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Blue Ant takes kids & global nets unit to EMEA with McKee

Blue Ant Media is launching its kids and global networks division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) via new carriage deals for Love Nature and ZooMoo, with Chiara McKee (pictured) leading it as regional VP. As part of its EMEA launch, Love Nature’s 4K channel has landed on Ooredoo TV’s UHD linear service […]

Netflix gives Rainbow’s Winx Club the live-action treatment

Netflix is bringing Rainbow Group’s popular Italian animated franchise Winx Club to its members yet again, this time in a new live action young adult series. For the first time the popular fairies will turn into real teenagers learning to hone their powers while living together in a magic boarding school. Winx Club was created […]

Nickelodeon pledges 20% increase in new programming

Nickelodeon is amping up its content pipeline by 20% as it heads into the 2018-2019 season. The network is set to bring in more than 800 new episodes of new and returning series, including a reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a remake of the preschool entertainment landmark, Blue’s Clues. Nick is also looking […]

ABC to air primetime special as Mickey Mouse turns 90

Disney is launching worldwide celebrations honouring 90 years of its ambassador, Mickey Mouse, including a primetime special hosted by US broadcaster ABC. The cross-company festivities will continue through 2018 via a range of initiatives from a fashion show, celebrations at Disney parks and resorts and the ABC special, which will air this autumn. As part […]

CEO Landry out as DHX shakes up management

DHX Media CEO Dana Landry is leaving the Canadian media giant, with Michael Donovan taking over as part of wider management changes. The long-serving Landry is leaving to “pursue other projects”, according to DHX, and his departure comes as a strategic review continues. Also leaving is CFO Keith Abriel, who is being replaced by former […]

Viacom streaming app Nick Jr. Play goes int’l

Nickelodeon has launched its preschool streaming app, Nick Jr. Play, on the international market. As of today, the app is available in the UK and Denmark on iOS- and Android-enabled devices, with multi-language support. In Denmark, it’ll be offered through pay TV and telco operator YouSee, and will also offer Nickelodeon Play. Other international territory […]

Alibaba bolsters VOD services with Disney toons deal

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company that will bolster video streaming service Youku with more than 1,000 episodes of programming. Disney and Alibaba had previously launched an SVOD service, DisneyLife, together in China, but this was closed in April under the weight of the country’s strict rules on foreign […]

Mattel names ex-Endemol & Maker Studios boss chair

Former Endemol, Maker Studios and Fox Kids Europe boss Ynon Kreiz has been named non-executive chairman of kids TV and entertainment company Mattel. Kreiz (pictured) has been a director at the Califonia-based toy giant since June last year, and will now succeed executive chairman Christopher Sinclair, who is retiring. “Over the past several months, the […]

Sixteen South bolsters management with Brown Bag, ex-Planet 24 execs

Kids outfit Sixteen South has appointed three members to its senior management team including Emma Fernando as head of production. Fernando joins from Brown Bag Films and has overseen several high-profile shows across Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and CBeebies. Joining Fernando will be Andrew Rajan, a former executive at The Word and Big Breakfast producer Planet 24, as commercial […]

Superprod opens LA office & hires CFO

French animation studio and distributor Superprod has hired a new CFO after current incumbent Louise de Staël became chief of a newly opened LA office. Sophie Spilliaert (pictured) joined the Paris-based prodco in December 2017 after working in the TV and film unit on BESV Bank, and will now lead the prodco’s financial operations. De […]