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Viacom streaming app Nick Jr. Play goes int’l

Nickelodeon has launched its preschool streaming app, Nick Jr. Play, on the international market. As of today, the app is available in the UK and Denmark on iOS- and Android-enabled devices, with multi-language support. In Denmark, it’ll be offered through pay TV and telco operator YouSee, and will also offer Nickelodeon Play. Other international territory […]

Alibaba bolsters VOD services with Disney toons deal

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company that will bolster video streaming service Youku with more than 1,000 episodes of programming. Disney and Alibaba had previously launched an SVOD service, DisneyLife, together in China, but this was closed in April under the weight of the country’s strict rules on foreign […]

Mattel names ex-Endemol & Maker Studios boss chair

Former Endemol, Maker Studios and Fox Kids Europe boss Ynon Kreiz has been named non-executive chairman of kids TV and entertainment company Mattel. Kreiz (pictured) has been a director at the Califonia-based toy giant since June last year, and will now succeed executive chairman Christopher Sinclair, who is retiring. “Over the past several months, the […]

Sixteen South bolsters management with Brown Bag, ex-Planet 24 execs

Kids outfit Sixteen South has appointed three members to its senior management team including Emma Fernando as head of production. Fernando joins from Brown Bag Films and has overseen several high-profile shows across Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and CBeebies. Joining Fernando will be Andrew Rajan, a former executive at The Word and Big Breakfast producer Planet 24, as commercial […]

Superprod opens LA office & hires CFO

French animation studio and distributor Superprod has hired a new CFO after current incumbent Louise de Staël became chief of a newly opened LA office. Sophie Spilliaert (pictured) joined the Paris-based prodco in December 2017 after working in the TV and film unit on BESV Bank, and will now lead the prodco’s financial operations. De […]

Platinum Films global chief joins Jellyfish

Kids TV veteran Natalie Llewellyn is joining British children’s content producer Jellyfish Pictures as head of development. The exec (pictured) has spent the past five years as head of global strategy at another UK-based firm, Platinum Films, but has worked in the business for more than 20 years overall. At Jellyfish, which has been ramping […]

Ex-Rovio animation chief Dorra launches new prodco

Former Rovio Entertainment animation boss Nick Dorra has launched his own Helsinki-based production studio. Haruworks has debuted after what Dorra (pictured) described as a “successful round of funding” from unnamed investors. Dorra has formed an advisory board including children’s entertainment experts such as Fred Seibert, Cake co-founder Tom van Waveren, eOne Family’s Nick Gawne and […]

Most UK kids now reject TV for personal devices – study

For the first time this year the majority of UK children view most video content on devices other than traditional TV sets, according to a new study into kids’ media consumption. It also noted that binge viewing is a “growing habit” among children. YouTube remains the top way for children to watch on-demand content, with […]

Imira founder exits with Robinson named new CEO

Sergi Reitg, the founder and boss of Spain’s Imira Entertainment, is stepping down after 15 years, with kids TV industry veteran Paul Robinson taking over as CEO. Reitg has decided to leave “on a high before planning his next venture” after Imira recorded record sales in the current financial year. He established the business in […]

Eurodata: TV industry increasingly looking abroad for ideas

Of the roughly 9,000 new and recurring TV programmes that aired in 2017, some 46% were concepts sourced from overseas, according to Eurodata TV Worldwide research. The report, which looked at the 48 countries tracked by Eurodata’s NoTa service, said that a majority of these foreign concepts were ‘ready-made’ formats. An adaptation of US gameshow The Wall (pictured), […]

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