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Cartoon Network Imagination Studios Launches Kids Competition

Channel champions future animators and introduces exciting mission for young creatives, with a chance for three winners to have their original creations shown on the channel.

LONDON -- Cartoon Network, the only solely-animation kids’ channel, launched the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios Awards -- a “kids only” competition with the chance for three lucky winners to have their original creations shown on the channel.

Linked to Cartoon Network Imagination Studios, a newly-launched online destination where kids can discover what goes into the making of their favorite cartoons, the competition provides the opportunity for kids 6-12 to use this inspiration for their very own creations -- in the form of a new character, story or storyboard, or even try their hand at making a short film or animation.

Cartoon Network has long been championing animators of the future. The network has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, led by the original animation coming out of its Los Angeles-based studios. This, coupled with the fan art and creations the network regularly receives, has sparked the introduction of a specially-designed initiative and competition to fuel and celebrate the creativity of kids.

British writer, comedian and TV presenter David Baddiel is encouraging as many kids as possible to take part. "Because of many, many kids TV shows available today, children now have much more sophisticated story and comedy sense than my generation, who basically had The Magic Roundabout," Baddiel said. "This is a brilliant initiative for children to get creative and use that sophistication to make something that will actually be shown on one of the best kids TV channels, Cartoon Network. If I was 10 I couldn't think of anything more exciting than seeing my show back-to-back with The Amazing World of Gumball."

Baddiel will appear on the competition judging panel, alongside experts from Cartoon Network, the British Film Institute (BFI) and Children & the Arts, the U.K.'s leading charity for inspiring and engaging children through arts activities. Children & the Arts is also a major supporter of the channel’s efforts to offer this unique competition.

“The Imagination Studios schools project is a fantastic opportunity for both children and teachers -- challenging them to stretch their creativity to the limit," said Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of Children & the Arts. "We’re delighted to be an active partner in the competition and can’t wait to see the results.”

“We often receive fan art and story ideas inspired by our shows, so we wanted to create a destination to encourage and facilitate all the amazing creativity stored in the minds of our young audiences," said Patricia Hidalgo, SVP & Chief Content and Creative Officer, Kids, at Cartoon Network’s parent company Turner Broadcasting. “Cartoon Network Imagination Studios is a place where kids can learn, gain inspiration, have fun and, ultimately, be themselves; it promotes the value of being different and, in turn, creating something unique. What’s more, this competition offers kids the ultimate reward for their work – the chance to experience what it’s like to have their creations on the television for all their friends and family to see. Needless to say we’re very excited to see the entries we receive.”

On Wednesday 28th October, the BFI will host a special Cartoon Network Imagination Studios funday at the BFI Southbank in London.

The competition is now open and will run until midnight on 1st December 2015. Entrants must be aged 6-12.

Source: Cartoon Network

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.