Kids


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 […]

Virgin TV signs ‘biggest kids deal to date’ with DHX

DHX Media has acquired a distribution deal with Virgin TV UK for SVOD rights in the UK and Ireland for a total of 615 hours of content. A total of 30 titles from DHX Media’s library have been licensed on a non-exclusive basis. The deal includes seasons 15 to 19 of Bob the Builder, as […]

Starz plans to grow content by 40% this year

Starz has committed to plans to grow its on-demand content offering by 40% to hit nearly 7,700 titles by the end of 2017. The Lionsgate-owned US cable company has significantly invested in its app and OTT programming over the past 14 months, growing its content offering by more than 125% to 5,500 titles, it claimed. […]

Chinese giant buys Stan Lee’s POW!

A Chinese media, brands and merchandising giant has bought legendary comic book writer Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Camsing International Holding has paid an undisclosed amount for the production entity, which works in superhero-focused animation and drama programming. The deal is for POW!’s library of film, TV, games, virtual reality, animation, live events, tours, comics and […]

Disney Junior exhibits Gigantosaurus, Simon

Disney Junior Worldwide has pre-bought new Cyber Group Studios preschool toon Gigantosaurus, and acquired another French preschool series, Simon. The deal covers all territories, excluding India and Taiwan. France Télévisions and Super RTL in Germany already have local rights in their respective territories. CGI series Gigantosaurus is based on books from author Jonny Duddle, with […]

Emerging kids studios

In spite of the challenges, some studios that had been offering services on a work-for-hire basis are starting to build content creation into their business models, reports Jane Marlow. The fact that a company with the global reputation of Framestore started to “covertly” road test the idea of content creation two years ago gives an […]

British preschool toon Boj heads to iQiyi

Chinese on-demand platform iQiyi has bought another British preschool toon. The SVOD service has bought the English- and Mandarin-language streaming rights to Cbeebies’ Boj, which UK indie Pesky Productions produces and sells internationally. Baidu-owned iQiyi has been hovering up CBeebies toons, recently scoring a deal to run a branded-block comprising more than 300 hours of […]

Turner sends Boomerang over-the-top

Turner has launched a subscription streaming service for its all-animation Boomerang channel. The platform will comprise of more than 5,000 Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM library titles, offering new and older episodes of franchises such as Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons and The Flintstones. It will also house new original series […]

Nick preparing for junior Lip Sync Battle

Nickelodeon is taking the kids to the Lip Sync Battle arena with a spin-off of the popular Spike format. Lip Sync Battle Shorties is a half-hour, ten-part series, and will go into production later this, the Viacom network revealed at its latest upfront presentation in New York City. This comes after an hour-long special of […]