Turner Grows Kid-Friendly Brands in APAC

31 Jan 2013 - By TW Staff

What do Ben 10 LIVE: Time Machine and Toonami have in common? Both involve awesome cartoons and superheroes, and both Turner Broadcasting entertainment brands have recently expanded to the Asia Pacific region.

This week, Turner’s Cartoon Network is presenting Ben 10 LIVE: Time Machine, a live theatrical version of three Ben 10 shows – Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien – in its first-ever Indian appearance at New Delhi’s Sirifort Auditorium. Produced by Life Like Touring, and featuring stunning digital effects, acrobatics and actors in costumes as tall as 12 feet, the show runs through February 3.

The stage show follows the journey of Ben Tennyson, a boy superhero with a watch-like device that enables him to transform into an alien. Kids travel with Ben, his cousins and alien superheroes on his adventures through time and space.

Gaurav Brar, South Asia Director, Cartoon Networks Enterprises said, "Ben 10 is one of the most loved action-adventure animation series globally and with kids being star-studded by Ben. We are thrilled to be able to bring Indian kids this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a Ben 10 stage show of such magnitude and innovation."

While Ben 10 makes its mark in India’s capital, several Asian markets welcomed the launch of Toonami, Turner’s interactive animated TV channel, last month. The network currently broadcasts such popular series as Dragon Ball Z, Green Lantern and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The channel is initially available in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Toonami also features content created by viewers, for viewers. Audiences can share their story ideas with the network and participate in creative competitions to see their ideas come to life. For example, the channel announced an ultimate writing contest this month for fan boys and fan girls to imagine their own ending to a story about superheroes. The winning story will be seen on TV and produced as a special comic book.

Sunny Saha, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Entertainment Networks, Turner International Asia Pacific said, “We’re offering kids in Asia something unique – the chance to tune in and watch their favorite superheroes on a dedicated channel. Toonami’s launch brings Turner’s kids and entertainment brands to the next level. Interactive tools make it possible to really push the limits of fan engagement and redefine viewing around the region.”

Both Ben 10 LIVE: Time Machine and Toonami are just some examples of how Turner Broadcasting is engaging with kids around this region. Turner Asia Pacific’s portfolio for younger audiences, which includes Cartoon Network, POGO and Boomerang, continues to grow with the recent debut of Cartoonito, a network developed for pre-school age children.