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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 […]

Xilam shakes up production department

Xilam has promoted three execs in the production department as it looks to expand its business. Dorothee Lanchier will now become COO, Camille Wiplier will act as deputy COO and Marie-Laurence Turpin as head of development and talent management. The move arrives as Xilam looks to deliver an ambitious target of more than 100 half-hour […]

Corus forms kids venture with Discovery

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has formed a production joint venture with Discovery Communications. The JV, which is yet to be named, will operate independently in Canada. It will focus on premium children’s content for linear networks and digital platforms. Discovery Kids Latin America and Corus’ suite of kids channels will commission programming from the venture. The […]

Kew continues deals spree with Awesome move

Kew Media Group has acquired a stake in Jeff Norton’s Awesome Media & Entertainment as the Canadian-owned group continues its acquisitions strategy. Hot on the heels of a deal for TCB Media Rights, Kew (fka Content Media Corp.) has paid an undisclosed amount for the stake. Awesome is a London-based creative group that former Chorion […]

MIPCOM: Kids distribution round up

Ahead of MIPJunior this weekend, TBI rounds up the various new kids programmes and company slates hitting the market. Boat Rocker Rights is launching shows such as the 120x30mins Hiccup & Sneeze and 1x30mins holiday special The Great Northern Candy Drop to go with a batch of new factual shows. Raydar Media has bagged rights […]

Blue Ant launches toon studio

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has launched an animation studio, Look Mom! Productions. The unit will aim to produce programming for kids aged 6-11 and teens and adults aged between 18-34. Blue Ant exec Joshua Bowen has been tapped to lead Look! Mom as creative director. Already in active development is the 26x11mins series Toy Hunters […]

Skydance names ex-DreamWorks exec animation president

Skydance Media has named former DreamWorks Animation exec Bill Damaschke as president of animation and family entertainment, effective immediately. In the newly created role, Damaschke will curate and oversee a team dedicated to creating animated and hybrid family programming, in conjunction with the company feature film and TV divisions. Damaschke will report to chief creative […]

Disney SVOD service launches in Ireland

The Walt Disney Company has launched its family-focused SVOD service DisneyLife in Ireland. A multi-account for families will cost €6.99 (US$8.25) per month, offer Disney, Pixar and blockbuster films and TV series. The DisneyLife app debuted in the UK in November 2015, before Disney announced it was launching a worldwide SVOD service in 2019. The […]

Report: Disney preps ‘digital locker’ service with studios

The Walt Disney Company has reportedly partnered with major Hollywood movie studios on a new ‘digital locker’ service that will let users watch purchased films across different devices. According to Bloomberg, the Movies Anywhere offering could be announced as early as this week and includes participation from 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures. […]