Emmy-winning creator, producer and director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack) has signed an exclusive multi-year global studio deal with Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation.
As part of the pact, Tartakovsky will develop, create and produce original animated programming on both CNS and WBA for a variety of audiences and all television platforms, including HBO Max, external streaming services, networks cable and broadcast. The global inter-studio agreement, developed by CNS and WBA, gives creators maximum creative flexibility to develop original material and access to each studio’s extensive character and franchise libraries.
Tartakovsky is currently in production on Unicorn: Eternal Warriors – an animated supernatural adventure family event series coming soon to HBO Max and Cartoon Network. The second season of his Emmy-winning series, Genndy Tartakovsky Primitive, premieres this summer on Adult Swim.
Sam Register, chairman of Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation said, “Genndy is a true visionary who embodies the creative spirit of Cartoon Network Studios. As it continues to push the boundaries of storytelling and animation, we’re thrilled to have a front row seat here and now too at Warner Bros. Animation.
Tartakovsky created Dexter’s Laboratory, Cartoon Network’s first series, during his time at Hanna-Barbera where he also helped produce and direct another fan-favorite series, The Powerpuff Girls. He then joined Cartoon Network Studios, where he created samurai jack and Sym-Bionic Titan as well as produced and directed the beloved animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars.
In 2012, Tartakovsky made his directorial debut with the Golden Globe nominated film Hotel Transylvania and later directed its two sequels.
Tartakovsky reunited with Adult Swim for a half-hour animated series, Primal by Genndy Tartakovsky, which debuted in 2019. It features a caveman on the cusp of evolution, a dinosaur on the brink of extinction, and their unlikely friendship that becomes their only hope for survival in a violent, primordial world.
Tartakovsky has received 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including five for his work on Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jackand Primal by Genndy Tartakovsky. It is replaced by WME.
“My time at Cartoon Network Studios, since its inception, has been the most creative and rewarding years of my career,” Tartakovsky said. “I now find myself continuing this incredible relationship and calling on Warner Bros. Animation – home to everything that inspired me to become an animator in the first place. I’m beyond excited to see what we do next!”