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Warner Animation signs Register

'Hi Hi Puffy' creator to develop, produce for studio

Warner Bros. Animation has struck a deal with “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” creator Sam Register to develop and produce projects for the studio.

Register, who also developed hits such as “Ben 10” and “Teen Titans,” served almost a decade as a Cartoon Network exec before turning his attention to producing. Under the pact, he’ll come up with several properties for Warner Bros. Animation; he also continues working with Cartoon Network under a first-look development deal he sealed last fall.

Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network are sister Time Warner companies.

Register’s deal was announced Tuesday by Warner Bros. Animation prexy Lisa Judson.

“Sam has made his mark in both the business and creative ends of animation, and we believe he will provide a unique perspective for Warner Bros. Animation as we expand our horizons in the on-air and broadband areans,” Judson said. “We expect to take full advantage of Sam’s animation and online experience.”

Register first joined Turner Broadcasting as creative director for Turner New Media in 1995; after stints at Nickelodeon and Colossal Pictures, he returned to Turner at its Cartoon Network in 1997. Later, as a top original animation exec, he worked on projects such as “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” “The Batman,” “Justice League Unlimited” and “Duck Dodgers.”

Register next serves as exec producer of “Transformers Animated,” which launches on Cartoon Network early next year.

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