Kids


Waheed Alli firm hires VP for EMEA

UK-based children’s television producer Silvergate Media has hired a VP for the EMEA region. Lisa MacDonald has joined Lord Waheed Alli’s production and licensing group from Hello Kitty brand owner Sanrio, where she oversaw the Mister Men property. The hire comes after Silvergate named former Walt Disney Company Latin America CFO Jeff Farnath as its […]

First international deal for new kids prodco

Language-learning kids series StoryZoo will head to ORF in Austria after the fledgling kids prodco of the same name sealed its first international deal for the preschool series. StoryZoo was founded by former Sony Pictures and Endemol digital exec Johannes Gropp. The StoryZoo series was developed with language experts, and uses music and animation to […]

Milkshake! puts Shane the Chef to work

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has greenlit production on a 52x11mins animated preschool series about an energetic chef and his daughter. Shane the Chef comes from UK-based producer and rights management firm Hoho Entertainment, with Cardiff-based Cloth Cat Animation producing the episodes. The first episodes are due to delivery this autumn. Creative Europe has supplied additional funding […]

Katzenberg raises $590m for new venture

Jeffrey Katzenberg has created an LA-based media company, WndrCo, raising US$591.5 million for the venture. A regulatory filing reveals DreamWorks Animation founder and former CEO Katzenberg has established WndrCo as a holding vehicle that will invest in various media and technology businesses. Katzenberg’s next role as been the subject of much speculation since he sold […]

Octonauts prodco brings in former Disney exec

Kids prodco Silvergate has hired former Disney Studios Lat Am CFO Jeff Farnath as its new finance chief. The new recruit joins the Octonauts and Peter Rabbit producer from Discovery-backed digital lifestyle brand Thrillist Media Group. He has also worked at Classic Media (now part of DreamWorks) and been CEO of Coraline prodco Laika Entertainment. […]

Ex-Viacom int’l chief Singh buys into app firm

Former Viacom International Media Networks emerging markets chief Bhav Singh has acquired a stake in Brooklyn-based kids app developer Tinybop. The investment makes Singh’s Sandbox Partners (SBX) Tinybop’s largest institutional investor. Tinybop, which Raul Guttierez (pictured) founded in creates educational apps for children that encourage kids and parents to play and learn together. “Raul has […]

Studio 100 buys M4E

Europe’s Studio 100 has acquired a majority interest in Germany’s m4E. Belgium-based Studio 100 has taken a 68% holding in the brand management and production firm for an undisclosed amount. The deals sees M4E founders and principal shareholders Hans Ulrich Stoef, Michael Büttner, Oliver Jansen and Cees Wessels (the latter through his associated companies TSC […]

Fremantle moves into kids formats

FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family unit has moved into formats, striking a deal for a Swedish version of CBBC live-action show Marrying Mum and Dad. The show is made in-house by CBBC in the UK, but building upon an existing coproduction deal between the pair, FremantleMedia has taken the format to market and secured a deal […]

Disney acquires Belarussian toon

Disney channels around the world have acquired a 52×3.5mins non-dialogue toon hailing from the little-known animation sector in Belarus. Disney Junior in the US is highest profile network to take Sunny Bunnies, which is from Belarus-based Digital Light Studio and sold internationally by London-based eastern Europe content specialist Media I.M. Disney CEEMEA (central and eastern […]

Talking Tom firm sold for $1bn

The company behind the Talking Tom and Friends TV series and forefather app has been sold to an Asian consortium for US$1 billion. Outfit7’s existing shareholders have sold 100% of the stock to a group represented by United Luck Group Holdings. The Talking Tom and Friends app and others other from the Outfit7 stable has […]

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