Disney Junior


Family Jr. adds to pre-launch line-up

Soon-to-launch Canadian kids channel Family Jr. has added another series to its line-up. The DHX Media-owned channel last week added the new version of Teletubbies to its fall launch slate, and will now get another Anne Wood-created show, the 50x11mins stop-motion preschooler Twirlywoos. DHX acquired the commercial rights to Wood’s UK indie Ragdoll Productions in […]

State of the industry: Canadian kids TV

Digital disruption and an end to regulatory protection has some in the Canadian kids business worried, but while content providers have one less broadcaster to pitch following the sell-off of Astral Media’s assets, they are optimistic that the same new platforms threatening traditional TV will provide them with greater global reach. Mark Dillon reports. The […]

Disney Junior sends Doc to Hulu

US streaming service Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Disney Junior toon Doc McStuffins. The deal with Hulu co-owner Disney-ABC Television Group also hands Hulu exclusive rights to Bunnytown and non-exclusive rights to Handy Manny. This is the first time Disney Junior content has ran on Hulu, which now only serves the US after […]

Sky Deutschland counters Netflix with OTT

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has launched an OTT TV service, Sky Online, that will be available to non-subscribers paying on a monthly basis without an ongoing contract. Sky Online will offer two programming packages – the Sky Starter package including first-run series and series box sets, kids programmes and documentaries from a selection of […]

9 Story calls up Imagination Movers

Canadian kids firm 9 Story Entertainment has secured a development deal with musical act Imgaination Movers. First product from the partnership comes in the shape of Super Movers, an animated series for 4-7s. Imagination Movers are a four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band that starred in a live-action Disney Junior music series of the same name, […]

DHX closes channels deal, shuffles management

DHX Media has closed a deal for the Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in Canada. Canada-listed DHX announced the C$170 million deal for the cable nets, which it has acquired from telco Bell, last November. It will house the channels in a new business unit called DHX Television. Prior to the deal for […]

DHX gets $158m Family Channel takeover approval

Canadian regulators have given DHX Media final approval to acquire Family Channel and three Disney-branded networks for C$170 million (US$158 million). Having gained the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s permission to go ahead with the deal, DHX can now complete the deal with broadcaster Bell Media. Completion is expected on July 31, giving Teletubbies owner DHX […]

Disney gives Nina, Didn’t Do it new runs

Disney Channel’s comedy I Didn’t Do it and Disney EMEA’s short-form toon Nina Needs to Go (pictured) have both landed second seasons. I Didn’t Do it stars recording artist Olivia Holt (Kickin’ it) as part of a group of teenagers navigating high school while dealing with crazy situations. Regular Disney live-action collaborator It’s a Laugh […]

Disney, Dish settle legal issues with ‘evolutionary’ deal

The Walt Disney Company and US satcaster Dish Network have ended their long-running legal dispute and agreed on a deal new, wide-ranging carriage deal. As part of the deal, Dish has agreed to disable its controversial ad-hopping service AutoHop during ABC shows in primetime, with Disney in return dropping all legal issues. The US broadcasters […]

German HD launch for Disney

Disney XD and Disney Junior are launching in HD in the German-speaking region for the first time, with a launch on Swiss pay TV platform Teleclub. Disney XD and Disney Junior will be available in HD on Teleclub from February 5, carried on the Swisscom TV platform. The two channels will be part of the […]