Providence buys into Hulu

Private equity investor Providence Equity Partners has acquired a stake in News Corp and NBC Universal’s video site, Hulu. The deal gives Providence a 10% stake for $100 million. Details of the online video site have not been revealed, but News Corp and NBC Universal hope that it will allow them to compete against the […]

Sony takes SET and Animax to Africa

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), the international TV arm of the Hollywood studio, is set to launch two channels via African pay TV operator Multichoice. It will introduce general entertainment channel Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and anime channel Animax later this year after inking a deal with the Naspers-owned operator. Ross Hair, senior VP, international […]

Trading card deal for The Likeables

Animated soccer series The Likeables, the official cartoon of the FA Premier League, is set to be turned into videogame and trading cards after producer Animated Adventures and Pictures inked a deal with licensing agent LMI. LMI CEO Andrew Maconie said: "For certain categories such as trading cards and stickers we can’t use the Premier […]

DeAgostini readies deals

Following its unsuccessful bid to acquire Endemol in May, Italian media group De Agostini is closing in on several independent producers as it attempts to create a major new pan-European production player. Paolo Ceretti, De Agostini general manager, says: "Our growth strategy aims at aggregating other independent producers in both Europe and other strategic countries […]

BBC catches Underground Ernie

UK independent producer Joella Productions has appointed BBC Worldwide as the international programme sales and merchandising agent for its preschool 26x12mins CGI series Underground Ernie. The series, which is voiced by TV presenter and former England footballer Gary Lineker, airs on the BBC’s digital kids channel CBeebies. In this year’s TBI Kids Programming Survey the […]

H20 swims towards third series

Live-action kids show H20: Just Add Water is likely to be commissioned for a third season. The series, which is produced by Australian indie Jonathan M Shiff Productions, airs on Network Ten and is distributed by Germany’s ZDF Enterprises. It follows three teenage mermaids as they face everyday challenges. Jonathan M Shiff says: "There’s some […]

Mattel recalls Cars toys

Toy giant Mattel has recalled 436,000 Cars toys worldwide after finding "impermissable levels of lead". Some 253,000 toys, made from the Pixar movie, have been recalled from the US and 183,000 internationally.

Skatoony heads to India

Cartoon Network has commissioned a Hindi version of gameshow Skatoony. The show has also been commissioned for a third series in the UK.

Comment: Tony Brown, editor, ASIAcom on James Packer and PBL Media

Researching this piece brought one of those "has it really been that long?" moments that leave you scratching your head in wonder at how fast the years go by. The current turmoil at the Nine Network set me off trying to remember how long ago it was that Publishing and Broadcasting (PBL) had bought the […]

MDA grants funds for animation

Singapore’s Media Development Authority has launched a scheme to boost production of short animated films in the country. The MDA is providing grants for locally produced projects running between 3-and-15mins.