Cartoon Network develops Asia Pacific production

Louise Duffy | 22-11-2013

Cartoon Network has started production on its first first Asia Pacific-made series developed for global distribution, entitled Exchange Student Zero.

The series will be ready to air in 2015 around the world and will be followed by another original project, Monster Beach, that will also be available internationally.

Both Monster Beach and Exchange Student Zero are being produced in conjunction with Australia-based Bogan Entertainment Solutions.

“Since the very early days at Cartoon Network in Asia Pacific we have produced local content,” said chief content officer Mark Eyers. “Exchange Student Zero confirms our continued commitment to producing exclusive and compelling creator-driven local content with export potential.”

Patrick Crawley, from Bogan Entertainment Solutions added: “It’s fantastic that we’ll be able to turn this character-driven, inter-dimensional story into a complete Cartoon Network series. Our Australian animation creative team is a formidable talent and we’re thrilled to have the chance to work with an international broadcaster to bring Exchange Student Zero to a global audience.”

Exchange Student Zero tells the story of two boys who bring an anime character from a fantasy card game to life and pass him off as an exchange student. However, Hiro wreaks havoc amongst his western styled animated world. Attempts to return him back to the game result in even more anime characters being released, with disastrous results.

Monster Beach tells the story about surfing, scary locals and two kids battling to save their worst nightmare.

Silas Hickey, Turner’s creative director – animation, based in Hong Kong, is executive producer for both series.