OSN launches Kids Zone channel

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has launched a new kids channel, OSN Kids Zone, in partnership with Mega Max Media and Middle East distributor Magmedia International. The channel, aimed at kids aged two to eight, includes shows such as Barney & Friends, Thomas & Friends (pictured), Transformers Rescue Bots, Heroes of the City and […]

Young Bear Grylls toon series underway

Survival expert and presenter Bear Grylls will be the star of a new animated series inspired by the adventures and exploits of his childhood years. Matt Hatter Chronicles producer Platinum Films will make and distribute the series, Young Bear Grylls, which has been put together with Bear Grylls Ventures. The partners have formed YBG Films […]

Bento Box prodco hires kids veteran for UK launch

Fledgling kids prodco Sutikki is opening a UK office and has hired former 4Kids, Zodiak and DHX Media exec Stephen Gould to run the new operation. Gould will be territory head for the UK and wider EMEA region for Sutikki, and will be looking to secure deals for Moon and Me, its first show, which […]

Euro nets bring in Ollie & Moon

Two European channels have acquired Cottonwood Media’s kids TV toon The Ollie & Moon Show. Super! in Italy and YLE in Finland have both acquired the 52x11mins series, which is based on books from author and illustrator Diane Kredensor and was developed by Richard Vargas (Zack & Quack). The series is now in around 160 […]

Toca Boca to end SVOD app after six months

Kids games studio Toca Boca has shuttered its subscription VOD app just six months after its launch. The service, Toca TV, which offered original and curated short-form videos for a monthly fee, is closing on March 31 because subscription numbers were “lower than anticipated”. It had debuted in October last year in 150 territories, offering […]

Kids on-demand service scoops BBC content

Kids SVOD service Azoomee has snagged a raft of BBC kids shows. The on-demand service has licensed a package of CBeebies titles from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster. The content has been licensed for twelve months and already launched on the Azoomee app. Its founders noted Charlie and Lola is already […]

Boat Rocker, Fisher-Price co-developing original

Canada’s Boat Rocker Media and toyco Fisher-Price are co-developing an original series based on a new property about fearless animals who fight to protect their community. Kingdom Force will be a coproduction of Mattel subsidiary Fisher-Price, Boat Rocker Studios and stablemate toon firm Industrial Brothers, and is part of what is described as “a unique […]

Cake cooks up Gingerbread toon house

UK-based kids company Cake and Australia’s Studio Moshi have joined forces to create an animation firm in Dublin, Ireland. Gingerbread Animation will operate as an “independent and creator-driven animation house” focused on high-quality kids toon content and original projects. It will also offer third-part production services and other solutions. Cake is best known as coproducer […]

Wacky Races reboot joins int’l Boomerang grid

The upcoming reboot of classic Hanna-Barbera kids comedy Wacky Races is to play on Boomerang channels internationally. In the US, the series is set for the soon-to-launch Boomerang SVOD service exclusively along with another new series, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, but both are getting a linear TV on Boomerang services elsewhere. Wacky Races […]

TeenNick debuts in Israel

A new Nickelodeon-branded tweens-and-teens channels has debuted on Israeli pay TV. TeenNick launched last week on the Yes Direct Broadcast Satellite platform last week as a 24/feed targeting kids aged 9-14. In the US, the TeenNick channel debuted in 2002 as a programming block called The N. It has gone on to launch in territories […]

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