Kids still gravitate to linear TV

Linear TV is still the most popular way for kids to consume video content, according to new research from Nickelodeon owner Viacom. Its latest International Insights research shows that around the world kids use an average of five sources to watch TV and video content. Of those surveyed, over 90% said they regularly watch linear […]

Toon veteran joins Cyber Group as Congé exits

Paris-based Cyber Group Studios has hired French animation industry veteran Raphaelle Mathieu. She will become the toon producer’s VP, sales, acquisitions and new media following the departure of Marie Congé, who has left to “pursue other personal interests”, according the Cyber Group. Congé only joined Cyber Group to replace Carole Brin last October, having worked […]

News brief: Disney’s Lodge opened in US

A Disney Channel EMEA series based on an Israeli teen music-mystery drama has sold to Disney in the US and Canada. The Lodge, filmed in Northern Ireland, will debut on Disney Channel in the UK on Friday, September 23 at 5.30pm GMT, before debuting on Disney Channel Canada at 8pm ET/PT and in the US […]

OTT launches for Celestial’s kids channel

Lionsgate and Saban-backed Asian channel operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment has launched its Miao Mi kids channel as a streaming service in Singapore. The channel, which was launched by Celestial as a locally-programmed, Mandarin-language, alternative to the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon, and Turner, will now roll out on Toggle, the SVOD service operated by Singaporean TV […]

Alix Wiseman joins 9 Story

Long-serving Aardman sales chief Alix Wiseman has taken a new business development and acquisitions role at 9 Story Media Group, the expanding Canadian producer and distributor. Wiseman had been at Aardman for a decade, running acquisitions and distribution for the British studio. Her exit from Aardman was announced last week, prompting a restructure at the […]

Taylor upped in rejig as Wiseman exits Aardman

Alix Wiseman has left Aardman Animation after ten years with the British studio, a move that’s triggered an internal restructure, which sees Alison Taylor (pictured) upped to sales chief. Wiseman has been with the Bristol-based company for ten years running distribution of children’s properties, but has exited for an unspecified new role. Taylor has been […]

Cohn to lead TV animation at NBCU’s DreamWorks

Marjorie Cohn will lead the integrated DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures television animation businesses. She will become head of animation TV at the merged group, reporting to NBCUniversal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell. She had joined DWA as its first head of television in 2013 after leaving Nickelodeon, where she had been president of […]

Comcast completes $3.8bn DreamWorks takeover

Comcast is set to go head-to-head with Disney in the kids and family sector after NBCUniversal completed its US$3.8billion takeover of DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands entertainment wing NBCU franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, online assets in the shape of multichannel operator AwesomenessTV, and a sprawling toon-focused […]

Boat Rocker kids prodco buys Arc assets

In the same month it was acquired by Boat Rocker Media, Canadian toon studio Jam Filled Entertainment has bought the assets of recently closed compatriot Arc Productions. The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, sees service firm Arc’s principle assets and projects move over to Jam Filled, which is based in Ottawa. Arc, […]

Ex-Disney pair launches kids prodco

A pair of former Walt Disney Company execs have teamed up to create an LA-based digital production studio. Mobile entertainment veteran Jeff Nuzzi and animator and voice actor Bob Spand have launched Like Pizza, which will aim to produce original animated properties for games, mobile, digital services and other platforms. The company’s first project is […]

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