Turner Renews Distribution Deal With Sky Deutschland

Turner Renews Distribution Deal With Sky Deutschland

Turner Renews Distribution Deal With Sky Deutschland

Today (4th September), Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and the German division of British direct-to-home satellite pay-tv provider – Sky Deutschland have renewed their distribution deal. The carriage deal includes continued distribution of Cartoon Network and Boomerang in Germany and Austria on Sky’s TV platform, as well as TNT Film, TNT Series and TNT Comedy. The deal also includes VOD (Video-On-Demand) rights for Cartoon Network’s and Boomerang’s shows which are also accessible on Sky Deutschland’s child friendly streaming service app – Sky Kids. The deal also includes carriage of a HD version of TNT Film – TNT Film HD.

Manuel Kindervater, Vice President of Partner Channels at Sky Deutschland made this statement in regards with the new deal with Turner:

“Our focus is on presenting our customers with the highest quality content, The self-produced series, the films and the high-quality children’s programs of Turner stations are clearly one of them.”

Matthias Heinze, general manager of Turner Eastern Europe and Benelux also added:

“The new contract with our longtime partner Sky is an important step. We were not only able to jointly increase the distribution of some of our channels, but have long-term security.”

https://variety.com/2018/tv/global/sky-deutschland-turner-agree-new-channels-deal-1202925647/

https://info.sky.de/inhalt/de/medienzentrum_news_pr_04092018.jsp

https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2018/09/04/sky-deutschland-to-keep-turner-channels/

https://www.sky.de/

Boomerang Central Eastern Europe HD Has Launched In Poland Today 17th April

Boomerang Central Eastern Europe HD Has Launched In Poland Today 17th April

Boomerang Central Eastern Europe HD Has Launched In Poland Today 17th April

Today (17th April), Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) has launched a high definition feed of Boomerang Central Eastern Europe which is now available to viewers in Poland. Plans for an HD version of Boomerang CEE were announced in October last year. The channel also broadcasts to a large chunk of Europe including Hungary, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and also to the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders Region) in Western Europe, but no plans of the HD feed being distributed in these countries has been announced yet.

The channel also made the switch to 16:9 widescreen on Wednesday 4th April in preparation for the launch of the HD feed. Viewers in Poland are now able to enjoy animated shows such as New Looney Tunes, Bunnicula and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz in High Definition. On Monday 7th May, the standard definition feed of Boomerang CEE will be switched off in Poland, ending the full transition to high definition.

Matthias Heinze, the general manager of Turner Central and Eastern Europe made this statement in regards of the new Boomerang HD feed (translated):

“We want to constantly strengthen Boomerang’s position in the Polish market. Fans of classic cartoons should expect a few new products to be introduced on the channel this summer, including the transition to HD quality. One thing will stay the same: all the time we want to provide viewers with a source of carefree, family entertainment that every child needs.”

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/10/boomerang-hd-feed-launch-poland-2018/

http://satkurier.pl/news/170079/boomerang-hd-rozpoczal-nadawanie-w-polsce.html

https://media2.pl/media/149951-Boomerang-rozpoczal-nadawanie-w-HD.-W-maju-koniec-wersji-SD.html

Interview Summary With Cartoon Network CEE Manager Matthias Heinze And Turner Marketing Manager Mira Ryness

Interview Summary With Cartoon Network CEE Manager Matthias Heinze And Turner Marketing Manager Mira Ryness

Interview Summary With Cartoon Network CEE Manager Matthias Heinze And Turner Marketing Manager Mira Ryness

Today (29/09/2017), Czech media news website rozhlas.cz has published an interview with Matthias Heinze, the general manager of Turner Central Eastern Europe and Benelux and with Mira Ryness, marketing and PR manager at Turner EMEA, in the interview both Matthias and Mira were asked a series of questions about the future of Cartoon Network and its animated shows. Cartoon Network fully launched in the Czech Republic this month, and the channel has started airing its animated shows in the Czech language.

Summary of the interview:

Matthias Heinze explains that the Czech language launch on Cartoon Network only happened due to the recent development of the Czech pay-TV market, neighbouring countries such as Poland have a high percentage of households with subscription television, hence why Cartoon Network has been available in the Polish language for several years. Mira also mentioned that Czech children are already familiar with the channel’s content which airs on other pay-TV and free-to-air channels in the country.

Matthias explained that Cartoon Network’s original programming (from Cartoon Network Studios etc.) forms a main part of the network’s “pillar” and is the main reason why kids want to watch the channel, along with the company’s emphasis on multi-platform digital services also allows the channel to stand out from its competitors. Matthias also said that Cartoon Network is interested in working with animators in the Czech Republic to work on projects, however nothing specific is planned at the moment, in other markets, the channel already has experience producing local content.

Mira said that Cartoon Network will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in different ways in different markets, such as the exhibition at the Paley Center in New York, she also mentioned that celebrations will last a whole year and not just a month. Matthias mentioned that there isn’t any plans for any more reboots (at least for the time being), he also mentioned that Wacky Races will air on Boomerang Central Eastern Europe later this year and new episodes of New Looney Tunes are already airing. He also said that rebooting Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls made a lot of sense as both shows were highly popular during their original run, the reboots have been modernised to make them relevant for the new generation of kids, however new content is important too. Mira also mentioned that a lot of care must be taken when rebooting a show, the new show must be true to the original source material.

Matthias also talked about future plans for Boomerang, at the moment, Boomerang will only be distributed in English in the Czech Republic, he explains that Boomerang has a lot of shows (Tom and Jerry or Grizzy and the Lemmings are good examples) that have little to no dialogue and simple words. Also mentioned in the interview, the Czech Republic will have an local advertising opt-out starting from next year and Turner is currently negotiating with local pay-TV providers to distribute the new HD feed which is planned to launch in a few weeks time.

http://www.rozhlas.cz/digital/televize/_zprava/matthias-heinze-turner-broadcasting-na-cartoon-network-uvazujeme-i-o-lokalni-tvorbe–1757958