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Exclusive: WBD looks to broaden kids offer in EMEA & eyes coproductions

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) EMEA is looking to broaden the appeal and range of its kids & family offering, with coproductions being sought and shows for tweens in demand. Speaking to TBI at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, Sean Henry, VP of content strategy and acquisitions for kids, EMEA, explained that the company […]

Amazon animation boss talks rights flexibility & building “bigger worlds”

Amazon Studios is looking to create franchises with its animation content and said that while it can be flexible on rights, it would “prefer” exclusivity. Speaking at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, Melissa Wolfe, head of animation and family programming at Amazon’s Prime Video service, revealed that: “We’re looking for everything under […]

Exclusive: Disney’s Orion Ross talks rights, serialised storytelling and ‘Bluey’ love

Disney EMEA is looking to commission complex, serialised animated series and “grounded” pre-school comedies, its animation chief has told TBI here at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. Orion Ross, VP of original programming, animation, for Disney EMEA, added that he is looking for shows that push the boundaries of what people expect […]

Disney orders trio of new animations & extends slew of existing titles

Disney has unveiled a trio of new animated series and announced renewals and additional episode orders for a slew of existing titles at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. Among the new commissions is Zombies: The Re-Animated Series, which is in production at Disney Television Animation and based upon the company’s music-led movie […]

Lupus Films to adapt Benji Davies’ ‘Storm Whale’ trilogy

UK prodco Lupus Films is adapting Benji Davies’ Storm Whale children’s books as a trio of animated specials. Announced during this week’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, The Storm Whale Trilogy will comprise three half-hour specials written and directed by Robin Shaw, who also directed Lupus’ Films 2019 adaptation of The Tiger Who […]

Mediawan’s Method Animation to reboot ‘The Magic Roundabout’

Mediawan Kids and Family label Method Animation is rebooting French children’s stop-motion animation classic Le Manège Enchanté (aka The Magic Roundabout).  The first seasons of the reboot will consist of 52 x 11-minute episodes and is aimed at a preschool audience aged 3-5-years old. The series was announced during this week’s Annecy International Animation Film […]

Disney Branded TV promotes new EVP of TV animation

Disney Branded Television has promoted Meredith Roberts to EVP of TV animation. Roberts previously served as SVP and general manager of the same unit and before that was general manager of Disneytoon Studios, which launched films including the Planes and Tinker Bell/Fairies franchises. From 2004-2007, she was SVP of Creative Affairs, Walt Disney Television Animation, […]

Passion Pictures hires feature exec as head of animation development

UK prodco Passion Pictures has hired feature film exec Nicki Cortese, who worked on franchises including Divergent and Paranormal Activity, as head of development for animated features and series. Cortese will be focused on creating and developing IP alongside Passion’s in-house directors and creative team as well as acquiring outside IP before taking the projects […]

Disney+ fires up African animation with ‘Kizazi Moto’

Disney+ has unveiled two new animated projects from Africa, including a 10-part series that explores fantasy and sci-fi genres. Kizazi Moto: Generation Of Fire will be made up of 10 films exploring an array of cultures, with South African producer Triggerfish overseeing the project. The show will debut on the Mouse House’s global streamer in […]