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Viacom poaches BBC exec for UK kids role

Viacom has hired Sarah Muller to run its kids programming at Channel 5. The new recruit is joining from UK pubcaster the BBC where she is creative director – scripted, animation, coproduction and feature film. She will oversee commissioning and acquisitions at the free-to-air net, which Viacom acquired in 2014, and places her in charge […]

Netflix orders trio of originals, Stranger Things II

Streaming service Netflix has ordered a pair of tween-skewed scripted series, on of which comes from CBBC, a Bill Nye talk show and a second season of summer hit Stranger Things. The tween series are an untitled Horse Mystery project and one based on Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch novels, both of which are billed […]

BBC NHU, DHX open The Zoo for CBBC

UK kids channel CBBC has commissioned a ob-doc series in which the animals of Paignton Zoo will star. The Zoo comes from CBBC’s BBC sister division BBC Natural History Unit and Canada’s DHX Media. It will air on UK public broadcast television next year, with DHX taking international sales rights. The 30-part series began shooting […]

Brexit: what does it mean for kids TV?

The kids TV business is starting to weigh the impact of Britain’s pending European Union exit. The kids sector in the UK was already under pressure, with the amount of locally made content steadily declining, and there was immediate concern over what Brexit will mean in terms of coproduction, access to EU funding and schemes, and […]

Televisa SVOD net takes Imira package

Televisa’s Latin American SVOD service, Blim, has bought eight children’s series from Spanish distributor Imira Entertainment. The deal hands the platform the Imira-produced Lucky Fred (pictured), Lola & Virginia, Sandra the Fairytale Detective, Aurora World’s Yoohoo & Friends, SpeedRacer Next Generation from Imira parent Toonz Entertainment, Zodiak Kids’ Martin Mystery, Xilam’s A Kind of Magic, […]

BBC says channels safe as Kids iPlayer launches

UK pubcaster the BBC has launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service, while pledging to keep its linear channels in place. The BBC iPlayer Kids app was launched today and after the transition of BBC Three from a linear to online service, this prompted questions about whether the Cbeebies and CBBC channels were […]

Danger Mouse spied in Oz, France

FremantleMedia’s new version of spy toon Danger Mouse has made its way to broadcasters in Australasia, France, Ireland and the Middle East. The show, originally for CBBC in the UK, has sold to the ABC in Australia, Channel 4 in New Zealand, Lagardere’s kids channels in France, Irish pubcaster RTÉ and MBC in the Middle […]

BBC Two to restart Robot Wars

UK pubcaster BBC Two has brought eccentric machine battle series Robot Wars back 15 years after it stopped broadcasting on the channel. Mentorn Media Scotland, whose parent company Mentorn Media was the original UK show’s producer, will produce the new 6x60mins series. The original BBC Two show ran between 1998 and 2001, before switching to […]

CBBC calls on Robot Wars successor Airmaggedon

UK kids TV channel CBBC has commissioned DHX Media to produce two seasons of a new drone-based battle format, Airmaggedon, which is from the creator of Robot Wars. DHX-owned Canadian channel Family CHRGD has also picked up the show, which is being produced in association with Conceive Media. DHX will also get international distribution rights […]

CBBC, Worldwide create toon pilot scheme

UK kids channel CBBC and its commercial cousin BBC Worldwide have launched a pilot scheme designed to identify Britain’s next generation of animators. ANIM8 represents the first time CBBC has created a pilot scheme that will offer successful entrants development funding. CBBC and BBCWW are inviting pitches from individuals, studios and companies for comedy projects […]