Cartoon Network, a global leader in animation, and HowStuffWorks, the largest for-profit podcasting network, have partnered on the new podcast Drawn: The Story of Animation, launching Tuesday, May 1st. The 11-episode audio podcast will be the definitive exploration of cartoons with an insider’s perspective. Show creators, voice actors and historians share their unique insights into the rich world of artistry that’s become a huge part of the entertainment landscape. Each episode will time travel to explore a bit of animation’s history and trace those roots to the stories being told by today’s artists.

Every week Drawn host, Holly Frey (Stuff You Missed in History Class) will focus on a core theme in the evolution of animation over the last century including music, consumer products, sound effects, and women in animation alongside general topics covering how cartoons get made, their cultural influence and more.

Guests joining Holly for a lively discussion over the eleven episodes include:

  • Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy)
  • Doc Hammer and Emmy Award nominee Christopher McCulloch (Venture Bros.)
  • Liz Harvatine (Robot Chicken)
  • Mike Lazzo (Executive Vice President & Creative Director, Adult Swim)
  • Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars: Rebels, Regular Show)
  • Michael Ouweleen (co-creator, Harvey Birdman; Chief Marketing Officer, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim & Boomerang)
  • Jennifer Pelphrey, Emmy Award Winner (Adventure Time, Steven Universe)
  • Ian Jones-Quartey (OK K.O.!, Adventure Time)
  • Rob Sorcher (Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network Studios)
  • Tara Strong (Ben 10, Teen Titans Go!, My Little Pony)
  • Rebecca Sugar, Emmy Award nominee and The New York Times Bestselling author (Steven Universe, Adventure Time)
  • Billy West (Futurama)

“As Cartoon Network continues to develop original content for all platforms, partnering with HowStuffWorks to showcase the evolution of animation is exactly the unique experience our fans have come to expect from us,” said Erik Resnick, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Cartoon Network on the new podcast, Drawn. At HowStuffWorks, we are fundamentally driven by creativity and great stories – and as we looked across different mediums, we felt like some of the best work being done today, period, was in animation,” said Conal Byrne, President, HowStuffWorks. “The more we dug into the space to tell the story, the more we realized the incredible history of how this medium has developed. Having Cartoon Network as a partner alongside us to tell that story is a perfect match.”

The free audio podcast is available for subscription, download and streaming across all major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, RadioPublic and Google Play. In advance of next week’s premiere episode of Drawn: The Story of Animation, fans can preview the season with a newly released trailer now available on the podcast’s subscribe page.

Drawn is the second podcast in the last year from Cartoon Network, following the successful launch of the Steven Universe Podcast, now in its second season with over 500,000 downloads.

Hosted by HowStuffWorks’ Holly Frey, Drawn: The Story of Animation is produced by HowStuffWorks, executive produced by Cartoon Network and distributed by Turner Podcast Network.  

Cartoon Network’s podcasts are part of the Turner Podcast Network alongside other high profile branded podcasts from CNN, Bleacher Report, TruTV, TNT, HLN and Adult Swim. The Turner Podcast Network was created to implement a portfolio-wide network that centralizes production, distribution and sales for all Turner podcasts in order to develop and launch new branded podcasts across Turner’s news, kids and entertainment brands. Turner’s podcasts reach an average monthly audience of over 7.2 million unique users and 11.7 million downloads.

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About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is Turner’s global entertainment brand and the # 1 animation network in the U.S., offering the best in original content for kids and families with such hits as, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball. Seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, Cartoon Network is known for being a leader in innovation with its approach to engaging and inspiring kids at the intersection of creativity and technology. Its pro-social initiative, Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an acknowledged and often used resource for kids and adults looking for tools that can assist in dealing with the ongoing issue of bullying.

Cartoon Network is part of Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.

About HowStuffWorks
Founded in 1998, HowStuffWorks is the leading for-profit publisher of entertaining and informative podcast content. With over 20 brands, including Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Atlanta Monster and Stuff Mom Never Told You, the HowStuffWorks team reaches a highly engaged fan base across multiple platforms and distribution partners and has amassed a library of more than 6,000 podcasts and 1 billion downloads. With this expansive and award-winning collection of audio podcasts, HowStuffWorks is ranked #2 in global downloads and streams. The company is headquartered in Atlanta and also operates studios out of Los Angeles.

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