BBC appoints Disney alum Anna Taganov to head children’s content & strategy

Former Disney exec Anna Taganov has been appointed as head of children’s content and programming strategy for UK pubcaster the BBC. Taganov, who is currently a children’s media consultant, will be responsible for managing content and programming strategies for BBC Children’s video output across CBeebies, CBBC and BBC iPlayer. She will report to Patricia Hidalgo, […]

Kids round-up: Tencent orders ‘Rainbow Bubblegem’; Toonz taps Zee’s Mukund Cairae for new SBU; Sky Kids orders ‘Paw Patrol’ shorts

Tencent orders ‘Rainbow Bubblegem’ Chinese streamer Tencent Video has ordered Rainbow Bubblegem, a new original children’s animation from Korea’s Campfire Aniworks. The 52 x 11-minute series is due to launch in early 2022 and is being produced for the streamer along with its partner Live Fun, while the show has also been pre-bought by EBS […]

Mattel hires NBC alum Phil Breman to lead live action TV

US toy manufacturer Mattel has appointed former NBC exec Phil Breman as VP of live action development for its TV division. LA-based Breman, who has already taken up the role, will oversee development across all scripted and unscripted series for Mattel Television and report to Fred Soulie, SVP and general manager of the division. Mattel […]

Jetpack Distribution takes global rights to ‘Critters TV’

UK-based kids and family content distributor Jetpack Distribution has acquired worldwide rights to spoof animal documentary Critters TV. Produced by Dublin-based Turnip & Duck, the 26 x 11-minute series is a mix of 2D flash animation and live action and is aimed at 4-8-year-olds and their families. It was funded by Screen Ireland, RTÉjr, and the […]

News round-up: ‘Grandpa’ travels to Australia; Fauna brings ‘True’ to Turkey; Eccho shops K-drama duo

‘Grandpa’ travels to Australia National Indigenous Television (NITV), a division of SBS Australia, has acquired UK children’s series The World According To Grandpa for its new kids AVOD platform NITV Jarjums, following a deal with distributor Beyond Rights. Produced by Saffron Cherry Productions for the UK comcaster Channel 5’s Milkshake!, the series was created and […]

‘Oddbods’ creator One Animation hires eOne & Amazon execs

Oddbods creator One Animation is expanding its digital team by appointing execs from Hasbro’s Entertainment One and Amazon to newly created roles. Kelly Joeman will join as senior manager for audience development at the Singapore-based firm, while Tuan Nguyen has been tapped as e-commerce manager. Both will be based in One Animation’s Singapore office, with Joeman […]

WarnerMedia brings more ‘Titoo’ to India’s Pogo

WarnerMedia has ordered a new season and four feature-length specials of the kids’ comedy animation Titoo – Har Jawaab Ka Sawaal Hu for its Indian entertainment channel Pogo. Produced by Mumbai-based Cosmos Maya, the new 52 x 30-minute and 4 x 80-minute instalments come following four previous seasons of the original children’s series, which has performed well […]

Toonz & K6 partner for new festive pre-school series ‘Li’l Santa’

India’s Toonz Media Group has acquired global distribution rights to Canada-based K6 Media Group’s new Christmas-themed pre-school series Li’l Santa. Based on the comic books by French cartoonists Lewis Trondheim and Thierry Robin, the 52 x 1-minute 2D animated series follows the North Pole adventures of a pint-sized modern-day Santa eco-warrior and culminates with a […]