TBI Kids

Warner Bros. hires Nick exec for toon series

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has hired Nickelodeon’s Audrey Diehl as VP of series. The new post will see the development exec overseeing programming development and select current series. Diehl (pictured) has been with Viacom-owned Nick for 14 years, the past four as VP of animation development. At Warner Bros., she’ll report to president of WBA […]

Breakthrough exec transfers to D360

Breakthrough Entertainment’s Jodi Mackie is moving to another Toronto-based sales house, Distribution360 (D360). Mackie has joined the distributor as director of sales and acquisitions after ten years with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables vendor Breakthrough. At D360, she will work across the company catalogue, which comprises kids, family and unscripted. She debuts at […]

Cyber Group hires ex-TF1, Gaumont veterans

France’s Cyber Group Studios has added former TF1 Production and Gaumont Animation production execs as the newly minted kids firm continues to expand. Stéphanie Baclet (pictured) has been named head of productions at Cyber Group’s new studio in the Hauts-de-France region, with Caroline Audebert taking the same role in Paris. Baclet previously worked as studio […]

RTVE launches youth-focused OTT service

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has launched a new online video service targeted at a young audience featuring original and interactive content. The new service, Playz, is designed to create an open space for young Spanish content creators to target a new audience, according to the pubcaster. Playz kicked off at the weekend by streaming the […]

Aussie drama spend passes $1.3bn but kids suffer

Australia saw its scripted production spend hit A$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) for the first time, but its kids TV drama business is in “in a state of crisis”, an annual report reveals. Screen Australia’s 27th Drama Report, covering 2016/17, shows A$321 million was spend on a record 46 TV dramas out of a total of […]

Sky bags Moomins reboot

UK satcaster Sky has boarded the upcoming reboot of Tove Jansson’s kids property Moomins. Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland will broadcast Moominvalley, marking one of the largest investments in kids TV for Fox-backed pay TV service Sky. Moominvalley comes from Gutsy Productions, a Finnish production house that acquired a multi-year licence to produced […]

A Gutsy take on the Moomins

Former FremantleMedia Finland and Friday TV chief Marika Makaroff has landed rights to Scandinavian kids property the Moomins through new prodco, Gutsy Animation. She tells Jesse Whittock about rebooting Tove Jansson’s characters for a family audience. While there’s been no shortage of brand refreshes and character updates in kids and family entertainment in recent years, […]

DHX hires Turner vet for programming post

DHX Television has hired Turner veteran Gary Finnegan as vice president of programming strategy. Finnegan, who will be based in Toronto, will be a key member of the DHX senior management team and provide direction and guidance on the creation and acquisition of content. He will report to Joe Tedesco, senior vice president and general […]

Netflix orders stop motion series Rilakkuma and Kaoru

Netflix has ordered Rilakkuma and Kaoru, a Japanese stop motion series, which is in production and set to premiere globally in spring 2019. Japan’s stop motion studio Dwarf will create 13 episodes of the series, supported by Rilakkuma creator Aki Kondo on story development. Noako Ogigami will join as screenwriter and Masahito Kobatashi will direct. […]

Nick fires Chris Savino after harassment allegations

It has been reported that Viacom-owned Nickelodeon has fired The Loud House (pictured) creator Chris Savino after harassment claims. Cartoon Brew initially released the story stating that twelve women have come forward accusing the creator of sexual harassment, unwanted advances and inappropriate behaviour. The news arrives after allegations were made against top Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein earlier this […]