Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Animation Studio Coming Soon?
While speaking at APOS, one of Asia’s largest media and entertainment industry events, the president of Turner International – Gerhard Zeiler has said that Cartoon Network in the Asia-Pacific region will eventually have its very own animation studio. At present, Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific uses a “virtual studio” approach to commissioning and developing shows. At present, Cartoon Network works with other animation studios throughout the Asia-Pacific region such as Top Draw Animation in the Philippines (Exchange Student Zero, Monster Beach), Rubber House in Australia (Lasso and Comet) and Vaibhav Studios in India (Lamput). Outside the United States, Cartoon Network currently has a studio based in London (for The Amazing World of Gumball) and another based in Abu Dhabi (used for Mansour, a local animation production for the Arab World).
Cartoon Network And Cover Store In Italy Partner For Smartphone Covers
Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises and Italian smartphone cover retailer – Cover Store have partnered up for a range of Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls smartphone covers, now you can Powerpuff your phone with the cutest superheroines on Cartoon Network or you can take Finn and Jake out with you while you’re on your adventures. Looney Tunes themed mobile phone covers are also available.
Time Warner/Turner First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Time Warner, the parent company of Cartoon Network’s Turner Broadcasting has announced better than expected first-quarter results, helped by Warner Bros.’ movie releases The Lego Batman Movie and Kong: Skull Island. Turner has seen a two percent decline in ad revenue for its TV channels, but this is more of a television industry issue as other networks are facing the same problem. John Martin, the CEO and Chairman of Turner expected a healthy upfront season of new shows and episodes, which has helped increase advertisers’ interest in recent weeks. Time Warner has no plans to offer its content on Amazon Prime, focusing on their own channels and streaming services instead (including Boomerang, Filmstruck, the upcoming DC Comics streaming service and its 10% stake in Hulu). Time Warner’s merger with AT&T is currently on track and is expected to be finalised by the end of this year.
Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific’s Lamput Wins FICCI Frames 2017 Award
Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific’s animated short series – Lamput, has won the Best Case Study Award at FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) Frames 2017, the entertainment and media convention was held in Mumbai, India on 21st to 23rd March. The animated short series follows Lamput, a gooey orange nutcase that escaped from a secret laboratory. Two scientists, Fat Doc and Slim Doc try to capture Lamput, but for the scientists, catching Lamput is no easy job, he’s a master of disguise and shapeshifting. The animated short series received praise because of the show’s story writing and for its humour.
Lamput is created by Mumbai-based Vaibhav Studios and has been featured on-air, online and on-app since 2016 in Asia Pacific on Cartoon Network and POGO, and worldwide on Boomerang, the animated shorts were also uploaded on other localised Cartoon Network YouTube channels, including Spain, Portugal and Turkey. Vaibhav Kumaresh (Creator of Lamput and Director) and Anand Babu (Pre-Production Artist) from Vaibhav Studios will also be guest speaking at the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios event in Singapore on 21st April.
Previously, Cartoon Network also won Best Animated Film for its Roll No.21: Kris in Bollywood at FICCI Frames 2016 and also Best Animated Film for Roll No.21: Ticket to Australia the year before.
Lamput was greenlit by Turner Asia-Pacific’s virtual studio, a network of artists, animators, writers and studios across Asia and Oceania.
From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Turner’s Short Series “Lamput” Wins Big At FICCI: The prestigious critics’ choice award selected the short as the best case study in the Animated Frames category
Turner has won critical acclaim for Lamput at FICCI Frames 2017 as the Best Case Study in the Animated Frames category.
The original series, which features a gooey orange nutcase that outwits a pair of hapless doctors, has received praise for its ability to tell multiple stories and inspire laughter.
Lamput is created by Mumbai-based Vaibhav Studios and has been on-air, online and on-app since 2016 in Asia Pacific on Cartoon Network and POGO, and worldwide on Boomerang, Turner’s second flagship kids channel.
Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific, commented:
“We couldn’t be happier for this little orange character who has truly sparked to life over the last year to delight kids everywhere. This award demonstrates the depth of talent in India and how a simple idea can be transformed into something shown on screens around the world.”
This is three years in a row that Turner original content has been shortlisted at FICCI Frames. Cartoon Network won Best Animated Film for Roll No. 21 – Kris in Bollywood in 2016 and Best Animated Film for Roll No. 21 – Ticket to Australia the year before.
Lamput was greenlit by Turner Asia Pacific’s virtual studio as part of Cartoon Network’s shorts programme, which connects artists, animators, writers and studios from around the region.
We Bare Bears Creator Daniel Chong As Guest Speaker At Cartoon Network Imagination Studios Event In Singapore
Daniel Chong, the creator of Cartoon Network Studios’ We Bare Bears will be attending the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios Event in Singapore next month as a guest speaker. At the event, Daniel will talk about his experience and journey as an artist as well as the creative process behind Cartoon Network’s animated comedy – We Bare Bears.
The event in Singapore will consist of two different animation workshops for prospective animators, the event is a partnership between Cartoon Network and the IMDA (Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore), there will be an adult’s animation industry workshop on 21st April and a children’s workshop on 22nd April, both sessions will run from 10am to 4pm and are free of charge, registration is required. The event will be held at the IMDA’s Pixel Studios in One-North. Daniel Chong will be speaking at both workshops. The animation industry workshop will feature speakers from Turner Asia-Pacific’s creative, programming and interactive teams including Glenn Bartlett, Silas Hickey, Yoshiya Ayugai, Mark Consell and Edward Barnieh as well as Vaibhav Kumaresh and Anand Babu from Vaibhav Studios, animators of Cartoon Network’s animated short series – Lamput.
Topics discussed at the animation industry workshop include an introduction and differences between Cartoon Network and Boomerang, the development and challenges behind animated short-form comedy, how to turn an animated concept into a show pitch, the importance of the interactive element to Cartoon Network’s shows – including games and a talk about Turner Asia-Pacific’s co-productions and what the company is looking for in an animated show.
Attendees will have the opportunity submit their own animation ideas to Cartoon Network. If selected, the idea could be fully funded and produced by Cartoon Network in partnership with IMDA. The animated short will also be screened on Cartoon Network’s channels across Asia.
At the children’s event, there will be a screening of stop-motion animation, a live demonstration of stop-motion animation using the ‘pixilation’ technique, at the end of the session, kids will get to create their own ‘pixilation’ film clip and will get to showcase their work. Children attending the session must be aged between 9 and 13.
Attendees for both workshops must register on the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios microsite on the Cartoon Network Southeast Asia website by the end of Monday 10th April, also StarHub TV subscribers are eligible for a free Cartoon Network goodie bag, make sure to enter in your subscriber NRIC number when registering.
Turner’s Cartoon Network has announced the staging of a two-day Imagination Studios workshop in Singapore as part of a global initiative to inspire the next generation of storytellers and creators.
Hosted in partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and supported by StarHub, Imagination Studios comprises an industry workshop on Friday, April 21, and a workshop for children on Saturday, April 22. The events will be held at PIXEL Studios, a dedicated facility launched by IMDA last year to spur Singapore’s next generation of digital content creators.
Both events will be fronted by highly talented animator, Daniel Chong – creator and executive producer of Cartoon Network’s hit comedy, We Bare Bears. After building a successful career in Burbank, California, Daniel will speak about his journey as an artist and the process behind creating one of the hottest animated series.
“Imagination Studios will not only help us to provide a platform to those who are interested in animation, but will also look to inspire passion in future animators too. There is a strong pool of talent in Singapore and we are dedicated to working closely with industry leaders such as IMDA and StarHub to offer them new opportunities and direction. To complement Cartoon Network’s global artist and international shorts programmes, this event is also a great way for us to connect with our viewers, and show them how some of the best animated content is made,” said Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific.
“IMDA is excited to partner Turner’s Cartoon Network to give Singapore talent the opportunity to unleash their imagination and creativity, to learn from and be inspired by artists like Daniel Chong. We believe that everyone has a story to tell, no matter how young you are or where you come from. So we hope that workshops like Imagination Studios will help uncover more interesting stories from Singapore and allow them to be enjoyed by a global audience,” added Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive for Content and Innovation, IMDA.
Those attending the industry seminars will hear from a number of animation professionals from Turner and leading studios who will each provide insight into how to conceptualise, refine and pitch an idea. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to submit their own animation idea to Turner which, if selected, could be fully-funded and produced by Cartoon Network in partnership with IMDA, with the potential to be screened across Asia Pacific and beyond.
The workshop on Saturday, April 22, will introduce children to the wonderful world of animation. Through hands-on and group sessions, kids will learn how to create their very own stop-animation video in a fun and active environment. The session will be conducted by Vaibhav Kumarev, director of Vaibhav Studios in India, and creator of the award-winning Cartoon Network original series, Lamput.
Imagination Studios is a global initiative by Cartoon Network that looks to provide a fun and immersive experience to engage children and inspire them to get involved in publishing their own content. For more information, please visit CartoonNetworkAsia.com/ImaginationStudios.