Round-up: Discovery+ Finland gets re-‘Connected’; CBeebies pre-buys new ‘Kiri And Lou’; Quintus bolsters factual offering

Discovery+ Finland gets re-‘Connected’ Discovery+ has commissioned a sixth season of Armoza Formats’ docu-reality show Connected for Finland. Created by Koda Communications, the half-hour format gives cameras to four people who don’t know each other, which they use to film their lives. Through the cameras, five parallel stories unfold and gradually become connected. A ninth […]

CAKE & ‘The Boys’ prodco Kickstart hire Disney alum to lead new firm

UK-based kids outfit CAKE has partnered with Kickstart Entertainment, the prodco behind Amazon’s drama The Boys, on a new venture that is to be led by a former Disney exec. CakeStart is described as a full-service production company that will develop and produce kids and family live-action projects for the global market. It is being headed up by Kory Lunsford, the former head […]

Kids firm CAKE moves into production as Ed Galton replaces Tom van Waveren as CEO

Kids firm CAKE has appointed Ed Galton to replace Tom van Waveren as CEO at the company, which has also revealed plans to launch a new production division. Van Waveren will sell his shares in the company and formally depart in May after 15 years, to be replaced by Galton, CAKE’s former MD. Former finance […]

Kids round-up: Beyond shops ‘The World According To Grandpa’; Cyber launches animation studio; Rai welcomes ‘Pablo’

Beyond Rights shops ‘The World According To Grandpa’ Beyond Rights has acquired worldwide distribution rights to kids’ series The World According To Grandpa, which it will be officially launching to the international market at the upcoming Kidscreen. Produced by Saffron Cherry TV for UK broadcaster Channel 5, the 25 x 11-minute series is based on […]

Kids round-up: Tencent Video becomes new Chinese home for ‘Shaun The Sheep’; Acamar Films makes key UK hires; ‘Dino Dana’ movie roars onto Canada’s Cineplex Store and more…

Tencent and Aardman do ‘Shaun The Sheep’ deal UK studio Aardman has signed a deal with Tencent Video to make the streaming platform the new home for Shaun The Sheep in China. The streamer will pick up all 170 x 7-minute episodes of the animated series, which is also carried by Netflix outside of China. […]

Netflix preps ‘Angry Birds’ long-form series from Cake, Rovio Entertainment

Netflix has ordered an animated series from UK-based Cake and game company Rovio Entertainment based on the Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds: Summer Madness (40 x 11-minutes) will include existing characters from the IP and new characters as they spend time at a summer camp. The show will premiere in 2021 and feature the “explosive […]

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 […]

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