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 […]

Purdy exiting BBC Kids in Canada

Lisa Purdy is to leave her director post at Canadian children’s channels BBC Kids and Knowledge Kids. Purdy has been in the role at Knowledge Network since 2011, but exits on November 18. “After five years of strengthening the Knowledge Kids brand and establishing the BBC Kids service, I’m ready for a new challenge,” she […]

9 Story, Stu Snyder prep Little Critter series

9 Story is making an animated adaptation of the Little Critter kids books. Former Cartoon Network boss Stu Snyder set up the deal between Canada-based kids producer and distributor 9 Story and the Little Critter company, which runs the brand. Little Critter was created by Mercer Mayer and over 200 million books in the series […]

Former Arc exec joins Atomic Cartoons

Canadian studio Atomic Cartoons has hired Matthew Berkowitz as head of development. The new recruit was most recently at Arc Productions, the Toronto-based studio that closed earlier this year amid financial difficulties before Jam Filled Entertainment acquired the assets at auction. At Arc, Berkowitz oversaw the slate and worked with Arc customers and partners including […]

Stan Lee content powers AR/VR kids app

The “world’s first kid-centric app powered by augmented reality and virtual reality” has launched with content from the Stan Lee superhero universe. Interactive platform The Vroom will offer games and story-led content that promotes what educators dub ‘social-emotional learning’ on Apple and Android devices, and Windows 10. Playing Forward, the company behind the app, claim it […]

Kids company Sutikki setting up UK base

Sutikki, the new kids content company backed by Bob’s Burgers prodco Bento Box, is preparing to open up in the UK. The new company was set up by kids TV veterans and former Nelvana execs Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr, alongside In the Night Garden creator and Teletubbies co-creator Andrew Davenport. It is about to announce its first […]

Rainmaker buys Frederator, EH to form WOW!

Canada’s Rainmaker Entertainment has acquired kids companies Frederator Networks and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, paying a total of C$22.2 million (US$16.2 million) to create a combined company. Once the ‘arms-length’ mergers are complete, the combined Rainmaker, Frederator and EH will become WOW! Unlimited Media. This Toronto-based firm will have a newly formed board and a reorganised […]

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