Cartoon Network Asia Pacific Launches Computer Programming Learning Initiative

Cartoon Network Asia Pacific Launches Computer Programming Learning Initiative

Cartoon Network Asia Pacific Launches Computer Programming Learning Initiative

Today (12/07/2017), Turner Asia-Pacific has launched its Cartoon Network themed computer programming learning initiative called “Code the Future with Cartoon Network”, where young students will learn the basics of computer programming using fun and interactive methods. The new initiative is similar to Cartoon Network USA’s partnership with the Scratch Foundation, the organisation behind the Scratch programming language, a simplified programming language designed specifically for children and for people who have never coded before.

The scheme has launched in the Philippines first and is part of a wider campaign in the region to introduce coding to school children across Asia. Cartoon Network’s coding initiative also includes an in-school adventure camp, a young ambassador initiative and a website full of coding tutorials and videos from Cartoon Network. The campaign will also use the Scratch programming language, which will provide easy access for anyone who wishes to create and share their interactive stories, games and animations. Schools are now focusing more on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) subjects, and the new initiative from Cartoon Network will integrate well into the school curriculum.

Code the Future workshops will start in July at 10 different schools in the Manila Metropolitan area, at the workshops, kids aged between 8 and 10 years old will learning the fundamentals of coding, with the use of Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears graphical assets and tutorials. Students will gain an understanding of planes of movement, conditional thinking and animation.

Turner has signed up two young and talents coders in the Philippines to take part in the Code the Future campaign – Nico Jorge and Faith Khoo, Nico creates and plays his own games for enjoyment and Faith develop games for school projects, both will help to teach kids how to code. According to Turner’s New Generations 2017 survey it was revealed that 57% of kids in Manila aged between 4 to 14 learnt coding in schools with 87% of them enjoying the subject. Cartoon Network is the leading international children’s television channel in the Philippines and the greater Southeast Asian region.

From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Coding A Brighter Future For Asia: Turner’s Cartoon Network Launches Initiative To Encourage Kids Programming

Turner Asia Pacific today announced the launch of its “Code the Future with Cartoon Network” program where students learn the basics of computer programming in a fun and interactive way.

With a Philippines-first launch, the scheme is part of a broader, regional campaign to introduce coding to school children in Asia. It includes an in-school adventure camp, a young ambassador initiative and a website packed with coding tutorials, videos and concepts from Cartoon Network, a brand known for its ability to connect with kids and fans across multiple touchpoints.

The campaign uses a free programming language and online community that provides easy access for anyone who wants to create and share interactive stories, games and animation. Its launch comes at a time when this technical life skill gains importance in schools that are increasingly emphasising Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (also known as STEAM).

“Coding is where tech, engineering and the arts all converge, and has become vitally important for this current generation of plurals,” explains Vishal Dembla, Turner’s Southeast Asia General Manager. “Through this initiative, Cartoon Network will equip children – via a hugely fun and colorful method of instruction – with an essential tool that can open up many doors.”

To kick off, the three-month Code the Future workshops starts in July at 10 different Metro Manila schools. There kids aged 8-10 will learn the fundamentals of coding from Cartoon Network’s shows Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears. Students will come away with an understanding of planes of movement, conditional thinking, and how to create animated sprites and characters.

Turner has also enlisted the help of two young and talented Filipino coders to take part in the campaign and Code the Future. Nico Jorge is passionate about creating and playing games, while Faith Khoo develops games for school projects, and both are motivated to help the community by teaching kids how to code.

Turner’s New Generations 2017 survey revealed that 57% of Manila-based kids aged 4-14 learnt coding in schools with 87% of them enjoying the subject. Cartoon Network dominates the kids space in the Philippines, hosting regular branded events, developing games and apps for local fans, and continues to be the leading international kids channel on TV.*

* Data Sources: Turner’s New Generations Survey 2017 – Philippines. Kantar Media (Philippines), Year to Date 2017; Local Kids Targets; Ranking among Kids Channels.

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/coding-brighter-future-asia

Cartoon Network Southeast Asia Operations Moving To Singapore

Cartoon Network Southeast Asia Operations Moving To Singapore

Cartoon Network Southeast Asia Operations Moving To Singapore

Turner Asia-Pacific has announced that they are moving their Southeast Asia division’s operations from their Hong Kong headquarters to its Singapore hub as part of its decentralisation process the company has been undertaking since 2013. A third of the employees will move to Singapore, everyone else will be relocated to other divisions or will sadly lose their jobs. The central hub in Singapore will be led by Vishal Dembla, the vice president and general manager of the Southeast Asia region. Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific has already outsourced a large chunk of its presentation department to Infinite Studios in Singapore last year, with some staff moving from Hong Kong. Turner Asia-Pacific is split up into three sub-regions, South Asia, Southeast Asia-Pacific and North Asia.

In February, Turner’s managing director of South East Asia Pacific and North Asia Phil Nelson said: “These changes will enable Turner to better develop its growing business in this region.” Turner’s corporate communications and marketing VP Gregory Ho has said the move would not affect the APAC base in Hong Kong.

http://www.mumbrella.asia/2017/05/jobs-go-turner-south-east-asia-operation-moves-hong-kong-singapore/

Vishal Dembla Appointed VP And General Manager For Turner Southeast Asia

Vishal Dembla Appointed VP And General Manager For Turner Southeast Asia

Vishal Dembla Appointed VP And General Manager For Turner Southeast Asia

This week (06/02/2017), Turner Southeast Asia has appointed a new vice president and general manager – Vishal Dembla. In his new role, Mr Dembla will oversee, lead and develop all of Turner’s entertainment and kids channel operations in the Southeast Asia region. This includes Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Mr. Dembla will oversee ad-sales, content sales, programming, creative, channel distribution and marketing departments and will be based in Singapore.

In his previous role, Mr. Dembla was responsible for Turner’s distribution and content sales in Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, which has now expanded to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

From The Official Turner Southeast Asia Press Release: Turner Announces New Southeast Asia Organisation and New General Manager

Turner Asia Pacific has announced the establishment of a new Southeast Asia organization and appointment of a new regional lead to be based in Singapore.

Vishal Dembla has been named Vice President and General Manager of Turner Southeast Asia. In this new role, he has been tasked with growing all of Turner’s commercial and channel operations within this increasingly important region, as well as the day-to-day management of its kids and entertainment businesses in Southeast Asia.

“For the first time, we have aligned all our Southeast Asia efforts under one executive and these changes will enable Turner to better develop its growing business in this region,” commented Phil Nelson, Turner’s Managing Director of Southeast Asia Pacific and North Asia. “Vishal has been an integral member of our senior management team – forging new initiatives and driving growth – and is well-positioned for this new role.”

In addition to oversight of all commercial lines including ad-sales and content sales, Mr. Dembla will lead the region’s programming, creative services and marketing departments for all of Turner’s kids and entertainment brands. The team will also handle the network distribution side of the business – focusing on further expanding the reach of brands including CNN International, Warner TV, Oh!K, Cartoon Network and Boomerang in Southeast Asia.

In his previous capacity, Mr. Dembla was responsible for Turner’s distribution and content sales in Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. His expanded geographical remit now also includes Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/turner-announces-new-southeast-asia-organization-and-new-general-manager