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Kids bulletin: Gaumont launches ‘Pirate Mouse’; Cake boards ‘Woozle & Pip’; Cosmos-Maya sets up sales arm

Gaumont, Amsterdam team for ‘Pol The Pirate Mouse’ Gaumont and Amsterdam-based Submarine are partnering on animated series Pol The Pirate Mouse. The co-production is based on the eponymous children’s book written by renowned writer Tingue Dongelman and illustrated by Denise van Leeuven. The project (52 x 11 minutes) was presented by Bruno Felix of Submarine […]

Diversity in TV must start early

While representation in kids’ TV has increased in recent years, it’s still got a long way to go before it becomes mainstream. Ann-Marie Corvin reports From Sesame Street to Dora, there’s a perception that kids TV leads the way when it comes to positively championing themes of inclusion and diversity, but statistics suggest otherwise. The […]

Kids round-up: Nelvana’s China Tales, Cake’s Dragon, Jetpack hire & Crackerjack revival

Nelvana, WeKids partner on China Tales Incubator Corus Entertainment-owned producer-distributor Nelvana, Chinese animation distribution specialist WeKids and animation software firm Toon Boom Animation have teamed up on a talent initiative out of China. The China Tales Incubator is to attract talent and uncover story ideas to develop, produce and distribute for audiences in China and […]

Kids round-up: Nick taps Disney for strategy exec; Serious Lunch hires ex-CAKE exec for global sales

Nickelodeon has hired Disney Channels Worldwide exec Paul DeBenedittis as executive VP of programming and content strategy. At Disney DeBenedittis was senior VP of programming strategy across worldwide channels, including Disney Junior and Disney XD. Now at Nick, the exec will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for the flagship network, […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

Total Drama prequel to launch at MIPCOM

Children’s distribution company CAKE is set to launch the prequel to kids’ hit Total Drama at MIPCOM. Aimed at 6-11 year olds, Total Dramarama will re-introduce favourite cast members and revert them from teenagers to toddlers. Produced by Fresh TV, in association with Teletoon and Cartoon Network US, Total Drama’s original iteration aired in every […]

TBI Weekly: The billion dollar US pay TV drop

This week, damning numbers hinting US pay TV may face significant trouble in its near future emerged. There are some that believe that pay TV platforms may not have a future over the next few years and decades, as the industry continues to fragment and direct-to-consumer services reach astronomical figures in viewership and subscriptions. In […]

Kids industry veteran joins Cake

UK-based kids distributor Cake has appointed industry veteran Rob Doherty as its VP of production. The former Aardman Animations, Disney and ITV producer will work closely with Cake CEO and creative director Tom van Waveren and VP of creative Emily Whinnet. His duties will include working on Cake’s slate of coproductions and overseeing production partnerships […]

TBI Weekly: Brand power could hold key for the future of TV

This week, it’s become clear that simply having quality content is no longer enough to drive viewers to networks. A core set of networks and providers dominate viewer time and those providing easy access to them fair the best, new stats show. So much for the brave new world in which anyone can compete with […]

NBCU, BBC execs in as Cake expands sales team

UK-based kids TV distributor has a new head of sales, and has hired former NBCUniversal (NBCU) and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) executives to expand the team. Bianca Rodriguez (pictured) has been upped to sales chief, having joined the company in 2011. Working under her will be Julien Farçat, a former sales manager at NBCU, and Franscesca […]

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