Dinosaur Train

Netflix consumes Toast in 200-hour ABC deal

British comedy Toast of London has debuted in Australia and New Zealand on SVOD service Netflix, as part of a 200-hour deal with distributor ABC Commercial. The deal is for all three season of the Channel 4 sitcom, which Australian pubcaster the ABC distributes in Australasian through a digital sub-licensing agreement with UK distributor DRG. […]

Henson, France Television team for dino shorts

The Jim Henson Company is teaming with France Télévisions to make a series of Dinosaur Train shorts. The show has proved popular in France on the country’s pubcaster, and Paris-based prodco Kayenta Productions has now been brought in to make a 26x3mins shortform series. Each instalment will focus on a different letter of the alphabet with […]

News brief: Boomerang boards Dinosaur Train

The Latin American feed of Turner Broadcasting kids channel Boomerang has acquired Dinosaur Train from The Jim Henson Company. The show, which has been licensed into more than 200 territories globally, will launch on Boomerang Latin America on August 10. “First introduced to audiences in Latin America five years ago, Dinosaur Train has demonstrated tremendous […]

Cake takes PBS Kids series

UK kids TV distributor Cake has taken rights to new PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go!. The deal with producer Wind Dancer Films hands Cake international distribution rights to the show, which debuts on PBSon February 15, 2016. Ready Jet Go! follows a pair of neighbourhood kids, one who has an insatiable appetite for science […]

Ex-FremantleMedia exec joins Jim Henson

Former FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment distribution exec Amy Takahara (pictured) has joined US producer The Jim Henson Company. At Henson, she will be director of global distribution, selling shows such as Hi Opie!, Dinosaur Train and Doozers. She was formerly FMKFE’s manager of distribution and marketing. Henson has also promoted former Paramount Pictures exec […]

Netflix deal monitor: 2015 so far

Streaming service Netflix may be losing market share to Amazon in the US, but has started 2015 with a bang, acquiring numerous series and movies and continuing its rapid international roll out. As new research shows the SVOD player spends more on content than the BBC, HBO and Discovery, TBI takes a look at the […]

Netflix rides Henson’s Dinosaur Train

Netflix has acquired rights to The Jim Henson Company’s animated series Dinosaur Train. The streaming service has taken rights in Canada, the UK, Germany and Spanish-speaking Latin America. A North American SVOD service, Videotron, has acquired season one for French-speaking Canada, while Movile has taken it for its video subscription app, PlayKids, in Canada, and […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]

Kids TV seriously

Today’s kids have an endless array of entertainment choices. From Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner Broadcasting TV channels to films, music videos, social media and console & casual gaming, there’s enough compelling content out there to occupy them 24/7. Is there a place for factual programmes in that mix? Andy Fry investigates The overwhelming majority of […]