Rutherford builds Boat Rocker rights team

The newly-established Boat Rocker Rights has appointed a VP, global sales and licensing. Gia DeLaney will join Boat Rocker Media’s sales arm, which former Tricon Films & Television distribution chief Jon Rutherford heads as president. DeLaney was most recently VP, programme sales at American Greetings Entertainment (fka American Greetings Properties), where she sold programming for […]

France Télévisions plants Lilybuds

France Télévisions has commissioned Zodiak Kids Studios to create 52x11mins animated preschool series Lilybuds. Zodiak’s Eryk Casemiro developed the property, which features a playful community of tiny magical gardeners that care for nearby animals. Casemiro will executive produce the 3D CGI series for France’s pubcaster, while an online world is being created in conjunction. A […]

Televisa, Anima Kitchent rebooting Spanish toon

Televisa and Spain-based prodco Anima Kitchent are working up Cleo and Cuquín, a new animated series based on the classic Spanish toon Telerín Family that ran through the 1960s and 1970’s. The new 3D CGI series will target preschoolers and run to 52x7mins and also have associated apps and video clips. Ánima Kitchent will produce […]

Televisa, Netflix deals for Masha toon

A spin-off from Russian-produced toon series Masha and the Bear has launched on Netflix in several territories. The Masha shows are produced by Russian studio Animaccord, and the main Masha and the Bear is one of the most popular kids shows on Netflix, and has also registered over a billion YouTube views. Netflix has now […]

Hoho plots Grid partnership

UK kids firm Hoho Entertainment has entered into a coproduction agreement with Belgium indie counterpart Grid Animation. The pair will create 26 five-minute vlog for multimedia girls fashion brand Mimi and Bibi, which Waybuloo and Wissper creator Dan Good originated. The shortform episodes will air on UK tween site Totally Tween, with Hoho looking to […]

Sprout boards Zuckerberg toon

US kids cable channel Sprout has become the American home of Randi Zuckerberg’s debut animated toon, Dot. The NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group network will debut the girls-skewed show, which is from Boat Rocker Media-backed producer Industrial Brothers and Zuckerberg Media in association with The Jim Henson Company and Canadian pubcaster CBC, in September. The series, […]

Orphan Black studio restructures as Boat Rocker

Canada’s Temple Street Productions has created a parent unit that will house an expanded group of content, rights and ventures companies. Boat Rocker Media’s creation comes after Fairfax Financial acquired Orphan Black coproducer Temple Street last year. It will be based in Toronto, with offices in New York and LA. Consolidated in the parent firm are […]

Publisher takes on Netflix with kids SVOD

A global learning company is challenging Netflix’s push into kids TV commissioning by launching 58 originally-produced videos for its interactive content app. New York-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has added the videos to its Curious World learning app, which comprises acquired and produced programming, games and eBooks. SVOD services have both made significant impact on the […]

Tricon, French prodcos prep Selfie

The kids and family division of Canada’s Tricon is teaming with French producers Savoir-Fer and Reaz to make Me Myself and My Selfie, a new animated shortform series. The show, which is structured as a French-Canadian copro, will be a dialogue-free comedy and run to 104x2mins. It has been created by Francois Elie Roulin who […]

BT updates TV app with more channels, content

UK telco BT is updating its TV app for Apple and Android devices, adding a dedicated kids’ on-demand section, seven more channels and an expanded collection of catch-up content. The BT TV app’s new kids section will include programmes like Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Entertainment One’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and Doc McStuffins (pictured) from […]