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Gulli greenlights Gaumont’s Bionic Max

French children’s network Gulli has greenlit Gaumont’s animated comedy Bionic Max (pictured). The 52 x 11-minute 2D animated series is targeted at kids aged 6-11 and follows two friends – a bionic guinea pig and a goldfish – and their adventures as express delivery boys in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Bionic Max […]

Exclusive: Netflix, Apple circle tech-led kids programming

Netflix and Apple are circling tech-led children’s programming, and are believed to be eyeing a hybrid live-action animation show that personalises cartoons for children. TBI understands that the SVOD giants have been eyeing a Belgian producer Contentinuum’s PaperMan and Machegirl Smash The Holograms – a project that was recently pitched at last week’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, […]

Sony launches POP kids app on PlayStation 4

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has launched an PlayStation on-demand app for children in the UK that features some of the best-known shows from its free-to-air kids channel POP. SPT partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment UK (SIE UK) for the launch of the POP App, which is aimed at seven to 11 year-olds and is available […]

Treehouse greenlights trio of Nelvana kids titles

Canadian kids channel Treehouse has greenlit a trio of live-action and animated pre-school series from Corus Entertainment-owned producer-distributor Nelvana. The channel has picked up digital-first live-action programme Miss Persona (52 x 3 minutes), which will launch on its YouTube channel before joining its linear line-up in January. The programme centres on Kimberly Person who solves […]

Cartoon Forum: YLE, 9 Story, Folimage win Tributes

Cartoon Tributes for 2018 have been awarded to Finland’s YLE, French prodco Folimage and Ireland’s 9 Story Distribution International, during the Cartoon Forum event in Toulouse, France. The Cartoon Tributes recognise the work of companies and people that have contributed to the development of the European animation industry over the past year. Near 1,000 participants, […]

Cartoon Forum: Netflix up for Cartoon Tribute for the first time

Netflix is up for its inaugural Cartoon Tribute award at Cartoon Forum, the annual animation pitching event in Toulouse, France. Netflix is one of five broadcasters and streaming services up for a Broadcaster of the Year award. Italian channel Deakids, Finnish broadcasting company YLE, the UK’s kids app Hopster and French channel TF1 are also […]

Total Drama prequel to launch at MIPCOM

Children’s distribution company CAKE is set to launch the prequel to kids’ hit Total Drama at MIPCOM. Aimed at 6-11 year olds, Total Dramarama will re-introduce favourite cast members and revert them from teenagers to toddlers. Produced by Fresh TV, in association with Teletoon and Cartoon Network US, Total Drama’s original iteration aired in every […]

Disney set for father/daughter series by Frasier producer

Disney will premiere father/daughter comedy series Sydney to the Max, by Frasier executive producer Mark Reisman, in early 2019. The series follows middle schooler named Sydney Reynolds and her single dad Max as they navigate the challenges of growing up. Ruth Righi (School of Rock) leads the cast as title character Sydney. Adult Max is played […]

TeamTo adds Guru’s Mary Bredin to creative team

European kids studio TeamTO has hired Mary Bredin, former EVP of content and strategy at Guru Studio, to its senior creative team. In the newly created position of creative development producer, Bredin will focus on finding up-and-coming talent for TeamTO’s development slate, with an emphasis on telling original stories from unconventional points of view. Bredin […]

ITVBe debuts new pre-school block with Pip Ahoy!

Pip Ahoy!, produced by CHF Entertainment, has premiered its third series exclusively on ITVBe’s preschool block littleBe, as the channel makes its debut this month. ITVBe has acquired all three seasons of Pip Ahoy! and will broadcast twice daily, Monday to Friday during key broadcast hours, 9am-12pm. Produced by CHF Entertainment and featuring the voice of […]