Kids


Kids bulletin: TVOkids commissions Bristow, Splash scores with R. L. Stine

TVOkids commissions Bristow Global Media for ‘Backyard Beats’ Canada’s TVOkids has commissioned Toronto-based producer Bristow Global Media for 26 x 11-minute series Backyard Beats. The music and crafting series is aimed at 6-9 year-olds and explores music from all angles. Each episode features a host-led DIY segment, in which kids are challenged to build a […]

DHX Media launches children’s SVOD service

Canada’s DHX Media is to launch a children’s SVOD service. The streaming platform, titled Kids Room, is an ad-free platform with titles from DHX’s catalogue of kids and family content, including preschool titles such as Bob the Builder, Teletubbies and Strawberry Shortcake, as well as programmes for older kids, such as Slugterra, Kid vs. Kat, […]

Maintaining authenticity in kids’ programming

When I first started my career in the entertainment industry back in the early noughties, ‘authenticity’ was nothing more than a buzzword. Content specifically geared towards kids was primarily in the animated space, which was more fantastical in its execution and more forgiving in nature when it came to political correctness. Live-action offerings for the younger demographic was limited […]

Nadiya Hussain to deliver keynote at UK’s Children’s Media Conference

British Bake Off alum Nadiya Hussein is set to deliver the opening keynote interview at this year’s Children’s Media Conference (CMC), which takes place 2-4 July in Sheffield, UK. Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Hussain has built a brand speaking out on issue-based topics, including her struggle with panic disorder. Ahead […]

Diversity in TV must start early

While representation in kids’ TV has increased in recent years, it’s still got a long way to go before it becomes mainstream. Ann-Marie Corvin reports From Sesame Street to Dora, there’s a perception that kids TV leads the way when it comes to positively championing themes of inclusion and diversity, but statistics suggest otherwise. The […]

Int’l Emmy Kids Awards winners revealed

The winners of the seventh International Emmy Kids Awards have been revealed the UK’s Hey Duggee, Dutch toon Kop Op and Brazil’s Ratburger taking honours. Issue-based titles gained the highest proportion of the awards, which were presented at a ceremony at MIPTV in Cannes, in partnership with Reed Midem, yesterday (9 April). Norways NRK and […]

Kids round-up: Cyber Group, Future Today tie up for kids’ app; Happy Films takes ‘Bookaboo’ to Russia

Cyber Group Studios has entered a partnership with multi-platform distribution company Future Today to launch YayToons, a free app that features animated content for children aged 3-8. Cyber Group titles to appear on the app will include The Bellflower Bunnies, Mini Ninjas, Mirette Investigates, The Pirates Next Door, Adam’s Bakery, Zou, Balloopo, Mia, Leo The Wildlife […]

UK launches £57m Young Audience Content Fund

The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched the UK Government’s £57m ($74.45) Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), devised to support the creation of new programming for children and young audiences aged up to 18. The three-year pilot fund, which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Contestable Fund, will support free-to-access […]