CARTOON NETWORK BRINGS SHAUN THE SHEEP
TO SOUTHEAST ASIA
Leading kids’ network secures exclusive first-run for new season
HONG KONG (June 11, 2014) – Cartoon Network has acquired the exclusive rights from Aardman Animations to air the new season of Shaun the Sheep across Southeast Asia, including Taiwan and the Philippines.
The region’s leading international kids’ channel will start airing the first part (20×7’) of the fourth season immediately. The second part (10×7’) will be available from 2015, and will coincide with the theatrical release of the Shaun the Sheep movie, also produced by Aardman, creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. Cartoon Network has also picked up rights for Season 1 (40×7’) and Season 2 (40×7’) until 2018.
Edward Barnieh, Senior Manager of Acquisitions, Programming and Development at Turner International Asia Pacific, said: “Shaun the Sheep is an irresistibly creative and funny show from one of the leading animations studios in Europe. While it has rightfully earned plaudits from around the world, this is a series that will delight and entertain audiences in Asia. It is an exciting addition to Cartoon Network’s comedy line-up and fits perfectly alongside our other slapstick series.”
Shaun, the world’s most famous and favourite sheep, returns after delighting audiences in scores of hilarious episodes since 2007. The latest season of the stop-frame, non-dialogue animation offers another 30 thrilling adventures set on Mossybottom Farm.
In Season 4, Shaun, sheepdog Bitzer and the Flock continue to delight and entertain children and family audiences all over the world. The laugh-out-loud adventures guarantee even more thrills and raucous adventures with Shaun and his friends down on the farm.
About Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific
Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated entertainment while also drawing from the world’s most iconic cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles. Original series showcased on Cartoon Network include the international hit franchise Ben 10, Emmy-winning Regular Show and BAFTA-winning comedies The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time. Cartoon Network is available in 27 countries throughout Asia Pacific and is currently seen in more than 75 million pay-TV homes. Online, Cartoon Network reaches nearly three million unique visitors a month in the region. In Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network is owned and operated by Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc., a Time Warner company.
About Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific
Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout Asia Pacific. Turner runs 46 channels in 13 languages in 38 countries throughout the region, including CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Cartoonito, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, WarnerTV, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, WB, MondoTV and TABI Channel. In India, Turner also manages advertising sales and distribution for HBO, and distribution for HBO Defined and HBO Hits HD. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. is a Time Warner company.
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions. www.aardman.com