Cartoon Network Africa’s Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

Cartoon Network Africa's Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

Cartoon Network Africa’s Future Plans For More Local Content And Viewing Ratings Performance

South African media news website – The Media Online has interviewed the channel manager of Turner Africa (and France) – Julien Borde, in the interview, Julien talked about the new pop-up channel in Africa – Superhero HQ, new local content and viewing ratings.

Interview Summary With Julien Borde:

The full interview can be viewed on the following link: https://themediaonline.co.za/2019/03/from-superheroes-and-american-blockbusters-to-local-partnerships/

Superhero HQ

Regarding the temporary pop-up channel – Superhero HQ (Super-powered by Cartoon Network), Julien said a channel was needed to target both adults and kids, as 51% of CN’s audience are in fact adults and includes adults who watch animation with their children, as TV shows and movies about superheroes are popular at the moment, it was an ideal theme for the pop-up channel. Superhero HQ was set up to air during the school holidays, which is when children’s television broadcasters have a captive audience and Cartoon Network wanted to make use of its animation library, which includes CN’s original programming, content from Warner Bros. Animation and some acquisitions. In order to localise the channel for an African audience, Turner hired South African comedian Mojak Lehoko who created some superhero related comedy sketches for the channel.

Local Content and Localisation

Julien Borde also said that there will be more local content appearing on Cartoon Network Africa very soon, including a second season of the dance show – Pop Up Party and magic show – WOOALA! Pop Up Party season two will feature 15 super-talented kids from different backgrounds in Cape Town going head to head to express themselves through movement and dance. In WOOALA!, Wian, a 23-year-old South African magician, will use everyday objects to perform illusions and magic tricks that will amaze children and their parents.

Cartoon Network Africa also developed its new Creative Lab initiative, which is an opportunity for potential African animated show creators. The winning shorts are currently being produced and will be shown at DISCOP Johannesburg 2019 in November. After some market research, it was revealed that the African market is very interested in anime as a comic form, Cartoon Network Africa has acknowledged the findings and will premiere a new anime series on Cartoon Network Africa on Saturday 27th April – Bakugan: Battle Planet.

Viewing Ratings, VOD, Content Distribution

Turner’s content is distributed to 56 different countries in Africa, because of local differences, Turner has to make sure its content is suitable for each market it broadcasts to. Turner Africa had a successful end to 2018 with the children’s channel multiplex (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Toonami) and TNT reaching new viewing rating highs.

Cartoon Network remains to be the favourite children’s channel in South Africa, dominating the top 15 best performing shows. Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, Apple and Onion and Craig of the Creek are particularly popular in Africa. Boomerang is also growing, its now the second favourite childrens channel in Africa, for kids aged between 4 and 14 years old, it’s also the second most popular channel in French speaking Africa (Boomerang France is received in Francophone Africa). Recently, TNT was the second movie channel within the total African movie channel movie market (source: AGB Nielsen).

In Africa, conventional linear pay-TV is still a popular option for entertainment, however Turner has worked with DStv to provide programming on its Catch Up VOD (Video On-Demand) service and is distributing Boing Africa and Toonami Africa on Cell-C’s live-streaming service – Black. Turner also formed a partnership with South Africa-based streaming service Showmax, the deal included Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim programming.

https://themediaonline.co.za/2019/03/from-superheroes-and-american-blockbusters-to-local-partnerships/

The Legend of Zeta And Ozz Premiered On Cartoon Network Latin America’s YouTube Channel

The Legend of Zeta And Ozz Premiered On Cartoon Network Latin America's YouTube Channel

The Legend of Zeta And Ozz Premiered On Cartoon Network Latin America’s YouTube Channel

Yesterday (17th February), Cartoon Network Latin America live-streamed their brand new animated short-form series – The Legend of Zeta and Ozz (Latin American Spanish title: La Leyenda de Zeta and Ozz) on their YouTube channel as well as their Facebook page. The Legend of Zeta and Ozz tells the story of a friendship between a egotistical fox and an enthusiastic but childish bear. Both Zeta and Ozz want to be known forever as legends, they try to do this by attempting ridiculous challenges, but they always fall short of their dreams. Despite not being up to the mark, they still have fun during their surreal adventures while traveling in their van across a continent called “Golden Moon”.

The new series is produced by the combined effort of three different Chile-based studios – Punk Robot, Niño Viejo and Typpo, with both Punk Robot and Niño Viejo are handling the animation production and Typpo is doing the scriptwriting for the show. The initial production batch for The Legend Zeta and Ozz includes ten 15-second shorts and ten 3-minute episodes, which were previewed at Chilemonos animation festival 2018.

Episodes of The Legend of Zeta and Ozz can now be viewed on Cartoon Network Latin America’s YouTube channel, the playlist can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_6LtW9tXrxi1e4mEk0ENY-EHUXAE9wse

More information about The Legend of Zeta And Ozz on the link below:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/10/cartoon-network-latin-america-greenlights-the-legend-of-zeta-and-ozz-animated-shorts-series/

http://www.cartoonnetworkla.com

http://www.punkrobot.cl/

http://typpo.cl/portfolio_page/the-legend-of-zeta-ozz-tv-series-digital-shorts-39×7-10×3-10×15/

http://ninoviejo.cl/

https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/espectaculos-y-tv/tv/2019/02/15/cartoon-network-estrena-este-fin-de-semana-serie-animada-chilena.shtml

Cartoon Network Latin America’s ¡Golpea duro Hara! To Premiere On YouTube Today 8th December

Cartoon Network Latin America's ¡Golpea duro Hara! To Premiere On YouTube Today 8th December

Cartoon Network Latin America’s ¡Golpea duro Hara! To Premiere On YouTube Today 8th December

The studio behind Cartoon Network Latin America’s new animated miniseries – ¡Golpea duro Hara! (in English – Hit Hard, Hara!) – Marmota Studio will be premiering their new show on their YouTube channel today at 7pm Chile/Argentina, 4pm Mexico (Mexico City) and 10pm GMT/London. ¡Golpea duro Hara! is the first animated Cartoon Network production to be produced by 100% Chilean animation talent. The new show is created by Matías Latorre and Javiera Siri.

The new animated series will have six chapters and follows the adventures of two friends – Hara and Tesu, after the death of Hara’s grandmother, both go a journey through the desert to defeat King Akiles. Hara is the show’s main character and in the show, she’s the only woman in the world. The 15-year-old is passionate, adventurous, impatient and half clumsy. Hara also loves to fight, but her uncontrollable anger attacks prevent her from performing the secret technique that will make her victorious: hard hits and blows, hence the name of the show. The show also draws inspiration from the popular action anime series – Dragon Ball Z and in the animation community, it is sometimes compared to OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.

¡Golpea duro Hara! premiered during the Fan Chile 2018 Children’s Audiovisual Festival at the Hub Providencia de Manuel Montt in Santiago, Chile on 8th September, the screening was attended by Lucas Arechaga, Senior Programming Content Manager for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Tooncast Latin America; María Graciela Severino (executive producer of the series); Bernardita Pastén (art director and co-founder of Marmota Studio); Matías Latorre, director of Marmota Studio and show co-creator and Javiera Siri (scriptwriter and show co-creator).

https://medium.com/plannueve/cartoon-network-presenta-golpea-duro-hara-7010d1036d

https://www.emol.com/noticias/Espectaculos/2018/09/14/920668/Cartoon-Network-llevara-hasta-sus-pantallas-Golpea-duro-Hara-la-serie-chilena-inspirada-en-Dragon-Ball-Z.html