Xilam appoints Amuse exec for digital

Xilam Animation in France has appointed an executive from Millimages subsidiary Amuse as its head of digital production. Charles Courcier is responsible for sourcing, developing, financing and producing original web series to expand Xilam’s presence on YouTube, and will also expand the studio’s presence across AVoD platforms. He will also develop animated web series targeted […]

Disney+ lifts lid on animated offerings

Disney has lifted the lid on kids programming heading to its forthcoming streaming platform, including a reboot of classic series Chip ‘n’ Dale.  A 39 x 7-minute series of Chip ‘n’ Dale – whose original IP dates back to the 1940s – is currently in production and set for global release as a Disney+ original. It is […]

Nickelodeon launches animated shorts programme

Viacom-owned Nickelodeon has launched an animated short programme.  The ‘Intergalactic Shorts’ programme is led by Nick Animation, and will identify original, comedy-driven content via a newly installed team led by Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon’s EVP of animation production and development. Newly hired Conrad Vernon has joined Nickelodeon as the program’s executive producer, alongside Derek Evanick and Diana […]

Puech leaves Planet Nemo for Something Big

The president of Planet Nemo Animation Frédéric Puech is stepping down from the company he founded 15 years ago to launch Play Big, the new distribution arm of French kids indie, Something Big. While Play Big will focus on distribution across linear and non-linear platforms, the company also plans to develop its own original projects. […]

Kids bulletin: Gaumont appoints UK-based VP; Discovery buys ‘Pirata’

Gaumont appoints Arumugam as Kids UK-based VP Gaumont has appointed Courtney Arumugam to the position of VP of creative development for animation and family. Arumugam will be based in London and will report into Terry Kalagian, the French company’s SVP of creative development for the division. According to Gaumont, her appointment signifies the company’s continuing […]

Kids bulletin: APC Kids goes ‘Galactic’; Rainbow’s ’44 Cats’ readies US debut

APC Kids picks up Gulli’s ‘Galactic Agency’ APC Kids – the children’s entertainment arm of producer-distributor APC Studios – has picked up French broadcaster Gulli’s animated series Galactic Agency (52 x 13 minutes) for global distribution outside France, Belgium, Luxembourg and India. APC Kids will launch the series for pre-sales at the Annecy International Animated […]

Animated series ‘Flying Animals’ sold to Janson Media

Animation and family entertainment distributor Media I.M. has licensed its social-purpose animated Flying Animals franchise to New York-based digital aggregator Janson Media. Janson Media has acquired the exclusive AVOD, SVOD and TVOD/EST rights to Flying Animals (44 x 6.30 minutes) and spin-off series Kids and Flying Animals (56 x 1.45 minutes) for the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, India, Australia […]

Kids bulletin: WildBrain hires Disney exec; France Télévisions buys ‘Claude’

WildBrain appoints former Disney exec as strategy and innovation director Digital kids’ network and studio WildBrain has appointed Elia Bouthors as strategy and innovation director, effective immediately. In the newly created role, he will lead a team tasked with identifying and piloting new ways to engage WildBrain’s 300m quarterly users and build and monetise brands […]

Ameba TV scores 59-title package from Nelvana

Streaming service Ameba TV has struck a deal with Corus Entertainment’s children’s producer-distributor Nelvana for a raft of titles.  The platform has secured 59 titles from Nelvana’s kids catalogue, including such programmes as 6Teen, Anatole, Babar, Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Being Ian, Blazing Dragons, Birdz, Braceface, Class of Titans, Di-Gata Defenders and Redwall. New […]

Guru Studios hires Gusto’s Caplan as director of int’l sales

Paw Patrol animation firm Guru Studios has hired Gusto Worldwide Media exec Corey Caplan (pictured, right) as director of international sales. Caplan, who was previously senior director of international sales at Gusto Worldwide Media, will be responsible for Guru’s international content sales as the business looks to launch a new slate over the next year. He will […]