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News brief: CBBC orders two shows from Zodiak’s Lucky Day

UK kids channel CBBC has ordered a pair of shows from Lucky Day, the UK producer owned by Zodiak Media. Disaster Chefs is a 10x30mins series, hosted by Gastronauts’ Stefan Gates, in which a celebrity cook will help a child who has reported his or her parent for being a terrible cook. It will debut […]

News brief: Russell T. Davies’ Wizards Vs. Aliens finds US home

US children’s channel The Hub has acquired Russell T. Davies’ live-action series Wizards Vs. Aliens. The Discovery Communications and toyco Hasbro joint venture network will launch the show, which comes from Davies and his writing partner Phil Ford, with a two-part episode on Saturday, June 1. The show follows a 16 year-old boy wizard and […]

BBC Trust starts review of kids’ TV services

The BBC Trust, the UK public broadcaster’s governing body, has announced a review of its children’s TV services including CBBC and CBeebies. The review will look at how the two dedicated kids services are performing across TV and online, and will also assess the BBC Executive’s progress on creating radio services for children, including children’s […]

Wizards Vs. Aliens sells to Oz and NZ

Wizards Vs. Aliens, the kids and family show from the Doctor Who writing team, has sold to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it has been picked up by public broadcaster the ABC for its ABC3 digital kids channel. It will debut on April 25. UKTV has pay TV rights and will start […]

Beyond picks up two BBC kids shows

Beyond International has taken international rights to two new kids series, Totally Rubbish and Get Squiggling Letters. Both are from UK indie producer Dot To Dot Productions. Totally Rubbish was commissioned by UK public broadcaster the BBC’s kids channel CBBC and Get Squiggling Letters by its preschool sister channel CBeebies. Totally Rubbish is 10x30mins art […]

New Belgian pay TV service launches with raft of intn’l channels

Dutch telco KPN has launched a new pay TVservice in Belgium, Snow. The service will combine TV, internet and telephony in a bundled offering, competing with existing providers Telenet and Belgacom. The Snow service will be marketed separately from KPN Belgium’s existing mobile telecom offering in the country, Base. The service offers 33 channels including […]

Wizards vs Aliens sells around the world

FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has shopped Wizards vs Aliens, the action adventure show from the team behind Doctor Who, to a raft of international broadcasters. In the US, Hasbro and Discovery joint-venture channel The Hub has acquired the show. it has also sold to the ABC in Australia, HBO Family across Latin America, Canal […]

New season order for FremantleMedia’s Strange Hill High

CBBC has ordered another series of comedy series Strange Hill High, ahead of the first one airing on the UK kids channel. The multimedia series is a coproduction between FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and CBBC with Factory Transmedia. The first season will go out this spring. The second 13x30mins helping will air next year. […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]

ZDF buys Aussie Prank Patrol

ZDF has acquired the Australian version of kids hidden camera series Prank Patrol. The German public broadcaster acquired the series from Marvista, which sells it internationally. The show was created by Canadian indie Apartment 11 for Canada’s YTV. The Australian version of the live-action series, which travels from the cities of Melbourne to Brisbane, is […]

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