Aussie pubcaster moving educational shows to ABC3

Australia’s pubcaster the ABC has decided to move its educational children’s programming to dedicated kids channel ABC3. The ABC says mobbing the shows from ABC1 will allow it to double its educational offering by increasing its programming block to two hours. Learning programmes will air on weekdays from 10am to 12pm during school terms from […]

Uecker to exit ABC Children’s

Barbara Uecker is leaving Australian public broadcaster the ABC. Uecker, who is head of programming and acquisitions for ABC TV Children’s, is exiting on March 28 to “pursue other opportunities”, according to the broadcaster. She has been with the ABC since 2008, during which time she is credited with building the ABC3 and ABC4 Kids […]

News brief: ABC, Teletoon onboard comedy toon Winston

ABC3 in Australia and Canada’s teletoon have greenlit production on Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong, a new 52x11mins comedy toon. The pair are attached to the 2D show, which Entertainment One Family developed alongside Aussie producer Sticky Pictures. Winston follows the titular Winston, his feline friend Sir Dudley and an uptight alien as […]

First international broadcast deal for Stan Lee’s Mighty 7

ABC in Australia has become the first international buyer of comic book-inspired toon movie trilogy Stan Lee’s Mighty 7. It will broadcast on children’s channel ABC3 later this year following a deal with distributor PGS Entertainment. Mighty 7 comes drom Stan Lee Comics, a newly-formed joint venture between Genius Brands International, Lee’s POW! Entertainment and […]

ABC1 drops children’s programming

Australian broadcaster ABC1 will move children’s programming to dedicated digital channels as the country completes its digital switchover, it was announced today. From 2 February children’s programmes – including mainstay Play School, which has been broadcast on the ABC since 1966 and acquired shows including Peppa Pig (pictured) – will be transmitted on ABC3 and […]

ABC buys BBCWW, DHX kids’ content

Australian public broadcaster ABC has acquired more than 50 hours of children’s programming from BBC Worldwide and licensed three titles from Canada’s DHX Media. This comes as BBCWW’s announced it was partnering with ABC rival Foxtel to create a new first-run content subscription channel, news that came as a shock to ABC, according to local […]

Starz goes wild at Bindi’s Bootcamp

US premium cablenet Starz has bought children’s wildlife game show series Bindi’s Bootcamp from distributor FremantleMedia. Starz channel Starz Kids & Family will debut the FremantleMedia Australia and Sticky Pictures-produced show on May 1, at 6pm ET/PT. It debuted on Australian net ABC3 in July last year,. The wildlife competition show is hosted by Bindi […]

News brief: Broadcasters tune in to Figaro Pho

A raft of broadcasters have acquired animated kids series Figaro Pho. Canal+ in France, HBO Czech, BBC Kids in Canada & Cartoon Network Latin America have all picked up the Chocolate Liberation Front-produced CGI series. The show launched last October on Australian public broadcaster ABC’s ABC3 kids channel. International sales are handled by ABC Commercial, […]

Wizards Vs. Aliens sells to Oz and NZ

Wizards Vs. Aliens, the kids and family show from the Doctor Who writing team, has sold to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it has been picked up by public broadcaster the ABC for its ABC3 digital kids channel. It will debut on April 25. UKTV has pay TV rights and will start […]

ZDF buys Aussie Prank Patrol

ZDF has acquired the Australian version of kids hidden camera series Prank Patrol. The German public broadcaster acquired the series from Marvista, which sells it internationally. The show was created by Canadian indie Apartment 11 for Canada’s YTV. The Australian version of the live-action series, which travels from the cities of Melbourne to Brisbane, is […]