Cartoon Network to showcase We Bare Bears at Annecy Animation Festival

Firm will also run two special panel events: Cartoon Network: From Short to Series and The Making of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.
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Cartoon Network is heading to this year's Annecy Animation Festival and MIFA to debut its new We Bare Bears series.

The studio will also use this week's event to celebrate the latest success strories to emerge from its short form Artists’ Program and continue the search for emerging talent to take part in the programme.

On Thursday, June 18th, Cartoon Network representatives will host a series of face-to-face interviews with artists in a bid to source promising new talent to work with the studio.

Cartoon Network will also run two special panel events: Cartoon Network: From Short to Series and The Making of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, on Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th.

Cartoon Network: From Short to Series will offer attendees a peek inside the Studios’ award-winning Artists’ Programme, as well as an exclusive first look at We Bare Bears.

The new series will debut on Cartoon Network US in July 2015, followed by EMEA from September 2015.

Moderated by Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network Studios’ chief content officer, the From Short to Series panel will feature:

  • Elizabeth Ito, director and storyboard artist on Adventure Time and creator of the brand new short Welcome to My Life.
  • George Gendi, storyboard artist on The Amazing World of Gumball and creator of the brand new pilot Apple & Onion.
  • Daniel Chong, creator of We Bare Bears.

The Making of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time panel presents an opportunity to hear from the key creative and production team behind the show.

Focal points will include recent guest-directed shorts, including the Annecy-nominated Food Chain, and an exclusive sneak-peek of an upcoming episode by guest director Kirsten Lepore rendered solely using stop motion animation.

“Annecy attracts some of the world’s most talented and innovative creatives and we’re excited to return and discover new emerging talent as they develop the next generation of animation,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer, Cartoon Network Studios.

“We’re proud of what’s been achieved to date through our Artists’ Programme and we are looking forward to sharing an exclusive first look at We Bare Bears.”

Patricia Hidalgo, SVP and chief content and creative officer, EMEA added: “Cartoon Network is a global leader in the creation of kids’ animation and we’re committed to continuing to entertain and surprise our audiences with engaging, high quality and laugh-out-loud storytelling.

"Our presence at Annecy and the success of the shows to come out of the Artists’ Programme so far is evidence of just how important the search for new talent, from right across the world, is for a global brand like Cartoon Network.”

Mark Eyers, chief content officer, Kids, Asia Pacific, continued: “We’re seeing a wealth of fun, innovative and highly-engaging concepts coming from right across our diverse region.

"We have currently identified three creators in Korea, India and Australia that could be a perfect fit for the Artists’ Programme – and it will be exciting to turn these locally-produced ideas into content that can reach audiences across the world. Annecy really is a global get-together of top animation talent and we’re looking forward to seeing what it has to offer this year.”

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