41 Entertainment

Discovery Kids Lat Am & China’s Mango TV recruit ‘S.M.A.S.H!’

Discovery Kids Latin America, Discovery TV Frisbee in Italy and Mango TV in China have taken exclusive rights in their respective territories to upcoming children’s animation. S.M.A.S.H!, following deals with distributor 41 Entertainment. These new broadcast partners for the 52 x 11-minute series, from 41 Entertainment subsidiary SMASH Animation, join previous deals with HBO MAX, […]

Kids round-up: 41 Entertainment doubles down on YA animation; Hopster enters New Zealand

41 Entertainment expands YA animation US-based producer 41 Entertainment (41E) has unveiled a second young adult-oriented animation project. Roswell Conspiracies has been created in-house by 41E, which owns exclusive, global, multimedia, animation rights. An 8 x 44 minute first season is planned, with the story revolving around the US site of Area 51 and an […]

Spongebob: The most enduring kids title in TV

This article originally ran in TBI’s MIPCOM issue. We’re republishing it today in honor and memory of Spongebob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died Monday. Spongebob Squarepants is by far the most ‘demanded’ title among children worldwide, according to new data by Parrot Analytics. Data from May to July 2018, highlights that the chirpy yellow sponge […]

Netflix builds LEGO, CiTV partnerships

Netflix has commissioned six original kids series, one from the LEGO Group and another from ITV Studios that will debut in the UK on CiTV. The series are LEGO Elves, Robozuna, The Hollow, Kibaoh Klashers, Super Monsters and Treehouse Detectives. LEGO Elves is notable for extending production partnership between SVOD giant Netflix and Denmark’s LEGO […]

Netflix orders Spy Kids, Skylanders series

Netflix has ordered a raft of new kids series including an animated Spy Kids series and another based on the Skylanders video game (pictured). The US streaming service has greenlit new series from Genius Brands, Activision Blizzard, DreamWorks, 41 Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Spy Kids: Mission Critical, from TWC, will be a toon series […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: which digital service has the most potential?

It seems fair to throw this question to the people running digital services first. Hopster’s Nick Walters selects his own service as the one with most potential, but also sees promise elsewhere. “I think PopJam is really interesting and a promising take on doing social for kids in a way that’s cool, doesn’t condescend, but […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: What is the biggest issue facing the industry?

TBI asks the the most influential players in the kids business for their views on the hot-button topics that are defining the sector in 2016 and beyond Asking folks in the kids industry about the biggest challenge they face elicits a range of responses, most of which can be filed into two areas: funding and […]

Four original kids series for Netflix

Streaming service Netflix has lined up another four original kids series. The shows are Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia from Saban Brands, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane from 41 Entertainment and ARC Productions, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs from Splash Entertainment and Outlook Company, and Puffin Rock from Penguin Random House Children’s, Dog […]

Netflix, Arad line up King Kong toon

Netflix has partnered with former Marvel Studios president Avi Arad to produce an animated kids TV series based on the King Kong story. Arad’s 41 Entertainment, which is behind the recent Pac-Man reboot, will produce a full-length feature film for the streaming service, followed by a 12x30mins series, Kong – King of the Apes, which […]