Cartoon Network has launched a new feature in the Middle East and North Africa aimed at entertaining children at home during lockdown.
CN Together is available in English and Arabic and shows curated programming and content including cooking videos, art tutorials and other DIY challenges, as well as games and clips from some of Cartoon Network’s shows, such as Ben 10, Teen Titans, Apple & Onion, Powerpuff Girls and The Amazing World of Gumball.
Content for the new feature will be updated every week and shows can be accessed via social media as well as YouTube and TV channels.
US giant WarnerMedia and France-based pay TV operator Canal+ have teamed up to launch Cartoon Network and TNT in Rwanda, with a Nigerian toon on the former’s launch slate.
The two channels will be made available to local subscribers to Canal+’s existing Les Bouquets Canal+ pay TV package.
As a result, Les Bouquets Canal+ subscribers will have access to Cartoon Network titles such as ThunderCats Roar, Teen Titans Go!, DC Superhero Girls and the Nigerian animated short Garbage Boy & Trash Can.
Garbage Boy & Trash Can is from Nigerian animator Ridwan Moshood, and won Cartoon Network Africa’s Creative Lab competition in 2018.
The show tells the story of a garbage boy who believes he has superpowers he can use to fight for justice together with his trusty sidekick, a trash can.
TNT titles available include movies Apocalypto, Green Lantern, Batman Begins, Anaconda 3: Offspring and Million Dollar Baby.
Guillaume Coffin, VP and head of commercial and business development at Turner France, Africa and Israel, said: “WarnerMedia has been present in Africa for more than 20 years, operating six channels across the continent in 56 English-, French- and Portuguese-speaking countries.
“Launching TNT and Cartoon Network is an exciting expansion of our partnership with Canal+ Group in Africa. I am convinced that the tremendous success of these two channels in Africa, as well as their dedicated line-up of content and productions tailored for African viewers, will be welcomed by Canal+ subscribers in Rwanda.”
MultiChoice’s digital terrestrial platform GOtv is adding WarnerMedia channels Cartoon Network and TNT to its line-up.
From November 12, the channels will offer subscribers across English-speaking sub-Saharan Africa children’s entertainment as well as Hollywood blockbusters.
The titles will include Ben 10, Craig of the Creek, Teen Titans Go, The Amazing World of Gumball, an exclusive original production of Victor & Valentino and films such as Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Spy Kids and Jumanji.
Guillaume Coffin, WarnerMedia’s VP commercial and head of business development for France and Africa, said: “We are thrilled to bring Cartoon Network and TNT to a wider African audience and to extend our partnership with MultiChoice through GOtv. The quality of our channels, combined with MultiChoice’s excellence in marketing, will contribute to bringing our premium quality American features and innovative kids’ content to an even wider audience on the African continent.
“We are convinced that our existing fans will be as excited about this new entertainment experience as we are, and we look forward to welcoming our new GOtv fans to join in on the fun just in time for the festive season.”
Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment at the MultiChoice Group, added: “As the home of African television, it’s always a win for us to be able to deliver on making great entertainment accessible to more customers with top family entertainment. This new partnership with WarnerMedia is an example of that.
“We look forward to continuing to deliver more choice and value to our customers as Africa’s most loved storyteller.”
Greenworld Communications in Nigeria has entered into a partnership with Turner Africa to offer its customers advertising services.
Greenworld’s customers will be able to access various services on certain Turner channels, which operate all over the continent, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TNT.
Guillaume Coffin, Turner’s VP of sales and business development, France and Africa, said: “The partnership with Greenworld is an important move for Turner’s developments and regional relevance in west Africa. Its expertise and ability to innovate as well as its event-based advertising know-how convinced us to sign this new partnership.”
Greg Anobili, VP and CEO of Greenworld, said: “This partnership furthers the multi-channel vision of Greenworld, where we can provide advertisers with desirable audiences over multiple platforms. The implication is that we will make it possible to greatly amplify advertising campaigns and brands alike, working closely with the brands to drive better ROI and reach for clients.”
Greenworld will provide a team that can produce high-impact and cost-effective advertising content and sponsorship packages on the Turner channels, the company said. It is also offering Turner Africa a dedicated television and integrated sales team.
Under the partnership, the TV sales division of Greenworld will expand into other genres such as blockbuster movies, including I Am Legend and Miami Vice, and programmes for kids.
Anobili claimed the partnership will “strengthen Greenworld’s offering to the market,” adding: “Television is an increasingly important part of our strategy and we will now be able to offer our clients a more extensive media buy that delivers diverse content opportunities, audiences and return on investment.”
Turner is a Warner Media company and Turner channels are available on DSTV and terrestrial TV in Nigeria in several packages.
The Cartoon Network has launched a PowerPuff Girls (PPG) Awards competition, with entries open until October 15 and the winner to be declared by the end of the month.
The aim of the competition is to showcase the talents of young girls in Africa aged 9-14 through the projects they submit.
The awards ceremony will take place in November in Johannesburg and the winners in each category will win US$1,500. The winners will be assisted by South African singer and songwriter Toya Delazy as their artistic mentor.
“The PPG Awards celebrates young African girls and their achievements. It aims to empower young girls to express themselves and never give up on their dreams,” said Delazy.
“We hope that the PPG Awards provide a platform to bring out the strength that every young African girl carries within her and allows her to become the amazing little superhero that she really is.”
The prizes will be named the Buttercup Award, the Bubbles Award and the Blossom Award.
The Buttercup Award is for girls who can create inventions related to science and technology. The Bubbles Award is for girls imaginative enough to come up with original art works that reflect girls’ empowerment. The Blossom Award is for girls who can think outside the box and take their ideas to another level.
Turner Broadcasting-owned children’s pay TV channel Cartoon Network has launched an initiative to create an animated comedy for its viewers in Africa.
Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab is inviting pitches from African talent, with the winning idea being made into an original shortform show.
According to the company, Africans are well-known for their humour and storytelling, and this initiative seeks to promote that by encouraging local content creation that remains relevant.
Ariane Suveg, head of programming and acquisition at Turner Kids Africa, said the initiative had been inspired by the pitching contest at content market Discop in South Africa in 2016.
“As sponsors of the Discop 2016 Animation Pitching Programme, we were exposed to some really inspiring local animation projects,” Suveg explained.
“We were so impressed by Cape Town-based Punch Monkey Studios’ amazing creative energy in the winning entry, Cloud Life, that the project has since been travelling through the Turner Group and is now in a development process with the Turner Asia Pacific production team.
“This just reinforces our need to invest in local content and our commitment to further mentor talent in the African animation industry.
“We are honoured to be supporting local African animation talent through the Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab. We look forward to seeing the entries and hope to see the winners flourish in their careers as content creators, following in the footsteps of some of Cartoon Network’s greatest talents.”
Interested participants must be 18 and above to qualify. Entries should be of the comedy genre and should be submitted as a one-minute or three-minute video. Submissions will end on August 31.
In September, 10 participants will be shortlisted to pitch their project to Cartoon Network Africa’s content programming team. Three finalists will be revealed at Discop Johannesburg in November.
The finalists will have their work produced as a pilot with Cartoon Network Africa, with the show airing on the channel in 2019.
Cartoon Network is a US-based animation TV channel owned by Turner Broadcasting System, a subsidiary of Time Warner.
Pan-African pay TV platform MultiChoice is offering subscribers a free trial of its channels.
The Naspers-owned company is to give loyal customers access to some of its channels for 18 days at no extra cost.
From July 13 to 31, all customers of MultiChoice-owned DTH pay TV platform DSTV and DTT service GOtv will have unlimited access to the Supersport channels.
Some children’s channels on DSTV will also be made available without restrictions during this period. The channels include Cartoon Network and NickToons
GOtv Plus subscribers are also going to enjoy free access to five channels – Sony Max, CBSReality, ROK 2, Fox and SuperSport Select 4 – usually only accessible to GOtv Max subscribers. This offer will last from July 13 to 26.
According to the company, this initiative is a way to reward loyal customers.
John Ugbe, MD of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “MultiChoice Nigeria is excited to continue to bring customers the best in entertainment. This is part of our ongoing commitment to bring more value to our customers.
“At MultiChoice, we understand that times are tough for our subscribers who not only want to experience the best television entertainment but to do so at a price they can afford. However, we also understand our subscribers on lower bouquets would enjoy the opportunity to watch some of the content available on the higher bouquets.”