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Cartoon Network Announces Return Of DC Nation Starting January 2013

After taking DC Nation off the schedule at the last minute effective this weekend, details available at The World’s Finest, Cartoon Network has announced new installments of the programming block will return starting January 2013. Social platforms erupted earlier today when both fans and creators behind programs on the DC Nation programming block – including Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and the DC Nation short-form content – found out about the last-minute schedule switch-out. Reaction has been negative across the board, with early reaction to this latest update also not going over well.

Cartoon Network released the following statement about the return of new DC Nation programming next year, as follows.

Fear not, DC NATION fans! Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice will return in January with new episodes, only on Cartoon Network!

The network is expected to air out the remaining new episodes of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series before turning the block over to upcoming new shows Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go!. The last minute change goes against details released earlier in the week by Warner Home Video in promotion of an upcoming Young Justice DVD home video release, details available at The World’s Finest, stating new episodes were to remain on the air until December 2012. Those new episodes are now delayed, as confirmed by the network, until January 2013.

The DC Nation programming block will be replaced with back-to-back episodes of DreamWorks’ Dragons: Riders of Berk for the remainder of October. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice, so stay tuned for any further possible changes. Representatives for Cartoon Network has yet to release a statement or reason for the delay in new DC Nation content.

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Anthony Ruivivar Voicing Batman In “Beware The Batman,” Other Roles Revealed

New voice actors details for the upcoming CGI-animated series Beware The Batman have been revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. The casting updates were provided by Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation. According to the network, Anthony Ruivivar will star as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Beware The Batman, with Sumalee Montano as Katana, J.B. Blanc as Alfred Pennyworth, and Kurtwood Smith featured as Lt. James Gordon. Beware The Batman will join the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network in 2013.

Ruivivar is best known for his roles in Tropic Thunder, Third Watch, and Burn Notice. Beware The Batman will feature a Batman that is more focused on detective work over gadgets and tricks, paired up with an Alfred Pennyworth whose abilities and background in the secret service is emphasized. The Dark Knight Detective will also be helped by the sword-wielding and mysterious Kitana.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller sets out to redefine what viewers have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, will hit the DC Nation in 2013.

More details on this upcoming animated series will be revealed at the Sunday-slotted DC Nation panel held at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Official details on the panel are provided below.

DC Nation Screening and Q&A
Sunday, July 15th, 2012 – 1:00-2:00

The Nation is coming to San Diego! DC Nation — a one-hour action and comedy programming block on Cartoon Network starring some of the most beloved and legendary heroes of the DC Universe — will be making its very first appearance at Comic-Con. In addition to exclusive video content for fan-favorite series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, the panel will also be presenting sneak peeks of two highly anticipated series that will be coming soon to DC Nation: Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! Bringing you all this superhero goodness is a panel featuring top animation producers Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Michael Jelenic (ThunderCats), Aaron Horvath (MAD), and Jeff Prezenkowski, director of series and shorts at Warner Bros. Animation. From superheroes to sidekicks, the DC Nation panel will have something for everyone. DC Nation airs Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 6BCF

Click here to view the standard definition teaser trailer for Beware The Batman.

Comic-Con International is currently being held this weekend at the San Diego Convention Center – from July 12th to 15th, 2012. The convention is held every year, focusing on host of different genres and pop culture events. Further convention schedule details can be found at the official San Diego Comic-Con website.

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Warner Bros. Animation Releases First Preview Clip From Upcoming “Beware The Batman”

A new preview clip, a teaser for the upcoming Beware the Batman animated series, has been released by Warner Bros. Animation. The new series, coming 2013 to Cartoon Network and DC Nation, throws a different light on the Batman mythos, creating a new take on the established super-hero. Click on the images below to view the clip in either the High-Definition or Standard definition Quicktime format. Please note the filesize and activity may affect load times.


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Coming Soon to Cartoon Network

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batmans core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham Citys criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a Batman show. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBAs Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyonds Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporateds Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

Click here for the first official image from Beware the Batman, released last month at the Cartoon Network annual Upfronts presentations.

Beware the Batman was originally announced in October 2011 by Sam Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, at the MIP Junior conference in Cannes, France. Further details on the animated series can be found here. Beware the Batman is slated to join the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network during the 2012-2013 season.

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First Official Look At “Beware The Batman,” Cartoon Network Reveals 2012-2013 Plans

Continue below for two separate press released issued by Cartoon Network. The first includes the official series description for the upcoming Beware the Batman animated series, while the second gives a broad look at the Cartoon Network’s upcoming 2012 – 2013 plans. The announcements come from the Cartoon Network 2012 Upfronts, an annual presentation providing potential advertisers a look at upcoming programming and special network events.

Beware the Batman
A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batmans core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham Citys criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a Batman show. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBAs Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyonds Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporateds Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

Beware the Batman was originally announced in October 2011 by Sam Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, at the MIP Junior conference in Cannes, France. Further details on the animated series can be found here. Beware the Batman is slated to join the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network during the 2012-2013 season.

Continuing, below for the second press release from Cartoon Network from the 2012 Upfront. The following press releases covers the broad plans slated for the network’s upcoming season.

Cartoon Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ratings Growth and
A New Generation of Content for a New Generation of Kids
The #1 Network with Boys 6-11 Announces Slate of New and Returning Series
CartoonNetwork.com Ranks as #1 Domain in Kids Category

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, along with double-digit growth and its #1 status with boys 6-11 on all of television, Cartoon Network announced today several new and returning series to its programming line-up.

Having its best first quarter with kids in prime in five years (up 28% vs. 2011) and showing the most gains compared to the competition in the kids space, the networks afternoon Upfront presentation held at New Yorks Roseland Ballroom paid tribute to the past and present with a full orchestra playing classic Cartoon Network television theme songs and live performances from the creative talent behind the hit animated comedy series Adventure Time and Regular Show.

Announcements included a new sketch comedy show from entertainer Nick Cannon; the world premiere of DreamWorks Dragons: The Series, based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon; an original series based on Web sensation, Annoying Orange; a brand new animated series from the global franchise powerhouse, Ben 10: Omniverse; and a new CG-animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, Beware The Batman. Also, on the heels of the hugely successful Ninjago launch in 2011currently the #1 show across 1st Quarter 2012 with all boysa new partnership with LEGO for a second series was announced by the network as it continues to build on its slate of diverse content.

We are executing a brand vision and content strategy that is fueling tremendous results for Cartoon Network, said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer, Turner Broadcastings Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM). Today, with a re-invented and thriving prime time, along with overall double-digit growth in total day, we are building the kind of momentum that is making this a great 20th anniversary.

Ranking #1 in early evening prime time (7-9 p.m.) among boys 6-11 throughout 1st Quarter this year, Cartoon Network also announced new upcoming seasons of its original hit animated comedy series Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show. A 2nd season pick-up for the live-action comedy series Level Up, which debuted as the most watched live-action series in the networks history, and a 5th season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, also was announced.

Combined with top-performing acquisitions and specials, these programming anchors not only fueled 2011s prime time performance as Cartoon Networks most-watched in five years, they also set the stage for a record breaking first quarter in 2012. New seasons for more than a dozen additional series also will premiere across the 2012-13 programming timeframe.

For 20 years, Cartoon Network has cultivated truly original voices from a diverse array of artists and producers, making us the great alternative to everything else out there, said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network Studios has grown to become the most supportive and creative environment for a new generation of creators.

Cartoon Network also announced its ongoing commitment to its shorts program with ten original 7-minute shorts to be produced this year with a wholly dedicated production unit at Cartoon Network Studios. With production already underway on many of these projects, this continuing investment in diverse and unique talent has resulted in many of the networks hit animated series.

Additionally, the network revealed that a third Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards special has been slated for early 2013. The second annual telecast (Feb. 20, 2012), hosted by Shaquille ONeal, ranked as the #1 program of the day among all boy demos, and out-performed the inaugural Hall of Game special by double and triple-digitsbetween 64% and 103%across all kid and boy demos. Online voting for the celebrity sports awards also nearly tripled in participation, from 37 million votes in 2011 to more than 100 million votes in 2012.

Cartoon Network enters into the upfront season with strong momentum and a programming foundation that is resonating with our audience, as well as advertisers, said John OHara, executive vice president and general sales manager, Cartoon Network. The ad sales team is committed to developing ideas that extend the reach of an advertisers message and connects their brands across multiple screens with an engaged audience. As brands look to deliver measurable return on their investment, we believe its a good time to reassess plans and for advertisers to strategically increase their media budgets with Cartoon Network.


Building off of the success of CartoonNetwork.com ranking as the #1 domain in the kids category among kids 6-11*, the network announced that its next big foray into on-line gaming would be the global roll-out of Formula Cartoon, a huge on-line racing game which will let players race against their friends or favorite Cartoon Network characters.

* Source: Data from comScore Media Metrix run on domain level for Unique Visitors age 6-11 in the Media Entertainment Kids category for the February 2012 reporting period

Further details of Cartoon Networks programming announcements include the following:

CARTOON NETWORK NEW SERIES

Nick Cannon Sketch Comedy Series: The series is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy show rooted in raw mischief, high energy and slapstick humor. Youll never know what will happen next! Some of the silliest kids you know will make up this wild comedy troupe led by teen stars Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Shauna Case (American Horror Story) and Chanelle Peloso (Level Up). Nick Cannon will bring the funny as creator and executive producer along with executive producers Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson. The series is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.

Annoying Orange: Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube online views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures that take them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. The television series was developed and will be produced by The Collective. Dane Boedigheimer co-created the television series with Tom Sheppard (Emmy Award-winning writer for Pinky and the Brain). Conrad Vernon (director of Madagascar 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens) will serve as executive producer for the series along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of The Collective. The series will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

DreamWorks Dragons: The Series: Picking up where the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon, left off, this weekly animated series follows the continuing adventures of Hiccup and his dragon Toothless on the island of Berk , along with the band of dragon trainers, all of whom now have dragons of their own! Through their training, the kids are finding out the cool things dragons can do. Not only will they learn more about their dragons, theyll also discover new ones and battle against enemies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed. In addition, the talented cast from the feature filmJay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mitz-Plasse (Fishlegs) and T.J. Miller (Tuffnut)will lend their voices to the series, which is produced by DreamWorks Animation and premieres this fall.

New LEGO Project: Following the instant ratings success of the CG-animated Ninjago, LEGO and Cartoon Network plan to expand their partnership with an all-new series from LEGO for 2013.

Ben 10: Omniverse: In the brand-new animated series, Ben 10: Omniverse, Ben will have a new character design that pays homage to his past, and hell have a whole new batch of aliens to battle. Beating the bad guys is just part of the superhero gig. With a little help from his new, by-the-book rookie partner, Ben explores the quirkier side of things in the alien underground and discovers enemies from his past looking for a re-match, all while a mysterious hunter is hot on his trail! With 10 new aliens at his disposal and a brand new lease on life, Ben 10 is back and more fun than ever! Matt Youngberg is supervising producer for the series, which will premiere on Cartoon Network this fall. Ben 10 is Cartoon Networks most successful original global franchise. Since the premiere of the original Ben 10 series, created by Man of Action Studios, in 2006, the franchise has spawned four animated series, one animated movie, two live-action movies, a CG movie, a feature film currently in development, a widely-popular consumer products line and has captured the imaginations of viewers on a worldwide scale.

Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batmans core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a Batman show. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBAs Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyonds Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporateds Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island: Its back to the island where Total Drama began with an all-new cast! Since the series host Chris took the show worldwide, Camp Wawanakwa has been abandoned and turned into a toxic nuclear waste dumpthe perfect place for new and painful, cringe-inducing challenges! Fighting for the million dollar prize are thirteen wild new players. Total Drama: Revenge of the Island is produced by Fresh TV and will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

SPECIALS AND MOVIES

Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards: Hall of Game is Cartoon Networks signature venture into the broadcast awards arena, created and produced in association with IMG Media, the production arm of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG. This high-energy, multi-platform experience lets viewers decide whos got game, by honoring their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year. From the red carpet, to the never-before-seen stunts and surprises on stage, this unconventional celebration in 2013 will be led by a celebrity host and feature icons from television, film, music and sports, as kids experience an evening of humor and fun at the most raucous and biggest sports awards show ever presented on television.

RETURNING SERIES
Adventure Time
Regular Show
MAD
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Looney Tunes Show
Ninjago
Level Up
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Young Justice
Johnny Test
Pokmon
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Almost Naked Animals
Casper’s Scare School
Hero 108
Scaredy Squirrel
Sidekick

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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“Beware The Batman” CGI Animated Series Coming For 2013, “DC Nation” Updates

Sam Register confirmed the title of the next animated Batman series, due in 2013. Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, closed the MIP Junior conference in Cannes, France on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011, with a keynote address on upcoming Warner Bros. Animation plans. MIP Junior is an intensive two-day conference agenda of debates, interactive workshops, pitching and matchmaking sessions that update executives and consumers on the latest developments in kids entertainment. With a new Batman theatrical feature slated for next year, Register says it was synergy to bring about a new Batman animated series.

The next Batman animated series, debuting in 2013, is titled Beware the Batman. According to Register, the CGI animated series will spotlight a classic-looking Batman teaming up with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and a female ninja sidekick. Beware the Batman is executive-produced by Glen Murakami, and will explore the mythology’s more obscure villains, such as Professor Pyg, but also won’t shy away from featuring some of the more well-known Batman foes.

Concerning villains slated to appear in the series, Register commented, “We went in deeper into the villain library and pulled out some other villains. We didn’t want to do another Joker story…there’s too many of them.”

“We just needed to do something new, so we’re starting off with new villains,” he concluded.

In the series, Batman will team up with a younger female sidekick named Katana. During the keynote, Register added that Katana will fill the sidekick role, but won’t be a replacement for Robin.

“Katana is gonna be his new Robin, but not necessarily,” Register said.

Register also revealed new details about the forthcoming DC Nation block during his keynote address. Register states Cartoon Network has a three-year deal with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics to make material for the upcoming block. Highlights include Aardman Animation creating new claymation Batman shorts, Plastic Man animated shorts, and the creator behind My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic working on a series of animated shorts teaming Wonder Girl, Batgirl, Supergirl called Super Best Friends Forever. Additionally, there is also a series of Doom Patrol animated shorts in production. The block will also host a series of behind-the-scenes videos, special interviews, and much more. DC Nation, slated to run for at least three years on Cartoon Network, will debut in Spring 2012 with Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

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