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Diversity in TV must start early

While representation in kids’ TV has increased in recent years, it’s still got a long way to go before it becomes mainstream. Ann-Marie Corvin reports From Sesame Street to Dora, there’s a perception that kids TV leads the way when it comes to positively championing themes of inclusion and diversity, but statistics suggest otherwise. The […]

Federation hands France TV exec dual kids role

Premium content distributor Federation Kids & Family has hired Alexandre Henin in a dual role as head of acquisitions for Kids & Family and creative producer for sister prodco Cottonwood Media. Henin will report to David Michel, president at Cottonwood and head of Federation Kids & Family. He has joined Federation from France Télévisions where […]

Hulu to stream ZDF ballet time-travel drama

US streaming service Hulu had acquired exclusive VOD rights to Find Me in Paris, the time-travel-meets-ballet drama from ZDF and Cottonwood Media. The series, which comes from Ride co-creators Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, will premiere in the US on the broadcast-backed VOD service as a result. Hulu has been making headlines in the past […]

Ex-Shine France COO creates Federation firm

France’s Federation Entertainment has brought in former Shine France COO Bouchra Réjani to create a multi-genre production company. The launch of WeMake pushes Federation into unscripted programming for the first time, meaning it now operates in that area, scripted and children’s television through Cottonwood Media. Réjani recently left Shine France ahead of its merger with […]

Disney, ABC will Find Me in Paris

Two European Disney channels and the ABC in Australia are among the buyers of teen drama Find Me in Paris (fka Paris Opera). Disney’s French and Italian networks will run the show, along with ABC, France Télévisions and VRT in Belgium. The show, from Cottonwood Media and Federation Kids & Family, was for ZDF and […]

Euro nets bring in Ollie & Moon

Two European channels have acquired Cottonwood Media’s kids TV toon The Ollie & Moon Show. Super! in Italy and YLE in Finland have both acquired the 52x11mins series, which is based on books from author and illustrator Diane Kredensor and was developed by Richard Vargas (Zack & Quack). The series is now in around 160 […]

Discovery Lat Am, TVO buy Cottonwood kids show

Discovery Kids Latin America and Canada’s TVO have acquired The Ollie and Moon Show from distributor Federation Entertainment. The deals mean the show, which comes from Federation sister firm Cottonwood Media, will be distributed in 25 new territories, including all of the Americas and most English-speaking markets. The animated preschool series follows a couple of […]

Teletoon boards Cottonwood’s Squish

Canadian kids channel Teletoon has come onboard Squish, the new 52x11mins animated comedy from France’s Cottonwood Media and Toronto’s Shaftesbury. Teletoon has confirmed a development deal for the show, while French channel Gulli, which previously had joined the development, has ramped up its participation to a prebuy. “Cottonwood’s raison d’être is to produce premium content […]

MIPJr Hot Pick: The Ollie & Moon Show

Kids industry veteran David Michel’s new animation company, Cottonwood Media, has got off to a flying start with a commission from Sprout in the US for hybrid series The Ollie & Moon Show. Based on the book series from Diane Kredensor, whose TV credits include Clifford the Big Red Dog, the show targets preschool and […]