YouTube edges out Netflix in kids streaming

YouTube is marginally more popular than Netflix for streaming content among kids according to new research that surveyed thousands of parents in the US, UK and Canada. Online video platform YouTube also ranked as the most-loved brand in the survey. Toronto-based kids producer, distributor and channel operator DHX joined forces with market research firm Ipsos […]

Breakthrough brings in kids veteran for sales

Breakthrough has recruited Caroline Tyre and the seasoned Canadia kids TV exec for a new sales and acquisitions role. At the Canadian producer and distributor she be senior director, covering sales and acquisitions across Europe and parts of Asia. Tyre will report to Craig McGillivray, vice president, distribution, who rejoined Breakthrough last year. He said: […]

Amazon Loops in DHX with kids deal

Amazon has acquired animated series Looped for its Prime Instant Video service in the US. The deal sees Amazon snag exclusive US streaming rights as part of a wider deal with DHX Media. The Canada-based kids studio has also licensed five seasons of The Busy World of Richard Scarry, one season of Madeline and an […]

DHX and Dentsu ink Mega deal

Japan’s Dentsu and Canada’s DHX are joining forces on a new Mega Man series. The animated show, based on the Capcom videogame character, will be co-distributed by the pair, with each handling different territories and regions. Dentsu will handle sales in Asia and DHX will sell the series in the US, in association with Dentsu […]

Hopster SVOD goes French, adds execs

Kids SVOD service Hopster is launching a dedicated French language service. The company has also added three new staff to its executive ranks, as it pushes ahead with it international roll out plans. The French-language Hopster app will launch for an introductory monthly fee of €1.99 (US$2.24). The preschool service has secured French versions of […]

Boomerang buys Inspector Gadget reboot

Several international channels including Boomerang have acquired the new version of classic animated series Inspector Gadget. Turner Broadcasting’s Boomerang, which has recently had a brand refresh and been repositioned, has picked up the show for the EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The 26x22mins CGI series is produced and distributed by Canada-listed DHX Media, which […]

DHX cuts Chinese streaming deal with CCTV

Canada-listed kids producer and distributor DHX has struck a streaming deal with China National Television, the new media division of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The pair will launch a new streaming platform in China that will carry DHX’s kids and family programming. DHX will provide 700 half hours of kids fare, in Mandarin, for the […]

Kabillion taking content direct to consumers

US on-demand kids service Kabillion has struck a deal to get its content distributed on connected devices. The service, which is run by Mike Young and Nicolas Atlan’s Splash Entertainment, has inked a deal with VHX, a tech company that provides a platform for content owners who want to distribute content direct to consumers. Kabillion […]

Neil Court buys into 9 Story

Neil Court, the former boss of kids producer and distributor Decode, has bought into Canadian kids company 9 Story Entertainment. Court (left) becomes the UK-based executive chairman of 9 Story in the wake of the deal, which closed last Friday (July 11). 9 Story founder and CEO Vince Commisso will remain with the company, reporting […]

Amazon buys Peppa Pig and raft of kids series

Amazon has acquired a slew of kids series for its streaming service in the UK, including preschool hit Peppa Pig. Amazon has invested in several original kids shows for its Prime Instant Video services and the acquired content will sit alongside those. It has picked up new episodes of Peppa Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, […]