TBI Kids


UKTV Ventures strikes first investment deal with Hopster

UKTV has struck its first deal through its innovation fund, UKTV Ventures, with an airtime-for-equity investment in kids TV app Hopster. UKTV launched The Innovation Fund in April 2017 in partnership with Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund to invest and take equity stakes in businesses in return for advertising airtime on UKTV channels. Hopster will […]

UK government unveils details of £60m kids TV fund

The UK government has announced the final details of a £60m (US$78m) fund that aims to halt the decline of UK-produced children’s TV content. First announced in December 2017, the scope of the Contestable Fund has now been confirmed, with up to £57m of the money to be assigned to the Young Audiences Content Fund, […]

MIPJunior round-up: TeamTO strikes copro deal with China’s Uyoung, Taffy

TeamTO has struck a five-series output deal, which will span across a decade, with Chinese kidsco Uyoung. The partnership, which follows Uyoung’s recent acquisitions of TeamTO animated comedies Mighty Mike and My Knight & Me, will kick off with the coproduction of action show Jade Armor. Negotiated through its Beijing office, TeamTO has been rapidly […]

MIPCOM: 9 Story rejigs int’l and creative affairs teams

9 Story Media Group has reshuffled its creative affairs and international distribution teams under the new leadership of chief creative officer Angela C. Santomero. On 9 Story’s creative team, Blue’s Clues exec producer Wendy Harris is promoted to the newly created role of senior VP of content and creative affairs. She will report to Santomero […]

Epic Story Media secures funds from Bron

Epic Story Media, recently formed by kids TV veteran Ken Faier (pictured), has secured investment from Bron Ventures which has taken a minority stake in the company. The backing from Bron, a subsidiary of Bron Media Corp, will allow Epic Story to further invest in high-end children’s IP for the international market. Bron will take […]

Cake sends Mush-Mush to Boomerang

Children’s entertainment distributor Cake has sold Mush-Mush and the Mushables into Turner-owned Boomerang. Produced by France’s La Cabane Productions and Belgium’s Thuristar in coproduction with Cake, the 52 x 11-minute CGI adventure comedy series will air internationally on pay-TV channel Boomerang, in addition to Turner Kids channels Cartoon Network, Boing and POGO in select markets, […]

Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed sells worldwide

Beano Studios’ Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed has sold to nine territories, including Rai in Italy, France Televisions and RTE in Ireland. Joining the European broadcast trio and via deals made with distributor Jetpack Distribution, Dennis & Gnasher will now also air on Emirates Cable in the UAE, VTMKids in Belgium, TV Derana in Sri Lanka, […]

Foz Allan’s Bryncoed hires first YA development head

Bryncoed Productions has hired its first development head for young adult titles, Jonathan Wolfman. Wolfman is well-known for his development, production and script-editing credits across CBBC titles Worst Witch, Hetty Feather, Pet Squad, Scoop, The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns and Katy– a new drama based on Dame Jaqueline Wilson’s best-selling children’s novel. He will oversee […]

Gulli greenlights Gaumont’s Bionic Max

French children’s network Gulli has greenlit Gaumont’s animated comedy Bionic Max (pictured). The 52 x 11-minute 2D animated series is targeted at kids aged 6-11 and follows two friends – a bionic guinea pig and a goldfish – and their adventures as express delivery boys in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Bionic Max […]

Exclusive: Netflix, Apple circle tech-led kids programming

Netflix and Apple are circling tech-led children’s programming, and are believed to be eyeing a hybrid live-action animation show that personalises cartoons for children. TBI understands that the SVOD giants have been eyeing a Belgian producer Contentinuum’s PaperMan and Machegirl Smash The Holograms – a project that was recently pitched at last week’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, […]

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