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News round-up: Curiosity orders Impossible Factual trio; RMC Decouverte unearths Mayan docuseries; ‘Kangaroo Beach’ hops back

Curiosity orders Impossible Factual trio Curiosity has ordered three new documentary series from UK indie Impossible Factual, totalling 22 hours of programming, for its streamer Curiosity Stream. The commissions include History: The Interesting Bits, an 8 x 60-minute series narrated by Alexander Armstrong that incorporates animation, archival material, and expert opinions on some of the big […]

ABC Kids & BBCWW partner for animated series

ABC Kids and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) have partnered with Ludo Studio on a new preschool animated series. Production has started on Bluey, an Australian animated preschool series created by Joe Brumm and co-commissioned by ABC Kids and the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. The series has received funding support from Screen Australia, which […]

All ABC Oz nets now streaming

Australian pubcaster the ABC is now offering viewers access to all of its channels via streaming platform iView. From today ABC2, ABC3, ABC Kids and ABC News 24 will be available live on computers, smartphones and tablets. All live-streams will reflect ABC’s Sydney, New South Wales schedule. Networks Seven, Nine and Ten – ABC’s main […]

Giggle and Hoot spin-off for ABC Kids

The ABC in Australia is soon to debut an animated series spun out of its preschool toon Giggle and Hoot. Hoot Hoot Go! will be a 26x5mins series for 3-6s for the ABC Kids channel, and will follow “themes of friendship and teamwork through imaginative play and action”. The live action-CGI puppetry hybrid follows the […]

Raydar cruises into Cannes with Sydney Sailboat

Indie distributor Raydar Media has ABC preschool series Sydney Sailboat for MIPJunior and MIPCOM. The 52x11mins animated kids series launched on the ABC Kids channel earlier this year and is known as Bubble Bath Bay locally. The Essential Media-produced CGI show became one of the digital net’s top performers and Raydar will launch it internationally […]

Sprout buys Maya, Sydney

NBC’s US children’s channel Sprout has acquired European- and Australian-produced cartoon series. One deal with Studio 100 Media sees the network buy the 78x12mins CGI series and 3D feature film of Maya the Bee, while the other, brokered by distributor Bejuba! Entertainment, is for Essential Media and Entertainment’s preschool animation Sydney Sailboat. The series of […]

ABC launches preschool app

Australian pubcaster the ABC is launching an iPad app aimed at preschoolers. ABC Kids iView will incorporate ABC Kids programming such as Peppa Pig and Bananas in Pyjamas with learning tools. The ABC pointed to research that suggests Australian children aged 2-5 are more like to have access to tablets than kids other age groups, […]

Brooke-Hunt decides against Flying Bark role

Former ABC TV Children’s boss Tim Brooke-Hunt will not be joining Australian indie Flying Bark Productions as previously announced, TBI has learned. Last month, Flying Bark parent Studio 100 Media unveiled Brooke-Hunt’s return to Flying Bark, where he had spent nearly decade when it traded as Yoram Gross Studios, as board president. It has emerged […]

Ex-ABC Kids boss lands at Studio 100

Former ABC Kids boss Tim Brooke-Hunt has joined Europe’s Studio 100 as a board advisor and board president of affiliated Australian prodco Flying Bark Productions. The appointments, effective immediately, will see Brooke-Hunt advising Belgium-based Studio 100 on its animation activities going forward and working closely with Flying Bark’s general manager and executive producer Jim Ballantine […]