Turner Asia-Pac begins new kids’ original slate | Programming | News | Rapid TV News
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As the international part of its parent company is ramping up its slate of original kids’ series, Turner Asia Pacific has started pre-production for channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, POGO and Boing.

tunerasia 13oct2017At the vanguard of the new offer is Monster Beach set in a world of surfing, hot-rods and monsters and which centres around two inseparable siblings: Dean, a cheeky prankster with an appetite for fun; and Jane, a self-appointed leader with a sense of adventure. Monster Beach is created by Patrick Crawley, Bruce Kane and Maurice Argiro from BES Animation, based in Melbourne, Australia. The team developed the 2015 Cartoon Network telemovie of the same name, which won an ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program and a Screen Music Award for Best Music for Children’s TV.

Monster Beach is set to air across EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific in 2019. New content has also been commissioned for Roll No 21, Beat Monsters, The Sketchy Show, Lamput, Bill and Tony and The Happos Family, whilst a brand-new series entitled The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe launches next month across EMEA. POGO, Turner’s kids brand in South Asia, also recently produced the original made-in-India series Tik Tak Tail.

“With the overwhelming reaction we had to the movie two years ago, we knew we had a great formula to create more stories about Jan, Dean and these loveable monsters,” said Mark Eyers, Turner’s chief content officer – kids’ networks, Asia Pacific. “We’ve assembled a great team based in Hong Kong and Australia, who have been set a task to create a very funny, very colourful show with mass, global appeal.”