Kids round-up: Saturday Animation preps ‘Aiko And The Masters Of Time’; ‘Theodosia’ travels to France & Lat Am; Nickelodeon UK dives into ‘Big Blue’

Saturday Animation preps ‘Aiko And The Masters Of Time’ Canada’s Saturday Animation Studio is in development on its second original children’s IP – Aiko And The Masters Of Time. The 10 x 22-minute series, from the Digital Dimension Entertainment Group (DDEG)-owned outfit behind Chase And Catch, is a serialised sci-fi action adventure for ages 7+ […]

Exclusive: WarnerMedia eyes major European markets as HBO Max expands

HBO Max could become available in major territories including France, the UK, Germany and Italy before existing output deals run out, TBI understands, as the US studio confirmed a further raft of European launches set for next year. WarnerMedia will roll out HBO Max into seven additional countries including the Netherlands, Greece and Turkey in […]

Hulu chief Kelly Campbell departs amid reports of move to NBCU

Hulu’s president Kelly Campbell has departed the Disney-Owned streamer after less than two years in the job, with US reports suggesting the exec is heading to NBCUniversal (NBCU). Campbell left the “company immediately” yesterday, according to Disney’s chairman of international operations & DTC, Rebecca Campbell. No reason was given for Kelly Campbell’s departure but in […]

Sales round-up: Discovery buys Quintus prison series; Disney snags ZAG’s ‘Ghostforce’

Discovery buys Quintus prison series Discovery in Latin America and Iberia has picked up rights to the third season of Behind Bars – The World’s Toughest Prisons from Quintus Media. The show, produced by German factual producer Maximus Film, features unprecedented access to some of the planet’s most notorious detention facilities including Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Prison, Jefferson […]

Canada’s 9 Story Media takes minority stake & first-look book rights to UK’s Knight Of catalogue

Canadian children’s entertainment company 9 Story Media Group has acquired a minority equity stake in UK publisher Knight Of. Under the terms of the deal, Toronto-based 9 Story has exclusive first-look rights to take audiovisual, theatrical, merchandising and ancillary rights to Knights Of’s book properties. The company is behind children’s series including Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, […]

SPT’s channel sell-off continues with Antenna deal in CEE

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has continued its withdrawal from the global channels business by selling its 22 pay-TV networks and two streaming services in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Antenna Group. The deal includes the CEE-focused AXN and Sony channels, as well as Sony-owned Viasat 3 and 6 networks, plus the media giant’s on-demand […]

TBI Weekly: Looking back at Cartoon Forum

Cartoon Forum brought its 32nd edition to a close yesterday, following a packed schedule that saw hundreds of buyers on-site in Toulouse, France. TBI’s Mark Layton rounds-up what was on offer at the French animation festival. After an online-only event in 2020, Cartoon Forum returned to its regular home in Toulouse, France, this week, with […]

Disney names Ayo Davis to lead branded TV, replacing veteran Gary Marsh

Disney has promoted its EVP of creative development & strategy to replace the long-serving Gary Marsh as head of its kids and family-focused branded TV division. Ayo Davis becomes president & chief creative officer at Disney’s branded television unit, with her promotion coming less than a year since she took up her most recent role. […]

Sales round-up: Discovery & Nine Network ink factual deals; Jetpack takes ‘Mechamato’ rights; Globoplay & Gulli Brazil take Pinguim shows

Discovery & Nine Network ink factual deals Broadcasters around the world have picked up a variety of factual programming, following deals struck with UK distributor DCD Rights. Outback Car Hunters, produced by CJZ for Discovery, has been picked up by Australia’s Nine Network, Viasat World for CEE, Scandinavia, Russia & CIS and RMC Decouverte for […]

Kids round-up: Ellipsanime & TimpelPictures partner for spooky adventure; ‘Presto!’ goes global  

Ellipsanime & TimpelPictures partner for spooky adventure French studios Ellipsanime Productions and TimpelPictures are in development on Under The School – the first original animated series from Little Spirou director Nicolas Bary. The 26 x 26-minute spooky adventure spooky series is in 2D-rendered 3D animation and aimed at 7- to 12-year-olds. It raises the curtain […]