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Cartoon Network acquires package of 10 new children’s short-form series from Australian Children’s Television Foundation::

Cartoon Network Tuesday acquired a package of 10 new children’s short-form series from Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). The move is in a bid to continue Cartoon Network’s support of local Australian original content, said the firm.

Under the terms of the acquisition, the comedic animated and live-action shorts will be aired on Cartoon Network in Australia, New Zealand and Asia; and include Dukes of Broxstonia, Monster Chef, Black Knight White Witch, Desdemona, Horace in Slow Motion, Itty Bitty Ditties, My Strange Pet, Casa de Evil and Laser Beak Man.

The 98 episodes are a collaborative effort between ACTF and Australian producers from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Jenny Buckland, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Children’s Television Foundation, said the wacky and distinctive series showcase Australia’s most talented and innovative animators. ACTF expects audiences will increase exponentially given Cartoon Network’s extensive reach, said Buckland. Each series contains approximately eight to 10 episodes, with each running 45 or 60 seconds long. All the series have an element of comedy with some featuring dialogue and others without.

Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific Inc. noted that at Cartoon Network, the firm is always looking for great original kids’ series to animate their lives, via local partnerships or its initiatives such as SNAPTOONS. Eyers said CN was excited to be associated with ACTF for this unique collection of shorts.

All 10 short-form series are distributed internationally by Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). It is expected the shorts will launch on Cartoon Network throughout 2011.

Cartoon Network is one of the most popular entertainment channels among kids and is currently seen in over two million homes in Australia. The Network is distributed on Austar, Foxtel and Optus.

Drawing from the world’s largest cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles, the Network also showcases original series.

Cartoon Network is the number one channel for kids in Asia Pacific and is currently seen in over 63 million cable homes in the region. Online, Cartoon Network reaches nearly four million unique visitors a month in Asia Pacific. It is owned by TBS Inc.

TBS Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

26 Jan 2011.