Toonz Animation, the animation division of Toonz Media Group, has produced world-class animation content in collaboration with major global brands.Trivandrum based Toonz has partnered with a US-based digital entertainment company to produce an animated series based on a card game for Google.
Toonz Media Group’s new mobile game-derived animated series Smighties is set to make its digital debut tomorrow exclusively on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app.Based on New York IP owner Herotainment’s popular online and mobile game of the same name, the 39 x seven-minute comedy/adventure series follows six small but mighty superheroes—Zip, Zap, Nardy, Melody, Leila and Dude—who embrace teamwork, friendship and fun.
Toonz Media Group owned YouTube channel ‘Chotoonz’ reached 1 million subscribers on June 17. Conceived in 2013, Chotoonz had a very humble beginning. An initial team specialised in digital strategy and promotions was put in place in 2015 and by April 2016, the channel had 100K subscribers.
India’s Toonz Media Group has joined forces with L.A.-based mobile entertainment network ReachMe.TV to launch Toonz TV, a new animation-focused kids and family channel distributed via ReachMe.TV’s in-airport and in-hotel networks.
Imira Entertainment has secured distribution deals for kids’ and family content across the globe with partners such as Netflix and Disney.
SVOD giant Netflix has bought a package of children’s programming from Spain’s Imira Entertainment, including shows from South Korean studio SAMG.
The Animation Master’s Summit was conducted on May 5th & 6th in Park Centre, Technopark, Trivandrum. Toonz CEO P. Jayakumar addressed the gathering and welcomed the guests.
June has two important European markets – MIFA Annecy (12th-17th June) and Napte Budapast (19th-22nd June) - and Imira will be attending both, taking its news slate of titles to each market to meet with leading broadcasters, SVOD players and kids networks.
The second day of Animation Masters Summit observed the winners for The Flying Elephant Competition – that had seen 925 entries this from countries all over the world – being announced. Awards were given to the winner, runner-up and second runner-up.
A treasure trunk of knowledge opened at Animation Masters Summit 2017 as the Masters spoke about the burning topics in the media and entertainment industry.
A persistent question that has been troubling the animation industry since its inception is: how to get the money? Whether it is money for production, marketing or salary, it has been an arduous task to get it. Shedding light on this universal plight at Animation Masters Summit 2017, One Animation studio head John McKenna spoke on ‘Why Care About Money? The Film-maker’s Journey’.
At Animation Masters Summit 2017, Bhimsain Khurana was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the animation industry in India. Toonz Media, CEO, P. Jayakumar felicitated him with a Ponnada (a white scarf with golden border) and a wooden sculpture designed by the venerated sculptor Kanayi Kunjiraman to symbolise “Bhimsain Khurana’s creativity flying across the limitless sky of animation.”
Whether it is advertising for a local product or a national brand, what drives advertisers is passion and challenge. While Shrikumar Menon and Abhijit Avasthi may have completely different ideals, their love for their work led them both to the same thing – success. Success may not always mean money. For them, success is when their work reaches and touches the hearts of all the Indians and the recall of the brand brings fond memories.
These are good times for Indian animation, in both. India and abroad. With the diminishing global and western kids population, Asia, and particularly India. becomes the largest 'kids market' in the world, and holds immense potential for the future.
Toonz Academy has partnered with Unity Technologies, the Global Leader in Game Engine, to form the first Authorised Training Centre of Unity in Kerala and only the fifth in the country.
Gajubhai won the Award for the Best New Animated Character of the Year at FICCI BAF Awards 2017.
Toonz cartoon movie ‘Apna Bhai Gajubhai’ wins the Best Animated Feature Film at the 4th Noida International Film Festival.
Toonz cartoon movie ‘Apna Bhai Gajubhai’ wins the Best Animated Feature Film at the 4th Noida International Film Festival. Another Toonz movie called ‘Little Kalari Warriors’ was an official selection at the sane festival.
Toonz Media Group and New York-based Sharmaji Productions have partnered on the production of a full season of Uma and Devan Namaste!, a new animated preschool series that is the first to explore the daily lives of Indian-American families. The show follows sister and brother Uma (age 5) and Devan (almost 4) as they balance growing up in the US while staying true to their Indian heritage.
Toonz cartoons show 'Chai Chai' has won the Best Animated TV Series - Studio/Professional Category at the 24FPS 2016 Awards.