Sundance Feniger Appointed As General Manager Of Boomerang USA’s Streaming Service

Sundance Feniger Appointed As General Manager Of Boomerang USA's Streaming Service

Sundance Feniger Appointed As General Manager Of Boomerang USA’s Streaming Service

Yesterday (20/04/2017), Turner USA appointed Sundance Feniger as vice president and general manager of Boomerang USA’s brand new subscription video on-demand service which provides a wide selection of classic and modern animation to be enjoyed by kids, families and cartoon fanatics of all ages. In the new role, Mr Feniger will run and oversee the operations of the Boomerang streaming service, this includes content management, marketing, viewing data analysis and the development and introduction of new features, he will also work with Warner Bros.’s DreamFever, the company that provided the technology for the streaming service.

The Boomerang streaming service launched on 11th April 2017 and through its joint ownership with Turner and Warner Bros., the service has access to an archive of over 5,000 animated titles, including timeless favourites such as Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry and also streaming service exclusives such as Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and the brand new Wacky Racers reboot.

Mr Feniger previously worked at Nickelodeon as senior director of product strategy and development and managed Viacom’s first subscription video on-demand service – Noggin, he also held multiple management roles in Nickelodeon’s games division.

From The Turner USA Press Release: Turner and Warner Bros. Name Sundance Feniger Vice President and General Manager of New Boomerang Streaming Service

Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. announced today that Sundance Feniger has been named vice president and general manager of Boomerang, the newly launched premium video subscription service that offers the best in timeless and original animation to kids, families and cartoon lovers of all ages. The new Boomerang service, a joint venture from Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, is another step for Turner and Warner Bros. direct to consumer business and the first product focused on family, kids and animation.

In this newly created role, Feniger leads the overall Boomerang streaming business across all functions and partners with DramaFever on technology. He will report jointly to both companies.

“Sundance has a passion for kids content and animation. He also has the technical and data background to understand the underlying business,” said Turner and Warner Bros. “His knowledge and experience in developing great product will help Boomerang win in this competitive space.”

Boomerang premium subscription service launched April 11, 2017 with the massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of more than 5,000 titles, timeless franchises including Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons, and The Flintstones, plus Boomerang original exclusives such as Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Races.

Prior to joining Boomerang, Feniger was senior director of product strategy and development at Nickelodeon where he developed the strategy and managed premium product for Viacom’s first mobile subscription video-on-demand service, NOGGIN. He also held multiple leadership positions with the Nickelodeon Games Group, leading monetization operations, premium product management and partnerships for all virtual world and MMO games. Feniger earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University.

To learn more about the new Boomerang video subscription service, go to www.Boomerang.com.
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Special Report Lego Ninjago Season 7 Hands Of Time UK Premiere

Special Report Lego Ninjago Season 7 Hands Of Time UK Premiere

Special Report Lego Ninjago Season 7 Hands Of Time UK Premiere

Yesterday (01/04/2017), was the UK premiere screening of the seventh season of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu at BAFTA Piccadilly in London. The first two episodes from season seven (also known as the Hands of Time story arc) were shown at the screening, followed by a Q&A session with Lego Ninjago’s creative director, Simon Lucas, presented by TV presenter Nigel Clarke.

Ninjago is the name of Lego’s successful range of ninja-themed toys of which the animated TV series is based on. Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu follows the adventures of six ninja: Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Lloyd and Nya. All six ninja are trained in the martial art of Spinjitzu, each having their own special element: Fire (Kai), Lightning (Jay), Ice (Zane), Earth (Cole), Energy (Lloyd) and Water (Nya).

Each season has different story arc (e.g: The Tournament of Elements, Possession and Skybound), season seven focuses on two new (technically old) villians, Acronix and Krux, the original Elemental Masters of Time. Krux has the ability go back in time and pause time, while his younger twin brother, Acronix can go forward in time and slow down time. Forty years ago, both Acronix and Krux were aware of their uniquely powerful abilities and decided to betray the Elemental Alliance and used their powers to control all of Ninjago. Special “Time Blades” had to be forged so Wu and Garmadon can battle the time twins, eventually the blades were used to absorb the twins’ time powers. As a result and knowing that the ability of controling time is very dangerous, both Master Wu and Master Garmadon decided to use the Time Blades to open a vortex, losing the time blades forever. However, both Acronix and Krux decide to go through the vortex themselves, which left the two lost in time, however Krux managed to teleport back to Ninjago and disguised himself for 40 years. In the first two episodes we see the ninja encounter and battle Acronix and the ninja learn more about him and his brother Krux. The Time Twins wish to revert Ninjago back to the past and undo history, will the ninja retrieve the Time Blades and stop them before it’s too late? In later episodes, we will also find out more about Kai and Nya’s backstory and their need to combine their fire and water elements.

After the screening of the first two episodes, there was a Q&A session combined with an on-screen presentation, this was an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about Ninjago. During the presentation, Simon Lucas talked about the concept art from the new season as well as the original prototype drawing from 2009 of which the whole show and toy range was based on. Simon also brought along some of the Lego models which were specially developed for the show for everyone at the screening to take a look at.

Lego Ninjago Concept Art
Ninjago In Development Concept Art From 2009
Lego Sets
Lego sets as featured on the show including Dawn of Iron Doom and the Samurai VXL vehicle.

Simon Lucas is based at Lego’s world headquarters in Billund, Denmark where he oversees the Ninjago toy range and the upcoming Ninjago movie coming to cinemas worldwide later this year, he also liaises with the animation studio Wil Film who animates the TV show. Some interesting facts about Lego were mentioned during the Q&A session including the different types of Lego bricks and the type of people who work at Lego, Lego employs model designers, architects and devoted Lego fans and there is to be believed to be a total of 100,000 unique Lego bricks (including every colour and variant). For Lego Ninjago, there are ten set designers and ten model designers, not everything is built in Lego beforehand for the TV series or released as official Lego sets but it’s very possible to recreate near enough everything, however for the upcoming movie, everything was built with Lego. The movie will focus on Lloyd and his evil father, Lord Garmadon, there will also be an epic showdown of ninja action. The movie is made by Cartoon Network’s sister company, Warner Bros. with animation made by Animal Logic, the same studio that animated The Lego Movie.

Season eight of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is currently in development and The Lego Ninjago Movie will be released in cinemas across the UK in October.

Trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie:

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu season seven premieres on Cartoon Network UK tomorrow (03/04/2017) with new episodes airing weekdays at 4pm.

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/show/ninjago

The Lego Batman Movie Cast And Crew Live Chat 22nd January

The Lego Batman Movie Cast And Crew Live Chat 22nd January

The Lego Batman Movie Cast And Crew Live Chat 22nd January

Tomorrow (22/01/2017), Lego will be hosting a live chat and Q&A session with the cast & crew of the upcoming Lego Batman Movie. The session will feature Lego Batman’s voice actor – Will Arnett, as well as director Chris McKay and movie producers Dan Lin, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The Lego Batman Movie is produced by Cartoon Network’s sister company – Warner Bros. and is animated by Australian animation studio – Animal Logic. The movie will be released in cinemas in Denmark (Lego’s homeland) on Thursday 9th February, followed by the United States the next day on Friday 10th February.

The live event will be streamed on YouTube at 7.30pm GMT/2.30pm ET/11.30am PT tomorrow, people are able to ask questions on the event’s page on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/171874679962739/

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