Disney CEO heir apparent to leave

Thomas Staggs is leaving The Walt Disney Company, throwing out the media giant’s apparent plan for him to become CEO in two years’ time. Staggs had been considered the front runner to succeed Bob Iger as Disney chairman and CEO in 2018, when Iger is expected to retire, after he was made COO at the […]

Mattel creates new content studio

Hit Entertainment parent Mattel has launched Mattel Creations, a new central content unit that will make original shows and projects based on the toy giant’s intellectual property. Mattel’s chief content officer, Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, is in charge of executing the multiplatform production push and will give a keynote address next week at MIPTV, discussing Mattel Creations. […]

New kids channel for Studio 100, beIN

Europe’s Studio 100 and beIN Sports are launching a new kids channel, beJunior. The service will target viewers in the Middle East and North Africa, with producer and distributor Studio 100 partnering with Qatari-owned beIN. The channel will be on the beIN Media Group’s pay platform in the MENA region, with Studio 100 providing its […]

CMC: Sky kids move is ‘step in the right direction’

Sky’s move into original children’s content commissioning has been welcomed by an influential UK kids media body. Anna Home, chair of the Children’s Media Foundation, said yesterday’s announcement that the European satcaster was beginning to commission content was a “step in the right direction”. UK indies, who have long struggled to sell shows to UK […]

Sky makes kids TV move

Sky has launched the Sky Kids App, a new service that allows younger viewers in Sky homes to stream series from Cartoon Network, Disney, CBeebies, CiTV, Nickelodeon and Milkshake, and is moving into original children’s commissioning. The UK pay TV operator it is working with prodco Aardman on a new version of Morph, a move […]

Sprout goes Kapow with Zodiak Kids Studios

US kids cable channel Sprout has commissioned Kody Kapow, an animated superhero original from Zodiak Kids Studios. The show is billed to launch on the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment channel in 2017, and will follow an aspiring martials arts superhero who spends the summer with his extended family in a small Chinese village. Zodiak Kids, the […]

m4e taking comic Jinnrise to TV

German media group m4e will adapt popular comic book series Jinnrise as a 3D CGI-animated series after a series was successfully financed. m4e will create Jinnrise with Jabal Entertainment, which originally created the comic book series in 2012, and is also handling worldwide distribution and licensing and merchandising rights. Billed as an action-adventure comedy for […]

ABS-CBN takes Care Bears with Rob the Robot

Singaporean broadcaster ABS-CBN has acquired a trio of children’s programmes from regional distributor Bomanbridge Media. The deal comprises Care Bears Welcome to Care-A-Lot, Care Bears and Cousins and Rob the Robot. American Greetings Entertainment sub-licenses regional distribution rights for the Care Bears titles to Bomanbridge, while One Animation produces Rob the Robot. “These shows have […]

Former ABC kids chief resurfaces at Corus

Deidre Brennan has resurfaced at Corus Entertainment, and will be vice president of kids content at the Canadian media giant. She joins having recently exited Australian pubcaster ABC where she oversaw its kids channels and content. Corus’ kids brands include YTV, Treehouse, Teletoon and the local versions of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the Disney channels. […]

DQ Entertainment taken off AIM

Producer and distributor DQ Entertainment has ceased trading on the AIM exchange. A regulatory announcement issued this morning revealed the kids content company has been taken off AIM as of today. The company had previously told the market that it had been scouting for a nominated advisor, as required by the rules of AIM, but […]

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