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Shillinglaw exits in BBC channels rejig

BBC Two and Four controller Kim Shillinglaw (pictured) is to leave the UK pubcaster, as part of a wider restructure that sees Charlotte Moore take over all channels and the iPlayer. Moore (below, right) has been named controller, TV channels and iPlayer for the BBC following an internal recruitment process, which was designed to create […]

EU’s copyright changes can be cause for cheer

Compact Media’s CEO, David Johnson, argues last month’s communication from the European Commission on new copyright laws should offer “cautious optimism” to the international television industry. It would be an understatement to say that 2015 was a busy year for the creative industry. Not only did the pace of change from new business and technology […]

Global Netflix impact ‘felt for a generation’

The impact of Netflix’s unprecedented global launch will be “felt for a generation”, but will not kill off traditional TV distribution “overnight”, according to a leading analyst. Last week US-based Netflix revealed it was launching in 130 new territories, making it instantaneously available in around 190 markets in total, a move that Tony Gunnarsson of […]

Celestial launches Miao Mi kids channel

Celestial Tiger Entertainment has rolled out its preschool channel Miao Mi, securing carriage for the new service on the PT MNC Sky Vision platform in Indonesia. Celestial, which is backed by Saban and Lionsgate, created Mandarin-language Miao Mi specifically to reach out to Asian viewers and to provide an alternative to the big international nets […]

US anime OTT service set for UK

A new US anime-focused subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, is launching next month the UK. Redesigned mobile, tablet, Apple TV, Windows 10 Universal and Amazon Fire TV apps will allow users to stream anime content subtitled and dubbed in English ad free. FunimationNow’s US-based parent, Funimation Entertainment, is currently offering 30-day free trials, though the service […]

Netflix, DreamWorks extend programming deal

Netflix and DreamWorks have extended a programming agreement in a deal that will give the streaming service several new originals from the animation studio, as well as a raft of library titles. New shows coming out of DreamWorks exclusively for Netflix include a reboot of space exploration series Voltron, and Trollhunters, an original series from […]

Nick UK orders digital comedy series

As Nickelodeon UK prepares for new management, the pay TV channel has commissioned a 5x5mins comedy for its digital platforms. Tinkershrimp & Dutch comes from London-based creative agency Ralph. It will debut on nick.co.uk, nicktoons.co.uk and the Nick Play app on January 15. A behind-the-scenes video debuted yesterday. The news comes as Nick UK prepares […]

Canal+, Watch Next on board Elvis toon

France’s Canal+ has joined development of Spanish toon I, Elvis Riboldi. Canal+ and Philippe Alessandri’s Watch Next Media will co-develop the  52x11mins series with newly-established Barcelona prodco Peekaboo Animation and Catalan studios Insomne Estudi and Wuji House. The Spanish firms were already involved. I, Elvis Riboldi follows the adventures of an energetic and impulsive boy, […]

UK kids industry calls for extra BBC funding

A group of kids producers has written to the government, urging it to up its spend on UK-originated kids programming as the debate around funding kids TV continues. In their letter, sent last week to UK culture secretary John Whittingdale, minister for the digital economy, BBC director general Tony Hall and the BBC Trust, the […]

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