News brief: Asian kids nets gets Genius content

A raft of Asian broadcasters have bought shows from Genius Brands International. Singapore’s Mediacorp took Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab. Indonesia’s Spacetoon took Warren Buffet’s Secret Millionaire’s Club, Secret Lab and Mighty 7. TVB in Hong Kong took Secret Lab. “The appeal of our content continues to prove itself in virtually […]

DHX launches online networks arm

DHX Media has revamped the WildBrain banner as it creates a London-based digital kids network and original production arm. DHX bought Canadian producer WildBrain Entertainment in 2010, and later subsumed it within the consolidated DHX Media group. The Toronto-based broadcaster and kids content group has now established Wild Brain Family International, which will be known […]

LA equity group buys Octonauts prodco

An LA-based private equity firm has acquired a majority stake in Octonauts producer Silvergate Media for an undisclosed amount. Shamrock Capital Advisors plans to expand Silvergate’s IP, library rights and digital capabilities, as well as its Chinese operations. The deal has been touted as the most significant in the children’s IP space since Canada’s 9 […]

Show of the week: Pig, Goat, Banana, Cricket

Each of the four main characters in Nick’s new toon for the international market has a defined character: Pig is the fool, Goat the artist, Banana the wiseguy and Cricket the brains. These four live together in a city called Boopelite, and get into fantastical, colourful and madcap adventures. The series started out life in […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: will the main channels continue to dominate

The consensus in terms of the domination, or otherwise, of the existing kids channels is that they will continue to be central to the kids business, although perhaps not in the linear forms for which they remain best known. “The future is now, and as we’ve seen across the globe, the ‘main’ kids channel for […]

Genius re-hires ex-MGM exec

LA-based kids company Genius Brands International has re-hired former MGM VP of finance Rebecca Hershinger. Having worked with GBI since early 2014 through he role at CFO Advisory Services and as CFO for GBI between October 2014 and June 2015, she has been named CFO, reporting to company CEO and chairman Andy Heyward. Hershinger will […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: which digital service has the most potential?

It seems fair to throw this question to the people running digital services first. Hopster’s Nick Walters selects his own service as the one with most potential, but also sees promise elsewhere. “I think PopJam is really interesting and a promising take on doing social for kids in a way that’s cool, doesn’t condescend, but […]

Celestial stocks up on kids for Miao Mi

Channel operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment has acquired several series for its pay TV and OTT Miao Mi kids service. Lionsgate and Saban-backed Celestial launched Miao Mi last year, attempting to take on the US kids channels with a Mandarin and local-language line-up tailored to young viewers in Asia. From Japanese pubcaster NHK, Celestial has snagged […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: is a breakout global kids content hit coming?

It is hard to get new shows away, and even harder to get new shows to stand out when they do make it to air. Despite that and the lack of new global hits in recent times, the industry remains broadly positive that we will see a new breakout programme this year.   Generally, it […]

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