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.

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Cartoon Network Africa Coming To Kwesé TV 3rd May

Cartoon Network Africa Coming To Kwesé TV 3rd May

Cartoon Network Africa Coming To Kwesé TV 3rd May

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”

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https://www.biznisafrica.co.za/kwese-tv-signs-major-broadcast-deal-with-turner/

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Marc Goodchild Appointed Head Of Digital Content Strategy For Turner EMEA

Marc Goodchild Appointed Head Of Digital Content Strategy For Turner EMEA

Marc Goodchild Appointed Head Of Digital Content Strategy For Turner EMEA

Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed an influential award winning television producer and digital executive to head its Digital Content Strategy for its children’s and general entertainment channels, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, Toonami and Boing. Mr Goodchild will lead the local digital teams in Turner’s regional offices across EMEA and will work with the central research, commercial, advertising sales, marketing, PR and franchise management teams in London.

Digital content is an increasingly growing part of Turner’s business, in recent years in the media industry there has been a lot of focus on live-streaming and on-demand TV Anywhere services, micro-formatted content for digital apps such as Cartoon Network Anything and mobile games from Cartoon Network Games. In the digital era, it’s becoming more important to distribute content on multiple devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and PC’s, as consumers want to watch content when and where it’s convenient to them.

In Europe, Middle East and Africa, Turner has launched ten new YouTube channels, 16 new apps and introduced the micro-content app Cartoon Network Anything in seven new markets. Kids app downloads have increased +83% year-on-year, YouTube views increased by 500% across its 18 Cartoon Network and 9 Boomerang YouTube channels. Turner EMEA operates more than 60 websites and other digital platforms and has recently made a content deal with DHX’s WildBrain to manage its show specific children’s animation YouTube channels in EMEA and Latin America.

Mr Goodchild will report to Patricia Hidalgo, SVP Chief Content and Creative Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy and will work with the brand new Digital Ventures & Innovation division of Turner International. Mr Goodchild also co-founded creative app studio and technology house Gingersnap Studios and co-founder at SyncScreen which provides second screen authoring and synchronisation tools for non-live and VOD productions. He has also worked in several director, producer and executive roles in the UK including at the BBC and at Disney. He has also worked as Head of Digital Services for CBeebies and CBBC and was also behind the development of the CBBC and CBeebies sections on the BBC’s on-demand service – iPlayer.

http://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/profile/marc-goodchild-5/

From The Offical Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA appoints Marc Goodchild to Head of Digital Content Strategy & Product

Turner Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) today named Marc Goodchild as its Head of Digital Content Strategy & Product for EMEA.

Goodchild, an award winning television producer and digital executive with a 20-year track record in broadcast, production and the start-up community, will be responsible for the overall content strategy and digital content vision for EMEA, working in close collaboration with all regional content and digital teams. He will also lead the EMEA Central Digital Team and any third party digital vendors, provide support and editorial guidance to the local heads of digital and work in close collaboration with the central research, commercial, advertising sales, marketing, PR and franchise management teams.

Reporting to Patricia Hidalgo, SVP Chief Content and Creative Office EMEA and International Kids Strategy, Goodchild will also be responsible for building and maintaining close collaboration and relationships with all key digital global stakeholders, both technical and editorial, in particular with the recently formed Digital Ventures & Innovation division of Turner International.

His responsibilities for developing and managing EMEA’s digital content and product strategy includes the implementation of Turner-owned digital products and content from the global business, along with those from international and/or EMEA origin that increase and enhance engagement with our audiences and brands across the region.

Patricia Hidalgo ,SVP Chief Content and Creative Office EMEA and International Kids Strategy said:

“This appointment recognises Turner’s focus on giving our fans even more innovative and immersive digital experiences. Marc’s wide range of expertise in the broadcast, production and start-up sectors makes him ideally suited to help us build on our existing momentum in the digital space and deliver a cohesive digital strategy for EMEA. He’ll be integral in helping us continue to create and curate great content so that it is discoverable and engaging how, when and where our fans want it.”

The appointment comes at a time of rapid evolution for Turner into a more consumer-centric, data-driven media company, which includes an accelerated focus on driving and expanding its portfolio of kids and general entertainment branded destinations across all parts of the digital ecosystem.

In EMEA last year alone, the business launched 10 new YouTube channels and 16 new apps and introduced its signature CN Anything app into seven new markets. It saw its kids’ app downloads up +83% year-on-year and its YouTube viewership went up more than fivefold across 18 Cartoon Network and nine Boomerang channels. Turner EMEA currently operates a suite of more than 60 websites and other digital platforms and recently appointed DHX Media’s Wildbrain to manage its YouTube channels in both EMEA and Latin America.

The increased focus on digital will in turn also allow Turner to provide its various partners with fresh and varied ways of associating with our content to reach audiences across the digital spectrum.

Goodchild joins Turner this month after a period working with UK start-ups where among other achievements he pioneered a new second-screen system for kids shows, and most recently a family app gifting platform. Most recently co-founder and CEO at creative app studio and technology house Gingersnap Studios, he was previously co-founder and CCO at SyncScreen providing second screen authoring and synchronisation tools for non-live and VOD productions. His career includes a mix of senior director, producer and executive roles at Disney and the BBC, and on commissions for Discovery and Channel 4. He has also worked as a digital consultant for independent production companies including Jamie Oliver, Zodiak Kids, Lion TV etc. He has a BA Hons in Politics from the University of Nottingham and a post-grad in Broadcast Journalism from City University.

http://www.turner.com/pressroom/turner-emea-appoints-marc-goodchild-head-digital-content-strategy-product-0