Turner Asia-Pacific Appoints Leslie Lee As Head Of Kids Content

Turner Asia-Pacific Appoints Leslie Lee As Head Of Kids Content

Turner Asia-Pacific Appoints Leslie Lee As Head Of Kids Content

Today (15th April), Turner Asia-Pacific has appointed Leslie Lee as Vice President of Kids Content, in his new role, Leslie will oversee Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo in the Asia Pacific region. From today, Leslie will be based at Turner’s offices in Singapore and will be responsible for programming, operations, brand and franchise management as well as content for the three kids brands.

In total, Leslie has more than two decades’ experience in the entertainment industry in the Asia-Pacific region, including 19 years working with kids media brands on both linear TV and digital content distribution.

Leslie has previously worked for MediaCorp, Viacom and he was recently Executive Director of Media Networks at Disney Southeast Asia, he joined Disney in 2007. He has worked in multiple aspects of children’s entertainment broadcasting including marketing communications, programming, channel management, content localisation and acquisitions, animation development and media distribution.

In addition to his usual job, Leslie also volunteers his time mentoring media students in various higher learning institutions in Singapore, he also sits on the programming committee at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and is a board member of Centre 42, a Singapore-based non-profit playwriting organisation.

From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Leslie Lee Appointed Head Of Content For Cartoon Network, Boomerang And Pogo In Asia Pacific

Leslie Lee has been named Vice President of Kids Content, overseeing Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO networks in Asia Pacific, and assumes the role today.

Based in Singapore, his responsibilities includes the programming, operations, brand and franchise management, as well as the content direction for the three brands.

Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific, said: “It’s rare to meet someone quite so passionate about Kids content and Leslie is a great addition to our regional management team. I’m looking forward to Leslie bringing his experience, fresh perspective and new ideas to help us to grow our leadership position in the Kids space.”

Leslie has more than two decades’ experience and expertise in the entertainment industry across numerous Asian markets. This includes 19 years on Kids brands working on both linear TV and digital aspects of the business.

Leslie added: “I’m a huge fan of pop culture and animation, and I’ve now got the opportunity to work with some of the very best brands and most iconic franchises ever created. It’s a fantastic opportunity and it’s a privilege to be a part of a great team.”

His career includes spells at MediaCorp, Viacom and he was most recently Executive Director of Media Networks at Disney Southeast Asia – a company he joined in 2007. His various roles have included marketing communications, programming, channel management, content localisation and acquisitions, animation development and media distribution.

He presently volunteers his time mentoring media students in various Singapore-based institutes of higher learning, sits on the programming committee at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and is a board member of Centre 42, a non-profit arts organisation that supports playwriting in Singapore.

Press Release in Microsoft Word .docx format:

https://www.regularcapital.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Leslie-Lee-Appointed-APAC-Head-of-Kids-at-Cartoon-Network-Boomerang-and-POGO.docx

Turner Asia Pacific Collaborates With Japanese Broadcaster TV Asahi For A New Anime Series Super Shiro

Turner Asia Pacific Collaborates With Japanese Broadcaster TV Asahi For A New Anime Series Super Shiro

Turner Asia Pacific Collaborates With Japanese Broadcaster TV Asahi For A New Anime Series Super Shiro

Today (18th February), Turner’s Asia Pacific division (the owners of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo) has announced that they are collaborating on a new animation project with Japanese national broadcaster TV Asahi on a new anime series called “Super Shiro”, the partnership was agreed at Kidscreen Summit 2019 in Miami, Florida which was held last week (11th to 14th February). The agreement also includes broadcasting rights across the Asia-Pacific region (excluding China). This is also the first regional deal between the two companies and the deal includes a sizable investment from Turner.

The new show – “Super Shiro” is described to be “fast-paced” and is inspired by the internationally popular children’s anime – “Crayon Shin Chan” (or often referred to simply “Shin Chan”), which aired worldwide since 1992. Not only Super Shiro is a spin-off of Crayon Shin Chan (Shiro is a dog Shin Chan finds and cares for in the series) but in fact its animated by the same studio – Shin-ei Animation (owned by TV Asahi), also known for animating Doraemon. Science SARU, a Tokyo-based animation studio led by Masaaki Yuasa is also working on the project, Science SARU helped to animate the Adventure Time episode – “Food Chain” (guest directed by Masaaki Yuasa), animated three OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes shorts and also animated the intros for Adventure Time: Stakes, Adventure Time: Islands and Adventure Time: Elements. Masaaki Yuasa is also the executive director on the new show. He was a Cristal Award Winner at the 2017 Annecy Animation Festival and recently won the 41st Japan Academy Prize for “Animation of the Year” for the movie “Night Is Short, Walk On Girl”.

The show’s initial episode order will include 48 episodes, each with a runtime of 5 and a half minutes, Super Shiro is expected to premiere on Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo channels in the Asia-Pacific region in early 2020.

From The Turner Asia Pacific Press Release: Turner APAC Partners With TV Asahi On “Super Shiro” Series

Turner Asia Pacific and TV Asahi have announced a collaboration on a new animated series called SUPER SHIRO. The partnership was sealed last week at Kidscreen Summit in Miami.

The agreement includes broadcast rights across Asia Pacific (ex-China). This is the first regional deal between the two parties and includes a sizeable investment from Turner.

The fast-paced chase series is inspired by the hugely-popular “Crayon Shin chan” franchise, which has aired internationally since 1992. SUPER SHIRO is produced by Shin-ei Animation, known for both “Doraemon” and “Crayon Shin chan”, and Science SARU, a Tokyo-based animation studio led by Masaaki Yuasa.

Masaaki Yuasa is the executive director on the series. He was a Cristal Award Winner at the 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and recently won the 41st Japan Academy Prize for “Animation of the Year”. He also guest-directed the “Food Chain” episode from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

Edward Barnieh, Director of Acquisitions and Co-productions at Turner Asia Pacific, said: “Turner’s investment in the series is testament to its strategy of developing quality local IP and takes our long-term partnership with TV Asahi to the next level. We’re confident that this collaborative effort will result in the creation of another awesome fan-favourite.”

Takahiro Kishimoto, Head of Animation, International Business Department of TV Asahi, added: “We are delighted to partner with an international media company like Turner. With its extensive reach and brand recognition in Asia Pacific, we are certain kids will get to enjoy SUPER SHIRO even more. We truly believe this collaboration strengthens the partnership between our two companies.”

The kids series (48×5.5’) is expected to launch in early 2020 across Turner’s Kids channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO.

https://www.sciencesaru.com/single-post/2019/02/03/%E3%80%8CSUPER-SHIRO%E3%80%8D%E6%83%85%E5%A0%B1%E8%A7%A3%E7%A6%81

http://www.shin-ei-animation.jp/

Press Release in .docx (Microsoft Word) Format:

https://www.regularcapital.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Turner-TV-Asahi-Partner-on-SUPER-SHIRO.docx

Cartoon Network Owners Turner Partners With Chinese Animation Company UYoung To Develop A New Animation IP

Cartoon Network Owners Turner Partners With Chinese Animation Company UYoung To Develop A New Animation IP

Cartoon Network Owners Turner Partners With Chinese Animation Company UYoung To Develop A New Animation IP

Today (14th February) on the final day of Kidscreen Summit 2019 in Miami, Turner Asia-Pacific (the owners of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO) has announced that they’ve formed a partnership with Chinese animation company – UYoung. The partnership also includes the development of a new IP (intellectual property), in the partnership, Turner will be providing their expertise in high quality animation production and international distribution. Details of what the IP will entail has yet to be announced but are expected to be released later this year.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Turner uses a virtual studio model by partnering with independent studios for animation projects and working with show creators and artists from across the region. UYoung is one of China’s leading children’s entertainment companies with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and also in Los Angeles, USA.

From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Turner & UYoung To Partner On New Animation IP

Turner Asia Pacific and UYoung – the well-known Chinese animation company – have formalized their official partnership with an MOU (memorandum of understanding), announced this week at Kidscreen Summit in Miami.

The scope of the partnership includes the development of a new IP by UYoung. Turner – known in the kids entertainment space for its Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO brands – brings its production and international distribution experience of quality animation. The details of the IP are yet to be disclosed and are expected to be revealed later in 2019.

Ricky Ow, Turner Asia Pacific President, said: “We’ve been impressed by UYoung’s vision to develop a homegrown Chinese IP and launch it together with us both in China and internationally. We are looking forward to working closely with them on this, with a collaboration that brings together global talent to tell Chinese-inspired stories.”

In Asia Pacific, Turner adopts a virtual studio model for its original animation projects, identifying creators, artists and studios from right around the region – for global audiences.

Lisa Zhong, President of UYoung, added: “We are proud to be the pioneer partner with Turner to bring Chinese storytelling around the world. UYoung is always keen to establish stronger ties with international producers and broadcasters to extend its international reach.”

UYoung develops, produces and distributes high-quality animated content. It has become one of China’s leading children’s entertainment and media companies, and employs more than 200 talent in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Los Angeles.

About UYoung

Founded in 2000 in Beijing, UYoung Culture & Media (Uyoung) is a leading Chinese kids & family media and entertainment company dedicated to providing top quality content, consumer products and associated services create and spread joyfulness to children. Uyoung has built a healthy and sustainable ecosystem, that combines children’s production with licensing and brand management. While we keep our unique advantages in traditional media networks, we also have deployed a long-term strategy in new media arena.

About Turner Asia Pacific

Turner is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content, and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. In Asia Pacific, Turner owns and operates award-winning brands throughout the region, running 54 channels in 14 languages in 42 countries. These include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, POGO, Warner TV, Oh!K, MondoTV, TABI Channel, Tabi Tele, Mondo Mah-Jong TV; and HBO, HBO HD and WB in South Asia. Turner manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services. It owns and exploits properties such as Tuzki, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures. Turner teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage WarnerMedia’s global reach. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. (“Turner Asia Pacific”) is a WarnerMedia company.

Press release in Microsoft Word .docx format:

https://www.regularcapital.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Press-Release-Turner-UYoung-to-Partner-on-New-Animation-IP.docx

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/turner-uyoung-partner-new-animation-ip