Adult Swim Panels Announced for Annecy – Smiling Friends, Primal, Common Side Effects

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Adult Swim has given us an idea of what to expect, heading into the Annecy Animation Festival. As I hinted at recently, it seems as though Upfronts have taken a backseat to Annecy, with just Rick and Morty: The Anime first hinted at, and later given a “coming 2024” promotion. Today, AS released a full slate of panels for Annecy, which seem to suggest more will be announced then and there.

Previously announced, the Adult Animation panel which appears to be a general panel of WBD heads for Max, WB Animation, and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. Additionally there will be a “making of” panel featuring last year’s announced Common Side Effects by creators Joe Bennett and Steve Hely as well as a general Adult Swim panel featuring Primal’s Genndy Tartakovsky as well as Smiling Friends’ Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel.

There’s no telling at this point what could be announced. Besides the previously announced Common Side Effects, the previously announced shows are Season 3 of Primal and Yolo, the Rick and Morty shows, Spanish-Language Women Wearing Shoulder Pads. It’s anyone’s guess as to what else they may announce.

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Here’s the Press Release:

ADULT SWIM TO PRESENT WORLD-PREMIERE SCREENING OF “COMMON SIDE EFFECTS,” NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES AT ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL

Genndy Tartakovsky, Joe Bennett, Steve Hely, Michael Cusack, And Zach Hadel To Join Adult Swim Network Showcase at This Year’s Festival
BURBANK (May 28, 2024) – The global leader in adult animation, Adult Swim returns to Annecy International Animation Film Festival with a robust slate of first-looks, breaking news and special appearances that will spotlight what’s to come in the world of Adult Swim.

Common Side Effects” Making-of Panel – Adult Swim will screen the entire first episode of the highly anticipated new series “Common Side Effects” exclusively at Annecy. After the world-premiere screening, co-creators Joe Bennett (“Scavengers Reign”) and Steve Hely (“Veep,” “American Dad!,” “The Office”), will join Adult Swim President Michael Ouweleen, Head of Adult Animation Suzanna Makkos and Bandera Entertainment President Dustin Davis, for an in-depth conversation and Q&A about this special new series. From Executive Producers Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, “Common Side Effects” follows Marshall and Frances, two former high school lab partners who share a secret: Marshall has discovered the world’s greatest medicine, a mushroom that can heal almost anything. But getting it out into the world won’t be easy – the DEA, big pharma, and international businessmen are all on the chase to stop them. The half-hour serialized comedic thriller is produced by Bandera and Green Street Pictures. (Wednesday, June 12 at 5pm, Bonlieu – Petite salle)  
 
Adult Swim – Defying Expectations – Featuring appearances by Emmy-winning creator Genndy Tartakovsky (“Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal”) and “SMILING FRIENDS” co-creators Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack, this can’t-miss panel will offer first-looks at a collection of forthcoming Adult Swim content that will continue to defy expectations. Ouweleen and Makkos will join Adult Swim Head of Production Kelly Crews for a show-stopping panel filled with first looks and breaking news that will underscore the network’s global dominance in adult animation.  (Thursday, June 13 at 2pm, Impérial Palace – Salle de la Volière)

Adult Animation at Warner Bros. Discovery – Studio Focus – Adult Swim, Max, and Warner Bros. Animation spotlight their strategy and efforts in the booming adult animation space. Ouweleen, Makkos, and Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Warner Bros. Animation Peter Girardi will preview current and upcoming projects and share their team’s strategies to ensure Warner Bros. Discovery remains the destination for adult animation. (Friday, June 14 at 12pm, Impérial Palace – Salle de la Volière)
 On the heels of its sophomore season debut on Adult Swim, the quarter-hour comedy “SMILING FRIENDS” was selected for official competition at this year’s festival as well.

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