Kids


Hulu strikes major content deal with Disney

US streaming service Hulu has inked a content deal with Disney that gives it over 500 episodes of kids programming from the Mouse House. The deal, which mark Hulu stepping up its kids TV output, gives the streaming service programming from the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD linear channels. Hulu gets exclusive SVOD […]

SLR, ZDFE plot Alice-Miranda series

SLR Productions in Australia and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises have allied to create a children’s series. The pair are attached to develop the 14-part, Australian book series Alice-Miranda as a 26x30mins drama comedy, which will go out on the Nine Network in Australia if it is taken to series. Locally the books have sold 650,000 copies and […]

Netflix orders Spy Kids, Skylanders series

Netflix has ordered a raft of new kids series including an animated Spy Kids series and another based on the Skylanders video game (pictured). The US streaming service has greenlit new series from Genius Brands, Activision Blizzard, DreamWorks, 41 Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Spy Kids: Mission Critical, from TWC, will be a toon series […]

BBC, Fremantle team again for kids series

The kids division of UK pubcaster the BBC, and FremantleMedia Kids & Family are teaming to make another kids series, Bitz & Bob. The 44x11mins show will debut in 2017 on preschool channel CBeebies, and is described as a comedy adventure with a twist, relaying funny and whimsical stories underpinned by key educational principles. Specifically, […]

News brief: JimJam bags Boj

Children’s pay TV broadcaster JimJam has acquired rights to UK toon Boj in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. The deal, which distributor Union Media brokered, will see the 52x11mins preschool series airing on the AMC Networks International UK-owned channel in more than 100 territories. It will premiere on four feeds – Benelux, pan-Europe, […]

News brief: Iberian nets buy eOne toon

Kids networks in Spain and Portugal have acquired 2D animated series Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong from eOne Family. Spanish free-to-air net TVE Clan bought the show for Spain, with pay TV channel Biggs doing the same in Portugal. The 52x11mins series, from Sticky Pictures and eOne and for Teletoon in Canada and […]

Schwartz, Dekel to aid UYoung with int’l launch

Kids TV veterans Sander Schwartz and Elie Dekel are to help Chinese media group UYoung Entertainment launch a US base. King Duckling coproducer UYoung is launching LA-based UYoung Entertainment International, which will debut at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this summer. Former FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment chief Schwartz (left) and ex-Saban Brands boss […]

Tricon, Lupus, Disney go for My Big Red Head

Canada’s Tricon and Lupus from the UK are lining up My Big Red Head, a new toon series for Disney XD. Several of the team behind Cartoon Network original The Amazing Adventures of Gumball are on board, with James Lamont and Jon Foster writing, and Miklos Weigert directing. The CGI-animated toon will target 8-12s and […]

Televisa SVOD net takes Imira package

Televisa’s Latin American SVOD service, Blim, has bought eight children’s series from Spanish distributor Imira Entertainment. The deal hands the platform the Imira-produced Lucky Fred (pictured), Lola & Virginia, Sandra the Fairytale Detective, Aurora World’s Yoohoo & Friends, SpeedRacer Next Generation from Imira parent Toonz Entertainment, Zodiak Kids’ Martin Mystery, Xilam’s A Kind of Magic, […]

Cartoon Forum to feature record 22 countries

September’s Cartoon Forum will feature animated projects from a record 22 territories, with a Canadian effort set to be presented for the first time. The 27th edition of the European pitching event, now held annually in Toulouse, will see buyers shown 80 projects. Fifty-three-per-cent are targeted at 6-11s, with 25% for preschoolers and 10% at […]

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