TBI Kids: How live-action shows are flying high again

Animation was seen as something of a safer bet through the pandemic, as live-action producers fought ongoing challenges and delays. Helen Dugdale explores if business has yet returned to its former equilibrium Rewind a couple of years and the world was in the grip of the Coronavirus pandemic. Broadcasters and streamers were adapting to a […]

BBC to close CBBC & BBC Four as ‘digital first’ agenda set out

The BBC in the UK is closing children-focused channel CBBC and arts-skewing BBC Four, as well as slashing 1,000 jobs, as part of plans to cut budgets and create a “digital-first public service media organisation”. The moves were revealed by BBC chief Tim Davie, who told staff that the plan “focuses on creating a modern, […]

CBBC takes a spin with Yeti’s teen ballroom dancer doc

CBBC, the children’s division of UK pubcaster the BBC, has commissioned a documentary about a pair of teenage ballroom dancers for its My Life strand. Produced by Welsh firm Yeti, the 1 x 30-minute My Life: Battle Of The Ballroom follows Bailey and Summer, two budding 13-year-old ballroom champions from Blackwood, South Wales as they […]

Why a Covid-fuelled podcast boom is set to last

Josh Adley, director of commercial & client relations at UK podcast studio Listen, explains how TV producers and broadcasters can make the most of a move into the podcast space. At the start of the pandemic, there was a noticeable shift in mindset from TV companies – podcasts shot up their list of priorities. Productions had […]

Kids round-up: ‘Dodger’ heads up CBBC slate; Mikros names Miloro president; Wildbrain to co-pro emoji series    

‘Dodger’ heads up CBBC slate CBBC, UK pubcaster BBC’s children’s channel, has commissioned a slew of new original shows, headlined by Dodger, a prequel to Charles Dickens’ iconic novel Oliver Twist. The 10 x 45-minute family adventure is produced by NBCUniversal International Studios and will follows the exploits of the infamous pickpocket, The Artful Dodger, and Fagin’s […]

Kids round-up: Wildbrain hires Spin Master alum Withrington for development role; Genius Brands appoints Harold Chizick to head sales; CBBC seeks Screen Glue show

Wildbrain hires Spin Master alum Withrington for development role Canada’s WildBrain has appointed Lorna Withrington to the newly created role of VP of development-animation. The former Spin Master exec will help drive the strategic vision behind the company’s multi-genre slate of original animation, collaborating closely with creators, writers, artists and other production stakeholders to “instil […]

TBI Kids: BBC Studios on the global reach of ‘Planet Defenders’

We often hear how the future of the planet and the animals that live upon it rest in the hands of the next generation – and this new series from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit aims to assure us that the conservationists of tomorrow have a firm grip on things. Kicking off last Friday, […]

UK’s CBBC acquires ‘The New Legends Of Monkey’

BBC-owned children’s channel CBBC has acquired both seasons of live-action kids’ series The New Legends Of Monkey, following a deal with London-based distributor Serious Lunch, with the first season set to air next year. The 20 x 26-minute series was produced by See-Saw Films, the British-Australian studio behind Top Of The Lake and State Of […]

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