Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cartoon Network

At the membership meeting last night, a member asked about "Cartoon Network shutting down."

The info came from a participant at Animation Nation who wrote:

Word on the street is that Cartoon Network is not renewing any of their shows, and then they are planning on doing a major corporate revamp. Meaning they won't have any art jobs for 2-3 years.

There was an added request for confirmation of this scuttlebutt.

So your intrepid reporter commenced rooting about at CN and came up with these observations from two CN mucky mucks:

"Steve, I've been here for a bunch of years now, and the first thing I heard when I arrived was that Time-Warner couldn't have two animation divisions, that we were going to merge with Warner Bros. Animation. We're still here. It's true that the division is being retooled and reworked. We haven't been doing well in the ratings, like we're a distant third after the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. But we've got several different series going, Out of Jimmy's Head, Foster's , Chowder, Flapjack, Transformers, Ben 10 and some new series in development. But no question that we're going through changes..."

"...The new head of the division is doing analyses of what kinds of shows we'll be doing, seeing if we'll do more live action, since the Disney Channel is being real succesful with their live action shows and movies. But we're still in the cartoon business..."

An artist upstairs who works on Fosters says they're going on hiatus for two months but will be back for a new season of the show. And Chowder, not yet aired, has been picked up for a new half season (six additional episodes).

Now. It could be that execs are blowing smoke up my hindquarters. Wouldn't be the first time. And it could be that the people I've talked to haven't been clued to the whole story of what's really going on at CN.

But as of right now, I would have to say that the studio isn't going anywhere, although it's going through some wrenching changes. Naturally, I could be wrong.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

they're not going anywhere but they are turning to absolute shit.

Brandon said...

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Floyd Norman said...

Perhaps they're changing their name to The Live-Action Network.

Brandon said...

Steve, I read that thread over at Animation Nation about a few shows that were in development being cancelled. Do you have any idea what project have been stopped, ie stuff like Santo.

Anonymous said...

Santo is no longer happening.

Anonymous said...

Secret Saurdays is still in production at Porchlight.

Anonymous said...

cartoon network sadly has been declining for some time now. I sure wouldn't miss any of their irreverent shows.

Anonymous said...

---"cartoon network sadly has been declining for some time now. I sure wouldn't miss any of their irreverent shows."

Thanks for the sentiment asshole - while those of us that work there are on the verge of hitting the streets. So much for solidarity for union workers.

Bev said...

No offence, but it's the network's fault for deciding to ditch what it was known for in the first place. It shouldn't have been in that position in the first place if it just was itself. Besides, I highly disapprove of the Disney Channel's live action material. That's an example of what was once an excellent kid's show channel now FORCING the kids to have to grow up with all this rushed live action material, especially with the over-inflation of High School Musical and its aforementioned 'success'.

Anonymous said...

Disney Channel sucks because of the bullcrap high school musical, and CN sucks because they got rid of good shows.

Anonymous said...

For those of you that work at Cartoon Network and aren't sure what shows people loved to watch or not, let me help you out here. The Best shows were My Gym Partners a Monkey, chowder, fosters home for imaginary friends, yu yu hakasho, zach bell, and dragon ball z

and by the way, put yu yu hakasho, blue dragon, zach bell, and mabye bakugan back on toonami.

Marc said...

Why is cartoon putting out low quality shows like Chowder and this new Flapjack show.

Anonymous said...

i hate the new shows where the powerpuff girls shows dexter lab luney tones and selvester and tweety and the road runner i mis all these shows wheres eds shows cartoon network not good any more

James White said...

This is a very old network for cartoons. I am 27 years old and I am watching this network from my childhood. I congratulate to the management of the cartoon network.

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Anonymous said...

if something works really good dont try to fix it....wtf...am sorry pple at cartoon network are goin to loose jobs but seriously live action network?!!!!
wth happened to good ol' pink panther, tom and jerry, Dexter lab, Johny bravo, mike lu and org

heres a smart idea how about u get this shows back..write new episodes and then air them for a week and see ur rating go up...oh and just an after thought...get some gasoline and burn all those CN executives

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