Turner’s Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios’ Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Turner's Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios' Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Turner’s Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios’ Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

Today (15th October), Turner’s Boomerang International and French animation studio – Cyber Group Studios (made in association with France Télévisions) will premiere their first animated co-production – “Taffy” at the MIPCOM media convention in Cannes, France.

The show’s world premiere will be held during a session at MIPCOM called “The Making of a Modern Classic” (Monday 15th October, 12.30pm at the Majestic). During the presentation, Pierre Sissmann and Mike de Seve (Co-Creators of Taffy), Ahmed Guerrouache (Director) and representatives from the show’s main original broadcast partners, Patricia Hidalgo (Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy) and Tiphaine de Raguenel (Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions) will be introducing the new animated series and will be sharing their motivation behind the Hanna-Barbera inspired show.

In Taffy, a billionaire old lady named Mrs Muchmore takes in a raccoon imposter posing as a cat named Taffy, this leads to slapstick mayhem for Mrs. Muchmore’s pet dog – Bentley. In each episode, Bentley tries to expose Taffy for what he is, but Taffy outsmarts him on his every move and causes nothing but chaos and disaster in the process. As a result of the mess, poor Bentley always gets the blame. Both Taffy and Bentley live a luxurious lifestyle in a large mansion, they travel around the world and meet important people – including the President, but no matter where they go and who they meet will never stop their endless battle of complete mayhem.

From The Cyber Group Studios Press Release: Cyber Group Studios And Turner Proudly Announce The Launch Of “Taffy” Their First Cartoon Co-Production For Boomerang International In Association With France Télévisions

Cyber Group Studios has joined forces with Turner to create Taffy, a brand-new animated series for Turner’s second flagship kids’ channel Boomerang across international markets. The series will also be broadcasted on France Televisions Networks.

Inspired by the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Taffy will enjoy a special World Premiere presentation at MIPCOM in a session titled – “The Making of a Modern Classic” (Monday 15th October at the Majestic). In this unique presentation, Pierre Sissmann and Mike de Seve (Co-Creators of the series), Ahmed Guerrouache (Director) and representatives from the main original broadcast partners,Patricia Hidalgo (Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy) and Tiphaine de Raguenel (Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions) will introduce the series and share the motivation behind its creation.

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy said: “We were on the look-out for an original series for Boomerang inspired by the great Hanna Barbera classics and that’s how we came to work on a development project, followed by this fantastic co-production with Cyber Group Studios. Taffy perfectly matches our ambition and we’re confident it will be an instant hit when it premieres on Boomerang from the end of this year.”

Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios and Co-Creator of Taffy added: “Cyber Group Studios is particularly proud to bring to the public the very first episodes of this modern classic and strongly believes it will find its home in the heart of kids and families around the world!”

Taffy (78×7’) follows the non-stop, slapstick extravaganza faced by loyal hound dog Bentley when his billionaire old lady owner Mrs Muchmore takes in an imposter posing as wide-eyed, fluffy angora cat.

Each installment sees Bentley try to reveal “Taffy” for the vermin he is – while super-clever Taffy handily frames the dog for every one of his exploits, pillagings and disastrous messes. Whether traveling from Mrs Muchmore’s luxurious mansion, to a five-star cruise, to jet-setting international adventures or a visit with the President, wherever these rivals go, mayhem is sure to follow!

About Cyber Group Studios:

Cyber Group Studios is a French independent, multi-award-winning company which develops, produces and distributes its own and third party audiovisual productions and brands. The company focuses on content with strong global appeal targeted particularly to kids and families, namely with 3D CGI and 2D HD-animated productions (TV series and movies). Its mission is to bring the best quality entertainment to audiences produced by top creative talent and to develop breakthrough technologies to enhance its productions. The company also aims to collaborate with other top creators and producers to help them bring their creations to market with outstanding content distributed and marketed through Cyber Group Studios’ worldwide operation. Visit us at www.cybergroupstudios.com and follow us on Instagram (@CyberGroupStudios), Twitter (@CyberGroupSDs) and Facebook (Cyber Group Studios).

Turner's Boomerang International And Cyber Group Studios' Animated Co-Production Taffy Premieres Today At MIPCOM

A picture from Taffy’s world premiere today at MIPCOM, (from left to right) with Richard Goldsmith, President Cyber Group Studios USA; Dominique Bourse, Chief Operating Officer, Cyber Group Studios; Pierre Siracusa, Head of Animation, Children & Youth Department, France Télévisions; Mike de Seve, Co-Creator of Taffy, Baboon Animation; Taffy (himself); Tiphaine de Raguenel, Executive Director of France 4 / Director of Children & Youth Activities, France Télévisions; Pierre Sissmann, Chairman and CEO, Cyber Group Studios; Patricia Hidalgo, Senior Vice President Chief Content & Creative Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy, Turner Broadcasting System; Cecilia Persson, Vice President Acquisitions and Co-Productions EMEA & International at Turner Broadcasting System; Bentley (himself); Zia Bales, Senior Acquisitions Manager, EMEA at Turner, Turner Broadcasting System; Dominique Neudecker, Senior Manager Series Acquisition & Production at The Walt Disney Company Germany and Ahmed Guerrouache, Director of Taffy.

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Boomerang USA Streaming Service Acquires Monchhichi Streaming Rights

Boomerang USA Streaming Service Acquires Monchhichi Streaming Rights

Boomerang USA Streaming Service Acquires Monchhichi Streaming Rights

Warner Bros’s and Turner USA’s classic animation streaming service – Boomerang has acquired streaming rights for a brand new show – Monchhichi. The new series is based on the Japanese monkey plush toy of the same name which was originally introduced in Tokyo in 1974. Monchhichi is being co-produced by France based Technicolor Animation Productions and French privately-owned national broadcaster – TF1 in collaboration with Monchhichi’s Japanese toy manufacturer – Sekiguchi. In the new show, Monchhichi are a group of friends who help children sleep and create dreams around the world. The popular toy has sold more than 100 million Monchhichi dolls and accessories in 40 countries.

After premiering on TF1 in France, the show quickly became a viewing ratings success, the new show will join along other Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes classics, along with some new content including the new Care Bears series – Care Bears: Unlock the Magic. Various broadcasters in Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have already picked up the new series. In Latin America, Discovery Kids own the broadcasting rights to the new series.

Sandrine Nguyen, co-managing director, Technicolor Animation Productions made this statement about the new show:

“We have had such an enthusiastic response from children around the world who have bonded with the big-hearted, sweet dream-creating, Monchhichi. Each adventure is a whirlwind comedy, filled with action, humor and tenderness and we are delighted that Boomerang premium service will now bring their magical adventures to kids across the U.S.”

At present, there’s no information of whether the 1980’s Hanna-Barbera Monchhichi series will be added to the Boomerang streaming service.

https://www.technicoloranimationproductions.com/en/

https://www.sekiguchi.co.jp/

https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/boomerang-gets-deal-to-stream-animated-series-monchhichi

http://www.animationmagazine.net/streaming/boomerang-gets-up-to-monkey-business-with-monchhichi/

http://www.c21media.net/boomerang-picks-up-monchhichi/

Cartoon Network UK’s 25th Anniversary: A Brief History Of The Channel

Cartoon Network UK's 25th Anniversary: A Brief History Of The Channel
An article from the UK’s Daily Express (30th August 1993) about the then soon to be launched Cartoon Network Europe. (Click To View The Full Image)

Cartoon Network UK’s 25th Anniversary: A Brief History Of The Channel

Tomorrow (17th September), 25 years ago, Cartoon Network Europe commenced broadcasting, it became Europe’s first television channel dedicated to animation, the channel launched only 11 and a half months after its U.S. counterpart and just like the original U.S. version, it aired cartoons from Hanna-Barbera’s animation library, which includes all time classics such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo!, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and many more, plus the Tom and Jerry shorts from MGM.

Cartoon Network Europe’s oldest (publicly known) schedule that can be found on the internet (including TCM’s first night and CN’s first 24-hour schedule) can be found on the link below:

https://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/old-international-cartoon-networks-schedules.5253261/page-3

Cartoon Network Europe was the first version of the channel based outside the United States, a Latin American version did launch in April 1993, although that version was based at Turner’s HQ in Atlanta and to an extent, it’s still based there today. Cartoon Network USA had somewhat of a slow start, initially not every cable service carried the channel (it was available for those with a satellite dish), this wasn’t really Turner’s fault, it was just the reluctance of cable companies making long-term contracts. But when Cartoon Network launched in Europe, it took a different approach, the channel launched as a free-to-air channel available to all cable providers around the UK and Europe and anyone with a satellite dish pointing at Astra’s European satellite service. The first general manager of Cartoon Network Europe was Sue Kroll (now the Head of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution at Warner Bros.).

At launch, Cartoon Network Europe broadcasted between 5am and 7pm, it launched alongside and timeshared with another new channel from Turner – TNT Classic Movies, this was the precursor of TCM (Turner Classic Movies), which launched in the U.S. the following year. At launch, Cartoon Network already had rivals in the UK multichannel market, its biggest U.S. rival – Nickelodeon made it to UK shores 16 days earlier, Nickelodeon had the support of British satellite TV provider – Sky who still owns a stake in the channel today, Nickelodeon was already quite established in the U.S. and already had some original content, however, Nickelodeon had a slower but more localised approach to Cartoon Network and didn’t expand into other parts of Europe until later in the 1990’s, also Nickelodeon required a subscription to Sky’s newly launched Multichannels package.

CN’s other rival was UK-based TCC (The Children’s Channel) which was also available in the Benelux and Nordic parts of Europe and in France, it faced competition against children’s channel Canal J. It seems it was no co-incidence that Cartoon Network launched with a partial soundtrack service in French, Norwegian and Swedish, also a localised version of CN launched in the Netherlands four years later. Even though, CN was available in Europe, although it had quite a heavy UK focus as all shows were in English and mostly had UK focused advertising. In December 1996, Cartoon Network Europe became a 24-hour service, however most cable operators (as well as Sky’s analogue satellite service) continued carrying the Cartoon Network/TNT timeshare service.

Immediately after the channel’s initial launch, CN Europe was met with controversy on Continental Europe as the governments of France and Belgium prohibited cable companies from carrying Cartoon Network, as it was seen as an “invasion of American culture”, the ban was lifted. Turner’s news channel – CNN International has been broadcasting from London since 1985, so Turner already had an established base in the UK. On 26th November 1993, Cartoon Network Europe took part in “The Great International Toon-In”, where Cartoon Network USA and all six Turner-owned entertainment networks in the United States (that existed at the time), Cartoon Network Latin America and Cartoon Network Europe shared a marathon schedule presented by 3D-CGI character Moxy the Dog.

After a successful launch in Europe, Cartoon Network launched in the Asia-Pacific region the following year, which means, after two years, the channel already had near global coverage. The next stage in Cartoon Network’s journey will be one that will change the course of the channel forever. Over in the United States, the now Turner-owned Hanna-Barbera animation studio set up a new studio brand – Cartoon Network Studios and started to experiment with new ideas for the channel in a brand new animation shorts programme called “World Premiere Cartoons” (later became “What A Cartoon”), What A Cartoon spawned Cartoon Network’s original Cartoon Cartoons such as Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Cow and Chicken, Mike, Lu and Og, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Johnny Bravo. As years went by, Cartoon Network started to become less dependent on its classic animation archive and started to focus on more original programming, also the merger with Time Warner in the mid-1990’s further supplemented the channel with animated productions from Warner Bros. Animation, this included Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, Taz-Mania, Animaniacs and the all-important post-1948 Looney Tunes shorts.

By the late 90’s, countries and regions started to have their own versions of Cartoon Network, where as the UK version (i.e. the original pan-European version) still functioned as the pan-European version of the channel up until 15th October 1999, a separate pan-European version was launched that summer which copied CN UK’s schedule (with some shows excluded and replaced), however after a couple of years, things started to differ. Also as a whole, Cartoon Network Europe started to diverge from its American counterpart in terms of presentation, by using an altered version of CN USA’s Powerhouse rebrand. All the movies from TNT were moved to a new channel – a UK version of TCM, TNT became a short-lived UK and analogue only entertainment channel.

In May 2000, Cartoon Network UK welcomed in the new millennium with a new channel that celebrates animation from the past – Boomerang (which originated from a programming block from the channel’s early days), this means Cartoon Network’s schedule was now freed up for more original shows, Cartoon Network Europe also started to make its own co-productions by partnering with European studios with new shows such as The Cramp Twins and Fat Dog Mendoza. In later years, came Robotboy, Spaced Out, Skatoony and Chop Socky Chooks. Cartoon Network UK started to air Japanese anime starting off with Dragon Ball Z, the popularity of Dragon Ball Z led to the establishment of the Toonami programming block, which led to a new channel called CNX in 2002 which targeted teenagers and young adults and featured productions from Adult Swim, action movies and Japanese anime. Less than a year later, the CNX channel was rebranded as Toonami and became more child friendly. Toonami started to move away from the action animation format and started airing live-action sitcoms, after this change, it closed a year later. In 2006, a companion channel – Cartoon Network Too launched, the channel acted as a overflow to the main CN channel and later focused on action animation, the channel also had a pre-school programming block called Cartoonito which later spawned the Cartoonito pre-school channel which launched in 2007. In 2014, Cartoon Network Too closed and Cartoon Network UK’s one-hour timeshift service – Cartoon Network +1 was reinstated.

The 2000’s decade saw an explosion of brand new animation from Cartoon Network Studios with Sheep in the Big City, Time Squad, Samurai Jack, Grim & Evil (later became The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy), Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? and Codename: Kids Next Door. In 2002, Cartoon Network introduced a brand new look called “Casillas” (Spanish for Boxes) as it was developed by design studio – Ink Apache, the rebrand was very creative and made use of existing archive footage of Cartoon Network’s animated shows.

In 2005, Cartoon Network UK (and the rest of Europe) introduced Cartoon Network USA’s “CN City” graphics package on its channel, CN City featured all of Cartoon Network’s cartoon characters living together in one city making it effectively one big crossover. The CN City era remains one of the most memorable eras on Cartoon Network and saw the launch of Foster’s Home of Imaginary Friends, Camp Lazlo, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi and Cartoon Network’s most successful action-animation franchise – Ben 10. After CN City era, Cartoon Network UK introduced another rebrand featuring an arrow that heavily featured the logo, this era featured bumpers animated by British animation studio – Pesky. The second stage of the Arrow Era featured CGI bumpers developed by design studio – Stardust. During this time, Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack were airing on the channel.

In 2010, Cartoon Network UK introduced a fresh new graphics package known as “Check It” that helped reboot the channel for the new animation renaissance of the 2010’s, Check It is considered to be a modern adaptation of Cartoon Network’s original Checkerboard graphics package. This era saw the successful Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Cartoon Network Development Studios Europe first ever show – The Amazing World of Gumball, which had its world premiere on Cartoon Network UK in 2011. A high-definition version of Cartoon Network – Cartoon Network UK HD also launched in 2011. Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, Teen Titans Go! and Steven Universe later followed with another iteration of “Check It” – Check It 3.0. Before the end of Check It 3.0. The Powerpuff Girls reboot was introduced in 2016, followed by Ben 10 later that year. In 2016, there was a short-lived Check It 4.0. rebrand that only lasted a year. In 2017, the Dimensional graphics package was introduced, which is Cartoon Network UK’s current era, during this era, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Ben 10: Challenge, The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, Unikitty! and Apple and Onion premiered, and next month, the channel will premiere Craig of the Creek. Coming soon in the near future another CN Studios Europe production will premiere – Elliott From Earth.

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