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.

http://www.cybergroupstudios.com

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Turner Broadcasting System Europe, owners of the animation channel – Boomerang has announced that their first ever original series – The Happos Family has been renewed for a second season. Turner released the press release during the 2017 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week (23/05/2017 – 25/05/2017). The new season will feature seven-minute long episodes (episodes had a 2.5-minute runtime in season 1), longer episodes mean longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters at the safari park, each with their own personality and theme. A total of twenty-five episodes will be made for season two. Digital content will be released alongside the premiere of the new season, digital content includes the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app which also features Boomerang favourites Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

Season two of The Happos Family will launch on Boomerang feeds within the Europe, Middle East and Africa region starting from January next year. The new season will also be welcoming three new Happos: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. The show is created in partnership with Italian chocolate company Ferraro, known for Ferraro Rocher, Kinder Surprise and Happy Hippos. Season two will be animated by Cyber Group Studios in France, the studio is also co-producing another animated show with Turner – Taffy, which is due to premiere next year. Season one was animated by Spider Eye in Cornwall, England.

The show has no dialogue which means the show doesn’t require any dubbing and translating making it easier for international distribution. Apart from Boomerang’s international channels, the show has premiered on POGO in India and free-to-air channel Karusel in Russia, reaching more than 88 million. The show has a diverse range of characters such as Astro Happo who has an aspiration to fly to the moon, the daredevil Stunt Happo, Party Happo, Ballerina and Bollywood. The show is referred to having slapstick humour with lots of heart.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Announces Second Series Greenlight Of The Happos Family: First original production for Boomerang to become latest addition to Turner EMEA Kids franchise portfolio; New series to be produced by Cyber Group Studios, with episodes extended to 7 minutes.

Turner EMEA announced today (24/05/2017) that it has greenlit a second season of its first ever Boomerang Original, The Happos Family – this time featuring longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters, as well as a raft of new digital content.

Series two, made up of 25 x 7-minute non-dialogue episodes, will launch on Boomerang channels from January 2018, and will introduce three brand-new characters to the family set-up: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. It has been created in partnership with world-renowned Italian corporation Ferrero and will be produced by leading European animation company Cyber Group Studios (headquartered in Paris), with whom Turner recently signed a co-production deal for another new Boomerang series, Taffy.

Following a first series of 20 x 2 ½ minute shorts – which has launched on Turner Kids channel POGO (South Asia) and free-to-air channel Karusel (Russia), as well as Boomerang channels globally, reaching more than 88M viewers to date* – series two will offer kids and families the chance to become better acquainted with each of the unique and hilarious Happos and the safari park in which they live, where just about anything seems possible. Whether it’s Astro Happo longing to fly to the moon, or Stunt Happo attempting a daredevil feat, or Party Happo in a dance off with Ballerina and Bollywood, each storyline is laugh-out-loud, slapstick comedy with lots of heart.

In addition to the linear roll-out, the Happos characters will appear across a variety of interactive digital platforms, including the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app (more than 20M downloads worldwide) alongside other Boomerang favourite characters Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

“The great audience reaction, channel exposure and performance of Happos to date are all positive signs that we have an exciting new franchise on our hands”, says Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’ve seen kids actually belly-laughing while watching the content and demonstrating really strong engagement with the humour and characters. Taking the show to a new level, with longer episodes and extensive support across digital, stands us in very good stead for a successful consumer products programme – and we’re looking forward to the reaction we get from prospective partners here at Vegas.”

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman & CEO, Cyber Group Studios added: “We immediately fell in love with The Happos Family and it’s not at all surprising that the show is already resonating with kids and families around the world. We’re delighted to be partnering again with Turner and coming on board to produce the second series of Happos, this time with longer stories and great new characters.”

The Happos Family follows the lives of a family of Happos who live in an enclosure in a safari park. In the morning the park is open to human visitors who drive past the Happos, taking pictures of them wallowing in the mud, lazing by the pool, sleeping in the shade of the tree. When the last car races out of the safari park and the gates are shut to all visitors, the Happos jump up out of the mud, wake up from their snoozing and get dressed up. It’s now their time for crazy, zany, Happo adventures.

*Source: BARB, Auditel, AGB Nielsen, Kantar Media, TNS Gallup, MMS, IPSOS/KTLM, TNS TV/Index Plus, BARC Media Workstation, IBOPE, All Individuals, 10/16 – 08/05/17, All Day, Reach (1min+)

http://www.cybergroupstudios.com

http://www.boomerangtv.co.uk/shows/the-happos-family