Kids


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 […]

US anime OTT service set for UK

A new US anime-focused subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, is launching next month the UK. Redesigned mobile, tablet, Apple TV, Windows 10 Universal and Amazon Fire TV apps will allow users to stream anime content subtitled and dubbed in English ad free. FunimationNow’s US-based parent, Funimation Entertainment, is currently offering 30-day free trials, though the service […]

Netflix, DreamWorks extend programming deal

Netflix and DreamWorks have extended a programming agreement in a deal that will give the streaming service several new originals from the animation studio, as well as a raft of library titles. New shows coming out of DreamWorks exclusively for Netflix include a reboot of space exploration series Voltron, and Trollhunters, an original series from […]