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Kids round-up: ‘Paddington’ heads to China; CBBC & Family Channel return to ‘Malory Towers’; Kartoon Channel! lands ‘Roblox’ series

‘Paddington’ heads to China French production and distribution company StudioCanal has partnered with distributor Shanghai Senyu Media to bring animated series The Adventures Of Paddington to China. The series will be represented to broadcasters in Mainland China at the forthcoming Filmart in Hong Kong, which kicked off with a digital version on 15 March. Shanghai Senyu […]

‘Mr Bloom’ star Ben Faulks launches Egg Power Productions

Ben Faulks, star and co-creator of UK’s children’s TV brand Mr Bloom, is launching his own production company, Egg Power Productions. The new venture will focus on developing and creating own original IP for both the domestic UK and international markets. Egg Power’s first announced project, which is launching at this year’s virtual Kidscreen summit, is […]

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, […]

Beta Film links with China’s WeKids for Asian distribution

Germany’s Beta Film has partnered with Chinese producer-distributor WeKids to distribute its children’s programming globally. Under the deal, WeKids will take over distribution for Beta’s German animated pre-school series Patchwork Pals (52 x 4 minutes) in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the rest of Asia, as well as English-speaking Canada. The show, which is co-financed […]

BBC Children’s in-house unveils slate of new and returning shows

BBC Children’s in-house productions has unveiled a range of kids commissions to coincide with this week’s Children’s Media Conference (CMC). New titles include; The School Bus, a sitcom that takes place on a school bus; Catie’s Amazing Machines (above) which sees rally driver Catie Munnings bringing machines and technology to a pre-school audience; and YolanDa’s […]

BBCWW launches channels across MENA, Turkey

Factual channel BBC Earth is due to launch across the Middle East and North Africa region through the beIN direct-to-home satellite service on April 5. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced the deal and said that BBC Earth will extend its distribution in Turkey by launching via operator Digiturk on the same day. At […]

Hello Halo hires kids head as first CBeebies series lands

UK indie Hello Halo has appointed development exec Terri Langan (pictured) as its first head of children’s, as the prodco lands its first commission from preschool net CBeebies. Langan takes on the post more than three years after Wendy Rattray founded Hello Halo, initially as a factual company. Langan, who has developed kids series for […]

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 Worldwide nets launch on Polish OTT service

Cyfrowy Polsat-owned OTT TV service Ipla has added three BBC Worldwide channels to its programming line-up. Ipla is adding BBC Brit, the ‘best of British’ channel featuring a mix of factual entertainment programming, including Top Gear, to its Ipla Rozrywka and Ipla Wiedza News Rozrywka packages. The OTT TV service is also offering natural history […]

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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