Cartoon Network EMEA’s Gumball VIP App To Rollout Internationally

Cartoon Network EMEA's Gumball VIP App To Rollout Internationally

Cartoon Network EMEA’s Gumball VIP App To Rollout Internationally

Cartoon Network EMEA’s (Europe, Middle East Africa) The Amazing World of Gumball episode audio detection and quiz app – Gumball VIP is now having an international rollout after a successful trial on Cartoon Network UK during October half-term last year. The Gumball VIP mobile app (developed for Android and iOS) will now rollout to 10 different markets all over the world over the next six months including Italy (Cartoon Network Italy), The Philippines and Singapore (Cartoon Network Southeast Asia) by the end of 2018, followed by Australia and New Zealand (Cartoon Network Australia), Poland (Cartoon Network Poland), Romania (Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe), Spain (Boing Spain), France (Cartoon Network France) and also a second rollout in the UK (Cartoon Network UK) in the first quarter of 2019.

The Gumball VIP app makes use of audio recognition technology, the app detects the episode of The Amazing World of Gumball the viewer is currently watching. After the app has successfully detected the episode, the app will then fetch questions relating to the episode to test the viewer’s knowledge, each question appears on the viewers phone at different points in the episode through the use of audio triggers. The app features licensed audio recognition technology from Austrian based start-up Tonio.

By answering questions correctly viewers are awarded stars, which can then unlock trophies. Last year, during Cartoon Network UK’s app experiment viewers could receive special codes to access digital prizes on the website and also had an opportunity to enter a prize draw competition. The app experiment has shown an interest in dual-screen interactivity as viewing ratings were increased by 44%.

Commenting on the successful Gumball VIP app, Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy said: “Linear TV remains a key medium for kids, but what we need to do is ensure that it remains relevant in today’s world where there is a big shift in how our fans watch and engage with our content. Using this innovative technology allows us to do just that, by digitising the linear TV viewing experience and adding that all-important element of interactivity.”

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Turner’s Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios’ Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Turner's Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios' Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Turner’s Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios’ Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Today (15th October), Turner’s Boomerang International and French animation studio – Cyber Group Studios (made in association with France Télévisions) will premiere their first animated co-production – “Taffy” at the MIPCOM media convention in Cannes, France.

The show’s world premiere will be held during a session at MIPCOM called “The Making of a Modern Classic” (Monday 15th October, 12.30pm at the Majestic). During the presentation, Pierre Sissmann and Mike de Seve (Co-Creators of Taffy), Ahmed Guerrouache (Director) and representatives from the show’s main original broadcast partners, Patricia Hidalgo (Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy) and Tiphaine de Raguenel (Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions) will be introducing the new animated series and will be sharing their motivation behind the Hanna-Barbera inspired show.

In Taffy, a billionaire old lady named Mrs Muchmore takes in a raccoon imposter posing as a cat named Taffy, this leads to slapstick mayhem for Mrs. Muchmore’s pet dog – Bentley. In each episode, Bentley tries to expose Taffy for what he is, but Taffy outsmarts him on his every move and causes nothing but chaos and disaster in the process. As a result of the mess, poor Bentley always gets the blame. Both Taffy and Bentley live a luxurious lifestyle in a large mansion, they travel around the world and meet important people – including the President, but no matter where they go and who they meet will never stop their endless battle of complete mayhem.

From The Cyber Group Studios Press Release: Cyber Group Studios And Turner Proudly Announce The Launch Of “Taffy” Their First Cartoon Co-Production For Boomerang International In Association With France Télévisions

Cyber Group Studios has joined forces with Turner to create Taffy, a brand-new animated series for Turner’s second flagship kids’ channel Boomerang across international markets. The series will also be broadcasted on France Televisions Networks.

Inspired by the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Taffy will enjoy a special World Premiere presentation at MIPCOM in a session titled – “The Making of a Modern Classic” (Monday 15th October at the Majestic). In this unique presentation, Pierre Sissmann and Mike de Seve (Co-Creators of the series), Ahmed Guerrouache (Director) and representatives from the main original broadcast partners,Patricia Hidalgo (Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy) and Tiphaine de Raguenel (Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions) will introduce the series and share the motivation behind its creation.

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy said: “We were on the look-out for an original series for Boomerang inspired by the great Hanna Barbera classics and that’s how we came to work on a development project, followed by this fantastic co-production with Cyber Group Studios. Taffy perfectly matches our ambition and we’re confident it will be an instant hit when it premieres on Boomerang from the end of this year.”

Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios and Co-Creator of Taffy added: “Cyber Group Studios is particularly proud to bring to the public the very first episodes of this modern classic and strongly believes it will find its home in the heart of kids and families around the world!”

Taffy (78×7’) follows the non-stop, slapstick extravaganza faced by loyal hound dog Bentley when his billionaire old lady owner Mrs Muchmore takes in an imposter posing as wide-eyed, fluffy angora cat.

Each installment sees Bentley try to reveal “Taffy” for the vermin he is – while super-clever Taffy handily frames the dog for every one of his exploits, pillagings and disastrous messes. Whether traveling from Mrs Muchmore’s luxurious mansion, to a five-star cruise, to jet-setting international adventures or a visit with the President, wherever these rivals go, mayhem is sure to follow!

About Cyber Group Studios:

Cyber Group Studios is a French independent, multi-award-winning company which develops, produces and distributes its own and third party audiovisual productions and brands. The company focuses on content with strong global appeal targeted particularly to kids and families, namely with 3D CGI and 2D HD-animated productions (TV series and movies). Its mission is to bring the best quality entertainment to audiences produced by top creative talent and to develop breakthrough technologies to enhance its productions. The company also aims to collaborate with other top creators and producers to help them bring their creations to market with outstanding content distributed and marketed through Cyber Group Studios’ worldwide operation. Visit us at www.cybergroupstudios.com and follow us on Instagram (@CyberGroupStudios), Twitter (@CyberGroupSDs) and Facebook (Cyber Group Studios).

Turner's Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios' Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

A picture from Taffy’s world premiere today at MIPCOM, (from left to right) with Richard Goldsmith, President Cyber Group Studios USA; Dominique Bourse, Chief Operating Officer, Cyber Group Studios; Pierre Siracusa, Head of Animation, Children & Youth Department, France Télévisions; Mike de Seve, Co-Creator of Taffy, Baboon Animation; Taffy (himself); Tiphaine de Raguenel, Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions; Pierre Sissmann, Chairman and CEO, Cyber Group Studios; Patricia Hidalgo, Senior Vice President Chief Content & Creative Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy, Turner Broadcasting System; Cecilia Persson, Vice President Acquisitions and Co-Productions EMEA & International at Turner Broadcasting System; Bentley (himself); Zia Bales, Senior Acquisitions Manager, EMEA at Turner, Turner Broadcasting System; Dominique Neudecker, Senior Manager Series Acquisition & Production at The Walt Disney Company Germany and Ahmed Guerrouache, Director of Taffy.

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Cyber Group Studios Hosts The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards For The Seventh Time

Cyber Group Studios Hosts The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards For The Seventh Time

Cyber Group Studios Hosts The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards For The Seventh Time

On Monday (25th June) this week, Cyber Group Studios, the animation studio behind the new season of Boomerang’s The Happos Family and Taffy, a brand new animated show coming soon to Boomerang, held the Semi-Final round of judging of the International Emmy® Kids Awards in two categories: Kids Preschool and Kids Animation.

The ceremony was hosted by Pierre Sissmann, the chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios) under the supervision of Emmy Judging Director – Nathaniel Brendel. The jury composed of more than twenty influential TV executives from various major broadcasters, including Turner (the owners of Cartoon Network and Boomerang). The jury had representatives from Turner’s France and Africa region and also from the London, UK based EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) team. Jury members include Head of Channels for France, Africa and Israel – Julien Borde, Patricia Hidalgo – Senior Vice President and Chief Content and Creative Officer for Kids EMEA and International Kids Strategy and also Cecilia Persson – Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy EMEA and Acquisitions and Co-Productions International.

The jury spent the entire day screening shows and judging. The programme with the highest score will be put through to the final round of judging. The winner will be announced at The International Emmy® Kids Awards during the MIPTV convention in Cannes, France in April 2019.

From The Cyber Group Studios Press Release: Cyber Group Studios Hosts For The Seventh Time The Semi-Final Round Of The International Emmy Kids Awards

On Monday June 25th, 2018, Cyber Group Studios held for the seventh time the Semi-Final round of judging of the International Emmy® Kids Awards in two categories: Kids Preschool and Kids
Animation.

The ceremony was hosted by Pierre Sissmann (Chairman & CEO of Cyber Group Studios) under the supervision of Nathaniel Brendel (Emmy Judging Director). The jury was composed of more than
twenty leading TV executives including some of the biggest television broadcasters around the world:

Coralie Pastor – RTBF (Belgium)
Telidja KlaÏ – VRT (Belgium)
Géraldine Soto – Canal + (France)
Patricia Adane – France Télévisions (France)
Tiphaine De Raguenel – France Télévisions (France)
Claire Heinrich – France Télévisions (France)
Lila Hannou – M6 (France)
Yann Labasque – TF1 (France)

Julien Borde – Turner Broadcasting System (France)
Patricia Vasapollo – HR (Germany)
Sebastian Debertin – KIKA (Germany)
Frank Dietz – Super RTL (Germany)
Brigitta Muehlenbeck – WDR (Germany)
Nicole Keeb – ZDF (Germany)
Arne Lohmann – ZDF Enterprises (Germany)
Brenda Maffuchi – De Agostini (Italy)
Andrea Basilio – RTP (Portugal)
Saskia Krijnen – RTS (Switzerland)

Henrietta Hurford-Jones – BBC Worldwide Ltd (United Kingdom)
Orion Ross – The Walt Disney Company (United Kingdom)
Theresa Plummer-Andrews – Plumtrees (United Kingdom)
Sarah Muller – Sony Pictures TV’s kids’ channels (United Kingdom & Italy)
Patricia Hidalgo – Turner Broadcasting System (United Kingdom)
Cecilia Persson – Turner Broadcasting System (United Kingdom)
Richard Goldsmith – Cyber Group Studios (USA)

The jurors devoted the entire day to the screening and judging process. Tabulations are done by the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. The program with the highest score will be proceeded to the Final round of judging. The winner will be announced at The International Emmy® Kids Awards during the Cannes Miptv in April 2019.

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios and Director of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences says: “It was an honor on behalf of Cyber Group Studios, to welcome the International Emmy semi-final judging for the seventh time in Paris. And a real pleasure to spend a full day with so many highly qualified experts joining to review animated series
whose quality is always improving year after year, both from a storytelling and a production standpoint.”

About Cyber Group Studios:

Cyber Group Studios is a French independent, multi-award-winning company which develops, produces and distributes its own and third party audiovisual productions and brands. The company focuses on content with strong global appeal targeted particularly to kids and families, namely with 3D CGI and 2D HD-animated productions (TV series and movies). Its mission is to bring the best quality entertainment to audiences produced by top creative talent and to develop breakthrough technologies to enhance its productions. The company also aims to collaborate with other top creators and producers to help them bring their creations to market with outstanding content distributed and marketed through Cyber Group Studios’ worldwide operation. Visit us at http://www.cybergroupstudios.com and follow us on Instagram (@CyberGroupStudios), Twitter (@CyberGroupSDs) and Facebook (Cyber Group Studios).

About the International Emmy® Awards:

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced and aired outside of the United States. The International Emmy® Kids Awards, an event attended by major figures from the global Kids television community, will take place at Miptv in Cannes in April 2019. In late September, the Academy will send an invitation to jurors with the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the International Emmy® Awards Gala, which will be held on November 19 in New York City. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a non-profit organization.

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