Warner TV Next
CountryFrance
Broadcast areaNationwide
Ownership
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery International
ParentWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
Sister channelsCartoon Network
Boomerang
Cartoonito
TCM Cinéma
Warner TV
History
LaunchedFebruary 11, 2016; 8 years ago (2016-02-11)
Former namesToonami (2016–23)
Links
Websitewww.warnertvnext.fr

Warner TV Next is a French television channel operated and distributed by Warner Bros. Discovery France, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery International. It launched on 11 February 2016 as Toonami, based on the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim programming block of the same name in the United States,[1] and was originally targeted at children before shifting to mature audiences in 2020. The channel adopted its current branding on 4 September 2023.

History

On 3 February, it was confirmed by Toonami Squad in an email with Turner that Toonami would be launching in France on 11 February 2016. For its first four years on-air, the channel's programming was geared toward young children and teenagers. It also used the logo introduced by the original block in 2004, as well as branded promos that were first used for the Southeast Asian feed. [2][3]

During evenings, the channel was branded as Toonami Unlimited, airing programs and several All Elite Wrestling events (which are not produced by Warner Bros. Discovery, but air on their channels in the United States) with little to no censorship. On 24 July 2019, an Adult Swim block began airing nightly from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. CET, followed by adding live-action series and AEW Dynamite to Toonami Unlimited's programming.

In September 2020, Toonami underwent a rebrand and shifted its target audience to teenagers and young adults, with its programs no longer subject to censorship during the daytime. On 14 September, the channel was added to StarTimes, being available alongside its English-language African counterpart.[4]

On 10 January 2023, Toonami was dropped from Canal+, following a failure of negotiations for the renewal of Warner channels.[5]

On 28 June 2023, it was announced that Toonami France would be replaced by Warner TV Next on 4 September,[6] becoming part of the Warner TV franchise that exists in other European, Asian, and Latin American countries.

Visual identity

Programming

Adult Swim

References

  1. ^ La chaîne Toonami va débarquer en France
  2. ^ Turner Confirms Toonami Will Be Launching In France
  3. ^ Toonami France Press Release From Turner France
  4. ^ "StarTimes - TOONAMI, 𝐆é𝐧é𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫-𝐇é𝐫𝐨𝐬 Média de..." www.facebook.com (in French). Retrieved 2023-01-14.
  5. ^ "Et encore... Warner Bros. Discovery". CB News (in French). 10 January 2023. Retrieved 2023-01-14.
  6. ^ La chaîne TOONAMI change de nom et devient Warner TV Next à partir du 4 septembre