Marc Buhaj has been named vp, programming and scheduling for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, based in Atlanta. Buhaj moves from his previous Turner post in Hong Kong to direct all aspects of programming for the two networks, including scheduling, on-air event planning and program operations.
Buhaj's responsibilities will include strategically programming Cartoon Network's original series such as 2004's FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI, ATOMIC BETTY and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED. He also will determine the content and programming lineup within the network's top-rated franchises, including FRIDAYS, all original comedy series from 7:00 pm to midnight; MIGUZI, weekday afternoon action-adventure shows from 5:00-7:00 pm; and TOONAMI, Saturday night hard-action programming for older kids from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.
Buhaj will also be in charge of conceptualizing the network's various television special events, stunts and marathons, working hand in hand with the network's on-air division. He will also oversee programming and stunt planning for Cartoon Network's sister channel, Boomerang, which showcases exclusive classic cartoons primarily from the Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. television libraries.
"Marc is one of the most creative, funny and collaborative programmers I know," said Bob Higgins, svp, programming and development at Cartoon Network, to whom Buhaj reports. "He brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to the job and has the uncanny ability to create quirky, appealing presentation angles even during the umpteenth run of an episode. We are thrilled to have him move half-way around the world to join our team."
Buhaj was exec director of programming and acquisitions for Turner Entertainment Networks Asia (TENA), where he guided the scheduling, commissioning and acquisitions for all Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo feeds in Asia-Pacific, including India, Taiwan, Australia, The Philippines, Pakistan and Southeast Asia. He was a key member of a small team who developed and launched the original, award-winning television network Pogo, now the premier general entertainment channel for Indian kids and families, available in 17 million households.
Buhaj originally joined Turner Broadcasting's Sydney office in March 2001. Prior to TBS, Inc., Buhaj worked for the Seven Network Australia and for Buena Vista International beginning in 1994. He launched his career as an on-air presenter and built an extensive resume in children's entertainment, including presenting and co-producing the country's top-rated "Saturday Disney" and was part of the Seven Network team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 87.1 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System Inc.s ad-supported cable service offering 24/7 animated entertainment.