Kids


eOne denies ITV takeover bid

Canadian media group Entertainment One has denied receiving a takeover approach from UK broadcaster ITV, as analysts suggest the real value in the company is in its TV division. Bloomberg yesterday reported preliminary talks had begun between the pair over the potential deal, citing sources close to the discussions. Both sides initially declined to comment, […]

Turner deal gives Sky Adventure Time streaming

Sky has inked a deal with Turner that gives the pay TV operator the exclusive streaming rights to on-demand box sets of the channel operator’s hit shows Adventure Time and Gumball. The agreement means a raft of programming will be added to the Sky Kids app, including Cartoon Network’s hit toon series Adventure Time (above) and […]

Netflix buys Nick content from Corus

Netflix has acquired a raft of Nickelodeon’s kids series for its Canadian service after striking a deal with Corus Entertainment, the media giant that operates the Nick channels in the country. The agreement hands Netflix rights to Nick live-action shows including iCarly, Sam & Cat (pictured) and Victorious. Animated fare includes The Legend of Korra. Earlier […]

FremantleMedia Kids & Family adds to UK team

The kids and family division of FremantleMedia is bringing an LA-based exec over to its London base. Chapman Maddox (left), who executive produces Danger Mouse, will relocate across the pond to join the UK-based FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment (FMK) team, and is promoted from director of development to VP, development and production. He will […]

Eye Present, Pictor adopt animated pug

London-based studio Eye Present and Ireland’s Pictor Productions are to coproduced animated content based on a book about a young pug raised by cats. Eye Present and Pictor have a co-development deal together for Flix, with an option deal now in place with the title’s publisher, Switzerland-based Diogenes Publishing House. Flix follows a young dog […]

Nick hires NBCU exec for UK post

Nickelodeon has hired NBCUniversal International’s director of programming in the UK. James Newton is joining Viacom International Media Network-owned Nick UK & Ireland as VP, programming. At NBCU, he was director of UK programming, working across channels such as E!, Syfy and Universal Channel. He will oversee scheduling and editorial strategy at pay TV channel […]

Boomerang flies into Turkey

Turner is launching kids channel Boomerang in Turkey on the D-Smart satellite service and Tivibù IPTV platform. The channel, which will launch on April 23, will bring animated shows including The Tom & Jerry Show, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, Inspector Gadget, Mr Bean (pictured) and Garfield to Turkish viewers.Boomerang’s Turkish debut will see the channel joining Cartoon […]

BBC says channels safe as Kids iPlayer launches

UK pubcaster the BBC has launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service, while pledging to keep its linear channels in place. The BBC iPlayer Kids app was launched today and after the transition of BBC Three from a linear to online service, this prompted questions about whether the Cbeebies and CBBC channels were […]

Brown Bag’s Gaffney named 9 Story COO in rejig

Brown Bag Films CEO Cathal Gaffney has added the COO role at his toon firm’s parent, 9 Story Media Group, as part of a wider management reshuffle. Canada’s 9 Story acquired Ireland-based Brown Bag last year, and Gaffney will now oversee production, technology and HR for the wider group. He will remain at the helm […]

Verizon buys Awesomeness stake, preps TVOD net

US telco Verizon has bought a quarter of AwesomenessTV in a deal valuing the multichannel network at US$650 million. The agreement, which is subject to approval, will leave DreamWorks Animation with 51% of the firm, and Verizon and Hearst Corp. both with 24.5%. Further to that, Verizon plans to create a premium, short-form mobile video […]

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