Disney Junior

Disney Junior names head of content, sets senior leadership team

Disney Branded Television has promoted Alyssa Sapire to head up all content at pre-school brand Disney Junior as SVP of development, series and strategy. Sapire has been acting in the role since March, when Joe D’Ambrosia exited to join Sony Pictures TV, with her appointment now made permanent. Disney Junior is the global multiplatform brand […]

Disney+ makes double order for ‘Star Wars’ animation

Disney+ is boosting its animated Star Wars offering, with two news shows heading to the streamer, Tales Of The Jedi and The Young Jedi Adventures. Tales Of The Jedi will be the first of the pair to land on the service, in fall 2022, and is an anthology of shorts, with each story following a […]

Atomic Cartoons hires former Disney exec to head up development

Atomic Cartoons, the kids & family division of Canada’s Thunderbird Entertainment Group, has appointed former Disney exec Kitty Walsh as its new executive director of development. Reporting to the VPs of Atomic Originals, Aaron Behl and Kristin Cummings, Walsh will head up development across all kids and family demographics. She and her team will source […]

Disney to close 18 channels in Asia as streaming focus expands

Disney is closing 18 linear networks in Asia as it focuses its attention on nascent streamer Disney+. Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Life and FX will all be shuttered in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong in October, less than three years since the Mouse House acquired them through its purchase of 21st Century Fox. Kids networks […]

Disney+ to become exclusive Disney Channels home in UK as Sky & Virgin deal ends

Streaming service Disney+ is to become the exclusive home of programming from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in the UK after pay operators Sky and Virgin Media failed to strike a carriage deal for the kids networks. Disney+, which revealed its launch date in numerous European territories earlier this week, launched in the […]

Sixteen South bolsters management with Brown Bag, ex-Planet 24 execs

Kids outfit Sixteen South has appointed three members to its senior management team including Emma Fernando as head of production. Fernando joins from Brown Bag Films and has overseen several high-profile shows across Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and CBeebies. Joining Fernando will be Andrew Rajan, a former executive at The Word and Big Breakfast producer Planet 24, as commercial […]

Disney Junior exhibits Gigantosaurus, Simon

Disney Junior Worldwide has pre-bought new Cyber Group Studios preschool toon Gigantosaurus, and acquired another French preschool series, Simon. The deal covers all territories, excluding India and Taiwan. France Télévisions and Super RTL in Germany already have local rights in their respective territories. CGI series Gigantosaurus is based on books from author Jonny Duddle, with […]

Disney acquires Belarussian toon

Disney channels around the world have acquired a 52×3.5mins non-dialogue toon hailing from the little-known animation sector in Belarus. Disney Junior in the US is highest profile network to take Sunny Bunnies, which is from Belarus-based Digital Light Studio and sold internationally by London-based eastern Europe content specialist Media I.M. Disney CEEMEA (central and eastern […]

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