Spongebob Squarepants’ creator Steve Hillenburg

SpongeBob SquarePants launched on July 17, 1999 as a Saturday morning kids series on Nickeloedeon. Now heading into its eighth season, the show’s fun-loving and innocent central character is a pop icon the world over. The most widely distributed show in MTV Networks’ history, currently reaching 171 markets in 25 languages, SpongeBob has appeared in […]

HandMade launches kids division, looking for content

British film company HandMade Films has launched a joint venture with National Geographic Kids Entertainment and acquired US kids producer Animation Collective in a move that will see it launch into the kids TV business. Incoming COO Simon Flamank has told TBIvision that it will look to supplement the content it has at launch with […]

Canada’s Rogers buys into Eisner’s Vuguru

Canadian media company Rogersis buying into Michael Eisner’s digital production arm Vuguru. Last month Eisner told TBIvision about his ambition for Vuguru, producer of Prom Queen and Glenn martin DDS, to ramp up production and an injection of funds from Rogers will help it achieve this. “We’re currently doing six or seven different story-driven shows […]

Disney’s Baby Einstein refunds sparks war of words

Disney-owned Baby Einstein is offering refunds to parents who have bought its DVDs in the US amid a war of words over the claims made by the DVDs, which are aimed at babies and toddlers. It will refund the value of four DVDs, without proof of purchase, from now until March 2010. Parents can also […]

Crowe to exec produce series for Oz’s Seven

Network Seven is launching a medical sports docudrama series exec produced by Hollywood star Russell Crowe. The broadcaster is launching Damage Control, a series that follows medical teams as they fight to keep the country’s top sports stars fit. Gladiator-star Crowe will exec produce and present the series that will go behind the scenes of […]

BBC recommission Lion to make more Horrible Histories

All3Media-owned UK indie producer Lion TV has been recommissioned by British public broadcaster the BBC to make seasons two and three of comedy series Horrible Histories. This further cements the factual producer’s move into the comedy field. The company will make two further seasons of the comedy sketch show, which aired on BBC One and […]

Nickelodeon buys US$60m Turtles

4Kids Entertainment and The Mirage Group have sold the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Viacom-owned kids network Nickelodeon for US$60 million and Nick is developing a new Turtles series that will debut in 2012. The deal gives Nick global TV, film, merchandising and videogame rights to the property, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. All […]

Zinkia launch Pocoyo-branded virtual world

Spanish producer Zinkia has launched Pocoyo World, an online virtual world for kids based on the successful kids series. Zinkia has had a team developing Pocoyo World for almost two years, company CEO Jose Maria Castillejo told TBIvision. “Pocoyo is a positive and educational for kids and we were motivated to give them more content […]

NBC launches Biggest Loser spin off

US network NBC is set to launch a spin off of hit reality series The Biggest Loser and the show and format will be sold internationally by Shine International. The show – Losing It With Jillian Michaels – features health and wellness expert Michaels as she travels the country to work with unhealthy families to […]

Mark Burnett Asia boss leaves for MediaCorp

Man Shu Sum has left Mark Burnett Productions Asia (MBPA) to return to Singaporean media group MediaCorp. Man became CEO of Burnett’s Asia arm in May 2008, leaving his previous position as director of strategic relations at Singaporean media regulator and funding body the Media Development Authority He remained on the board of the Singaporean […]