Cartoon Network today announced the creation of The Cartoonstitute, a new initiative designed to dramatically increase the network’s animation development slate. Produced primarily by Cartoon Network Studios, the artist-driven toon incubator will endeavor to create up to 150 pieces of programming over a period of 20 months. Spearheading the effort are animation veterans Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot, Dexter’s Laboratory).
‘The Cartoonstitute will create an unprecedented swift development track for animated pilots,” Says Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. ‘This program is unique in that it is run by artists themselves who understand what it takes to create the right environment for success. The Cartoonstitute continues the tradition of Cartoon Network being the best place for ground-breaking animation, and will create a new generation of show runners in addition to fantastic new animated content for Cartoon Network.’
Described as a sort of think tank for animators, The Cartoonstitute program will build an in-house, all-star team of artists, directors, storyboarders and writers generating content for distribution across a number of platforms. Sorcher McCracken will serve as exec producer and Renzetti as supervising producer.