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TBI Kids Hot Picks: ‘Super Sema’, ‘Unstoppable Yellow Yeti’ & more

TBI takes a look at some of the most interesting projects heading to market as MIPJR throws open its doors in Cannes. Super Sema Producer: Kukua (Kenya/UK) Distributor: Cake Broadcaster: YouTube Logline: A heroic 10-year-old and her brother protect their African village from an evil ruler and his robot army UK-based distributor Cake recently picked […]

TBI Kids: How live-action shows are flying high again

Animation was seen as something of a safer bet through the pandemic, as live-action producers fought ongoing challenges and delays. Helen Dugdale explores if business has yet returned to its former equilibrium Rewind a couple of years and the world was in the grip of the Coronavirus pandemic. Broadcasters and streamers were adapting to a […]

Kids round-up: ABC & BBC team for ‘Spooky Files’; Wildbrain expands ‘Fireman Sam’ & ‘Polly Pocket’; Cottonwood & Ananey partner for ‘Fairy Express’

ABC & BBC team for ‘Spooky Files’ Australia’s ABC and UK pubcaster BBC have co-commissioned The Spooky Files, a new comedy series from Tony Ayres Productions and Megaboom Pictures. Created by Guy Edmonds & Matt Zeremes, the 10 x 24-minure series is a “fun, spooky, adventure-filled” look at the universal experience of childhood fears. The series […]

Kids round-up: Saturday Animation preps ‘Aiko And The Masters Of Time’; ‘Theodosia’ travels to France & Lat Am; Nickelodeon UK dives into ‘Big Blue’

Saturday Animation preps ‘Aiko And The Masters Of Time’ Canada’s Saturday Animation Studio is in development on its second original children’s IP – Aiko And The Masters Of Time. The 10 x 22-minute series, from the Digital Dimension Entertainment Group (DDEG)-owned outfit behind Chase And Catch, is a serialised sci-fi action adventure for ages 7+ […]

Cottonwood, ZDF, ZDFE, HBO Max & Globo to co-pro ‘Theodosia’ adaptation

French kids prodco Cottonwood Media, German pubcaster ZDF, its co-pro and distribution arm ZDF Enterprises, US streamer HBO Max and Brazilian media giant Globo have teamed up to co-produce Theodosia, a new live-action Egyptology-themed kids series. The 26 x 30-minute series is produced by Cottonwood Media’s David Michel, Cécile Lauritano and Zoé Carrera Allaix, while Joe Williams (Hank Zipzer’s Christmas […]

TBI Weekly: Delivering diversity in children’s programming

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton takes a deep dive to explore how the global TV industry is working to improve inclusivity and representation in children’s programming, and asks what needs to happen both in front of and behind the camera in order to bring about real change. Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in […]

Kids round-up: ‘Octonauts’ expands in LatAm, MENA; NHK adds ‘Find Me In Paris’; Corus exec joins Wildbrain

Silvergate’s Octonauts travel to LatAm, MENA Sony Pictures Television-owned Silvergate Media’s preschool animation Octonauts is reaching new audiences in Latin America and the Middle East after being picked up by Mexico’s TV Azteca and the MENA-region Spacetoon channel. In a deal brokered by Panaderia, TV Azteca acquired the broadcast rights to the series, marking what […]

Kids round-up: Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec; Sky names commissioners; South Korea’s Asiana agrees Cottonwood deal

Xilam appoints Disney acquisitions exec French studio Xilam Animation has appointed Disney’s former director of acquisitions and co-productions in EMEA as its EVP of content. Caterina Gonnelli joins the company on 13 January and will work alongside Xilam’s existing EVP of content Jean Brune to oversee all editorial aspects of the French company’s output. She […]

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