Classic Media

DreamWorks Animation in $3.4bn sale talks

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation is talking with Japanese conglomerate SoftBank about a US$3.4 billion deal, according to reports. SoftBank is said to have offered DreamWorks shareholders US$32 a share, value the firm at nearly US$3.5 billion. DreamWorks founder and CEO Katzenberg (pictured) would sign a five-year contact to remain with the company if a deal […]

DreamWorks launches YouTube channel

Hollywood and family content studio DreamWorks has launched DreamWorksTV, a new YouTube channel programmed with original short-form live-action and animated shows. Brian Robbins will run the new channel having attracted significant volumes of viewers to his teen-skewed YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, which was acquired by DreamWorks last year. As well as the original short-form series there […]

DreamWorks into TV: Classic and Awesome

In diversifying away from movies, DreamWorks has made two key acquisitions, the multimillion dollar deal for digital producer and channel manager AwesomenessTV and US$155 million acquisition of Classic Media. Classic Media founder Eric Ellenbogen tells Stewart Clarke about becoming part of DreamWorks. DreamWorks Classics offers something no other kids company can, says Eric Ellenbogen: the […]

DreamWorks buys Chapman TV library

DreamWorks has bought the Chapman Entertainment library giving it kids series Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion to feed into its catalogue. The titles will sit alongside those from Classic Media, which DreamWorks acquired last year for US$155 million. They will be sold via what was the […]

DreamWorks’ Katzenberg captures MIPCOM Personality award

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will be crowned international television’s Personality of the Year for 2013 at MIPCOM in October. The animation veteran, who co-founded DWA’s former parent company DreamWorks with Stephen Spielberg and David Geffen in 1994, will be in Cannes to accept the award on October 9 at a gala dinner at the […]

Germany’s kids’ channels competition heats up

German children’s TV is set for its biggest shake-up in years, with the Disney Channel set to go free-TV – a move that places it in direct competition with Super RTL, the market leading family network that the Mouse House joint-owns. Jesse Whittock assesses the battle ahead. The pace of change in the German kids’ […]

DreamWorks to acquire AwesomenessTV

DreamWorks Animation has agreed to pay up to US$117 million for AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel operator. AwesomenessTV comprises about 55,000 YouTube channels aimed at teens with about 14 million subscribers and 800 million video views. The deal will cost Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks an initial US$33 million, with further payments based on performance due in 2014 […]

DQE sells toons to ABC

Indian producer and distributor DQ Entertainment (DQE) has sold a pair of animated series to Australian public broadcaster ABC. It has picked up the second season of Iron Man Armored Adventures and the second season of Casper’s Scare School. Iron Man Armored Adventures is a copro between DQE, Method Animation and Disney-owned Marvel and Casper […]