Gaumont Animation

New Noddy set for NBCU cable channel

US cable network Sprout will debut a new Noddy animated series this autumn. Following a deal with producer and rights holder DreamWorks Animation, the NBCUniversal kids net will air Noddy Toyland Detective. The deal is an example of how Comcast, which owns Sprout, will look to use properties from the library DWA, its latest major […]

Sonar’s Stein joins Gaumont as CEO exits

It has emerged Gene Stein exited Sonar Entertainment last week to join rival LA studio Gaumont, which is consolidating its television assets under one brand. Stein (left) has been named president of the new unit, Gaumont Television US, with current Gaumont International Television CEO Katie O’Connell (below right) leaving the restructuring business. Gaumon Television US […]

News brief: b’casters buy Calimero reboot

Gaumont Animation has shopped its rebooted Calimero animated series to a raft of international broadcasters. Discovery Kids has bought it for its service in Latin America as has Tiji in Russia, RTBF and Ketnet in Belgium, Hop in Israel and RTV in Slovenia. In France, the Gaumont-produced and distributed series is for TF1’s Tfou. Pierre […]

Gaumont reimages Laurel and Hardy

France’s Gaumont Animation is working on an animated remake of slapstick comedy legends Laurel and Hardy. Gaumont will finance, produce and distribute the 2D 78x7mins Laurel & Hardy after optioning rights from Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation. It is nearly 50 years since Larry Harmon Pictures and Hanna-Barbera created the last Laurel and Hardy toon series. […]

France Télévisions launching kids nets on YouTube

France Télévisions is set to launch two YouTube kids channels for the 3-12 demo this weekend using its Ludo and Zouzous brands. This new service will be integrated to France Télévisions online multichannel network and aims to make the French public service broadcast group’s kids offerings available on all free digital platforms. The two new nets […]

Netflix orders F is for Family from Gaumont

Netflix has ordered F is for Family, an animated series based on the comedy of US stand-up comic Bill Burr. Gaumont International Television will make the six-part half-hour series with US actor Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television. Burr created the series, a period family comedy, with Michael Price (The Simpsons). The show will roll out […]

France Télévisions prebuys Technicolor series

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has prebought animated kids series Atomic Puppet. The 52x11mins show is produced by Technicolor, which is also on distribution duty, alongside Canada’s Mercury Filmworks and France’s Gaumont Animation. It will air on the France 4 channel in 2016. It will debut on the Teletoon channel in Canada and in France, […]

Gaumont restructures animation division

French animation studio Gaumont has restructured following the departure of its production boss. Pierre Quenet departed Gaumont Animation at the end of 2013 after almost a decade with the Paris-based producer and distributor necessitating an internal reorganisation. Under the new corporate structure Michael Manaud becomes director, legal and business affairs and Marc Dhrami takes Quenet’s […]

DreamWorks into TV: Classic and Awesome

In diversifying away from movies, DreamWorks has made two key acquisitions, the multimillion dollar deal for digital producer and channel manager AwesomenessTV and US$155 million acquisition of Classic Media. Classic Media founder Eric Ellenbogen tells Stewart Clarke about becoming part of DreamWorks. DreamWorks Classics offers something no other kids company can, says Eric Ellenbogen: the […]

Alphanim rebrands, producing Noddy remake

French toon producer-distributor Alphanim has rebranded and is onboard a new version of Enid Blyton’s Noddy for France Televisions. From today, the company will be known as Gaumont Animation. The move is part of a wider strategic development plan that includes production of original content and classic properties, according to a joint statement from Pierre Belaïsch, […]