Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Renewals and Launches

I'm stuck in remote locations today, but there is this:

Star Wars Rebels will make its official television debut with the one-hour movie Spark of Rebellion on Friday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel, before the series premieres Monday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on sister network Disney XD

And this ...

The hit Hulu Original The Awesomes from Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker has been renewed for a third season. The adult animated series starring Seth Meyers as “Prock” is currently in its second season with new episodes premiering every Monday and will return for a third season in 2015 ...

The Awesomes is produced in Bento Box's Atlanta Studio (which would benefit from a TAG contract like its sisters in Southern California), and of course Rebels is made by Disney/Lucas (which could also benefit from an agreement, I think).

Animation continues to expand and flourish on multiple platforms, and the wave seems a long way from cresting. The fact that cartoons have a long shelf life (The Jetsons, Flintstones, Scooby Doo) and generate ongoing cash flow long after their live-action equivalents have vanished from sight is only one reason cartoons get made.

The fact that audiences watch the shows the first time around is also helpful.


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