Disney XD

News brief: Disney XD orders more Avengers and Hulk

Disney’s boy-skewed cable net Disney XD has ordered news seasons of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. The deal, announced at Comic-Con over the weekend, will see both shows get second outings on XD, starting this autumn. Both of the animated shows are already in production and will go out […]

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 […]

News brief: Disney UK acquire Animal Championships

The Walt Disney Company in the UK has acquired wildlife series World Animal Championships from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Produced by Blacklab Entertainment, the 52-part series has launched the Disney Channel. The series is billed as a “fast-paced, action-packed show” in which “all animals great and small go head-to-head for wildlife supremacy”. In related […]

News brief: Broadcasters undertake Gaumont’s Quest

A number of pay and free TV channels have acquired Gaumont Animation’s 26x30mins action toon Lanfeust Quest. Among the deals, the series will debut in Spain on pay net Disney Channel before getting a second window on free-to-air broadcaster TVE. ABC3 in Australia, Disney Channel in German-speaking Europe and Turkey and Disney XD in the […]

MarVista sets Disney’s Pants on Fire

MarVista Entertainment is producing and distributing Pants on Fire, a new comedy movie for Disney XD. The LA-based company is coproducing the show with Canadian counterpart Two 4 the Money Media. Production is underway on the TV movie, which will star Disney XD faces Bradley Steven Perry (Good Luck Charlie), Joshua Ballard (Diary of a […]

Pickle & Peanut appeals to Disney XD

Disney XD has given the greenlight to Pickle & Peanut, an animated comedy for its US and worldwide feeds. Disney Television Animation has begun production on the 2D/live-action hybrid show, which is a buddy comedy about an emotional pickle and a easy-going peanut. Jon Helder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Johnny Pemberton (21 Jump Street) provide the […]

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 […]

Buhaj succeeds Levine at Disney XD

Disney international animation boss Marc Buhaj is to replace David Levine as senior VP, programming and general manager of boys-skewing channel Disney XD. Buhaj is currently SVP, international original series and coproductions for Disney Television Animation. His predecessor Levine is moving to Europe to become VP, programming, production and strategic development for Disney Channels EMEA. […]

DHX buys Family Channel, Disney XD for $160m

DHX Media is to buy leading Canadian children’s net Family Channel and three Disney-branded channels for C$170 million (US$160 million) from Bell Media. Bell-operated Disney Junior and the English and French-language Disney XD pay TV networks are part of the agreement. The deal needs approval the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission […]

Transmedia by numbers

Children’s love of great TV content shows no signs of abating but young audiences are becoming increasingly agnostic when it comes to the screen they use to find it, resulting in the line between app, game, toy and TV show blurring. Mediametrie and Eurodata TV media consultant Claire Mitchell looks at the numbers these crossovers […]