Cartoon Network UK New Show OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Premieres Monday 9th October

Cartoon Network UK New Show OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Premieres Monday 9th October

Cartoon Network UK New Show OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Premieres Monday 9th October

On Monday 9th October at 6.30pm after a new episode of Teen Titans Go!, Cartoon Network UK and Ireland will premiere a brand new show from Cartoon Network Studios – OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. The show is created by the former supervising director of Steven Universe – Ian Jones-Quartey. OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is an action-comedy cartoon and follows the titular character – a young boy named K.O. who has the aspiration to become the world’s greatest hero. He has a very long journey to “level-up” to greatness, but his optimism gives him the drive and energy he needs. K.O. meets his new friends – Rad and Enid at Gar’s Bodega and Hero Supply and he even gets employed there. Gar’s Bodega is located Lakewood Plaza, a shopping centre that is under constant attack by robots coming from the Boxmore factory from over the street, which is and owned and ran by the show’s main antagonist – Lord Boxman.

K.O. is a very helpful and cheerful kid and would do anything to protect his friends and the plaza, although he hasn’t got the strength to do so yet, he certainly has the determination, courage (and wackiness) to do so. The show is inspired by video games especially beat-em’-ups and RPG’s, also a brand new OK K.O. video game called OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes will be released later this year for PlayStation 4, XBOX One and PC.

Cartoon Network UK has already uploaded some OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes shorts onto their YouTube channel ahead of the show’s UK premiere, click the link below to access the playlist:

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes promo introducing the show’s hero – K.O.

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes promo introducing Radicles – K.O.’s radical and muscular friend

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes promo introducing Enid – K.O.’s sarcastic but caring friend

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes promo introducing Carol – K.O.’s mum and owner of the Fitness Dojo

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes promo introducing K.O.’s boss and owner of Gar’s Bodega – Mr. Gar

The channel manager of Cartoon Network UK – Sean Gorman announced the date and time of the show’s premiere on Twitter.

Daisy & Ollie A New Animated Series Coming To Cartoonito UK This October

Daisy & Ollie New Animated Series On Cartoonito UK This October

Daisy & Ollie New Animated Series On Cartoonito UK This October

This October, Turner’s pre-school channel in the UK – Cartoonito will be premiering a brand new show from CHF Entertainment called Daisy & Ollie. The new animated pre-school series encourages children to ask their parents questions about everyday life and the world in general. Young children are extremely curious and ask loads of random (and often insightful, strange and humorous) questions as they’re trying to familiarise themselves with the world around them.

In the new animated series, two young children named Daisy and Ollie, along with their incredible toys, Boo the Monkey and Whizzy the Robot, discover all the answers to their questions. The new series is also full of music and songs as Daisy’s dad is a musician, he also has a dry sense of humour and often gets involved in Daisy’s and Ollie’s adventures. The show is based on an original idea by Helen Brown, her idea for the show was inspired by her daughter – Daisy. Comedian Jason Manford has helped to develop the new series serving as the show’s executive producer and along with the show’s creator Helen Brown, he has been writing many scripts for episodes, he also voices Daddy and Whizzy the Robot.

An initial 52 episodes (with 7 minutes runtime each) has been produced at CHF Studios in Wilmslow, Cheshire near Manchester, England, UK. The show is made using Toon Boom animation software technology and features a talent voice cast of Jason Manford, Sarah Hadland (voice of Daisy) and Claire Morgan (Ollie and Boo the Monkey). The brand new show is exclusive to Cartoonito.

CHF Studios has also produced another show that has aired on Cartoonito – Pip Ahoy!, CHF Studios has its origins in the original Cosgrove-Hall Films animation studio which produced animated hits including the original Danger Mouse series, Count Duckula and Fifi and the Flowertots.

From The CHF Entertainment Press Release Via Turner UK: CHF Entertainment Adds New Animated TV Series Daisy & Ollie Featuring Jason Manford To Its Production Slate

CHF Entertainment is welcoming new characters and content to its family with the launch of, “Daisy & Ollie”, an animated series for the pre-school audience, premiering exclusively on Cartoonito this October.

Based on an original idea by Helen Brown and developed by CHF Entertainment with Executive Producer Jason Manford; Daisy & Ollie is a pre-school series encouraging young children to be curious and question the world around them. Given the average four-year old asks over 400 questions a day, these questions can range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the serious to the silly… and everything in between. “Why don’t ducks wear rain coats?”, “Why do cats have whiskers?”, and “Whhhyyy do we have to go to bed?!”

Daisy & Ollie, along with their out of the ordinary toys, Boo the Monkey and Whizzy the Robot, discover the answers to their questions! Daisy’s Daddy is a musician filling every episode with music and songs. He’s a bit of a joker with a dry sense of humour and often gets caught up in the children’s adventures!

Jason Manford has been instrumental in the development of the show as Executive Producer alongside Helen Brown and writing many of the scripts, as well as being the voice of both ‘Daddy’ and ‘Whizzy the Robot’.

Jason Manford said “It’s an absolute joy to work on ‘Daisy & Ollie’, and I was so eager to get involved knowing that I could finally make a show that my own kids could watch and enjoy. I spend so much time watching kid’s TV that I know what it’s like for adults to have to sit through shows that aren’t aimed at us. This show has something for everyone and you can all enjoy it together, like I will with my children.”

Helen Brown added: “Creating and developing ‘Daisy & Ollie’ with the immensely talented team at CHF has been such a pleasure and I’m thrilled to be managing the project through the studio pipeline; it’s a dream come true! The show was inspired by my daughter Daisy, who asks me hundreds of varied and entertaining questions every day, which I think all parents will relate to. Whilst having educational value, it’s also fun and engaging with great scripting, beautiful designs and wonderful animation, all of which are key to making it an entertaining show. It’s been a fantastic privilege to see ‘Daisy & Ollie’ coming to life and the end result has exceeded all of my expectations!”

Sean Gorman, Programming Director of Kids’ Channels UK, Turner, says “We’re happy to be launching the UK-produced ‘Daisy & Ollie’ on Cartoonito. Kids are so inquisitive and we think anyone who has spent any time at all with kids will be able to relate to the way this show conveys their funny and sometimes difficult questions. We think it’s important to encourage this curiosity when they’re growing up and ‘Daisy & Ollie’ is a great example of how a show can make every day learning into a great adventure.”

The 52 x 7’ minute 2D episodes for the Pre-school audience is produced using Toon Boom technology at the CHF Studios in Wilmslow. Not only does the show have a very talented team behind it at CHF, but has attracted world class voice artists consisting of Jason Manford, Sarah Hadland and Claire Morgan who between them bring the characters to life.

“It’s great fun behaving like a child in the studio, I love it! Daisy’s a great little character, inquisitive and lively like most little girls really. She’s got a really special relationship with her Daddy, often turning the joke on him! We’ve got a great cast, it’s a joy to do, there’s lots of laughs!” said Sarah Hadland, who voices Daisy.

Launching exclusively on Cartoonito this October, Daisy & Ollie promises to answer all of those difficult questions that children ask their parents!

Claire Morgan added: “Children ask a lot of awkward questions…and often in public! I think Daisy & Ollie will help a lot of parents out with the answers. I play Ollie and also Boo the cheeky monkey. Ollie is a kind, thoughtful and smart little boy who asks lots of questions and Boo is an excitable monkey! Both characters are a lot of fun to play, in fact it’s possibly the most fun you can have in a studio!”

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Today (28/06/2017), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed Pierre Branco as the new SVP (Senior Vice President) of Turner Northern Europe (UK and Ireland, Nordics and Baltics), he replaces Ian McDonough who announced his resignation in April this year. Mr Branco is a long serving Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) employee and has worked for the company since 2006, in his last role, he was the general manager for Turner’s channels in France, Portugal, Africa and Israel.

In his new role, Mr Branco will move from his old regional base in Paris to Turner EMEA’s headquarters in London, where he will report to Turner EMEA president, Giorgio Stock. Mr Branco will be working with the Turner Northern Europe team leaders including the head of UK Kids channels – Sean Gorman (manager of Cartoon Network UK, Boomerang UK and Cartoonito UK) and the general manager of Turner in Scandinavia – Bo Falk Østergaard as well as their respective teams.

During his time as general manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa, he has introduced Turner’s action-animation channel brand – Toonami to France and Africa and launched variety animation channel Boing in Africa, he also oversaw a 12-channel children’s, news, movie and general entertainment portfolio in three different languages (French, Portuguese and English), including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.

Mr Branco’s wealth of experience while building the French, Portuguese and African part of the business can be used to develop and maintain the reputation of the Northern Europe part of the company, especially as Cartoon Network is currently the number one channel for boys in the UK and Denmark*. Meanwhile in France, Portugal and Africa, the SVP of Turner Southern Europe and Africa – Jaime Ondarza will be advising local teams until a replacement is found.

From the Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Appoints Pierre Branco to lead its Northern European business

Turner EMEA today announced a significant internal promotion with the appointment of Pierre Branco to the role of SVP Northern Europe. Branco, who takes up the role with immediate effect from his present position as Turner’s GM for France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, will lead Turner’s business across the UK, Nordics and Baltics at a period of particularly fast paced change for the company. He will move to London from Paris in the coming months and will report directly to Turner EMEA President, Giorgio Stock, and joins his executive team.

Overseeing a senior management team who themselves bring a wealth of experience within the Northern European markets, Branco, a more than ten year Turner veteran behind some of the company’s fastest growing EMEA markets, will be responsible for leading the growth and development of Turner’s operations in the region. This includes its kids and general entertainment portfolio of Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and TNT brands, as well as the distribution of CNNI. He will be charged with identifying new areas for driving revenues and profits, overseeing P&L and ensuring consistency and strategy for the region, all through the lens of delivering branded experiences that drive fan engagement across the linear and non linear ecosystem.

Stock says: “At a time when we are developing ambitious new initiatives in the Northern Europe region alongside a relentless focus on our core channels business, this is a particularly important appointment and amongst a high calibre of candidates Pierre stood out for his exceptional track record in building our brands and driving growth. His combination of industry knowledge, a deep commitment to leveraging the digital trends shaping our business and a passion for putting our fans at the centre of everything we do, will bring vision and momentum to the Northern Europe business to take it to the next level.”

Branco’s transition to the Northern Europe remit follows a transformative approach to his current role where he has overseen mould breaking commercial deals, the introduction of new brands to the marketplace and reinvigorated businesses in highly differentiated markets such as France and Africa, both of which have enjoyed their best commercial and ratings performances to date under his leadership.

Branco has been with Turner since 2006, most recently as Vice President and General Manager, France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, overseeing a 12-channel portfolio in three different languages, including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.

Added Stock, “It’s particularly rewarding, and proof of the calibre of talent we have at Turner, to promote from within the company, as we continue to deliver on our commitment to create and curate great content that really resonates with our audiences, wherever and whenever they are engaging with us.”

The appointment comes at a time when the strength of Turner’s Northern Europe brand portfolio includes Cartoon Network maintaining its #1 position for boys in the UK and Denmark*, long term established platform partnerships and significant growth in digital engagement across the region.

*Source: BARB, boys 4-15 in the UK and Kantar Gallup DK/Kantar TNS NO/MMS SE, boys 4-9 in Denmark