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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 […]

Disney Lat Am picks up Federation’s ‘Find Me In Paris’

Disney Channel in Latin America has picked up the first two seasons and the forthcoming third run of tween drama Find Me In Paris, the scripted series produced by Paris and LA-based Cottonwood Media. The show, which combines ballet, modern dance, drama and comedy, follows the story of a time-travelling ballet dancer from early 20th […]

Maintaining authenticity in kids’ programming

When I first started my career in the entertainment industry back in the early noughties, ‘authenticity’ was nothing more than a buzzword. Content specifically geared towards kids was primarily in the animated space, which was more fantastical in its execution and more forgiving in nature when it came to political correctness. Live-action offerings for the younger demographic was limited […]

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 […]

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