Peter Browngardt, Emmy-winning creator of “Uncle Grandpa” and “Secret Mountain Fort Awesome,” has signed an exclusive, multiyear, cross-studio overall deal with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. He will develop and produce original animated programming for a variety of audiences, including pre-school, kids, adult and family/co-viewing. Under the terms of the pact, Browngardt, who currently serves as executive producer on the HBO Max series “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” will be allowed flexibility to develop material for all WarnerMedia platforms, as well as external outlets and services. He will also have access to extensive character and franchise libraries at both studios.
“This inaugural cross-studio deal is one example of how we intend to meet the growing demand for animated content by being innovative, in not just our storytelling, but in the opportunities we provide to creatives in our industry,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, in a statement. “It was no small task to bring the Looney Tunes back to their classic shorts and Pete knocked it out of the park with ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons.’ He is one of our most prolific producers, with a love for the art of animation, that fuels his bold and imaginative ideas.”
The HBO Max series recently received a program nomination from the Producers Guild Awards as well as individual achievement nominations from the Annie Awards. “Curse of the Monkeybird,” an animated short from “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” was awarded the top prize for animation for young audiences (ages 6-12) at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2019.
“I have been lucky enough to call each of these studios my home at different points in my career,” said Browngardt. “It’s only fitting that I begin this next run with the best of both worlds — returning home to Cartoon Network Studios and continuing my partnership with Warner Bros. Animation, which has been one of the most fulfilling of my career.”
Prior to arriving at Warner Bros. Animation, Browngardt worked on a number of Cartoon Network shows, including “Chowder,” “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” and “Adventure Time.” Browngardt studied character animation at the California Institute of the Arts and by age 19, he was working professionally on Matt Groening’s “Futurama,” followed by Lucasfilm’s VFX and animation studio, Industrial Light & Magic, and MTV Animation.