Bob The Builder

Virgin TV signs ‘biggest kids deal to date’ with DHX

DHX Media has acquired a distribution deal with Virgin TV UK for SVOD rights in the UK and Ireland for a total of 615 hours of content. A total of 30 titles from DHX Media’s library have been licensed on a non-exclusive basis. The deal includes seasons 15 to 19 of Bob the Builder, as […]

DHX, Mattel team for new Bob, Fireman Sam

DHX Media and Mattel are joining forces to make new multiplatform content based on the classic Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Little People and Polly Pocket properties. Canada-based producer, distributor and channel operator DHX and toy company Mattel will co-fund and co-develop new long- and shortform content based on the above-mentioned brands. The resulting content […]

Kids SVOD platform secures BBCWW, HIT deals

Digital preschool service OobEdoO has added shows from BBC Worldwide and HIT Entertainment to its line-up. From the BBC’s commercial arm comes season four of Balamory and season three of Charlie and Lola, while HIT is providing two 50-minute specials and six episodes of Barney & Friends. OobEdoO already offers programming from Bob the Builder, […]

Rainmaker names Mainframe production chief

Canadian animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has promoted Kylie Ellis to vice president, production at its TV division, Mainframe Entertainment. The newly-created position means Ellis will work on Mainframe’s original content and service work productions, reporting to Rainmaker’s senior VP, production and operations Kim Dent Wilder. She currently oversees Rainmaker’s 104x10mins episodes of Hit Entertainment’s Bob […]

HBO, Showtime deals for Presto as Stan taps ABC

Australian on-demand services Presto and Stan have both scored new programming deals. The deals come as Australia’s on-demand market adapts to a number of new services launching in the territory in recent months, and ahead of the upcoming launch of Netflix. Presto’s deals hand the Foxtel-owned SVOD service HBO programming including The Sopranos, Entourage, The […]

Chapman builds Snowman, Camp Yeti

Canada-based producer and distributor Nelvana has come on board preschool CGI series Camp Yeti, which comes from Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman. Chapman has created a new UK-based company, Abominable Snowman, with Ian Liddell from Studio Liddell (Cloudbabies), to oversee the project. Chapman and Lidell have previously worked together on Roary the Racing Car […]

Ex-MGM boss Hendry joins Rainmaker board

The former senior executive VP of television operations at LA studio MGM has joined the board of Canadian animation producer Rainmaker Entertainment. Steve Hendry will join a board that also comprises Tim McElvaine, Craig Graham, Jeff Sackman and Patrick Ryan. While at MGM, Hendry was responsible for financial operations, forecasting, planning and analysis for the […]

News brief: Oznoz buys HIT package

Kids app Oznoz has added a package of programming from HIT Entertainment. The deal hands Canada-based Oznoz shows such as Thomas & Thomas, Angelina Ballerina, Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Kipper and Rubberduckers. The Oznoz interface allows users to search for programming by language and age group, and purchase relevant episodes or seasons of […]

News brief: Hulu adds Thomas, Sesame Street, Bob

US streaming service Hulu has added hundreds of episodes of children’s TV programming. As of today Hulu Kids will include new episodes of shows such as Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot and The Electric Company. There will also be new Spanish-language programming. Hulu closed the […]

Keith Chapman: Bob creator starts building

Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman is back on the kids TV scene with new Nickelodeon series Paw Patrol. He tells Jesse Whittock about his latest projects, the importance of a US partner and why his former firm, Chapman Entertainment, went under last year. “I’m back now doing what I did with Bob when I […]