Kids round-up: Loomi Animation launches; Sinking Ship to distribute ‘Alma’s Way’; New local agents for ‘Kid-E-Cats’

Epic Storyworlds team launch Loomi Animation Steve Couture and Ken Faier, founders of recently launched kids’ content creation company Epic Storyworlds, have set up Loomi Animation. The Quebec-based studio will focus on animation series, both for Epic Storyworlds and Epic Story Media original content and third-party projects. Louis Leclerc, formerly executive director of Pixel Québec […]

Exclusive: WarnerMedia’s Cecilia Persson to depart amid EMEA kids rejig

WarnerMedia is rejigging its kids operations in EMEA ahead of the launch of streamer HBO Max, with Vanessa Brookman promoted and execs including Cecilia Persson among those leaving. Brookman takes up the newly created role of head of kids EMEA immediately and reports into Priya Dogra, president of WarnerMedia EMEA & Asia (excluding China) and Tom Ascheim, president of global kids, […]

Netflix reveals top global shows, as viewing of int’l series soars 50% in US

Netflix has unveiled the most popular shows featuring on its service, with Spanish drama Money Heist (aka La Casa De Papel) and German series Barbarians among the hits. The fourth season of Money Heist hit Netflix’s top 10 most-watched shows in 92 countries, while Barbarians featured in 91 countries. Korean series #Alive was in the top 10 most-watched shows in […]

Disney alum David Levine joins Moonbug as studio head

UK-based kids animation company Moonbug Entertainment has appointed former Walt Disney Company exec David Levine as its new head of studio. Levine, who most recently served as VP of kids programming for Disney Channels Europe & Africa, and UK & Ireland, has been tasked in his new role with driving the expansion of Moonbug’s IP […]

Universal Music launches Mercury Studios, led by BBC Children’s alum Alice Webb

Universal Music Group (UMG) has launched a “multi-faceted content studio” focused on music-based storytelling, which will be led by former BBC Children’s boss Alice Webb. Mercury Studios will develop, produce and invest in “innovative” music-skewing content, while also becoming home to film and TV producer, Eagle Rock Entertainment (ERE), which is to be moved into […]

Kids round-up: Crave acquires ‘Denis’ YouTube hit; Nat Geo Kids extends ‘Dino Dana’ in LatAm; Hopster launches on ComHem Play+

Canada’s Crave acquires ‘Denis’ YouTube sensation Bell Media-owned Canadian SVOD Crave has acquired the first season of animated series Denis And Me, featuring YouTube personality Denis Kopotun. Debuting next week as part of WOW Unlimited Media’s WOW! World Kids Collection on the streamer, the series originated on Kopotun’s YouTube channel, which currently has more than […]

Cinedigm adds music docs amongst 1,000-hour content boost

LA-based Cinedigm has added more than 1,000 hours of new TV and film programming to its catalogue. The recent content acquisitions amount to over 450 films and 70 new series, including documentaries featuring music stars such as David Bowie in Bowie: The Man Who Changed The World and Elvis Presley in Elvis – A Generous Heart, as well as […]

UK’s Wonderborn Studios acquires indie ‘Baby Club’ producer Three Arrows Media

Manchester-based UK indie Three Arrows Media has been acquired by Bristol media group Wonderborn Studios. The deal will see Three Arrows Media become a subsidiary brand in the wider Wonderborn group while continuing to trade under its existing name. David Hallam and Jon Hancock, who founded the indie in 2015, will remain with the company. […]