Zodiak Kids brings YouTube shows to OTT platforms

Zodiak Kids has partnered with Future Today, a US-based technology and distribution company, to bring its YouTube channels ZeeKay and ZeeKay Junior to distribution on various OTT platforms. As part of the deal, Future Today will build, manage and grow viewership for the channels on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and other OTT platforms. […]

UK factual indie hires BBC exec for kids TV

Scotland-based indie Maramedia is blending its natural history programming roots with children’s television for the first time. The company has brought in former head of children’s production for BBC Scotland Simon Parsons to lead a new Marakids children’s brand. Last week, BBC Children’s announced a new Maramedia-produced drama and factual entertainment format titled Gudrun the […]

Starz plans to grow content by 40% this year

Starz has committed to plans to grow its on-demand content offering by 40% to hit nearly 7,700 titles by the end of 2017. The Lionsgate-owned US cable company has significantly invested in its app and OTT programming over the past 14 months, growing its content offering by more than 125% to 5,500 titles, it claimed. […]

The kids OTT tidal wave

As technology continues to blur the line between linear and OTT, the opportunities for content providers are never greater than when delivering programming to digital natives. What began as a trickle is becoming a tidal wave, TBI reports. Hopster was an early entrant into the world of entertainment apps for kids and, with its emphasis […]

Superprod brings in French sales veteran

French production firm Superprod has hired a former Télé Images and Cyber Group Studios sales executive Carole Brin. The kids- and family-focused company has named her in the newly created role of chief digital officer. Brin is best known as VP of sales, acquisitions and new media for Superprod compatriot Cyber Group, a role she […]

Foxtel exec to launch Sixteen South sales arm

Belfast-based animation company Sixteen South is launching a distribution division, with an exec from Australian pay TV firm Foxtel heading the unit. Sixteen South Rights will focus on sales of in-house intellectual property, with Foxtel Gillian acquisitions manager Gillian Calvert-Ridge returning to the UK to lead it as head of distribution. It will initially focus […]

Sky greenlights Kickstarter toon

Children’s Media Conference: European pay TV platform Sky has commissioned a short-form series that began life on Kickstarter. Sky head of kids content Lucy Murphy ordered an 18x2mins series of Labuntina after finding it online. The singalong property is based on a series of animated music videos aimed at entertaining the two-year old daughter of […]

Virgin moves into original kids commissioning

Children’s Media Conference: UK pay TV platform Virgin Media is planning to commission kids television content for its on-demand service for the first time. Virgin Media kids and music editor Sarah Aspinall told delegates the move came after a recognition “of the value of children’s content”. In a panel session hosted by TBI, Aspinall said […]

BBC’s Webb: ‘fewer but bigger kids commissions’

The head of UK pubcaster the BBC’s kids department has said her division’s commissioning focus has switched to ordering fewer, but “bigger and better” shows. Alice Webb, controller of BBC Children’s, announced the strategy in the opening keynote session at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield last night. “With so much competition out there, we […]

Reaction to major BBC Children’s TV investment

There has been a glowing reaction to the BBC’s pledge of an additional £34 million (US$44 million) to the UK pubcaster’s kids television efforts over the next three years. TBI rounds up statements emerging from around the UK TV industry…   Anna Home, founder and patron of the Children’s Media Foundation “The Children’s Media Foundation […]

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