or


[04/29/05 - 12:00 AM]
12-Year-Old Kid Designs New On-Air Monster for Cartoon Network's Miguzi Block

[via press release from Cartoon Network]

12-Year-Old Kid Designs New On-Air Monster for Cartoon Network�s MIGUZI Block

Sacramento Boy�s Original Character Wins �Make a Monsterpiece Contest,� Joins CGI-Animated Cast on May 9

Not many kids can boast they created an animated character that will appear nationally every day on Cartoon Network. 12-year-old Kyler Spears of Sacramento, California, however, can make such a claim starting Monday, May 9, when Cartoon Network�s popular afternoon adventure franchise MIGUZI (Everyday, 5-7 p.m.) introduces �Yoke,� its newest CGI-animated cast member. Young Spears conceived, drew and entered �Yoke� into the network�s �MIGUZI Make a Monsterpiece� contest, a seven-week on-air, online and print campaign from Nov. 22, 2004 to Jan. 15, 2005 that challenged viewers to create and submit a MIGUZI-style monster of their own. More than 100,000 entries were received on official print entry forms placed in popular youth magazines. Kids then voted at CartoonNetwork.com for the winner from the top 10 finalist entries as determined by Cartoon Network�s expert team of animators. Following more than 570,000 online votes, Spears� entry emerged as the winner, securing its permanent addition to the MIGUZI cast of characters.

In addition to �Yoke� soon appearing as a character in MIGUZI, Spears and his family were flown from Sacramento to Atlanta in order to personally meet with MIGUZI�s creative team and to observe the animation process that will bring �Yoke� to life. Computer animation will be used to create a full three-dimensional look to the character, as well as realistic movement for the character and interaction with the other cast members: Erin, Big Stalks, Flip, Curly, Tre, Remo, Woofer and Tweet.

�It was so cool to come to Atlanta and meet everyone involved with bringing �Yoke� to life,� said Spears. �I wasn�t exactly sure how he would look but the MIGUZI team made him look just like I thought he would. This experience has been so much more than I ever thought it would be.�

The response to �Make a Monsterpiece� overwhelmed all of us at MIGUZI,� said Sean Akins, creative director and executive producer of the Cartoon Network franchise. �We wanted to find a way for our fans to further connect and invest in MIGUZI, and also in the creative process that brings our characters to life. It was amazing to see what kids came up with when we tapped into the power of their imagination and we�re really looking forward to the May 9 premiere to see how the audience responds to Kyler�s character, Yoke.�

The �MIGUZI Make a Monsterpiece� contest featured a three-week on-air campaign that invited viewers to draw their own MIGUZI monster and submit it for consideration by animation experts. In print, a two-page ad spread appeared in the December 2004/January 2005 issues of National Geographic Kids, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Disney Adventures and Nickelodeon Magazine that featured official print entry forms. Additionally, a MIGUZI ad and activity sheet was placed in TIME for Kids and distributed in classrooms nationally to third, fourth and fifth graders.

All �MIGUZI Make a Monsterpiece� entries were required to be postmarked by January 15, 2005 to be eligible for judging consideration. The top 10 entries were then selected and posted to CartoonNetwork.com where kids were able to vote for their favorite monster from Feb. 14-21, 2005. At the completion of voting, Kyler Spears was informed of his victory and the MIGUZI animation team began working on bringing �Yoke� to CGI life.

Launched in April 2004, MIGUZI is Cartoon Network�s daily afternoon destination for the best action-adventure entertainment for kids 6-11. The block is built around a fantastic undersea environment, where kids find compelling animated action-adventure programming along with comedic elements. MIGUZI is set on an abandoned spaceship buried in the ocean. Each day, The Leviathan, a giant sea monster, transports Erin, the franchise�s CG host, to the submersed ship. Once inside the spaceship, Erin and the sea creatures all settle in to watch the shows, when the fun begins. MIGUZI also features live-action segments profiling entertainers, athletes and everyday heroes ranging from comic book artists to the country�s top street basketball players. These lifestyle pieces further bridge the gap between real life action-adventure and animation.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 87.8 million U.S. homes and 170 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.�s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.





  [april 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)











[05/22/15 - 01:09 PM]
First Look Images: FX's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson"
Get your first look at Sarah Paulson, Billy Magnussen, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Courtney Vance in the limited series, due in early 2016.

[05/22/15 - 11:02 AM]
"The Bastard Executioner" Swings Into Action This Fall on FX
Kurt Sutter's new series is billed as "a gripping and brutal journey through the Late Middle Ages."

[05/22/15 - 10:54 AM]
First Look Image: Danny Trejo as "The Regulator" on El Rey Network/Miramax's 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.

[05/22/15 - 10:32 AM]
NBC's Star-Studded Inaugural Charity Event "Red Nose Day" Raises Over $21 Million to Help Lift Children and Young People Out of Poverty
Julia Roberts, Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, Neill Patrick Harris, Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Pharell, Coldplay, One Direction and Zac Efron were just a few of the many celebrities appearing in the three-hour entertainment event.

[05/22/15 - 10:25 AM]
E! Delivers Ratings Highs Led by "Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce" Special and Season Finale of "The Royals"
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:32 AM]
"500 Questions" Earns ABC's Best Summer Rating in its Slot Since August 2013
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 08:31 AM]
"Mad Men" Finale Is Series' Highest-Rated Episode Ever Among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54
AMC further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:21 AM]
NBC's "Red Nose Day" Was No. 1 Among the Big 4 Networks in the 10 p.m. Hour
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 07:01 AM]
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 47 Percent Ratings Increase from Last Time on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 06:42 AM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Six New Series
After delivering 11 consecutive months of ratings growth, top 10 cable network HGTV, along with its sister network, DIY Network, have confirmed production orders for six new series.

[05/22/15 - 06:02 AM]
Netflix Announces "A Very Murray Christmas"
Written by Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer and directed by Sofia Coppola, the special is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.

[05/22/15 - 06:01 AM]
CMT to Kickoff "Friday Night Lights" Memorial Day Event with the Network Premiere of the Film, And a Marathon of the Series Hosted by Jessie James Decker Featuring Fan-Voted Poll Results of Favorite Series Characters
Fans can head over to CMT's Facebook page to vote for their favorite "Friday Night Lights" characters from season one.

[05/22/15 - 05:31 AM]
Joel McHale Set to Host "The 2015 ESPYS" on ABC July 15
"The ESPYS" will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

[05/21/15 - 03:43 PM]
Updated: ABC's 2014-15 Primetime Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 03:27 PM]
Kickstarter Sensation "Kung Fury" Delivers Bad to the Bone 80's Action, Artistry and Hilarity... and El Rey Is the Only Place on Your TV Badass Enough to Show It
An official selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the visually spectacular 30-minute action comedy was created by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg and backed by the Kickstarter community.