Register inks first-look deal at Cartoon Net

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Veteran animation executive Sam Register has signed a first-look deal with Cartoon Network to develop programming for the cable channel.

The deal encompasses both kids' and adult programming that could end up on Cartoon Network or sister channel Adult Swim.

Register most recently was senior vp development at Cartoon Network, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and production of original, action-oriented animated programming. Projects included the series "Ben 10," "My Gym Partner Is a Monkey," "PPGZ" and "Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi" as well as the Warner Bros. series "Teen Titans," "The Justice League Unlimited," "Batman" and "Duck Dodgers."

"Sam brings a talent and vision to the world of animation and programming that fits our sensibilities perfectly," Cartoon Network executive vp and general manager Jim Samples said. "He has a successful and proven track record with Cartoon Network as a development executive."

Register also has served as the network's senior vp content development, working to develop new programming and feature films around third-party assets based on action, adventure and existing entertainment properties. Before that, he was the first employee and eventual vp at Cartoon Network Online, serving as the creative director and the driving force behind the look, feel and success of CartoonNetwork.com.

Register also has held positions at San Francisco-based Colossal Pictures as well as Indigo Entertainment, a subsidiary of Grey Advertising in New York.
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