Kids


Kids AVOD deal for Zodiak

Zodiak Kids has shopped a pair of series to on-demand platform BatteryPop. The kids arm of producer and distributor Zodiak has sold the AVOD service the first seasons of animated series LoliRock and Get Blake! BatteryPop will get 26x26mins of Lolirock, about a magical girl band, which originally went out on France Télévisions, and 52x11mins […]

Italian net goes to the Circus

Italian kids channel Rai Yoyo has bought stop-motion animation Toby’s Travelling Circus. The show – which airs in the UK on Channel 5, Hopster, Tiny Pop and Netflix – comprises 52 ten-minute episodes. It comes from producer Komixx Entertainment Group and is sold internationally by Adam Selly’s Union Media. Globally, the show has sold into more […]

Zodiak-Banijay merger gets EU approval

The merger of Zodiak Media and Banijay Group has moved a step closer to completion after the European Commission approved the agreement. Banijay’s French parent LOV Group and Zodiak’s Italy-based majority owner De Agostini will now form a joint venture that will house the new group, along with minority shareholder Vivendi, which has been given […]

Kenyan body threatens to block ‘immoral’ Netflix

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has threatened to block Netflix in the country, claiming the SVOD service is a “threat to our moral values and national security”. At a press conference KFCB chairman Bishop Jackson Kipkemoi Kosgei said Netflix must be must be subject to Kenya’s rules and regulations, and called for negotiations to […]

Netflix passes 75 million users

Netflix passed the 75 million member mark on January 1 after adding more than 17 million users last year, according to its latest quarterly report. In a letter to shareholders, Narcos network Netflix said that it added a record 5.59 million members in the fourth quarter of 2015, exceeding its forecast of 5.15 million and […]

Exclusive content ‘key for MENA pay TV’

Owning exclusive content is becoming the critical factor in driving pay TV subscriptions in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new report. Research and Markets’s Digital TV Middle East and North Africa Forecasts report singled out emergent player beIN as one platform using exclusive shows and films to grow its subscription base […]

Shillinglaw exits in BBC channels rejig

BBC Two and Four controller Kim Shillinglaw (pictured) is to leave the UK pubcaster, as part of a wider restructure that sees Charlotte Moore take over all channels and the iPlayer. Moore (below, right) has been named controller, TV channels and iPlayer for the BBC following an internal recruitment process, which was designed to create […]

EU’s copyright changes can be cause for cheer

Compact Media’s CEO, David Johnson, argues last month’s communication from the European Commission on new copyright laws should offer “cautious optimism” to the international television industry. It would be an understatement to say that 2015 was a busy year for the creative industry. Not only did the pace of change from new business and technology […]

Global Netflix impact ‘felt for a generation’

The impact of Netflix’s unprecedented global launch will be “felt for a generation”, but will not kill off traditional TV distribution “overnight”, according to a leading analyst. Last week US-based Netflix revealed it was launching in 130 new territories, making it instantaneously available in around 190 markets in total, a move that Tony Gunnarsson of […]

Celestial launches Miao Mi kids channel

Celestial Tiger Entertainment has rolled out its preschool channel Miao Mi, securing carriage for the new service on the PT MNC Sky Vision platform in Indonesia. Celestial, which is backed by Saban and Lionsgate, created Mandarin-language Miao Mi specifically to reach out to Asian viewers and to provide an alternative to the big international nets […]