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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 […]

Kids roundup: HBO Max seeks ‘Squish’; Kids execs launch new prodco; Netflix picks up Xilam’s ‘Trico’

HBO Max seeks ‘Squish’ WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max has acquired animated kids’ comedy Squish, following a deal with distributor Federation Kids & Family. The 52 x 11-minute series is due to land on the US SVOD in Q1 of 2021. Produced by Federation-owned Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior, and executive produced and developed by John Derevlany, the […]

Kids round-up: Wildbrain reveals management rejig; M6 and Canal+ partner on ‘Presto’; C5 extends Daisy & Ollie’

Wildbrain reveals management appointments Canadian producer and distributor Wildbrain has revamped its senior management team with a raft of new appointments. Former Universal Kids boss Deirdre Brennan becomes EVP of content partnerships,overseeing distribution and building on an advisor role she had with the company since last year. Michael Riley has been appointed chief brands officer […]

Kids round-up: DHX, CBBC take to ‘Springboard’; Hoho strikes Bomanbridge deal; Cumberbatch boards C4’s ‘Tiger Who Came To Tea’

Canada’s Family Channel, CBBC take to Springboard DHX Television’s Family Channel in Canada and CBBC in the UK is working with Beachwood Canyon Productions (BCP) on a live-action gymnastics series. Springboard (previously known as Up In the Air) has been created by Frank van Keeken (The Next Step) and will debut in 2020, with production […]

Kids round-up: UK remake of Israeli craft show, Nick appoints for pre-school

CBBC remakes Israeli kids craft format UK children’s channel CBBC has ordered an adaptation of an Israeli format that sees kids creating art and food for parties. Craft Party is originally from Israel’s Nutz Productions, a subsidiary of Ananey Communications, and will be remade for the BBC by Keshet Productions UK. Two 10 x 15 […]

Japan’s NHK acquires UK kids show ‘The Worst Witch’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has struck a deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) for UK children’s live-action show The Worst Witch. NHK, which will dub the series using a cast of local Japanese actors, has acquired the first two seasons for its educational network E-Tele Channel. The series is based on the eponymous children’s fictional works by […]

Cloudco bolsters distribution team with Partner

Kids TV producer and distributor Cloudco Entertainment has hired Sam Partner as VP international content distribution. Based at Cloudco’s London office, Partner joins from Beyond Distribution, where he was SVP sales for German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux & Kids. He has previously worked at The Pokémon Company International and Fremantle. Partner will report to Karen Vermeulen, […]

CBBC exec boards Beano Studios

Beano Studios has appointed CBBC exec Tim Searle as its head of animation. In the role, Searle will creatively direct and develop all of Beano Studios’ animated content. The 25-year animation veteran was previously executive producer of animation at CBBC. He also served as EP of Danger Mouse. Previously, he was series director of Mr. […]

Benbow exiting in BBC Children’s shake-up

Kay Benbow is the leaving the children’s division of UK pubcaster the BBC as part of a major shake-up that makes Cheryl Taylor its content chief. The key change sees CBeebies chief Benbow (pictured right) leaving the Corporation at the end of the year, with current CBBC chief Cheryl Taylor (below left) becoming head of […]

BBC’s Webb: ‘fewer but bigger kids commissions’

The head of UK pubcaster the BBC’s kids department has said her division’s commissioning focus has switched to ordering fewer, but “bigger and better” shows. Alice Webb, controller of BBC Children’s, announced the strategy in the opening keynote session at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield last night. “With so much competition out there, we […]

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