TBI in Conversation: Taking Grandpa’s wisdom to the world

UK producer Caroline Roberts-Cherry, MD of Saffron Cherry Productions, tells Mark Layton how her new BFI-funded children’s series ‘The World According To Grandpa’ is readymade for international adaptation. The World According To Grandpa, a new children’s series from Manchester-based Saffron Cherry Productions, debuts in the UK tomorrow on Channel 5’s kids programming block Milkshake! Based on […]

Warner Bros. names Amy Friedman as new kids & family boss

US studio Warner Bros. has appointed Amy Friedman to the newly created role of head of kids & family programming. Sundance Feniger has also been upped to head of digital enterprises for Warner Bros. global kids, young adults and classics, in the latest management restructure announced by parent group WarnerMedia. Both will report to Tom […]

Kids round-up: Serious Lunch says ‘Welcome To Earth’; ‘Chuggington’ steams into Europe; ZDF boards ‘Grisú’

Serious Lunch says ‘Welcome To Earth’ UK distributor Serious Lunch has acquired global distribution rights to Luxembourg-based Zeilt Productions’ new animated series Welcome To Earth. The 26 x 5-minute comedy series is created by Laurent Witz and aimed at 6-9-year-olds follows two aliens sent to Earth ahead of a planned invasion, but soon discover our […]

NBCU unveils TV & streaming team, Peacock originals chief McGoldrick to exit

NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner has appointed a raft of execs to oversee content for its newly restructured entertainment operation, with Peacock’s head of originals Bill McGoldrick set to leave the company as a result. Rovner, who left Warner Bros. earlier this year to become chairman of entertainment at NBCU’s new-look TV and streaming division, has named […]

Disney+ hits 73 million subs, CEO talks restructure & streamer’s ‘key’ role

Disney has revealed that its direct-to-consumer and international revenues grew by more than 40% over the past quarter, with recently launched streamer Disney+ adding more than 13 million new subscribers. The Mouse House’s DTC and international segment brought in $4.9bn during the three months to the start of October – its fourth quarter – with […]

Kids round-up: Momulu expands in Canada and Nordic co-pro; Guru Studio hires Lauren Leinburd as SVP business affairs

Momulu expands in Canada and Nordic co-pro TVOKids, Knowledge and SRC in Canada, along with YLE in Finland, have commissioned Finnish animation studio Ferly, Canada-based Yellow Animation and Belgium’s Digital Graphics to co-produce a new preschool series, Momulu And Friends. The new 78 x 7-minute series is being distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by […]

ITV Studios revenues down 19% as pandemic buffets UK broadcaster

ITV Studios (ITVS) revenues were down almost 20% for the first nine months of 2020, as the ongoing challenges of producing during the pandemic continue to be felt. The sales and production division of the UK commercial broadcaster said revenues had fallen to £902m ($1.18bn) for the nine months to September, 19% down on the […]

ViacomCBS to close legacy streamers as focus shifts to Paramount+

ViacomCBS is to shut down its smaller legacy streamers, such as MTV Hits, whose content will be added to its upcoming premium service Paramount+, amid a surge in subscribers for its existing SVOD and AVOD platforms. The decision was revealed in the company’s Q3 earnings report and comes as the US media giant prepares to […]

Kids round-up: Nick LatAm teams with Bala and Nature Conservancy; Baratunde Thurston to deliver Kidscreen keynote; WHO launches Covid shorts on Spacetoon

Nick LatAm teams with Bala and Nature Conservancy on digital series Nickelodeon Latin America has launched Planeta Bala, a new environmentally focused original digital format show, made in partnership with global conservation group The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The 20-episode series, which is hosted by singer/songwriter and social media star, Bala, has been created and produced […]