Cartoon Network Unveils Upfront Slate For 2014-15

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 8:42am PDT

cartoonnetwork_20110323164059__121101201454-275x275Cartoon Network has unveiled its programming and digital slate for the 2014-15 upfront season. It includes an expanded portfolio of exclusive content for specific platforms that kids access, including television, smartphones, computers, tablets and other gaming devices.We reported on Friday that the network had greenlighted its first miniseries Over The Garden Wall. Additional new programming includes Clarence, an original animated series about an optimistic boy who wants to do everything, and new Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and Looney Toons animated series. It’s set for an April 14 premiere. Returning series include Adventuretime and Legends Of Chima. Click over for the complete slate. Read More »

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Cartoon Network Orders ‘Over The Garden Wall’ As First Miniseries

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 8:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Over the Garden WallEXCLUSIVE: Cartoon Network is entering the longform business. The 20-year-old network has greenlighted its first miniseries, Over The Garden Wall. The 10-epsiode comedy-fantasy mini is based on the short Tome Of The Unknown, which hails from … Read More »

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Turner’s Adult Swim Block Expands To 8 PM

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 11:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

adultswimAlready a force to be reckoned with in late-night, Turner’s Adult Swim is making a big play in primetime. Currently airing from 9 PM-6 AM, Adult Swim will add an extra hour to start at 8 PM effective March 31. In part to offset the loss of an hour to Adult Swim, Cartoon Network will be introducing a new portfolio of original content online at CartoonNetwork.com and other branded digital platforms. In another change for Turner’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media portfolio of networks, Boomerang, the 24-hour commercial-free channel airing classic cartoons, will be introducing ads.

Related: Adult Swim’s ‘The Eric Andre Show’ Renewed For Third Season
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Cartoon Network Orders More Episodes Of Rookies ‘Uncle Grandpa’, ‘Steven Universe’

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 7:10am PST

EXCLUSIVE: The kid-targeted net has picked up 13 additional episodes each of its new animated series. That brings the orders for Cartoon Network‘s Uncle Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Girls Impact The World, Dubai Fests Partner On Filmmaker Prize; ‘The Wolverine’ Tops In China; More

Girls Impact the World And Dubai Fests Team On Film Prize
The Girls Impact the World Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival have partnered to offer a new prize, the DIFF Prize for Advancing Women and Girls. The prize will be awarded to an aspiring student filmmaker from the Middle East and North Africa region for a short original film on an issue related to the advancement of women and girls globally. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. The submission deadline is December 31. Entries will be judged by a panel that includes Jeff Skoll, Christy Turlington-Burns, actor Ian Somerhalder, and Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell. The winning submissions will be screened — and the final winner selected — at an awards ceremony at Harvard College on February 22. Guidelines and entry requirements can be found here.

‘The Wolverine’ Claws Its Way To $14.4M Opening In China
Fox’s The Wolverine opened in China this weekend, taking $14.4M from Friday through Sunday. After four days in release, it had earned $18.3M through last night, according to FilmBizAsia. The film was No. 1 at the box office and outperformed 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which earned a total of $13.2M. The Wolverine was ahead of Donnie Yen’s new Chinese entry Special ID, which opened on Friday to $10.9M. Last week, magic/heist thriller Now You See Me was the top pic at the box office, but fell sharply in its second weekend, FBA said. Tsui Hark’s hot Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, is closing in on $98.5M and Huayi Brothers Media Corp said Monday that it was lowering its box office revenue share from 43% to 30% in an effort to get the film across the line. Read More »

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Cartoon Network And Adult Swim Restructure, Promote Execs

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 12:12pm PDT

Rob Sorcher is now EVP and Chief Content Officer for Cartoon Network and Mike Lazzo is EVP and Creative Director at Adult Swim. The promotions are … Read More »

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‘Star Wars’ On TV Headed In “New Direction”, Disney And Lucasfilm Say; ‘Clone Wars’ Ending On Cartoon Network

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 1:37pm PDT

With three new Star Wars movies in the pipeline, Lucasfilm and Disney today turned its attention to the power of the Force on TV. “Lucasfilm has decided to pursue a new direction in animated programing,” … Read More »

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Cartoon Network Subs Upfront Presentation For “In Front” Meetings With Buyers

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 8:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cartoon Network brass have decided to scrap this year’s formal upfront presentation. Instead, they are going on the road for “in front” presentations for clients and promotional partners in more than 15 cities. The Cartoon Network Road Tour starts the week of January 21 and will continue into March. Along with its presentation, the network also plans to “take over” the building at each of its visits with Cartoon Network-branded imagery and giveaways. The strategy has been employed before, most notably by NBC under Ben Silverman.

At the meetings, Cartoon Network will tout its ratings growth in 2012, which became the network’s most-watched year in Prime in its 20-year history, and will present its upcoming slate, which marks a shift from live-action back to the network’s core animated fare. It includes three quarterly installment specials of The Yoda Chronicles, a new CG-animated foray into the “Original Saga” world of Star Wars. Cartoon Network also airs Clone Wars. Given Disney’s recent acquisition of LucasFilm, it is probably a matter of time before all Star Wars animated programming gets funneled to Disney Jr. and Disney XD. Read More »

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Time Warner Licenses Animated Shows And ‘Dallas’ To Netflix

This is the second licensing deal the entertainment giant has cut with Netflix over the last week. In the latest one, beginning on March 30 the streaming service lands all past seasons of Cartoon Network‘s Adventure Time, Ben 10, Regular Show, and Johnny Bravo, as well as Warner Bros Animation’s Green Lantern. It also will have Adult Swim shows Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sony Pictures Television’s The Boondocks and Warner Bros Television’s Studio 2.0′s Childrens Hospital. Subscribers have to wait a year, to January 2014, before Netflix begins its exclusive streaming run of the first two seasons of TNT’s Dallas. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms.  

The addition of children’s shows to Time Warner‘s deal with Netflix may revive the debate over whether the streaming service is cutting into ratings for ad-supported kids shows on TV. That was a big concern last year when ratings dropped at Nickelodeon after many of its shows appeared on Netflix.

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Cartoon Network Orders 1/4-Hour Animated Series ‘Clarence’

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 5:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cartoon Network has greenlit Clarence, a new animated series created by up-and-comer Skyler Page. The network has ordered twelve 15-minute episodes from the project about Clarence, an optimistic boy who wants to do everything because everything is amazing. … Read More »

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Cartoon Network Renews Comedy Duo, Adds More ‘Annoying Orange’

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 1:17pm PDT

Cartoon Network has renewed Regular Show and The Amazing World Of Gumball for new seasons and added new episodes of Annoying Orange. Produced by JG Quintel, Regular Show will be back for a fifth season. … Read More »

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‘Robot Chicken’ Returning For Season 7

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT

Adult Swim said today it has ordered another season of Robot Chicken, with Season 7 set to air on Cartoon Network next year. Season 6 of the Emmy-winning stop-motion series — which included its 100th episode — … Read More »

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Cartoon Network Greenlights 2 Animated Series

By | Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 2:30pm PDT

The two projects hail from Cartoon Network Studios’ homegrown shorts development initiative. Steven Universe, from Adventure Time writer-artist Rebecca Sugar, is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical … Read More »

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Cartoon Network Picks Up ‘The Annoying Orange’ Animated Series

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 3:37pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cartoon Network has acquired the rights to popular YouTube series The Annoying Orange for a half-hour animated series to premiere in 2012 as part of the cable network’s original programming block. Co-created by Dane Boedigheimer, creator of the original … Read More »

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John Malone Becomes The No. 1 Land Owner, Passing Ted Turner

Ted Turner seems destined to be one-upped by his longtime ally, Liberty Media’s John Malone. First it was in media, where Malone remains a player long after Turner was pushed out of Time Warner. Now Malone has passed Turner … Read More »

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Cablevision Unveils TV Everywhere Arrangement For Turner Programming

It may not sound like much at first, but Cablevision and Time Warner took an important step today to help make TV Everywhere a reality. The companies announced that Cablevision customers now can watch shows from TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and truTV on broadband-enabled devices outside the home — not just inside. The arrangement also provides for live streaming of news from CNN and HLN. Over the next year or so you can expect to hear a lot of announcements like this from pay TV distributors and programmers. Comcast, Dish Network, and Verizon are already a step ahead of Cablevision in offering out-of-home service. But this deal for a package called Turner TV Everywhere is the first time Cablevision has offered such popular entertainment and news programming so broadly to digital devices. Read More »

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Report: Prime Time Cartoons Show Kids “Shocking Levels” Of Sex and Drugs

The Parents Television Council fired another volley today at one of its favorite targets: adult-themed cartoons that also attract kids. The activist group called for “sweeping reform” of the TV content rating system as a study it released points to what it says are “shocking levels” of sex and drug references in primetime on animation channels that are popular with kids between 12 and 17. “Adult content isn’t just creeping into the cartoons that kids today are watching the most; it has overtaken much of that animated programming,” PTC president Tim Winter says. “Our data demonstrates that today’s norm is profanity-laden storylines involving everything from rape and cocaine to STDs and crystal meth.” PTC is especially upset with programming on Turner’s Cartoon Network and Adult Swim: The report, titled Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter, gave each an “F” grade for their handling of adult-themed animation. Disney Channel and Nick At Nite each received an “A”. Read More »

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Cartoon Network & Producer Don Murphy To Develop Live-Action ‘Captain Planet’ Feature

By | Tuesday July 19, 2011 @ 7:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford, who are coming off Transformers: Dark of the Moon and the upcoming Shawn Levy-directed Hugh Jackman-starrer Real Steel, have signed a deal with Cartoon Network to develop a live-action adventure theatrical feature … Read More »

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Will ‘Cars’ Move More Merchandise Than ‘Toy Story 3′? Either Way, Disney Will Remain The World’s No. 1 Licensor

Consumers worldwide spent $2.4 billion last year on merchandise related to Toy Story 3, helping Disney to easily reclaim the No. 1 position on License! Global magazine’s annual tally of the top sellers of stuff emblazoned with trademarked characters and … Read More »

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