This week (15/06/2015-20/06/2015) is the Annecy Animation Festival in France, and as usual Cartoon Network is attending the festival. This week, they will debut their new We Bare Bears animated series at the festival.
On Thursday 18th June, Cartoon Network representatives will host a series of interviews with artists to attract new talent for future animation projects and for current productions. During the Annecy Animation Festival, Cartoon Network will also run two special panel events: Cartoon Network: From Short to Series and The Making of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, on Thursday 18th June and Friday 19th June.
Cartoon Network: From Short to Series panel event will give festival visitors a peek inside the Cartoon Network Artists Programme, as well as an exclusive first look at We Bare Bears. We Bare Bears will debut on Cartoon Network USA in July 2015, followed by Cartoon Network feeds in the Europe, Middle East and Africa area from September 2015.
The From Short to Series panel will be moderated by Rob Sorcher, chief content officer of Cartoon Network Studios and it will feature:
– Elizabeth Ito, director and storyboard artist on Adventure Time and creator of the brand new short Welcome to My Life.
– George Gendi, storyboard artist on The Amazing World of Gumball and creator of the brand new pilot Apple & Onion.
– Daniel Chong, creator of We Bare Bears.
– The Making of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time panel presents an opportunity to hear from the creative and production team behind the show.
The panel also will include recent guest-directed shorts, including the Annecy-nominated Food Chain, and an exclusive showing of a new episode by guest director Kirsten Lepore which is completely made in stop-motion animation.
Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network Studios made this statement about Cartoon Network’s involvement at Annecy:
“Annecy attracts some of the world’s most talented and innovative creatives and we’re excited to return and discover new emerging talent as they develop the next generation of animation, We’re proud of what’s been achieved to date through our Artists’ Programme and we are looking forward to sharing an exclusive first look at We Bare Bears.”
Patricia Hidalgo, SVP and chief content and creative officer for Cartoon Network EMEA added:
“Cartoon Network is a global leader in the creation of kids’ animation and we’re committed to continuing to entertain and surprise our audiences with engaging, high quality and laugh-out-loud storytelling. Our presence at Annecy and the success of the shows to come out of the Artists’ Programme so far is evidence of just how important the search for new talent, from right across the world, is for a global brand like Cartoon Network.”
Mark Eyers, chief content officer, Cartoon Network Asia Pacific also stated:
“We’re seeing a wealth of fun, innovative and highly-engaging concepts coming from right across our diverse region. We have currently identified three creators in Korea, India and Australia that could be a perfect fit for the Artists’ Programme – and it will be exciting to turn these locally-produced ideas into content that can reach audiences across the world. Annecy really is a global get-together of top animation talent and we’re looking forward to seeing what it has to offer this year.”