Cartoon Network is returning to Annecy for the 2016 Animation Festival and MIFA market, bringing a selection of new and familiar heroic characters along. The network will be hosting its renowned Picnic by the Lake and a special “It’s Hero Time” panel event, as well as keeping an eye out for animators and original creators to join the studio on projects across the globe.
On Thursday, June 16, CN representatives will host a series of face-to-face interviews with artists in a bid to source promising new talent to join its teams in the U.S., EMEA and Asia-Pacific.
“We have some of the best creative minds in animation working at Cartoon Network Studios and we’re always on the lookout for creators with unique ideas. It’s key to us to work with talent that understand the importance of creating content across multi-platforms for this generation of kids. We’re looking forward to meeting the talent at Annecy and discussing these shows and how we are developing content in a different way,” says Tramm Wigzell, VP Multi-Platform for Cartoon Network Studios.
Thursday is also the day marked out for Cartoon Network’s Picnic by the Lake, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Moon Beach, La Plage de l’Imperial. From 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Salle Pierre Lamy, the “It’s Hero Time” panel will offer special access and behind-the-scenes peeks at The Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 — with a chance to hear why and how these popular heroes are making their triumphant return in 2016. The panel will also discuss new multi-platform series Mighty Magiswords and include a look at the making of the new series of Ben 10.
“It’s Hero Time” will be moderated by Patricia Hidalgo, SVP, Chief Content & Creative Officer, EMEA Kids & International Kids Strategy at Cartoon Network’s parent company, Turner. Panelists include Haley Mancini, Head Writer and voice of Princess Morbucks for The Powerpuff Girls; Tramm Wizgell, VP of Multi-Platform, Cartoon Network Studios and lead development executive on all five series of Ben 10; and Kyle Carozza, creator of Mighty Magiswords.