CBeebies hands 7Wonder debut kids commission

UK-Australian prodco 7 Wonder has landed its first children’s television commission, a 25-part series for British preschool channel CBeebies. Do You Know? will see technology vlogger Maddie Moate exploring and explaining how everyday things such as pasta shapes and dishwashers work and are made. 7 Wonder, a joint venture between Australia’s Network Seven and a […]

ABC secures Irish hybrid kids series

Australian pubcaster the ABC has bought live-action/animated series Little Roy from Irish children’s television company Jam Media. The broadcaster has taken exclusive rights, and will begin airing the show in 2017. The show is the latest in the Jam franchise, which began with CBBC’s Roy, and is a co-commission between CBBC and younger-skewed CBeebies. It […]

MIPJunior Hot Pick: Go Jetters

Go Jetters hails from BBC In-house Production and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster. It started out as an online game on the CBeebies website but has been developed into a fully-fledged 52x11mins series. “The game was developed first, at the front, and that is the first time that has been done […]

Raydar cruises into Cannes with Sydney Sailboat

Indie distributor Raydar Media has ABC preschool series Sydney Sailboat for MIPJunior and MIPCOM. The 52x11mins animated kids series launched on the ABC Kids channel earlier this year and is known as Bubble Bath Bay locally. The Essential Media-produced CGI show became one of the digital net’s top performers and Raydar will launch it internationally […]

Bing bunny goes global

UK-originated animated series Bing has been bought by a raft of international broadcasters. The series, which is on digital channel CBeebies in the UK, is produced by UK indie Acamar Films and 9 Story Media Group-owned Brown Bag Films. It is distributed by Aardman, which has sealed the international deals. In France, Lagardere has acquired […]

BBC kids orders more Roy shows

BBC kids channels CBeebies and CBBC have jointly commissioned a new 52x14mins season of Little Roy. The animated series will go out across the preschool CBeebies channel and its older-skewing sibling CBBC. Little Roy was a spin-off from animated series Roy, and CBBC has also ordered a new show featuring the animated character, the live-action […]

BBC plans standalone children’s iPlayer

Britain’s pubcaster, the BBC, is to launch a standalone children’s version of popular on-demand service BBC iPlayer. The new service, iPlay, will create a “single front-door” for children to access BBC programming and related digital content. This will allow kids to access content “that matures with them, across more platforms, in a safe and trusted […]

French, Scandi nets buy CBeebies series

Gulli and Tiji in France are among the latest buyers of DHX Media-sold CBeebies kids series Twirlywoos. The networks get the show after parent Lagardere scored a deal with Canada-based DHX, which has also shopped it to YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway and Hop! in Israel. DHX’s channel, Family Junior, will […]

CBeebies: report card, recent hits, shopping lists

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow and her CBBC counterpart Cheryl Taylor took the stage at the Children’s Media Conference last week to tell content companies what is working on their services and what they are looking for. After they had outlined recent news and the profile of their service, TBI quizzed the pair on the details […]

Sky to hire first kids content chief

UK pay TV provider Sky is to launch a dedicated kids app next year and will appoint a head of kids content. Sky has tapped design group ustwo, the outfit behind Monument Valley, to design the app, which is expected to launch in early 2016. Aimed at children aged 4-9 years, the app will bring […]