Kids


Netflix buys Beatles-inspired kids series

Netflix has acquired Beat Bugs, a new animated series that will feature covers of some of the best-known Beatles songs. The show was created by US filmmaker Josh Wakely, and will be produced by his prodco Grace, alongside Thunderbird and Beyond Screen. It was originally ordered by Australian broadcaster Seven, and Netflix subs in Australia […]

Toonami makes mainland Europe debut

Turner Broadcasting System has launched its kids channel Toonami in France, marking the first time the network has been broadcasted in Europe in almost a decade. The network, which comprises entirely of superhero-themed programming, will also debut in all French-speaking territories, including in Belgium and Africa, Turner France, Portugal and Africa general manager Pierre Branco […]

Thunderbirds are Go on Amazon

The reboot of classic kids series Thunderbirds has been acquired by Amazon, which will run it as one of its Amazon Original-branded kids series on its streaming service in the US. The ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures-produced show plays on UK broadcaster ITV in the UK and its digital kids service CiTV. The CGI animated […]

Lagardere in ‘landmark’ DreamWorks deal

Lagardere Active TV has entered into a “landmark” agreement with US studio DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands the French broadcaster free-to-air and pay TV rights to series including Dragons: Race to the Edge, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and All Hail King Julien. The first show, Dinotrux, launches on kids free TV channel Gulli […]

Netflix getting back on The Magic School Bus

Netflix has ordered a reboot of classic animated kids series The Magic School Bus. The streaming service will launch the new version of the show in 2017, with Scholastic and 9 Story Media Group on production duty. The original show, based on the Scholastic book series of the same name, went out on US pubcaster […]

ABC loses drama, children’s bosses

Two senior programming executives are leaving Australia’s pubcaster, the ABC. Head of fiction Carole Sklan and head of children’s Deidre Brennan are both exiting the organisation. Sklan’s departure at the end of February comes after six years running ABC Fiction, while Brennan is leaving “to pursue new opportunities within the international market”. Deputy head of […]

Four launches for Nickelodeon interactive app

Viacom will roll out Nick Play in four more markets, with the iOS and Android kids app launching in Denmark, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The Nickelodeon app, formerly known as the Nick App and now branded Nick Play, has episodes of shows from the kids channel, original shortform content and games and behind the scenes […]

Turner, Canal Digital ink channels, on-demand deal

Nordic pay TV platform Canal Digital has agreed a new carriage deal for Turner’s channels. The deal gives Canal Digital continued carriage of the CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels. The new agreement also covers a swathe of archive and fresh content from the Turner channels that the pay TV platform can make available […]

Super RTL, Ten look to Lexi & Lottie

Germany’s Super RTL and Australia’s Network Ten are on-board a new 26x22mins detective-comedy toon for kids aged 6-9. Lexi & Lottie also brings together Irish producer Telegael, Australia’s SLR Productions and German distributor ZDF Enterprises. This marks the latest coproduction between the partners, following efforts such as The Skinner Boys (though this was for Network […]

Super RTL, Ten look to Lexi & Lottie

Germany’s Super RTL and Australia’s Network Ten are on-board a new 26x22mins detective-comedy toon for kids aged 6-9. Lexi & Lottie also brings together Irish producer Telegael, Australia’s SLR Productions and German distributor ZDF Enterprises. This marks the latest coproduction between the partners, following efforts such as The Skinner Boys (though this was for Network […]