Up Party season 2, where we see local kids expressing themselves through some incredible dance challenges; the launch of Mike and Rob, a series show-casing two witty microbes making jokes with local reference voiced by local comedian, Trevor Gumbi; and African magic will take center stage in Boomerang’s new exciting local production set to hit screens in 2019.

Boomerang also recently undergone a fresh in many territories across the EMEA region, including Boomerang Africa which had a refresh this month, the channel also has a new brand positioning called “Watch. Laugh. Play”, In 2019, Boomerang will continue to air The Tom and Jerry Show (voted “Coolest Animated Brand or Entertainment Characters” in the Sunday Times Generation Next 2018 Youth Survey), Grizzy and the Lemmings and The Happos Family. Also coming in December this year, Boomerang Africa will be airing a world premiere – Taffy, which is a co-production between Turner EMEA and France’s Cyber Group Studios. Also, African magic will take center stage in Boomerang Africa’s new exciting local production due to air in 2019.

Cartoon Network Africa’s and Boomerang Africa’s December 2018 Highlights, with info about Summer Camp Island and Taffy:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/11/cartoon-network-africa-and-boomerang-africa-december-2018-highlights/

In a statement regarding the audiences of Turner’s properties in Africa, Jaime Ondarza, Senior Vice President for Turner Southern Europe & Africa said:

“As Turner, our audience needs are becoming more pertinent and we’re constantly challenging ourselves to be more innovative and creative in our offering to keep attracting and entertaining our loyal fan base, on-air, on-line and for-real. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the best service and high-standard content to our fans. We are benefiting from high awareness and a great level of brand recognition with our brands in Africa. CNN International is widely known to be the most trusted source for news and information on the continent while our kids’ channels, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, have been leading and gaining market share within the pay TV kids industry for almost four years in a row.”

Back in June this year, Cartoon Network Africa launched a new initiative called “Creative Lab”, is a creative competition where the winner and runner-ups will be given the chance to produce a pilot for Cartoon Network Africa; the pilots will premiere on the channel next year. This week at the DISCOP Johannesburg media convention, the winners and runner-ups of Cartoon Network’s Creative Lab 2018 were announced, Moshood Ridwan from Nigeria won the top prize for his animated comedy idea – Garbage Boy and Trash Can. The pitch impressed the competition’s jury panel and approved of the show concept’s art style, absurd humour and funny characters. Garbage Boy and Trash Can follows self-proclaimed superhero Garbage Boy and his sidekick Trash Can on a mission to fight for justice.

Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab And The Powerpuff Girls Awards Winners Announced

While talking about Garbage Boy and Trash Can – Ariane Suveg, the Programming Director and Head of Kids Content for Turner Africa said: “Ridwan’s style is a perfect fit for the channel and shows fantastic graphism that makes the show instantly lovable, unique and full of energy.”

The runner-up entry – Intergalactic Ice Cream, created by John Phillips of South Africa, follows the life of a 13-year-old kid named Makhaya, whose afterschool job as a delivery boy for a mysterious ice cream parlor launches him into space where he goes on the craziest, danger-filled and dairy-fueled adventures this side of the Milky Way.

The other runner-up entry – Majitu by Mark Kinuthia from Kenya, is about two friends named Jasiri and Bokari, who are on a quest to rid the world of evil and stop a terrible witch from opening the gates between Earth and the phantom’s universe.

Majitu from Mark Kinuthia on Vimeo.

Regarding the competition entries for Cartoon Network Creative Lab, Ariane Suveg also added:

“Diverse and original content is what Cartoon Network is all about. Now, more than ever, we are on the lookout for something out of the norm, which challenges the status quo, new, irreverent, smart, truly African and unexpected! We were pleasantly surprised by the wealth of animation talent on the continent and the selection panel had a tough task; the editorial guidelines for the channel were very specific, and yet we received many applications.”

Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab And The Powerpuff Girls Awards Winners Announced

At the end of the upfront event, Turner Africa announced the winners of the brand new The Powerpuff Girls awards, which celebrates the achievements of young girls in Africa, whether its Science and Innovation, Leadership or Creativity and Art. Toya Delazy, the voice of Bliss in the African English language variant of The Powerpuff Girls hosted the awards ceremony. The Powerpuff Girls Awards were first announced in August this year.

Ten year-old Uviwe Bubu from South Africa, won the Blossom Award for Leadership. Uvine received the award for her Mini Sparkles project, which helps bring sanitary towels to underprivileged girls throughout Africa.

Twelve year-old Mwangala Maunga from Zambia, won the Buttercup Award for Innovation and Science, her solar-powered water purifier project which is now providing clean water in rural and local areas

Eleven year-old Daniella Soje from Nigeria won the Bubbles Award for Creativity and Art. Daniella’s Trash to Art project inspires young people to make better use of their waste for a better Africa.

Cartoon Network Africa Upfront Event, Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab And The Powerpuff Girls Awards Winners Announced

Turner Africa has conducted extensive market research in Africa to better understand the audiences of its brands and also to find out what kind of local programming its viewers want, according to Julien Borde, Turner Africa’s head of channels, Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa will be producing a localised version of Cartoon Network EMEA’s (Europe, Middle East and Africa) YouTube series – Toony Tube. In terms of marketing and public relations, Cartoon Network will be at the Johannesburg Zoo on the 8th and 9th December and will also tour the Kwazulu-Natal coast for 10 days with Cartoon Network and Boomerang’s Beach Tour.

In terms of channel distribution, Turner Africa has distribution deals with TV platforms with various pay-TV platforms in Africa including MultiChoice (DStv), StarTimes, Orange, SFR/Altice, Canal Overseas and other regional services, also mobile streaming services such as Cell C’s Black streaming service and Maroc Telecom.

Some entertainment and news channels are already available on the Black streaming service and also DStv’s Catch Up and Now services. Turner Africa has also made a deal with a new SVOD (Subscription Video on-demand) service called Showmax, owned by Multichoice, from mid November, content from the U.S. number one cable network – Adult Swim will be available on the service, the service will also include content from Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Despite the closure of the pan-African Kwesé TV satellite pay-TV service earlier this month, Toonami Africa is still airing on Cell C’s Black streaming service, also in 2019, Toonami will over more Lego DC Comics content and also super-hero movies such as Justice League Universe. Next year, Toonami will also have new episodes of Dragon Ball Super and also a new show – Inazuma Eleven.

In 2019, Boing will premiere international animation shows such as My Knight and Me, DC Super Hero Girls and new seasons of The Jungle Bunch and Total Drama Action. Boomerang refreshed its on-air look this November with hilarious idents, a vibrant colour palette and a tone of voice which brings to life the brand proposition of ‘Watch. Laugh. Play’. We are excited to announce that the latest Cyber Group Studios animation production, Taffy, will be launching at the end of the year with the world premiere happening in Africa!

SABC (The South African Broadcasting Corporation) has signed a broadcasting rights deal with Turner Africa for Ben 10 – one of Cartoon Network’s most successful properties in terms of animated content and merchandise sales. SABC premiered Ben 10 in July, with a Afrikaans dub of the first season of Ben 10 airing on SABC2 and a SiSwati dub airing on SABC 1 later this year.

Regarding the Ben 10 broadcasting rights deal with SABC, Guillaume Coffin, VP Head of Commercial & Business Development at Turner Africa said:

“Partnering with the SABC reflects our strategy to expand our brands’ presence in South Africa. We are thrilled to bring Ben 10 to new fans and audiences across more screens and in new languages, Turner is dedicated to a localisation strategy that adapts to the cultural differences of its African markets. Implemented in recent years, this effort has helped Turner address the gap in locally-relevant content, drive programming that resonates with African audiences, and boost brand value across the continent. This collaboration allows new local audiences to engage in the Cartoon Network brand.”

Also earlier this year, Bafana Bafana’s (nickname for the South African Football team) midfielder, Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyane, helped to promote Ben 10 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In terms of advertising, Turner has appointed advertising representatives Mediamark in South Africa, and Greenworld Communications in Nigeria in October.

Regarding the topic of advertising, Guillaume Coffin also added:

“Our wide portfolio allows us to target a large array of segments from families, to kids, through to young adults; we can offer our client fully integrated advertising offerings from non-linear to linear and on-the ground events. We are aware that clients are looking for fully integrated advertising package which Turner Africa is able to now do in South Africa and Nigeria”

http://prsdube16.blogspot.com/2018/11/turner-upfront-reveals-brand-new-look.html

http://prsdube16.blogspot.com/2018/11/turner-upfront-africa-question-answers.html

http://www.animationmagazine.net/events/turner-africa-upfront-reveals-originals-creative-lab-winners/

http://vamers.com/2018/11/14/turner-upfront-africa-2018-details/

Kwesé TV Mostly Closes Down In Africa, Future Of Toonami Africa Is Uncertain

Kwesé TV Mostly Closes Down In Africa, Future Of Toonami Africa Is Uncertain

Kwesé TV Mostly Closes Down In Africa, Future Of Toonami Africa Is Uncertain

On Thursday 1st November, Kwesé TV owners – Econet Media vastly reduced their DTH (direct-to-home) pay-tv service’s channel offering, by removing most third-party channels and reducing it to a package of mostly FTA (free-to-air), religious and news channels for a minimal fee (possibly as an annual cost), leaving Kwesé Free Sports and Kwesé Free Sports Africa as the only Kwesé branded channels remaining on the service. Instead, Kwesé is focusing on their digital services – Kwesé Play and Kwesé iflix. Kwesé TV will refund customers’ subscription fees for November.

As a consequence of the changes, Toonami Africa, a sister channel of Cartoon Network Africa dedicated to animated superhero shows has been removed from the platform, this has put the channel’s future in doubt, as the channel was only exclusive to Kwesé TV. Cartoon Network Africa, Boomerang Africa and CNN International have also been removed from the platform. Weirdly, Toonami Africa’s Facebook page is still active and are promoting new episodes of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu starting tomorrow Monday (5th November) at 4.25pm CAT. Turner Africa has yet to make a statement about the future of the channel. Toonami Africa launched on 1st June 2017.

Special Thanks to Caz Dooley (Entertainment Inside Us) for the information:

https://prsdube16.blogspot.com/

https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/11/rip-kwese-tv-kweses-pay-tv-closing-down-after-18-months/

https://teeveetee.blogspot.com/2018/11/breaking-its-over-for-econet-medias.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR20w7xx0oceP7KC-QOkQqPM7rQR3k54yaMIohFGfUIDQg5V-6L91_GDFxI

http://www.toonamiafrica.com

On the plus-side, Toonami France’s future seems to be a lot more certain, as there was a presentation promoting the channel and one of its shows – Dragon Ball Super at Kidexpo Paris 2018 this week.

http://www.toonami.fr/

Toonami Africa Channel Launched Today

Toonami Africa Channel Launched Today

Toonami Africa Channel Launched Today

Today (01/06/2017), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has launched an African version of the Toonami channel for English-speaking countries on the continent. Turner has partnered with pan-sub-Saharan satellite television provider Kwesé TV to distribute the brand new channel in English speaking Africa (excluding the Republic of South Africa). Toonami is the home of DC Comics superheroes including Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and action animation including Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, the channel has a target age group of children aged between six and twelve years old. The launch of the new channel continues Toonami’s expansion within the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Kwesé TV also added Cartoon Network, Boomerang and CNN International to its TV service after a channel distribution deal with Turner was announced last month. The channel launch also follows the introduction of Toonami France into the Francophone African television market in April last year.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/04/cartoon-network-africa-coming-to-kwese-tv-3rd-may/

From The Kwesé TV Press Release: Kwesé TV to exclusively launch Turner’s new superhero channel across Africa

Africa’s newest and most exciting broadcast network Kwesé TV, has added a brand-new kid channel Toonami to its bouquet from the leading channel provider of wholesome family entertainment Turner. The channel, which is dedicated to superhero cartoons, is a new addition to Turner’s current children’s entertainment offering. Kwesé TV will exclusively launch Toonami to English speaking territories from 1 June, strengthening Kwesé TV’s family viewing programming line-up, while simultaneously boosting Turner’s kids’ entertainment bouquet in these markets.

Toonami, the home of superheroes, targets 6 to 12-year-old children and super-hero fans of all ages with its 24-hour programming line-up, jam-packed with top-rated adventure and action series. The introduction of Toonami reinforces Turner’s portfolio of successful kids’ channels that includes Cartoon Network and Boomerang across the continent, both also available on Kwesé TV.

Available exclusively on Econet Media’s Kwesé TV in English-speaking countries outside South Africa, Toonami is the go-to destination for superhero enthusiasts of all ages.

Family and kids will enjoy uninterrupted hours of high-quality shows, specially packaged for African audiences through Kwesé’s multi-platform offering that includes satellite TV and a mobile app for iOS or Android.

From the first of June, subscribers will dive into the fantastic world of DC Comics’ ‘Batman’, ‘Superman’, ‘The Green Lantern’ and ‘The Justice League’. Other popular children’s superheroes loved by young African audiences, such as ‘Ben 10’ and ‘Thundercats’ have also been added to the schedule. The branded Toonami Movies block will screen a host of feature films that showcase popular superheroes’ heroic acts and deeds.

The launch of Toonami follows a multi-territory agreement which Turner has signed with Econet Media including CNN International – the number one news brand in Africa – and much-loved leading kids’ channels on the continent Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Turner Southern Europe and Africa, says: “We are pleased with the addition of Toonami to the Kwesé bouquet as it further diversifies our robust entertainment experience and programme offering outside of South Africa. With its clear positioning and strong franchising connections, we are convinced that Toonami will build a strong fan base around the most popular superheroes. Turner will meet the growing demand for premium quality superhero content on the continent.”

With the success of Cartoon Network and Boomerang, ranked first and second respectively among kids’ TV brands across Africa, Turner has firmly established its position as the provider of leading kids’ entertainment channels. It is anticipated that the addition of Toonami will further strengthen this position.

“At Kwesé we pride ourselves in offering exclusive and never seen before content for our viewers. The addition of this exciting new channel Toonami to our network brings further diversity, choice and more importantly exclusivity to our premium children’s line-up, building an even more compelling entertainment bouquet for the whole family to enjoy,” shared Econet Media President and Group CEO Joseph Hundah.

For the world’s best documentaries, music shows, movies, sport and more buy a Kwesé decoder online. For a unique business opportunity, apply to become a Kwesé dealer. To enjoy our bouquet of live channels, viewers all over Africa can download the Kwesé App for iOS or Android and register for free.

http://www.c21media.net/kwese-brings-toonami-to-africa/

http://worldscreen.com/tvkids/turners-toonami-to-debut-on-kwese-tv-in-africa/