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Kids round-up: Nick taps Disney for strategy exec; Serious Lunch hires ex-CAKE exec for global sales

Nickelodeon has hired Disney Channels Worldwide exec Paul DeBenedittis as executive VP of programming and content strategy. At Disney DeBenedittis was senior VP of programming strategy across worldwide channels, including Disney Junior and Disney XD. Now at Nick, the exec will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for the flagship network, […]

Show of the week: Spy School

Spy School is at the edgier end of kids content, but focuses on fun: the format is a gameshow themed around espionage and spying. Each episode tests young cadets aged 12-16 through five series of physical and mental challenges under the watch of spy handler Agent J. They solve cases and break codes at some […]

CITV picks up ToonMarty

Comedy series ToonMarty is heading to CITV in the UK after a deal inked with Barcelona-based distributor GoldBee. Produced by Montreal’s Sardine Productions, ToonMarty, was originally commissioned by Corus Entertainment for its French and English Teletoon networks and premiered on both in Canada last May. The deal follows the recent pick up and successful launch of […]

Sky Kids App launches in Germany, Austria

Sky has launched its new Sky Kids App in Germany and Austria, offering content from its portfolio of children’s channels – including Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Disney Junior, and Disney XD. Sky Germany said that 2,000 episodes will be available at launch with programmes on the service including Maya the Bee (pictured), Vicky the Viking and […]

CITV opens Bear Grylls’ Survival School

UK children’s channel CITV has commissioned a Bear Grylls-fronted survivalist series for kids. Bear Grylls’ Survival School will be a 12x30mins series from ITV Studios-owned Potato and Bear Grylls Ventures in which ten daredevil children will learn how to survive in the rugged mountainous terrain of Snowdonia in Wales. Over two weeks Grylls (pictured) and […]

Hulu buys Mr Bean toon

US on-demand and catch-up service Hulu has acquired Mr Bean: The Animated Series. Hulu has bought seasons one and two, totalling 104x11mins. The cartoon show, based on the live-action comedy series of the same name, is on CITV in the UK where it is performing strongly. Season two launched on CITV in February. The show […]

ITV’s Thunderbirds to Go in Japan

The new Thunderbirds series has been picked up by Tohokushinsha, which will sell it in Japan. Tokyo-based producer and distributor Tohokushinsha has taken Japanese rights to boy-skewed action series Thunderbirds Are Go, which recently launched on ITV and CiTV in the UK. The CGI and puppet series is produced by ITV Studios, Pukeko Pictures and  […]

Netflix collars Horrid Henry

Netflix has acquired seasons one to three of animated series Horrid Henry for its services in the UK and Ireland. The deal, comprising 156 11-minute episodes, will see Netflix release the seasons of the Novel Entertainment-produced show over the next year. Season one debuts this month. Netflix already has non-exclusive SVOD rights to season one […]

ITV buys Playmobil kids series

ITV has acquired Super 4, the kids animated series based upon the Playmobil toy brand. The UK commercial broadcaster will put the series out on its CiTV digital channel. The first 26x11mins will start later this year with a further 26x11mins scheduled for 2015. The show is aimed at 5-to-9s and follows Alex the Knight, […]

News brief: Turner takes Mr Bean toon

Turner Broadcasting System has acquired season two of the Mr Bean Animated Series from Endemol Worldwide Distribution. The deal covers Asia Pacific, Latin America and EMEA. CITV in the UK and Super RTL in Germany have already prebought the Tiger Aspect Productions show. Delivery is scheduled for later this year or in 2015.