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The World’s Greatest Cartoon Heroes Come to Germany


October 26, 2005, Next year Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) will launch a German version of its popular channel Boomerang on Kabel Deutschland’s digital platform. Boomerang is the home to some of the greatest cartoon stars of all time including The Flintstones and Tom & Jerry. With its well known cartoon characters Boomerang is a favourite for kids and adults alike with European local versions in countries including the UK, France, Italy and Spain.

Following the success of the Cartoon Network block on kabel eins which launched in September 2005, Turner is now creating Boomerang for Germany as a channel that is specifically developed for the German market with dubbed cartoons. It will launch on Kabel Deutschland in the second quarter of 2006 and will be broadcast on Kabel Digital HOME. Further Platforms are planned.

Boomerang will showcase a multitude of characters from some of the world’s best classic animation such as Top Cat, Wacky Races, Yogi Bear and the Hair Bear Bunch and a whole variety of internationally famous cartoon stars from Warner Bros. and Hanna Barbera studios.

For those who can’t wait until the German version of Boomerang is launched, Boomerang stars can be received in English language on Kabel Deutschland with the Kabel Digital INTERNATIONAL package starting in January 2006. As another highlight Kabel Digital INTERNATIONAL will broadcast an English version of TCM (Turner Classic Movies). TCM provides an extended archive of film-highlights from the 1920s to the 90s, including ageless classics like Casablanca, Cat on Hot Tin Roof, Gone with the Wind, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Dirty Dozen and Poltergeist. Furthermore it presents homage-features to great movie stars and background magazines.

“As Germany’s largest cable operator, KDG’s strong support for our news channel CNN has been invaluable. We are delighted to be able to extend that relationship and participate in KDG’s digital roll out with the launch of our first dedicated entertainment channel for the German market,” said Alison Mordue, TBS Commercial Director German and Dutch-Speaking Territories.

“We are delighted to cooperate with such a renowned media enterprise as Turner Broadcasting System. TBS offers guaranteed first-class entertainment and news brands on an international scale. Our customers will be able to enjoy those from next year on,” said Dr. Manuel Cubero, Director Cable-TV for Kabel Deutschland. Through this partnership with TBS we will continue to upgrade our digital cable programmes. With TCM and Boomerang we extend our digital supply by two very attractive new stations.”

Boomerang is cartoon entertainment for the whole family and is home to the favourite cartoon stars of all time. According to a BMRB International Survey in September 2004, the Boomerang shows Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Dangermouse, Top Cat, The Flintstones, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Road Runner, Wacky Races and Hong Kong Phooey are the all time top ten favourite cartoon series.

About Turner Broadcasting:
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) Europe delivers some of the world’s most successful and well-known news and entertainment brands – CNN, Cartoon Network, TCM (Turner Classic Movies), Toonami and Boomerang – across approximately 100 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Alongside its TV channels TBS is at the forefront of developing its brands through the internet, broadband, wireless, DVD, E-commerce, merchandising, cinema, publishing and every other available platform. Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited is a Time Warner Company.


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