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Boat Rocker acquires Fremantle’s kids division

Boat Rocker Media has acquired FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family Entertainment division. The move is effective immediately. It follows a range of investments that Boat Rocker has made in kids entertainment in the past two years, including the purchase of Jam Filled Entertainment, Arc Production assets and a co-development deal with children’s brand Fisher-Price. The division […]

Show of the week: Massive Monster Mayhem

Easily one of the maddest, noisiest and most ambitious children’s series is Massive Monster Mayhem, from Canada-based DHX Media, series executive producer, Ken Faier describes as “Total Wipeout meets Power Rangers”. “It’s one of the most fun programmes I’ve worked in on in kids TV – genres all mashed up in one show,” he says. “We’re calling […]

Xilam appoints ex-Gaumont exec to Asia Pacific post

Xilam Animation has appointed ex-Gaumont exec Céline Carenco as its new senior vice president of media distribution in Asia Pacific. In this role, Carenco will sell Xilam’s growing library of kids’ and family content to one of its key markets. Carenco brings in more than two decades of experience in distribution. She was most recently […]

Marvista expands with ex-Cinetel & Fox execs

Marvista Entertainment is looking to growth in 2018 with new senior appointments including Darrell Cross as chief financial officer and Jody Cipriano as new head of global distribution. Cross, who was previously at Wild Card, will be responsible for overseeing financial operations and growth opportunities and look to leverage new business models and capital management. […]

9 Story buys Daniel Tiger prodco

Canada’s 9 Story Media Group remains in acquisitive mood – this time round buying the company behind Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (pictured). The deal for Out of the Blue Enterprises comes after 9 Story’s transformational acquisition of Ireland’s Brown Bag Films in 2016. 9 Story is buying 100% of the shares, with Out of the Blue […]

KKR-backed Emerald buys Cosmos-Maya

A media firm with backing from private equity investor KKR has acquired a majority stake in prolific Indian animation producer Cosmos-Maya. Emerald Media is behind the deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed. Emerald was launched as a pan-Asian media, entertainment and consumer tech investor, and counts experienced TV industry execs Rajesh Kamat (pictured) […]

Turner & Viacom execs to run Sony UK channels

Two well known British executives will run the Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) portfolio of channels in the UK. SPTN has named Turner’s Steve Hornsey as VP of its UK entertainment portfolio, while Sarah Muller (pictured), who runs children’s programming at Viacom-owned Channel 5, will become VP of the kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee […]

Hulu revives Animaniacs with Spielberg & Warner Bros.

US streamer Hulu has ordered a new version of Warner Bros. Animation (WBA)’s cartoon franchise Animaniacs, with Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer. Spielberg’s Amblin Televsion is producing the revival, which has landed a straight-to-series order of two seasons, with WBA. New episodes will launch on the VOD service in 2020, and they represent the […]

Indian SVOD net lands Awesomeness content deal

Indian SVOD service Hotstar is targeting the Gen-Z audience after striking a content deal with youth-focused US firm Awesomeness. This will see shows such as Freakish, T@gged and Confess joining the Hotstar library. Hotstar, which faces competition in India from the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Hooq, already has partnerships with the likes of […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (US$81.3 million) production and distribution boost, in a move that has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other […]