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Viacom sells Nick shows to China’s iQiyi

Chinese online entertainment company iQiyi has signed a deal with Viacom International Media Network for the streaming rights of a number of Nickelodeon shows in China. Under the new expanded agreement, iQiyi gets exclusive streaming rights for Mandarin and English Nickelodeon programs in mainland China on iqiyi’s platforms for kids, which will the company says should […]

Nickelodeon develops TV, VR and AR series Meet the Voxels

Nickelodeon is working on an original TV, VR and AR series that will be the network’s first show made with virtual cinema technology – including real-time full body and facial performance capture. Meet the Voxels (working title) is an animated sitcom that will be created using a game engine and is being developed to air across […]

Disney orders live action series

Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, a live-action comedy based on the novel by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners, is set to debut on the Disney Channel in 2019 after a straight to series order was confirmed by Disney. Producer by Gabby Productions, a subsidiary of Omnifilm Entertainment, the show will be executive produced by co-writers Mike […]

Ofcom slams UK PSBs for ignoring older children

Older children are being let down by UK broadcasters, according to Ofcom research showing that major channels aren’t broadcasting programmes specifically made for 13-15 year-olds. In particular, Ofcom noted that ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 must “revitalise” their approach to children’s programming. The BBC was not included in the report because its responsibilities are […]

DHX closes $235m Peanuts sale with Sony

DHX Media has closed its sale of a minority stake in Peanuts to Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ). SMEJ has indirectly purchased 49% of DHX Media’s 80% interest in Peanuts for C$235.6 million in cash. This is subject to certain adjustments contemplated in the original agreement. DHX Media now owns 41% of Peanuts, SMEJ owns […]

Wildbrain grabs Gisby as new MD

Children’s digital network Wildbrain has appointed Jon Gisby as its new MD. The company said Gisby, who has held senior positions at a range of media companies for over twenty years, would ‘drive Wildbrain’s next phase of growth.’ Gisby will work at Wildbrain’s London offices, and focus on further strengthening its growing digital kids’ network […]

TBI Weekly: What Disney & Sony are looking for in kids programming

This week, execs from Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Disney EMEA described the projects they would like to see on their slate in the coming years, during a panel discussion at The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK. Since joining SPT as VP of kids and youth in January, Sarah Muller says Sony channels POP, […]

BBC Children’s to steer away from VR programming

The BBC’s head of children’s products, Lucie McLean, said she is hesitant to create VR products for young viewers until research proves it is safe to do so, during The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK. “My nervousness is putting a headset on a child,” she said. “I’m yet to see the research that says […]

ITV set to reintroduce pre-school block

ITV is set to introduce a pre-school block on ITVBe after abandoning the concept five years ago, it was explained at The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield today.   ITV’s Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions, said the move was a “soft launch” and will be placed on the channel on Mondays from […]

BBC Children’s in-house unveils slate of new and returning shows

BBC Children’s in-house productions has unveiled a range of kids commissions to coincide with this week’s Children’s Media Conference (CMC). New titles include; The School Bus, a sitcom that takes place on a school bus; Catie’s Amazing Machines (above) which sees rally driver Catie Munnings bringing machines and technology to a pre-school audience; and YolanDa’s […]

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