Kids


Talking Tom firm sold for $1bn

The company behind the Talking Tom and Friends TV series and forefather app has been sold to an Asian consortium for US$1 billion. Outfit7’s existing shareholders have sold 100% of the stock to a group represented by United Luck Group Holdings. The Talking Tom and Friends app and others other from the Outfit7 stable has […]

Amazon brings British Bear Hunt toon to US

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive US streaming rights to British animated special We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The 25-minute film aired on UK terrestrial Channel 4 on Christmas Eve (December 24) last year and attracted eight million views – the network’s highest-rated programme of 2016. The Michael Rosen- and Helen Oxenbury-created toon, which […]

Corus Kids chief to run Sprout in US

Deidre Brennan is leaving Canada’s Corus Entertainment after less than a year to become general manager of NBCUniversal’s children’s channel Sprout. Brennan will oversee all aspects of Sprout’s programming, development, marketing, business strategy and performance at the network, which sits within NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks portfolio. She will report to Frances Berwick, president of […]

Sony Pictures buys into Genius

Sony Pictures’ home entertainment arm has bought into LA kids company Genius Brands International. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment previously had a multiyear marketing and distributing agreement with Genius for its Kid Genius and Baby Genius labels in North America, but will now rep all of the company’s brands in the US and Canada. Genius brands […]

Mattel nabs Google Americas boss for CEO post

American kids entertainment company Mattel has hired the president of Google’s Americas business to become its new CEO. Margo Georgiadis will succeed Christopher Sinclair, who has been the toyco’s CEO and chairman since early 2015. Mattel owns UK-based kids TV producer and distributor Hit Entertainment (Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder), and last year launched […]

Komixx appoints veteran for Aussie expansion

Independent London- and LA-based kids prodco Komixx Media Group has appointed Amanda Morrison to expand its operations into Australia. Morrison (pictured) has over 20 years of experience in the international production industry, working for local producers and as a media advisor for the Australian government agencies Screen NSW and Screenwest, but will now lead a […]

NATPE: Nick shooting new series in Miami

Nickelodeon will shoot Formula, a new 60-part series for its Latin American nets, here in Miami. The Viacom kids net made the announcement at the ongoing NATPE Miami event, and said the series will feature new and established talent from across Lat Am. The entire 60x60mins series will be produced by Somos Productions for Nick. […]

Amazon India buys Zodiak Kids toons

Amazon Prime Video India has bought all four seasons of kids toon Horrid Henry. The SVOD platform signed a deal with Zodiak Kids, which is part of France’s Banijay Group. The toon is based on a troublesome boy’s escapades, from setting up a pet-sitting business in his bedroom to pretending there’s a shark in the pool […]

Fremantle adds ex-Hoho sales chief

FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has hired former Hoho Rights boss Danielle Davies on an interim basis to cover Joss Duffield’s maternity leave. Davies has been named interim VP of sales at UK-based FremantleMedia’s children and family content arm. She was head of sales at Hoho Rights, the sales and L&M division of UK-based preschool […]

Turner and AzamTV take Boing into East Africa

Turner has expanded children’s channel Boing into new markets in East Africa after agreeing a deal with satellite TV provider AzamTV. Turner-owned Boing Africa is now available for the first time in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania via Azam’s basic TV package. “This new deal is totally aligned with Boing Africa’s mission to provide quality […]

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