Boat Rocker buys Loud House prodco

The expansion of Canada’s Boat Rocker Media continues apace with the firm buying compatriot family and kids producer Jam Filled Entertainment. Boat Rocker has been in acquisitive mode since it came into being in February as the new corporate identity of Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions. Ottawa-based Jam Filled did the service work on […]

Canuck toon studio headed for bankruptcy

Canadian animation studio Arc Productions is set to go into receivership amid “significant financial difficulties”. The Toronto-based company is best known for work on Matt Hatter Chronicles and Gnomeo & Juliet, but has suffered a liquidity crisis. A court called in Deloitte Restructuring as interim receiver, Toronto VFX Jobs reported. Deloitte will take control of […]

Smokey Robinson brings Motown toon to Netflix

Legendary musician Smokey Robinson and Netflix are working up an animated series featuring Motown hits from the likes of The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Netflix, Robinson, Josh Wakely’s Australia- and US-based prodco Grace: A Storytelling Company and Sydney-based Beyond International’s Beyond Screen Productions have come together for the currently untitled toon. Netflix […]

Show of the week: Zoli & Pokey

Zoli & Pokey offers up a twist on the traditional sitcom set-up. Although it is about the trials and tribulations of a family, one member of that group, the dad, has turned into a dog. The ensuing show is billed as a warm portrait of a modern family. The set-up sees Zoli living with his organic […]

BBC NHU, DHX open The Zoo for CBBC

UK kids channel CBBC has commissioned a ob-doc series in which the animals of Paignton Zoo will star. The Zoo comes from CBBC’s BBC sister division BBC Natural History Unit and Canada’s DHX Media. It will air on UK public broadcast television next year, with DHX taking international sales rights. The 30-part series began shooting […]

Hulu snaps up Cyber’s Zorro series

Hulu has picked up the rights to Zorro the Chronicles and will launch the French-produced animated series in the US. The streaming service will launch the show in English and Spanish. The action comedy was commissioned by France Télévisions and RAI in Italy, with Paris-based Cyber Group Studios, John Gertz’s Zorro Production International and Blue […]

Fremantle inks kids deal with Shellhut

FremantleMedia’s kids and family unit has struck a copro deal with Thai prodco Shellhut as it seeks to establish deeper roots in Asia. Fremantle and Shellhut will coproduce two animated series, although no details were given about the shows. Fremantle will then sell the projects internationally. The agreement is similar in structure to that between […]

Hasbro buys Irish studio Boulder

Hasbro has acquired Irish animation studio Boulder Media. The US kids toy giant has moved heavily into TV via its Hasbro Studios arm, and this marks its latest play. Dublin-based Boulder will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hasbro and work on its series as well as third-party projects. “At Hasbro, we’re building our brands through […]

Cartoon Network launching streaming apps in Asia

Cartoon Network is about to launch two new apps in association with Globe Telecoms in the Philippines. The authenticated apps will be available to customers of Globe, the country’s top-ranked mobile brand. The Cartoon Network Watch and Play app allows viewers to stream the linear channel and access content on-demand. Cartoon Network Anything, meanwhile, will […]

Grom buys Top Draw Animation

Philippines-based Top Draw Animation is the latest international toon studio is sell to a larger group. Grom Holdings, the parent of kids social network Grom Social, has paid an undisclosed amount for 100% of the shares in TDA, which provides services to shows such as My Little Pony and Tom and Jerry and employs more […]

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