ABC launches ABC MEe channel and app

Australian pubcaster the ABC will launch its new kids TV and digital service, ABC Me, at the end of the week. The channel replaces ABC3, as previously announced, and targets 5-to-11s with local content and international kids fare. The ABC will launch a companion app at the same time as the channel on September 16. […]

ABC retools ABC3 under new guise

Australian pubcaster the ABC has renamed its kids-focused network ABC3 to create “a complete digital and broadcast service designed to reflect and celebrate the lives, interests and diversity of young Australians”. The channel will be known as ABC Me from September 19, and will “embrace the experiences of Australian school-aged children”. It will focus on […]

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 […]

News brief: Iberian nets buy eOne toon

Kids networks in Spain and Portugal have acquired 2D animated series Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong from eOne Family. Spanish free-to-air net TVE Clan bought the show for Spain, with pay TV channel Biggs doing the same in Portugal. The 52x11mins series, from Sticky Pictures and eOne and for Teletoon in Canada and […]

ABC3 locates Nowhere Boys movie

Australian kids channel ABC3 is bringing a feature-length version of its live-action series Nowhere Boys to television. The property, which Matchbox Pictures produces, has been successful as a series the ABC’s kids division, which is set to lose its controller, Deidre Brennan. Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows will now debut on ABC3 on Sunday, […]

CBBC welcomes Odd Squad

UK kids broadcaster CBBC has acquired Sinking Ship Entertainment’s daytime live-action series Odd Squad and will launch it this month. The 40x22mins series will debut on June 22 on the digital BBC channel. Odd Squad follows two young agents working for a government division run by kids equipped advanced but unpredictable gadgetry. Canada’s Sinking Ship […]

CBBC, ABC explore Secret Life of Boys

Pubcasters in the UK and Australia have co-commissioned a live-action interactive drama about an eleven-year-old Aussie girl that spends the summer with her male English cousins. CBBC and ABC3 have greenlit The Secret Life of Boys, which Zodiak Kids’ newly-renamed production division Zodiak Kids Studios will produce in the UK. A series of 25 five-minute […]

News brief: North Europe, Belgian nets go Deep

A pair of Scandinavian channels, one from Finland and one from Belgium have boarded Technicolor’s CG-animation The Deep. Belgium’s Ketnet, Norway’s NRK, Sweden’s SVT and Finland’s YLE have all pre-bought the show, which is 26 episodes long and for Seven Network and ABC3 in Australia and Super RTL in Germany. Technicolor distributes the series, which […]

Jetpack bags Oz, Kiwi kids shows

Jetpack Distribution has acquired rights to a pair of Australasian-produced children’s shows. From New Zealand’s Pop-Up Workshop comes the 52x11mins live-action puppet show The Moe Show and from Australia’s 1440 Productions is the 26x30mins Heart & Soul. The Moe Show follows a friendly monster that lives with his teddy in their treehouse. UK-based Jetpack takes […]

News brief: Broadcasters undertake Gaumont’s Quest

A number of pay and free TV channels have acquired Gaumont Animation’s 26x30mins action toon Lanfeust Quest. Among the deals, the series will debut in Spain on pay net Disney Channel before getting a second window on free-to-air broadcaster TVE. ABC3 in Australia, Disney Channel in German-speaking Europe and Turkey and Disney XD in the […]