TBS Arabia (Turner Broadcasting Systems Arabia) today announced plans to launch a brand new Cartoon Network animation development studio, Cartoon Network Studios Arabia, as part of the agreement signed with twofour54 Abu Dhabi. The studios have opened in order to support local talent from across the Middle East, and from the already established Cartoon Network Animation Academy, aiming to develop new productions and take the finished product across the whole region and to a possible global audience.
The initiative is a further example of TBS Arabia’s commitment to growth in the Middle East. The new studios aim to reflect MENA culture by developing the indigenous creative stemming from the region; exploring the art, colour and story-telling, bringing it to life through original animation.
In 2010 the Cartoon Network Animation Academy was launched in collaboration with twofour54; training talented young individuals in 2D animation. The Cartoon Network development studio promises to continue building on this commitment; nurturing talented graduates from the academy -offering them internships working within the development studio and putting their creative ideas into practice – whilst being guided by established professionals.