Adult Swim And Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Announce Partnership

Adult Swim And Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Announce Partnership

Adult Swim And Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Announce Partnership

Today (12th March) Cartoon Network USA’s nightly young adult programming service – Adult Swim and Ellation’s Crunchyroll have announced that they have announced a programming partnership for Adult Swim’s Japanese anime block – Toonami which airs on Saturday nights. From now on, both Crunchyroll and Adult Swim will work together on licensed content, co-productions and distribution opportunities. The news of the partnership follows the announcement of a corporate reshuffle at WarnerMedia last week which led to the break up of Cartoon Network’s owners – Turner, causing CN, Boomerang and Adult Swim to move to Warner Bros’s brand new Global Kids and Young Adults division. Meanwhile, Ellation (Crunchyroll’s owners) was also transferred to Warner Bros. At present, Turner is still a going concern until the complex process of restructuring at WarnerMedia is completed.

Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and WarnerMedia inherited the streaming service through its merger with telecommunications company AT&T, last August, AT&T fully acquired Otter Media, the owners of Ellation, which itself owns Crunchyroll.

Ever since the Time Warner/AT&T merger, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll have worked together and even announced a new anime series called Blade Runner – Black Lotus based on the Oscar-winning movie Blade Runner 2049, which is co-produced by Alcon Television Group. The English-dubbed episodes will premiere on Toonami in the United States and Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming. Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have also collaborated to distribute the anime series – Mob Psycho 100, which premiered on the Toonami programming block last year.

Jason DeMarco, senior vice president, creative director for on-air at Adult Swim and co-creator of Toonami, made this statement in regards of the new partnership with Crunchyroll:

“Our partnership with Crunchyroll will open up exciting new possibilities for both of us. This will expand Toonami’s already great programming to include even more premiere and original anime. It’s a great time to be an anime fan!”

Crunchyroll’s general manager – Joanne Waage also added:

“Our mission is to grow anime globally, which makes Adult Swim the perfect partner as Toonami has been incredibly influential in the growth of anime here in the U.S. We can’t wait to show our fans what we have in store for them through this new programming partnership. Expect new co-productions, expanded distribution of dubs, and generally more accessible anime!”

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/08/warnermedia-now-fully-owns-anime-streaming-service-crunchyroll/

https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/12/18261643/adult-swim-crunchyroll-anime-series

https://deadline.com/2019/03/adult-swim-crunchyroll-team-on-programming-expand-distribution-deal-1202573898/

http://www.animationmagazine.net/streaming/crunchyroll-adult-swim-expand-programming-partnership/

First Ever 24-Hour Adult Swim Channel To Launch In Canada On 1st April

First Ever 24-Hour Adult Swim Channel To Launch In Canada On 1st April

First Ever 24-Hour Adult Swim Channel To Launch In Canada On 1st April

Today (4th March) Corus Entertainment has announced that it will be launching the world’s first ever 24-hour Adult Swim channel in Canada on 1st April 2019, in partnership with Turner (now Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults). Viewers will get to enjoy a wide range of episodes from the popular young adult entertainment brand including shows such as Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and The Eric Andre Show and also popular third-party programming including Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad and many more. Also a brand new show – Lazer Wulf will debut on the new Adult Swim Canada channel at the same time as Adult Swim USA.

From 1st April, Corus’s ACTION channel will become the brand new 24-hour Adult Swim channel. Adult Swim programming previously airing on the old Adult Swim block that aired on Cartoon Network (which ended at 12am this morning) and Adult Swim programming currently airing under the Teletoon at Night programming block, will be moved to the Adult Swim channel. As a result of the move, Teletoon will also become a 24/7 home for family-friendly animation, just like Cartoon Network Canada.

The brand new Adult Swim channel will be available for a two-month free preview from 1st April to 31st May 2019. Viewers will also be able to watch full episodes On Demand free until January 2020.

From The Corus Entertainment Press Release: First Ever 24-Hour Adult Swim Channel Coming To Canada This Spring: New Channel Launches Monday, April 1

Corus Entertainment announced today that it is launching the world’s first ever 24-hour Adult Swim channel in Canada on April 1, 2019. Engaging viewers around-the-clock through its bold and irreverent voice and diverse slate of new and returning animated comedies and live action programming, the new channel features iconic Adult Swim series including original series Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, and The Eric Andre Show, plus popular acquisitions Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, and more.

“We’re thrilled to bring the unique Adult Swim experience to viewers in Canada,” said Daniel Eves, SVP of TV Networks, Corus Entertainment. “Building on the existing popularity of Adult Swim content, a 24/7 Adult Swim channel underscores Corus’ dedication to delivering content that audiences crave. Adult Swim rounds out our specialty portfolio with its one-of-a-kind programming, and strengthens Corus’ presence as the leader in specialty entertainment in Canada.”

The launch of Adult Swim in Canada also demonstrates an extension of Corus’ long-term partnership with Turner. Since Turner’s launch of Adult Swim in the United States in 2001, Adult Swim has become the #1 network with adults 18-34 and they have held this spot for the past 14 years. Adult Swim in Canada will mirror the programming and brand voice of the acclaimed channel in the U.S., delivering audiences new series day and date with the U.S. year-round.

“Adult Swim is that rare brand, like no other, that connects with its fans on multiple levels,” said Erik Resnick, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Commercial Strategy for Adult Swim. “A 24/7 channel in Canada is the perfect fit as we continue to expand into global markets.”

Beginning April 1, ACTION will undergo a complete rebrand to become Adult Swim. Adult Swim programming previously airing on the Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim programming currently airing under the TELETOON at Night programming block, will shift to the newly minted Adult Swim channel. Both Cartoon Network and TELETOON’s schedules will shift their focus to feature best-in-class, family-friendly content appropriate for all ages 24/7.

A few of the fan-favourite original series confirmed for the launch of the channel include:

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty is the critically acclaimed and award-winning half-hour animated hit comedy series that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades. Rick and Morty stars Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), and Spencer Grammer (Greek). The series is created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Roiland, who also serve as executive producers.

Robot Chicken

Robot Chicken uses stop-motion animation to bring pop-culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. The Emmy Award®-winning series began airing in February 2005 and remains among the top-rated original series on Adult Swim. Robot Chicken is executive produced by the creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner. Green and Senreich also write, voice, and with Tom Sheppard, direct the multiple Annie Award-winning series.

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories is an anthology series in the tradition of The Twilight Zone. Each episode offers a unique tale: dark, horrifying, perverse, insane… hilarious – featuring a wide array of comedic and dramatic guest stars. High production value replaces “awesome show”-era cable access low-fi – but there is no question whose minds are behind Bedtime Stories. This live-action half-hour series is created by and stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and is produced by Abso Lutely Productions.

The Eric Andre Show

The Eric Andre Show, the late night anti-late-night talk show breaking the “talk show” mold by deconstructing and redefining the late-night interview. Quickly devolving into chaos as its inept and bipolar host Eric Andre, along with his apathetic co-host Hannibal Buress, subvert all late-night conventions. Taking place on a dingy public-access TV channel within an alternate reality, The Eric Andre Show creates its own distorted pop culture universe by conducting interviews with an unpredictable mix of actual celebrities, “fake” celebrities and extreme real-life weirdos. These interviews are broken up with deranged man-on-the-street segments, surreal flashes of inexplicable studio chaos, talk show desk-pieces and the general deconstruction of late night’s most beloved tropes.

A highly anticipated series debuting day and date with the U.S. for launch:

Lazor Wulf

Lazor Wulf is a quarter-hour animated series that follows a wolf who carries a laser on his back and believes that love has no limit, that wearing do-rags gives you power and that Gawd is a lie. The series is created by Henry Bonsu and written/executive-produced by Bonsu and Daniel Weidenfeld (China, IL).

Want even more Adult Swim? Keep an eye on adultswim.ca as more information rolls out in the coming months.

Adult Swim will be available for a two-month free preview from April 1 to May 31, 2019. Viewers will also be able to watch full episodes On Demand free until January 2020.

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Cartoon Network Is Now A Part Of Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults, Turner To Be Fully Integrated Into WarnerMedia

Cartoon Network Is Now A Part Of Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults, Turner To Be Fully Integrated Into WarnerMedia

Cartoon Network Is Now A Part Of Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults, Turner To Be Fully Integrated Into WarnerMedia

Today (4th March), AT&T’s WarnerMedia has announced a new organisation structure which will cause Turner and HBO to cease being semi-autonomous subsidiaries and will become fully integrated into WarnerMedia. Amid speculation towards the end of last week (28th February/1st March), WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has officially announced that Bob Greenblatt, who was most recently Chairman for NBC Entertainment, will become Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. The WarnerMedia Entertainment division will include Turner’s general entertainment channels such as TNT, TBS and also HBO’s channels, however, TCM, along with streaming media division – Otter Media are now under Warner Bros. Last week, Turner President David Levy and HBO President Richard Plepler announced that they’re leaving the company.

According to prior reports from various news outlets, it was suggested that a full Turner/HBO merger will happen, but now it seems that Turner is splitting up into separate WarnerMedia departments.

Cartoon Network’s owners – Turner has been split up into three parts within the WarnerMedia group, WarnerMedia Entertainment, WarnerMedia News and Sports and Warner Bros.’s new department –
Global Kids & Young Adults which will include Turner’s kids and young adults brands – Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim as well as its international brands – Cartoonito, Boing, Toonix and Toonami. Kevin Tsujihara, the Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros will oversee the new Global Kids & Young Adults business. The president of Turner International, Gerhard Zeiler has been promoted as WarnerMedia’s Chief Revenue Officer and will be in charge of WarnerMedia’s Affiliates and Advertising Sales Group. Also, Jeff Zucker will become Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and President of CNN.

My analysis on the restructuring:

Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) has owned Turner since 1996, but the kids and young adults part of the company has been treated separately from Warner Bros for over 22 years, as a result, Turner had to do content deals with Warner Bros as if it was negotiating with a different company. The new restructuring will enable Cartoon Network to directly utilise Warner Bros’s movie, animation and video games divisions, which will enable the company to compete against against the likes of Disney, it also means that Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera are finally reunited at last. The downside to the restructuring is that it could lead to job losses because of common functions among businesses. The Turner brand name will live on in WarnerMedia’s TNT, TBS and TCM channel brand names. AT&T originally said they wouldn’t change anything at Turner, but this is no longer the case.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2019/03/att-to-combine-warnermedias-turner-and-hbo-divisions-turner-president-david-levy-and-hbo-president-richard-plepler-to-leave-the-company/

From The WarnerMedia Press Release: WarnerMedia Announced New Organizational Model And Leadership Team

WarnerMedia today announced a new organizational model to accelerate the investment in and development of content. WarnerMedia will organize its teams around entertainment networks, live programming, content production and affiliate and advertising sales.

As part of the organizational announcement, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey announced that Robert Greenblatt, who was most recently Chairman for NBC Entertainment, will take on the role as Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. Stankey also announced expanded roles for Jeff Zucker, who becomes Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and President, CNN; and for Kevin Tsujihara, who continues as Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. with additional responsibilities including a new global kids and young adults business; and Gerhard Zeiler, who has been elevated from President, Turner International to WarnerMedia Chief Revenue Officer.

“We have done an amazing job establishing our brands as leaders in the hearts and minds of consumers,” said Stankey. “Adding Bob Greenblatt to the WarnerMedia family and expanding the leadership scope and responsibilities of Jeff, Kevin and Gerhard – who collectively have more than 80 years of global media experience and success – gives us the right management team to strategically position our leading portfolio of brands, world-class talent and rich library of intellectual property for future growth.”

WarnerMedia Entertainment led by Bob Greenblatt will include HBO, the linear cable networks TNT, TBS and truTV, and the Direct-to-Consumer business. This change will provide the company with the agility and flexibility needed to build WarnerMedia’s brands across a variety of evolving distribution models with a more coordinated approach to the company’s original programming.

WarnerMedia News & Sports will include CNN Worldwide (CNN, CNN.com, CNN International, CNN en Español, HLN, Great Big Story), Turner Sports, Bleacher Report and the AT&T Regional Sports Networks. Jeff Zucker will continue to lead CNN and now run this expanded organization to capitalize on the importance of live news and sports content, as well as helping to build on the strengths of the company’s two industry-leading digital properties – CNN.com and Bleacher Report – to benefit consumers and advertisers in their respective market segments.

Warner Bros.’ film, television, and games operations will add a new Global Kids & Young Adults business that brings together the family, kids and animation efforts from across WarnerMedia, including Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. Additionally, Otter Media, Turner Classic Movies and all activities around licensed consumer products development for WarnerMedia properties will also reside here. Kevin Tsujihara will spearhead these efforts and continue to lead Warner Bros. which, under his direction, has become the only studio with premiere positions in television, film and videogames.

The company will consolidate all WarnerMedia Affiliates and Advertising Sales Groups under one unified structure led by Gerhard Zeiler. He will utilize his broad experience in both public and commercial broadcasting sectors across multiple geographies to unite all of the WarnerMedia network affiliate sales and advertising sales businesses to help benefit advertisers, distributors, partners and the company.

Mr. Greenblatt said, “I’m honored to be joining WarnerMedia during such an exciting time for the company and the industry as a whole, and I look forward to working alongside the many talented executives and team members across the company. WarnerMedia is home to some of the world’s most innovative, creative and successful brands and we’re in a unique position to foster even deeper connections with consumers. And it goes without saying I will always have a soft spot in my heart for HBO going back to the rewarding experience I had producing Alan Ball’s Six Feet Under.”

Greenblatt is a seasoned television veteran and producer who was most recently Chairman of NBC Entertainment where he helped to transform NBC into the highest-rated, most-watched, and most- awarded broadcast network with hit programming like This Is Us, The Good Place, the Chicago trilogy, The Voice, and a series of live musicals and events. He has strong relationships with talent and deep experience on both the production and programming sides of the business for network and cable television, giving him a unique understanding of running and developing a content business. His career began at the Fox network where he delivered iconic shows such as Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Party of Five, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and King of the Hill. He then rebranded Showtime for the modern era with signature series such as Weeds, Dexter, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie, and Shameless. As a respected and award-winning producer he was awarded the Golden Globe and Peabody awards for HBO’s classic series Six Feet Under; and he has two Tony awards for his work on Broadway.

About WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences.

https://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2019/03/04/warnermedia-announces-new-organizational-model-and-leadership