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Cartoon Network: 20 years of milestones

Cartoon Network @ 20

1992

Oct. 1: Turner Broadcasting launches first 24-hour all cartoon channel, Cartoon Network, in 2 million households. “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery” is first cartoon to air.

1993

April 30/Sept. 17: CN Latin America and CN Europe launch. CN Asia follows in 1994.

1994

April 14: “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” first animated late-night talk show, premieres as net’s first original series.

1995

February: “World Premiere Toons,” TV’s biggest commitment to original animation in history, launches and later spawns three original series.

1996

March: “Courage the Cowardly Dog” is nominated for an Oscar.

April 28: “Dexter’s Laboratory” premieres as CN’s first original halfhour series. Becomes net’s No. 1-rated show.

1997

July: Original primetime series “Cow and Chicken” and “Johnny Bravo” launch and increase network’s average primetime ratings among kids 6-11 52%.

1998

July 28: CartoonNetwork.com launches and logs 4 million visitors during the first week.

2000

Apr. 1: Launch of Boomerang, the first all-cartoon net devoted exclusively to classic cartoons.

May 22: CN Studios opens in Burbank to develop and produce original animated entertainment expressly for net.

Oct.: CN becomes exclusive television home to all Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes.

2001

Sept. 2: Targeting adults 18-34, Adult Swim premieres as three-hour programming block on Sundays and Thursdays, contributing to 67% growth in adults 18-34 by year’s end.

2002

July 3: “The Powerpuff Girls Movie,” CN’s first-ever theatrical venture, premieres in more than 2,000 theaters in the U.S.

Oct. 1: CN celebrates 10th birthday with distrib across 81.9 million homes.

2003

Nov 7: Net introduces its first microseries, “Star Wars: Clone Wars,” in association with Lucasfilm, Ltd.

2004

Aug. 13: Original series “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” gets highest-rated original series premiere in net history with kids 6-11.

2005

June 21: Cartoon Network Enterprises established for consumer products licensing.

2006

Jan. 14: “Ben 10” premieres as CN’s first original series for Saturday mornings.

Dec. 8: “Re-Animated,” net’s first original live-action/animation movie, premieres and ranks No. 1 with kids 6-11 and 2-11 in its time period.

2007

Sept. 14: “Out of Jimmy’s Head,” based on “Re-Animated,” premieres as CN’s first-ever live-action/animation hybrid series.

Nov. 21: CN’s first original live-action movie special “Ben 10: Race Against Time” sets new record for total viewers (3.99 million). Preceding “Ben 10” marathon helps net achieve most-watched day ever.

2008

Jan. 15: Stuart Snyder is appointed prexy COO of Turner Animation, young adults and kids media.

Feb. 12: Turner Broadcasting lands rights to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

April 18: “Ben 10: Alien Force” scores as highest original series premiere in net’s history.

June 5: Inaugural reality series “Total Drama Island” bows.

2009

June 17-20: Four new live-action series are unveiled as part of “CN Real” block, spotlighting real kids on real adventures.

Sept. 13: Original live-action/CG-animated movie “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins” sets becomes most-watched telecast in CN history.

2010

April 5: “Adventure Time” premieres as TV’s top show among kids 6-11 and 2-11.

2011

March 10: CN’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” is recognized at White House Bullying Prevention Summit.

June 14/July 19: Development deals signed with producer Joel Silver (“The Matrix”) and Silver Pictures for a live-action “Ben 10” and producer Don Murphy (“Transformers”) and Angry Filmworks for live-action film based on “Captain Planet and the Planeteers.”

2012

June 15: Digital live streaming of on-air content launches on CartoonNetwork.com and for mobile viewers as part of net’s TV Everywhere strategy.

July 4: Teletoon Canada launches CN and Adult Swim in Canada.

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