CalArtian and executive producer of HBO Max’s Looney Tunes Cartoons Pete Browngardt (Film/Video 10) has signed an exclusive multiyear cross-studio deal with Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Cartoon Network Studios (CNS), which are both subsidiaries of WarnerMedia.
This inaugural deal grants Browngardt significant creative liberties in developing and producing original programming at both studios, as well as access to existing character and franchise libraries at both WBA and CNS. Browngardt will oversee and pursue projects intended for various audiences, ranging from preschool-aged viewers to adults, across WarnerMedia’s platforms and external outlets.
According to Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, the deal allows the studios to “meet the growing demand for animated content by being innovative, in not just our storytelling, but in the opportunities” the studios provide to industry creatives.
“I have been lucky enough to call each of these studios my home at different points in my career,” Browngardt was quoted in Warner Bros.’ official press release. “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.”
Browngardt is a two-time nominee for the Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program: once in 2010 for his original series Uncle Grandpa, and also in 2013 for Clarence. He is also the recipient of a 2012 Annecy International Animated Film Festival Award for Best TV Production for the episode “Nightmare Sauce” of Browngardt’s animated comedy series Secret Mountain Fort Awesome.