TBI Kids

Kids round-up: eOne preps Peppa Pig specials; 9 Story launches live-action division

Entertainment One is launching Chinese new year ‘Year of the Pig’ celebrations with all new episodes of Peppa Pig, set to be broadcast to viewers across markets. The specials centre on Peppa and her friends and family celebrating Chinese New Year and will begin airing on Tuesday 5th February 2019 in the UK, in honour of […]

Kids round-up: Lighthouse Studios names new MD; Guru Studio signs Chinese partner

Lighthouse Studios, the joint venture formed in February 2017 by Canada’s Mercury Filmworks and Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, has appointed Claire Finn as its new managing director. As MD Finn, who most recently served as head of content/executive producer for London-based Firecracker Films, will be responsible for growing the studio’s development commitments and expanding production projects, […]

Kids round-up: Nick taps Disney for strategy exec; Serious Lunch hires ex-CAKE exec for global sales

Nickelodeon has hired Disney Channels Worldwide exec Paul DeBenedittis as executive VP of programming and content strategy. At Disney DeBenedittis was senior VP of programming strategy across worldwide channels, including Disney Junior and Disney XD. Now at Nick, the exec will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for the flagship network, […]

Kids round-up: UK’s Animation Skills Council to relaunch, Hopster lands at DISH

The UK’s ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council, formerly known as Creative Skillset, is set to relaunch in the new year under new leadership. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries – animation, film, games, television including children’s TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology. Tom Box, co-founder and MD of Blue […]

Kids round-up: Netflix signs Doc McStuffins creator, Jetpack reveals raft of Asian deals

Netflix has signed a multi-year overall deal with Chris Nee, the Peabody, Emmy-winning children’s screenwriter, producer and creator of Doc McStuffins. Doc McStuffins was the first preschool show to feature an animated African American female as a lead character as well as a family led by LGBTQ parents. The title has received numerous awards including a […]

Spongebob: The most enduring kids title in TV

This article originally ran in TBI’s MIPCOM issue. We’re republishing it today in honor and memory of Spongebob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died Monday. Spongebob Squarepants is by far the most ‘demanded’ title among children worldwide, according to new data by Parrot Analytics. Data from May to July 2018, highlights that the chirpy yellow sponge […]

Netflix strikes major deal with Roald Dahl estate

Netflix has struck a major deal with the estate of well-loved British children’s author Roald Dahl. The tech giant has struck an agreement with The Roald Dahl Story Company, which manages the copyright and trademarks of iconic children’s titles such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Twits. The list of titles in the […]