Kids


Netflix to adapt video game Cuphead as TV animation

Netflix has ordered an animated show featuring characters from hit platform game Cuphead after striking a deal with its creators and publisher. The Cuphead Show! is based on the 2017 game developed and published by MDHR, which features hand-drawn animations inspired by 1930s style Fleischer cartoons and follows the adventures of two characters – Cuphead […]

Studio 100 appoints Disney, YouTube alum as CEO

Former YouTube and Disney executive Martin Krieger is returning to German children’s firm Studio 100 Media after being appointed as its CEO. Krieger will also head up Studio 100 subsidiaries Studio 100 Film, m4e and the recently formed Studio Isar Animation. He will be responsible for the global commercial business of Studio 100 International, including […]

Netflix adopts ‘surprise drop’ strategy for docs, reality

Netflix is adopting a “surprise drop” strategy for its documentary and reality programming to compete with the raft of rivals launching into the SVoD space, research revealed today has shown. Just under 40% of documentaries and 64% of the streamer’s reality series were released less than two months after they were first announced, according to […]

Japan’s NHK acquires UK kids show ‘The Worst Witch’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has struck a deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) for UK children’s live-action show The Worst Witch. NHK, which will dub the series using a cast of local Japanese actors, has acquired the first two seasons for its educational network E-Tele Channel. The series is based on the eponymous children’s fictional works by […]

Toonz rejig sees Robinson step down at Imira

India’s Toonz Media Group has rejigged the senior management team at its Spanish children’s outfit Imira Entertainment, with CEO Paul Robinson resigning from his position. Robinson is being replaced at the production and distribution company by former BRB International CEO Carlos Biern, who has been appointed president of animation productions and co-productions at Toonz. He […]

Kids bulletin: Shaftesbury grows kids team; CCTV scoops UYoung slate

Shaftesbury grows kids and family portfolio with McCann appointment Canada’s Shaftesbury has hired veteran producer Jennifer McCann for the newly created role of executive producer for kids and family. Reporting into Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings, McCann will lead the company’s kids and family entertainment division, overseeing original series as well as the recently launched Shaftesbury […]

Xilam appoints Amuse exec for digital

Xilam Animation in France has appointed an executive from Millimages subsidiary Amuse as its head of digital production. Charles Courcier is responsible for sourcing, developing, financing and producing original web series to expand Xilam’s presence on YouTube, and will also expand the studio’s presence across AVoD platforms. He will also develop animated web series targeted […]

Disney+ lifts lid on animated offerings

Disney has lifted the lid on kids programming heading to its forthcoming streaming platform, including a reboot of classic series Chip ‘n’ Dale.  A 39 x 7-minute series of Chip ‘n’ Dale – whose original IP dates back to the 1940s – is currently in production and set for global release as a Disney+ original. It is […]

Nickelodeon launches animated shorts programme

Viacom-owned Nickelodeon has launched an animated short programme.  The ‘Intergalactic Shorts’ programme is led by Nick Animation, and will identify original, comedy-driven content via a newly installed team led by Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon’s EVP of animation production and development. Newly hired Conrad Vernon has joined Nickelodeon as the program’s executive producer, alongside Derek Evanick and Diana […]