ABC1 drops children’s programming

Australian broadcaster ABC1 will move children’s programming to dedicated digital channels as the country completes its digital switchover, it was announced today. From 2 February children’s programmes – including mainstay Play School, which has been broadcast on the ABC since 1966 and acquired shows including Peppa Pig (pictured) – will be transmitted on ABC3 and […]

CBBC to premiere Henry Winkler series on iPlayer

UK kids channel CBBC will launch its new comedy drama series Hank Zipzer on its online iPlayer platform before broadcast. The upcoming scripted show stars Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler and is based on his book Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, which – is based on the star’s own experiences as a young boy growing […]

CBBC unveils new in-house dramas, comedy

UK children’s channel CBBC has commissioned a trio of in-house scripted series. Hetty Feather is a 10x30mins series based on a Jacqueline Wilson novel of the same name told through the eyes of children inhabiting the Foundling Hospital in Victorian-era Britain and Helen Blakeman is lead writer. It will air on the net in 2014 […]

Danish kids undergoes localised Operation

DR’s children’s channel DR Ultra has ordered a local version of CBBC medical entertainment series Operation Ouch! and has acquired the original British programme. The Danish pubcaster has commissioned local prodco Koncern TV & Filmproduktion to produce a series for a 2014 debut, following a deal with distributor Serious Lunch, which launched the format at […]

CBBC hands Argonon first kids drama commission

CBBC has lined up a new major children’s drama series, which has writer Emma Reeves attached. Argonon-owned Leopardrama will produce Eve, which is the first scripted commission Cheryl Taylor has made since being named controller of CBBC last year. The 13x30mins high-concept series will debut in winter 2015 and be the first children’s-focused drama from […]

Trust says BBC Children’s must reach out to older kids

The BBC’s kids channels CBBC and Cbeebies are performing well, but the public broadcaster needs to commission more content for older children and to address changing media consumption habits, according to a review by the BBC Trust. The BBC’s services for children were reviewed by the Trust as part of its rolling programme examining each […]

News brief: Junior Vets get more training at CBBC

Factual entertainment series Junior Vets has been given a second season on UK children’s digital channel CBBC. The series’ first run went out in January and CBBC has now given it a new 10x60mins series, which will film at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer. It sees six young vets […]

News brief: CBBC orders more Dani’s Castle

UK kids channel CBBC has greenlit a second season of live action drama series Dani’s Castle. The show, a follow-on from Dani’s House, is produced bu Zodiak-owned The Foundation and is distributed by Zodiak Kids. It follows Dani Harmer (Tracey Beaker) as she moves to a run-down castle that she has inherited. The second 13x30mins […]

FremantleMedia and BBC on kids partnership

Earlier this year the BBC and the Kids and Family division of FremantleMedia inked a multi-year deal that will see them co-develop and produce a range of kids series for preschool and older audiences, across live-action and animation. BBC Children’s boss Joe Godwin and FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment’s Bob Higgins tell Stewart Clarke about […]

Disney buys Wolfblood for global channels and new German service

Disney Channel has taken free and pay TV rights to hit live action kids series Wolfblood in Germany, the US and several other territories. Disney is launching a free-to-air Disney Channel in Germany at the start of next year, in turn sparking changes at Super RTL, the FTA channel in which it is currently a […]