Cartoon Network’s Commissioned TV Movie, Monster Beach, Wins Astra Award For Most Outstanding Children’s Programme

Monster Beach

Cartoon Network’s first Australian commissioned animated TV movie, Monster Beach, has won an Astra Award in The Most Outstanding Children’s Programme category, the 2015 Astra Awards ceremony was held in Pyrmont, Sydney on 12th March. Monster Beach premiered last Hallowe’en on Cartoon Network Australia and then around the Asia-Pacific region, the animated movie will air in Europe later this year.

The original movie was created by Australian animation studio Bogan Entertainment Solutions (BES) with animation also produced by Top Draw Animation in the Philippines. Monster Beach follows two siblings who visit their uncle on a secluded island for the summer, only to find the island in danger and the locals are surf-crazed monsters.

Turner International Asia Pacific chief content officer for kids content, Mark Eyers, made this statement regarding the success of Monster Beach:

“The success of Monster Beach is a result of a collaboration between Cartoon Network’s executive production team in Hong Kong and BES in Melbourne. It is a great example of how an international network can partner with Australia’s top talent to create locally-produced content that can reach audiences across the world”

The director of Monster Beach, Patrick Crawley, made this statement in regards of the development and success of the movie:

“Taking a project from the kitchen table through to international release has been an amazing experience. As has partnering with those whose belief in the concepts and the potential of Australian animation has been unswerving in its support. Working with Cartoon Network has meant we’ve had the opportunity to link some of the best Australian writing, design and animation talent with their contemporaries from around the world to deliver an outstanding project”

Adventure Time also received a 2015 Astra Awards nomination for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, but it lost to Monster Beach.

Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Acquires More Episodes Of Horrid Henry

Horrid Henry

Zodiak Kids has licensed Horrid Henry to Cartoon Network for its feeds in the Asia-Pacfic region and has also acquired the upcoming 4th season from Novel Entertainment.

Cartoon Network in the Asia-Pacific region has acquired season four, series three and has re-licensed seasons one and two. Cartoon Network will be broadcasting over 200 episodes on its Asia-Pacific feeds including CN Australia and New Zealand, CN India, CN Southeast Asia and CN Taiwan.

Mark Eyers, VP and chief content officer, Kids Networks, Turner International APAC, made this statement regarding the Horrid Henry episodes acquisition:

“Horrid Henry is a wonderfully funny show, and we are very excited to continue our relationship with Zodiak Kids and bring brand new episodes of this fantastic title to Cartoon Network as it continues to delight and entertain audiences in Asia”

Mike Watts, MD of Novel Entertainment made this statement regarding the deal with Cartoon Network APAC:

“Horrid Henry is an enduringly popular series with international appeal, which we see proven time and again through far reaching deals with stellar broadcasters like Cartoon Network.”