New players set for MIP Digital Fronts

The second MIP Digital Fronts will include the likes of AwesomenessTV, Collective Digital Studio and New Form Digital. Machinima, Screen Australia and Vox Media will also present their latest digital content wares at the event, which debuted last year during MIPTV. This year’s event, which runs from April 15-16 in the Cannes’ Palais des Festivals, […]

Netflix buys AwesomenessTV movie

Netflix has acquired Expelled, the comedy film from online teen network AwesomenessTV. The movie has had a theatrical launch as well as being available on the AwesomenessTV online platform. AwesomenessTV, which is owned by DreamWorks, has also worked with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to launch Expelled on an electronic sell through basis on digital […]

Netflix splashes out on Richie Rich

Netflix has acquired another original kids series, Richie Rich. The live-action show will be based on Richie, the comic book character and star of the eponymous 1994 feature film. It follows Richie, the richest kid in the world. DreamWorks-owned digital channel operator and producer AwesomenessTV is making the show, which will debut on Netflix in […]

DreamWorks launches YouTube channel

Hollywood and family content studio DreamWorks has launched DreamWorksTV, a new YouTube channel programmed with original short-form live-action and animated shows. Brian Robbins will run the new channel having attracted significant volumes of viewers to his teen-skewed YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, which was acquired by DreamWorks last year. As well as the original short-form series there […]

AwesomenessTV buys $15m MCN

Digital teen channel manager AwesomenessTV has acquired YouTube multichannel network Big Frame for US$15 million. AwesomnessTV is one of the largest digital channels and content providers and will count online talent incubator Big Frame among its assets once the deal closes in April, subject to various regulatory approvals. The agreement is for US$15 million in […]

DreamWorks confirms daily YouTube series

Animation studio DreamWorks is launching YouTube Nation, a daily series that will showcase the best new content on the online video site. YouTube Nation will appear exclusively on YouTube and is the first daily series produced by DreamWorks Animation. It also marks the first time the YouTube brand has been used for a daily programme. […]

DreamWorks into TV: Classic and Awesome

In diversifying away from movies, DreamWorks has made two key acquisitions, the multimillion dollar deal for digital producer and channel manager AwesomenessTV and US$155 million acquisition of Classic Media. Classic Media founder Eric Ellenbogen tells Stewart Clarke about becoming part of DreamWorks. DreamWorks Classics offers something no other kids company can, says Eric Ellenbogen: the […]

TV sales aid DreamWorks Animation revenue

DreamWorks Animation has posted revenue of US$154.5 million and a US$10.1 million profit, in part thanks to sales from its DreamWorks Classics TV brands division. While a large part of the numbers come from DreamWorks’ film business, TV operations posted revenue of US$18.2 million and gross profit of US$4.2 million in the three months to […]

Katzenberg eyes extended DreamWorks-Netflix deal

DreamWorks cofounder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that he hopes the programming deal his studio has with Netflix can run for more than the initial three years agreed. In July DreamWorks sealed a deal to make 300 hours of original animated series for Netflix. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes, Katzenberg told delegates: “The deal is […]

News brief: Sprout, Moshi, AwesomenessTV to keynote MIPJunior

Top executives from US kids network Sprout, YouTube multi-channel operator AwesomnessTV and emerging children’s brand Moshi Monsters (above) will deliver keynote speeches at October’s MIPJunior event. Sprout president Sandy Wax, DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins and Moshi’s Michael Acton Smith will give their speeches on Sunday, October 6, as part of MIPJunior Digital Kids conference, […]