WarnerMedia has commissioned more than 300 hours of new original live-action and animated children’s content, as part of a commitment to expand its kids and family offering across all its platforms.
The content offering will cover original series, special and acquisitions for all kids age ranges, including preschoolers, 6-11-year-olds and family co-viewing, and will debut on Warnermedia’s global Cartoon Network channels, streamer HBO Max and preschool programming block Cartoonito, beginning later this year.
Cartoon Network push
WarnerMedia has also said Cartoon Network will be its central kids & family brand as part of the push, with the originals set to add to more than 3,000 hours of library content that the company says is coming to all of its platforms.
“After 100 years of creating some of the world’s most beloved IP, today we’re at the beginning of our new story, with the history, corporate unity and modern approach to be the industry leader our heritage deserves,” said Tom Ascheim, President of Warner Bros. global kids, young adults and classics.
New commissions in development include The Amazing World Of Gumball Movie (wt), based on the Cartoon Network series of the same name and Family Mash-Up (wt), which is described as “a modern-day The Brady Bunch meets Pitch Perfect.
Gross Girls, from Cartoon Network Studios is an animated comedy about two best friends trying to survive middle school, while Teen Titans Go! The Night Begins To Shine is a spin-off series of the Cartoon Network show following DC superheroes Robin, Raven, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire.
Tweety Mysteries (wt), meanwhile, is a hybrid live-action/animated adventure from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Television that follows a curious tween investigative journalist and podcaster named Sydney and her sidekick Tweety bird.
Among the returning content announced are 3 x 44-minute Ben 10 specials, produced by Man of Action and based on the Cartoon Network series, and set to premiere in April.
Craig of the Creek has meanwhile been renewed for season four, while the as-yet unaired Gremlins animated series has already been greenlit for a second season.
The Cartoon Network Studios-produced Infinity Train is back for Book Four, while TeamTo’s Jade Armor has also been acquired. Total Drama Island, which is produced by Fresh TV, is coming back for two new seasons, while Victor And Valentino will return for a third run.