Goldsmith leaving Henson

The Jim Henson Company’s head of distribution is exiting the business. Richard Goldsmith has been with the kids producer and distributor for six years and will depart next week. As executive VP, global distribution, he was instrumental in many of its biggest deals, including several with Netflix such as the acquisition of animated series Dinosaur Train. […]

YouTube edges out Netflix in kids streaming

YouTube is marginally more popular than Netflix for streaming content among kids according to new research that surveyed thousands of parents in the US, UK and Canada. Online video platform YouTube also ranked as the most-loved brand in the survey. Toronto-based kids producer, distributor and channel operator DHX joined forces with market research firm Ipsos […]

Amazon takes 70s kids reboot to series

Amazon has ordered a full series of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, a contemporary take on the 1970 kids series. The show has been piloted on the Amazon Prime streaming service and now given a full order. The news was announced alongside another kids greenlight, for Bug Diaries, a series based on Doreen Cronin’s best-selling […]

GoldBee seals ZDF sales ahead of ATF

Distributor Gold Bee has shopped over 200 hours of kids content into Asia ahead of the ATF market later this week. Gold Bee, run by former Imira exec Christophe Goldberger, reps ZDF Enterprises’ kids content in Asia. It has sold Mako Mermaids and H20 – Just Add Water to GMA in the Philippines and Dance […]

Job losses loom as ITV restructures kids net

ITV has put several of the team at its CiTV kids net at risk of redundancy. The UK broadcaster said several positions are under review, including Jamila Metran’s head of programming role. The changes are designed to bring CiTV into line with the running of its other digital nets, according to ITV, under the stewardship of […]

9 Story sells 800 eps into Asia

9 Story has inked a raft of Asian deals, shopping over 800 episodes of kids programming into the region. The Toronto-headquartered producer and distributor has sold PBS’ animated series Nature Cat to Discovery India. Other deals include a package to Mediacorp with titles such as Peg + Cat, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood and Guess How Much […]

RTÉ to axe in-house kids programming

RTÉ will no longer make any in-house children’s television programming, as part of a huge cost-savings exercise. All shows for the RTÉjr and RTÉ2 channels will be produced by independent companies from the end of 2017, the Irish pubcaster has confirmed. RTÉ will no longer directly employ any children’s programming-making staff, but the move will […]

Cake designs digital content JV with Diagonal View

UK-based Cake has partnered with digital studio Diagonal View to create content that will begin life on platforms such as YouTube before going to linear channels. The JV will be known as Popcorn Digital, and will create kids programming for global online platforms, “with the intention that certain IP’s created for digital AVOD platforms internationally, […]

Lagardère Active pockets kids VOD series

French broadcaster Lagardère Active has acquired a preschool series based on the Badanamu online property that comes packaged with animated shorts and 70 songs. Lagardère has bought linear and non-linear rights for French-speaking Europe and Africa to the 52x8mins Badanamu animated series, which is produced is Ultra-HD. The animated shorts that first popularised the brand […]

Africa launch for CBeebies

The BBC’s preschool channel CBeebies is launching in East Africa on the Zuku pay TV platform. The UK pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, handles the channel’s distribution internationally as part of its portfolio of channels. It has inked a deal with Zuku TV and the preschool channel is now available on the pay TV platform […]

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