Cartoon Network Kicks-off Its 20th Birthday

Cartoon Network kicked-off a month long celebration Monday for its milestone birthday at the Atlanta, Ga. headquarters, where Turner Broadcasting founder, Ted Turner, originally launched the network 20 years ago.

Stuart Snyder, president/COO of Turner’s Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media division was joined by Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed who honored the network and staff with the city’s prestigious Phoenix Award and proclaimed it “Cartoon Network Day. ”

Award-winning Atlanta baker Karen Portaleo (Food Network Cake Wars), designed a special cake for the event, which also included a parade of costume characters led by the Atlanta Falcons Drumline and a special taped message from Ted Turner.

Launching on Oct. 1, 1992, with just two million U.S. homes, Cartoon Network has grown to become the leading television network among boys 6-11, and is currently seen in over 175 countries, in more than 365 million households worldwide and in 26 different languages, says the company.

Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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