At the membership meeting last night, a member asked about "Cartoon Network shutting down."The info came from a participant at Animation Nation who wrote:
Word on the street is that Cartoon Network is not renewing any of their shows, and then they are planning on doing a major corporate revamp. Meaning they won't have any art jobs for 2-3 years.
There was an added request for confirmation of this scuttlebutt.
So your intrepid reporter commenced rooting about at CN and came up with these observations from two CN mucky mucks:
"Steve, I've been here for a bunch of years now, and the first thing I heard when I arrived was that Time-Warner couldn't have two animation divisions, that we were going to merge with Warner Bros. Animation. We're still here. It's true that the division is being retooled and reworked. We haven't been doing well in the ratings, like we're a distant third after the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. But we've got several different series going, Out of Jimmy's Head, Foster's , Chowder, Flapjack, Transformers, Ben 10 and some new series in development. But no question that we're going through changes..."
"...The new head of the division is doing analyses of what kinds of shows we'll be doing, seeing if we'll do more live action, since the Disney Channel is being real succesful with their live action shows and movies. But we're still in the cartoon business..."
An artist upstairs who works on Fosters says they're going on hiatus for two months but will be back for a new season of the show. And Chowder, not yet aired, has been picked up for a new half season (six additional episodes).
Now. It could be that execs are blowing smoke up my hindquarters. Wouldn't be the first time. And it could be that the people I've talked to haven't been clued to the whole story of what's really going on at CN.
But as of right now, I would have to say that the studio isn't going anywhere, although it's going through some wrenching changes. Naturally, I could be wrong.