|Occupation:||General Manager and Senior Vice President of Cartoon Network Latin America (2000—2001)|
General Manager and Senior Vice President of TNT Latin America (2000—2001)
Designer and general manager of CN Online (1998—2001)
CEO, President, and General Manager of Cartoon Network US (2001—2007)
President of HGTV (2007—2011)
President of Scripps' International Division (2007—present)
|Preceded by:||Betty Cohen|
|Suceded by:||Stuart Snyder|
James "Jim" Samples (born 1963) is an American media mogul and businessman. He was the general manager and Executive Vice President of Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2007. After his resignation following the 2007 Boston Bomb scare, Stuart Snyder took over his position as being in charge of the network.
Samples first came to Turner Entertainment in 1994. He worked in advertising for several of their networks, including Cartoon Network and CNN.
In 1998, Samples helped design and launch Cartoon Network's website, CN Online, and served as manager of the site until 2001.
In 2000, Turner appointed Samples as the general manager and Senior Vice President of Cartoon Network and TNT Latin America. He served there until 2001.
In August 2001, Samples became the general manager and Executive Vice President of Cartoon Network, replacing former president Betty Cohen, who had left due to creative disagreements with Jamie Kellner (the head of Turner Entertainment at the time). Shortly thereafter, he created the Adult Swim block.
On June 14, 2004, a new era of CN started called CN City, replacing Powerhouse. It combined several of Cartoon Network's former and current shows and placed them into one big city, using little parts of other shows' place and putting them in the city.
On April 3, 2006, a new era began called "Yes!", and it became the primary "look" of the network on April 10. It featured Fred Fredburger and Cheese as the spokespersons. CN City bumpers were still being shown during this era, though not as much as the "Yes!" ones. This era ended on June 3, 2007.
Contrary to popular belief, it was Samples, not Stuart Snyder who introduced live-action programming to CN. In November 2005, Cartoon Network began airing live-action films for the first time in their history. Some of these films, such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Osmosis Jones, and The Pagemaster, combined 2D animation and live actors, while others, such as The Goonies, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Batman, and Men In Black, were fully live-action but "cartoony" in tone.
Zixx, a Canadian live-action series with CGI-elements, briefly aired on Saturday mornings beginning on January 21, 2006. In April, teen sitcom Saved by the Bell aired on Adult Swim for two weeks. During the weeks of the airings, the 1980s Saturday morning program Pee-wee's Playhouse began airing Mondays-Thursdays on July 10, 2006.
On December 8, 2006, Cartoon Network produced their first live-action television movie called Re-Animated, a collaboration between both live-action and animation. When asked about the project, Cartoon Network executive Michael Ouweleen (co-creator of Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law) stated: "[E]ven though we are featuring live-action characters, it still had to be done the Cartoon Network way." In 2007, once Stuart Snyder had taken over, the film was spun-off into its own half-hour series entitled Out of Jimmy's Head, which continues the events of the film.
Reactions to Samples's decision to put live-action on the network was very negative. However, most fans seem to have forgiven him for it, seeing how some of the movies at least had something to do with cartoons (Roger Rabbit and Re-Animated, for example), unlike Snyder's CN Real shows which were basically reality programs pasted onto Cartoon Network.
Boston Bomb scare
On February 9, 2007, Samples resigned from Cartoon Network, following a bomb scare in Boston caused by packages left around the city that were part of an outdoor marketing campaign promoting the Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Following Samples's resignation, Stuart Snyder was named his successor. Snyder has successfully killed Cartoon Network, according to many of its fans.
Samples is currently the President of Scripps' international division. Scripps is known for running channels such as HGTV, Food Network, GAC, and much more.
Samples is missed by thousands of fans that previously watched Cartoon Network, many of which claim that he was its best and most-liked president. These fans consider him to be a kid-friendly person when it came to TV-Y7 shows, just for kids. He was very strict about having few PG-rated shows on Cartoon Network. Samples was also famous for the rollout of CN City, widely claimed to be CN's best (or one of its best) eras. Even when most of the Cartoon Cartoons had been cancelled, Samples paid respect to older fans by airing them on a block called The Cartoon Cartoon Show. Under him, "modern classics" such as The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and Star Wars: Clone Wars were aired, which were considered decent replacements for the older shows (with a few exceptions).
Nowadays, Cartoon Network's programming is mostly rated TV-PG, and numerous shows with sizable fan bases (such as Young Justice, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Class of 3000, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, My Gym Partner's a Monkey, and Sym-Bionic Titan) have been cancelled by Snyder.
However, not all fans liked everything Samples did. During his time as manager, he made numerous changes, some of which could be thought of as "boneheaded", such as truncating Toonami to Saturday nights and airing live-action movies. He also cancelled a number of beloved shows (such as Teen Titans, Megas XLR, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Justice League Unlimited).
- ↑ Cartoon Network (2006-10-03). "Cartoon Network Completes Production on First Original Live-Action Movie Re-Animated". Yahoo. http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/061003/20061003005962.html?.v=1. Retrieved on 2006-12-05.
- ↑ Ryan, Andrew. Cartoon Network head resigns after Boston bomb scares. boston.com News. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- ↑ "Two held after ad campaign triggers Boston bomb scare". CNN. February 1, 2007. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/31/boston.bombscare/. Retrieved on July 30, 2010.
- ↑ "Cartoon Network Boss Quits Over Bomb Scare". CNN. February 9, 2007. http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/09/news/newsmakers/cartoon_network/. Retrieved on 2009-05-05.
- ↑ Romano, Allison (October 21, 2007). "Stuart Snyder: The Perfect Combination". Broadcasting & Cable. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/110859-Stuart_Snyder_The_Perfect_Combination.php. Retrieved on 2010-08-13.