TBI Weekly: Brand power could hold key for the future of TV

This week, it’s become clear that simply having quality content is no longer enough to drive viewers to networks. A core set of networks and providers dominate viewer time and those providing easy access to them fair the best, new stats show. So much for the brave new world in which anyone can compete with […]

NBCU, BBC execs in as Cake expands sales team

UK-based kids TV distributor has a new head of sales, and has hired former NBCUniversal (NBCU) and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) executives to expand the team. Bianca Rodriguez (pictured) has been upped to sales chief, having joined the company in 2011. Working under her will be Julien Farçat, a former sales manager at NBCU, and Franscesca […]

Disney heads to 101 Dalmatian Street

Disney Channels EMEA has commissioned an animated series adaptation of classic movie One Hundred and One Dalmations. The news of 101 Dalmation Street came as Disney’s EMEA arm showcased its latest wares at the Annecy Animation Festival in France this week. Both One Hundred and One Dalmations and Dodie Smith’s original 1956 novel were cited […]

Cake cooks up Gingerbread toon house

UK-based kids company Cake and Australia’s Studio Moshi have joined forces to create an animation firm in Dublin, Ireland. Gingerbread Animation will operate as an “independent and creator-driven animation house” focused on high-quality kids toon content and original projects. It will also offer third-part production services and other solutions. Cake is best known as coproducer […]

Cake has Angry Bird Blues at MIPTV

Cake will launch new Angry Birds series Angry Birds Blues at MIPTV. The new animated series, which targets 8-to-12s, follows three bluebird triplets and their adventures on Bird Island. The series was teased at the end of The Angry Birds Movie and as a 30×2’30mins dialogue-free series is well suited to the international market. Angry […]

TBI Kids: Year in Review

Undeniably, 2016 was the year digital platforms established themselves as key kids entertainment market gamechangers. “Netflix, without a doubt” was the network that made the biggest impression across the year, says Halle Stanford, executive VP of children’s entertainment at The Jim Henson Company. Many others agree with her – Andrew Cole-Bulgin of Komixx Media Group […]

Cake designs digital content JV with Diagonal View

UK-based Cake has partnered with digital studio Diagonal View to create content that will begin life on platforms such as YouTube before going to linear channels. The JV will be known as Popcorn Digital, and will create kids programming for global online platforms, “with the intention that certain IP’s created for digital AVOD platforms internationally, […]

Cake takes PBS Kids series

UK kids TV distributor Cake has taken rights to new PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go!. The deal with producer Wind Dancer Films hands Cake international distribution rights to the show, which debuts on PBSon February 15, 2016. Ready Jet Go! follows a pair of neighbourhood kids, one who has an insatiable appetite for science […]

Cake to help Angry Birds migrate

UK-based distributor Cake has acquired distribution rights to Rovio Entertainment’s animated series of the Angry Birds mobile app. Under terms of the agreement, Cake gets to represent the entire catalogue of Angry Birds Toons shorts, and spin-offs Angry Birds Stella and Piggy Tales. Angry Birds Toons launched digitally in 2013 via video channel ToonsTV, through […]

Three Stooges animated series launching

A new animated series based on the classic Three Stooges comedy act is being put together by kids distributor Cake, Turbo Fast producer Titmouse and Stooges brand owner C3. The three will be pitching the animated version of the Larry, Moe and Curly Stooges act to potential copro and broadcast partners at the Annecy festival. […]