Malaysian Celebrity Alif Satar Guest Stars As Ben 10 Villain
Malaysian singer Alif Satar will be guest starring and taking the role of villain – Tim Buktu in a new episode of the Malay dubbed version of Ben 10, which will air on Cartoon Network Southeast Asia this Saturday (17/06/2017) at 9am. In the episode – Villain Time, Ben Tennyson attempts to save the Hoover Dam from destruction, however so-called “hero” Tim Buktu gets into the action to help out, even though he caused the incident in the first place. In the original English language version, Tim Buktu is voiced by Travis Willingham.
Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer of Turner’s Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific, said: “We are so pleased to have partnered with Alif for this special opportunity in Malaysia. He has such an outgoing and fun personality that we knew he would be a great fit to play Tim Buktu.”
Alif Satar also added: “Ben 10 is one of those cartoons that every young boy grows up watching. I am a fan myself and remember watching my favourite episodes on Cartoon Network when I was a kid! It is such an honour to now be able to feature in this iconic series. I had a great time letting loose as the character of Tim Buktu and cannot wait to share the experience with my fans!”
Cartoon Network Celebrates Gumball And Other Local Productions At Annecy Animation Festival 2017
Cartoon Network is at the Annecy Animation Festival this week (12/06/2017 to 17/06/2017) to promote their animated programming not only from their well-established studio in Burbank, California but also local productions in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) area including the critically acclaimed and Children’s BAFTA award-winning The Amazing World of Gumball and other new productions in the pipeline. Turner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang content is also complimented by animation productions from its sister company – Warner Bros. Animation. The Annecy Animation Festival is considered to be one of the largest and influential animation industry events in the world, the festival is an opportunity for animation studios to promote their work, for broadcasters to buy new shows, to seek new talent or just to find inspiration.
In 2016-2017, Turner EMEA has increased their investment in local productions by 30%, new European productions include The Happos Family (renewed for a second season with extended episodes) and a brand new show coming in 2018 – Taffy, both shows are Boomerang original series and are produced by Cyber Group Studios. For Cartoon Network, a short-form animated series – The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe has been greenlit, the show is due to premiere in late 2017, the show is created by two former members of The Amazing World of Gumball production staff – Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg. The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe is animated by Sun Creature Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also during this summer, Cartoon Network will be producing a new live-action game show based on the Ben 10 franchise named Ben 10 Challenge, the show will be recorded in Madrid and will be produced in eight languages.
Representatives from Cartoon Network will also be at MIFA animation market at the festival (French acronym: Marché international du film d’animation, in English: International Animated Film Market) and will be looking for new creative talent to join its regional teams in the US, Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC), for both current and new productions. Meetings will be held at the Cartoon Network booth (Stand 4.A08) and Cartoon Network will also host its highly popular Picnic By the Lake event at the festival on Thursday 15th June. The Picnic By the Lake event will be an opportunity for animation students to network with studio talent and creatives.
An episode of Cartoon Network’s Clarence will be screened at the festival – The Tails of Mardrynia as well as Bill and Tony shorts from Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific. Cartoon Network’s main event at Annecy this year will be a The Amazing World of Gumball studio panel, featuring show creator Ben Bocquelet and show director Mic Graves accompanied by creatives and guest studios involved in some of its most unique episodes. UK-based kids’ production company Blink Industries who have recently completed work on Gumball’s season five episode entitled “The Puppets,” (directed by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling creators of internet sensation Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared) will be joining the panel. A mini-series inspired by the episode named “Waiting For Gumball” has also been commissioned and is directed by BAFTA-nominated Simon Cartwright (Manoman) and Baker Terry (Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared). The special panel event will take place on Thursday 15th June at Salle Pierre Lamy (4pm – 5.15pm). Ben and Mic will also be joined with the show’s composer – Ben Locket as well as French director and illustrator, Simon Landrein, who created a special skateboarding sequence for the season five episode “The Ollie”.
From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Cartoon Network To Celebrate The Power Of Local Production At Annecy Animation Festival: As the network invests in more local content than ever, it brings to Annecy a special showcase of European-produced global hit “The Amazing World of Gumball”
Turner’s Cartoon Network heads to Annecy Animation Festival and MIFA this week riding high on a wave of newly announced content, including a host of internationally-produced series and local development projects. In Europe alone, Turner has increased its content investment for Cartoon Network and second flagship kids’ channel, Boomerang by around 30% from 2016-2017 – complementing the amazing pipeline of US content from Cartoon Network Studios and sister-company Warner Bros., whilst ensuring the channels deliver strong local relevance.
Spearheading this year’s activities is a Studio Panel celebrating Cartoon Network’s European-produced, award-winning, global hit The Amazing World of Gumball, which is now in production on season six. Taking place on Thursday 15th June at Salle Pierre Lamy (4-5.15pm), the panel will feature Ben Bocquelet (Series Creator) and Mic Graves (Series Director) on a special journey behind-the-scenes of this extraordinary animated series, accompanied by creatives and guest studios involved in some of its most unique episodes.
Among the panel guests is new UK-based kids’ production company Blink Industries who have recently completed work on Gumball’s season five episode entitled “The Puppets,” directed by Becky & Joe, creators of internet sensation Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared. A mini-series inspired by the episode named “Waiting For Gumball” has also been commissioned and is directed by BAFTA-nominated Simon Cartwright (Manoman) and Baker Terry (Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared) – fresh and exciting creative talent managed by Blink Industries.
Also joining the line-up are Gumball’s music composer, Ben Locket, who will talk about his process and the use of some complex and unusual musical techniques, and acclaimed French director and illustrator, Simon Landrein, who created a special skateboarding sequence for the season five episode “The Ollie”.
Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA Kids & International Kids Strategy commented: “As we dial up our local production investments internationally, this couldn’t feel like a more fitting time to celebrate our first major hit to come out of Europe and some of the amazing talent involved in the show. We’re continuing to look for great animation talent to work on Gumball season six, as well as our many different productions across the globe, and we’re excited to once again host our highly anticipated Picnic by the Lake, which is a fantastic opportunity for students to network and connect with key people from our studios.”
Brian Miller, SVP & General Manager, Cartoon Network Studios added: “Coming to Annecy always furthers the opportunity for Cartoon Network to explore and collaborate with various global production partners, and this year, we are especially keen to learn about some of the new production technologies being presented at the festival.”
Mark Eyers, SVP & Chief Content Officer – Kids Networks, Turner Asia Pacific said: “We’re attending Annecy again this year in the hope of discovering more fun and engaging ideas to become part of our successful original development programme in APAC. It’s also exciting that just one of the many highlights to have come out of that programme already – a series of shorts entitled Bill and Tony – has been selected to screen in competition at the festival, which is an amazing endorsement of the comedy animation we’re producing in the region right now.”
Known for its creator-driven and holistic approach to developing content across multiple platforms, representatives from Cartoon Network will also be on the lookout for new creative talent to join its teams in the US, Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC). Meetings will be held at the Cartoon Network booth (Stand 4.A08) and Cartoon Network will also host its hugely popular Picnic By the Lake on Thursday 15th June.
In the past few months’ alone, Turner has announced a number of new internationally-produced series and local development projects, including: Taffy and a second season of The Happos Family, both created for Boomerang in partnership with Cyber Group Studios; The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, a Danish-produced series for Cartoon Network, created by two animators who previously worked on Gumball; and Ben 10 Challenge, a live-action gameshow based on the Cartoon Network franchise, which will be produced in Spain in eight languages.
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.