Netflix builds LEGO, CiTV partnerships

Netflix has commissioned six original kids series, one from the LEGO Group and another from ITV Studios that will debut in the UK on CiTV. The series are LEGO Elves, Robozuna, The Hollow, Kibaoh Klashers, Super Monsters and Treehouse Detectives. LEGO Elves is notable for extending production partnership between SVOD giant Netflix and Denmark’s LEGO […]

New Korean home for Peppa Pig

Global preschool hit Peppa Pig will launch on pay TV in South Korea later this month. The show, which is owned and distributed by eOne, will go on the CJ Tooniverse cable channel from October 10. The kids net is part of the CJ E&M stable of channels. The show previously played on free-TV channel EBS […]

MIPJunior Hot Pick: Simon

Stephanie Blake’s Simon books have sold three million copies in France and have been referenced as the last big preschool property not to have transferred to television. That is about to change. France’s Go-N sought out Blake, who owned all rights as aside from publishing (those sit with French publisher L’Ecole des Loisirs), and found […]

Disney, Fox veteran joins toon house in IP push

A former animation studio chief at Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. has joined Singapore’s One Animation to spearhead a push into original content creation, TBI has learned. Industry veteran John McKenna will oversee One’s current slate, which comprises Oddbods and Insectibles, and look at developing new multiplatform IP. “Development is my key priority,” he told […]

Foothill joins Sockeye’s Mother Goose Club

Californian distributor Foothill Entertainment has taken on sales rights to preschool property Mother Goose Club, which comes from US prodco Sockeye Media. Mother Goose Club is an educational 52x11mins series, which Foothill will debut at MIPJunior. It is based on a YouTube channel that has more than six billion views to date, and follows six […]

France, Ireland attract suitors at Cartoon Forum

Projects from France and Ireland made up a big proportion of the most-attended pitches at this month’s Cartoon Forum event in Toulouse. Millimages’ Kung Fu Brothers drew the biggest crowd, with 307 attendees, with Les Armateurs’ Runes second (300). Snoozeville, from Ireland’s Jam Media was third (291), with compatriot Giant Animation’s Creepers fourth (275). XBO […]

Viacom poaches BBC exec for UK kids role

Viacom has hired Sarah Muller to run its kids programming at Channel 5. The new recruit is joining from UK pubcaster the BBC where she is creative director – scripted, animation, coproduction and feature film. She will oversee commissioning and acquisitions at the free-to-air net, which Viacom acquired in 2014, and places her in charge […]

Mondo sets up Tenerife production hub

Kids producer and distributor Mondo TV has set up a new production outpost in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The new studio will be a pre-production hub for Mondo, which set it up through its Mondo TV Iberoamerica division. Four illustrators are in-situ and Mondo said more animation staff will be added soon. European kids companies […]

Amazon UK picks up BBC kids series

Amazon has acquired the new version of CBeebies kids series Teletubbies for its streaming service. The deal also hands Amazon three other hits that play on the BBC’s kids channels: In the Night Garden, Messy Goes to Okido and live-action hit Hank Zipzer. It has bought all of the shows from DHX, the Canadian distributor […]

MTG moves into kids TV

The Modern Times Group has commissioned The Big Experiment, its first original kids series. The Scandi pay TV group has been commissioning originals for its Viaplay SVOD service and the new kids show will also play on the premium streaming service. Announcing the move into kids TV, it said it wants to become the leading […]

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