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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 […]

Analysis: the Mouse catches the Fox – how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in twelve to 18 months, knocks off […]

Netflix fires exec over controversial Masterson claims

Netflix has fired its global kids chief, Andy Yeatmen, after the exec made inappropriate comments to those who have accused The Ranch actor, Danny Masterson (pictured), of rape and sexual assault. Yeatman is said to have told an alleged rape victim, prior to Masterson’s dismissal, that Netflix would take no action in the situation, as the […]

Netflix & DreamWorks team for new slate of originals

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television are set to release six new original series for 2018, continuing a long-term production relationship between them. DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! will be the first released in the line-up and premier on January 19 exclusively on Netflix. The series is executive produced by Matthew Beans (Robot Chicken) and […]

Hello Halo hires kids head as first CBeebies series lands

UK indie Hello Halo has appointed development exec Terri Langan (pictured) as its first head of children’s, as the prodco lands its first commission from preschool net CBeebies. Langan takes on the post more than three years after Wendy Rattray founded Hello Halo, initially as a factual company. Langan, who has developed kids series for […]