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Kids roundup: Kelebek options Christmas adventure tale; BBC orders more ‘Petsaurus’ adventures; Wildbrain Spark launches dedicated subtitled channel

Kelebek Media options Christmas adventure tale UK-based indie prodco Kelebek Media has optioned the rights to Alex T Smith’s children’s story How Winston Delivered Christmas with a view to developing into specials and a series. Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) has been brought on board as director and will also produce alongside Kelebek […]

Kids round-up: Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec; Sky names commissioners; South Korea’s Asiana agrees Cottonwood deal

Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec French studio Xilam Animation has appointed Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions in EMEA as its EVP of content. Caterina Gonnelli joins the company on 13 January and will work alongside Xilam’s existing EVP of content Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of the French company’s output. She […]

BBC Children’s Jackie Edwards to head up BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

The BBC’s head of children’s acquisitions and animation, Jackie Edwards, has been appointed as head of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF). The YACF is a new pilot delivered by the BFI as part of the UK Government’s support for “distinct, high-quality content” for children and young audiences to be broadcast […]

BBC Children’s to steer away from VR programming

The BBC’s head of children’s products, Lucie McLean, said she is hesitant to create VR products for young viewers until research proves it is safe to do so, during The Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK. “My nervousness is putting a headset on a child,” she said. “I’m yet to see the research that says […]

BBC launches interactive voice drama

The BBC has launched what it describes as its first “interactive voice drama” – an experimental experience for Amazon Alexa devices called The Inspection Chamber. The sci-fi comedy drama, which the BBC claims was inspired by authors like Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka, goes live today today via BBC Taster and the Alexa Skill Store […]

UK factual indie hires BBC exec for kids TV

Scotland-based indie Maramedia is blending its natural history programming roots with children’s television for the first time. The company has brought in former head of children’s production for BBC Scotland Simon Parsons to lead a new Marakids children’s brand. Last week, BBC Children’s announced a new Maramedia-produced drama and factual entertainment format titled Gudrun the […]

BBC tackles kids SVOD threat with £34m boost

BBC Children’s will receive its largest cash boost “in a generation”, with an extra £34 million (US$44 million) earmarked above current budget levels. Tony Hall, director general UK pubcaster the BBC, has made it a priority to combat the growing influence of US-based subscription VOD services, and today’s announcement ties into that narrative. The new […]

BBC says channels safe as Kids iPlayer launches

UK pubcaster the BBC has launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service, while pledging to keep its linear channels in place. The BBC iPlayer Kids app was launched today and after the transition of BBC Three from a linear to online service, this prompted questions about whether the Cbeebies and CBBC channels were […]

CBBC, Worldwide create toon pilot scheme

UK kids channel CBBC and its commercial cousin BBC Worldwide have launched a pilot scheme designed to identify Britain’s next generation of animators. ANIM8 represents the first time CBBC has created a pilot scheme that will offer successful entrants development funding. CBBC and BBCWW are inviting pitches from individuals, studios and companies for comedy projects […]

BBC to launch dedicated kids iPlayer next year

The BBC will launch a dedicated children’s version of the iPlayer next year and has also unveiled further details of its proposed iPlay kids digital service. Speaking in Salford on Friday, director of BBC Children’s Alice Webb said that the new children’s iPlayer service will be a standalone app that provides a “safe environment” for children […]