Cartoon Network Greenlights Homegrown Animated Series

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Build­ing upon the global suc­cess of recent artist-driven series like Adven­ture Time and Reg­u­lar Show, Car­toon Net­work has green-lit two new ani­mated series. Steven Uni­verse, from Adven­ture Time writer and sto­ry­board artist Rebecca Sugar, and Uncle Grandpa, from Emmy Award-nominee Pete Brown­gardt, have started pre-production.

Both series are slated for a 2013 debut. Hav­ing seen its most-watched sum­mer in its 20-year his­tory in early prime-time because of artist-driven series, Car­toon Net­work has fur­ther mined its own Car­toon­sti­tute shorts devel­op­ment for these new series. Both new series will fur­ther define the genre of home­grown ani­mated come­dies com­ing from Car­toon Net­work Studios.

Sugar’s Steven Uni­verse is a coming-of-age story told from the per­spec­tive of Steven, the youngest mem­ber of a team of mag­i­cal Guardians of the Universe.

Browngardt’s Uncle Grandpa is based upon the Emmy-nominated short of the same name and fol­lows the exploits of Uncle Grandpa — every­one in the world’s “mag­i­cal” uncle and grandpa.

Steven Uni­verse and Uncle Grandpa will build upon our record-breaking streak with orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming, and fur­ther define the voice for Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios come­dies,” said Car­toon Net­work Chief Con­tent Offi­cer Rob Sor­cher. “Rebecca and Pete rep­re­sent our next gen­er­a­tion of home­grown tal­ent, fol­low­ing Pen Ward and JG Quin­tel who set a high bar with their dis­tinc­tive visual sto­ry­telling and unique comedic styles.”

Rebecca Sugar became a sto­ry­board artist and writer on Adven­ture Time in 2009 after grad­u­at­ing from the School of Visual Arts (SVA). The first episode she boarded, “It Came From the Nightos­phere,” was nom­i­nated for an Emmy and included the first song she wrote for the series, “Daddy, Why did you eat my fries?” which quickly became a fan favorite. Since then, she’s writ­ten 17 songs for the show and has boarded on some of Adven­ture Times’ most acclaimed episodes: “The Real You,” “Jake vs. Me-Mow,” “Fionna and Cake,” “What was Miss­ing,” and “Incendium.” Sugar was nom­i­nated for an Annie Award (ASIFA) for her sto­ry­boards on the Adven­ture Time Sea­son 2 finale “Mor­tal Folly.”

Pete Browngardt’s inter­est in ani­ma­tion devel­oped early. The youngest of five chil­dren, Brown­gardt was mak­ing ani­mated Super 8 and stop-motion films while still in grade school on New York’s Long Island. After study­ing char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion at CalArts, Brown­gardt started work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for Futu­rama at age 19, fol­lowed by stints with Indus­trial Light and Magic, Augen­blick Stu­dios and MTV Ani­ma­tion. Since then Brown­gardt has worked on a num­ber of Car­toon Net­work series includ­ing Chow­der, The Mar­velous Mis­ad­ven­tures of Flap­jack and Adven­ture Time. Most recently Brown­gardt was the Creator/Executive Pro­ducer of the Car­toon Net­work ani­mated series Secret Moun­tain Fort Awe­some which won the Annie Award for Best Pro­duc­tion Design in a tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, the “Cristal” for Best TV pro­duc­tion at the Annecy Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Fes­ti­val and two juried Emmy awards in 2012.

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