Brian Robbins


Netflix, Nickelodeon strike multi-year output deal for animated film and TV

  Netflix and Nickelodeon have struck a multi-year output deal for original animated feature films and TV series that could see a Spongebob spin-off heading to the streaming giant.  The new programmes will be based on Nickelodeon’s roster of characters as well as new IP. The deal, which will bolster the kid and teen-friendly content on […]

Viacom acquires ‘Garfield’ in major IP coup

Viacom has scored a major coup in its acquisition of Garfield IP.   The deal was struck between kids brand Nickelodeon and Paws Inc., which holds global IP rights to the franchise as well as U.S. Acres, including rights related to content, consumer products and location-based experiences. The acquisition is expected to close in the […]

Ex-AwesomenessTV chief joins Paramount

AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins as joined Paramount Pictures to lead a new youth-skewed division. Robbins will run Paramount Players, which will be devoted to producing films derived from the Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and BET brands. The move is the first major deal for Paramount since Fox veteran Jim Gianopulos became its chairman and CEO. […]

Robbins exits AwesomenessTV

Brian Robbins is leaving AwesomenessTV, the kids-focused multichannel network he founded five years ago. Robbins co-created AwesomenessTV with Joe Davola in 2012, and together they turned the business into the pre-eminent MCN for children and teenagers, ultimately selling up to DreamWorks Animation. With DreamWorks in turn selling to Comcast for US$3.8 billion, and the joint […]

ITV, AwesomenessTV create UK block

Details of the upcoming AwesomenessTV-themed block coming to UK digital terrestrial channel ITV2 have been revealed. 2Awesome is the name of the programming block first touted when broadcaster ITV and youth-skewed digital producer and network Awesomeness joined forces to distribute programming in the UK in July. The pact marks one of the most significant partnerships […]

ITV, AwesomenessTV create UK pact

UK broadcaster ITV and kids-focused YouTube channel operator AwesomenessTV have entered into a two-year content agreement. This will see AwesomenessTV shows debuting exclusively in the UK on digital terrestrial ITV2 and on-demand platform ITV Hub, which is getting exclusive programming for the first time. Included is a new extended weekend programme for ITV2 in early […]

Verizon buys Awesomeness stake, preps TVOD net

US telco Verizon has bought a quarter of AwesomenessTV in a deal valuing the multichannel network at US$650 million. The agreement, which is subject to approval, will leave DreamWorks Animation with 51% of the firm, and Verizon and Hearst Corp. both with 24.5%. Further to that, Verizon plans to create a premium, short-form mobile video […]

YouTube, Seibert set for Junior@MIPTV

The second Junior@MIPTV event on Tuesday, April 14, will feature YouTube’s global head of family and learning and animation veteran Fred Seibert. Malik Ducard, who is overseeing the launch of the YouTube Kids app, will appear at the event’s Future of Kids TV Summit. Seibert, the last president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons will also appear alongside […]

The Royals – Lionsgate’s regal ambition

E! is best-known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels has now taken the leap into drama, ordering its first series, The Royals. Shot in London, the show stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, the head of a fictional British Royal family. Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill) […]

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 […]