Genevieve Dexter

BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund: a fund indeed for a nation in need

The UK children’s industry is already feeling the benefit of a new $70m fund but what are the longer repercussions both domestically and internationally? Ann-Marie Corvin reports Funding kids content is a challenge in many territories but the market failure of domestic children’s programming in the UK has finally prompted government intervention. One of its […]

Brexit: what does it mean for kids TV?

The kids TV business is starting to weigh the impact of Britain’s pending European Union exit. The kids sector in the UK was already under pressure, with the amount of locally made content steadily declining, and there was immediate concern over what Brexit will mean in terms of coproduction, access to EU funding and schemes, and […]

Eye Present, Pictor adopt animated pug

London-based studio Eye Present and Ireland’s Pictor Productions are to coproduced animated content based on a book about a young pug raised by cats. Eye Present and Pictor have a co-development deal together for Flix, with an option deal now in place with the title’s publisher, Switzerland-based Diogenes Publishing House. Flix follows a young dog […]

Minecraft toon prodco wants more digital IP

The CEO behind YouTube-born cartoon Xephos & Honeydew is scouting for more digital properties, saying such IP is becoming “wrinkle cream for broadcasters”. In a panel discussion here in Luxembourg at Cartoon Digital on the challenges of new digital economy, Genevieve Dexter said she was looking for intellectual property born on the internet that can […]

Serious Lunch reps NHK, Studio Ghibli toon

UK-based distributor Serious Lunch will oversee the international roll-out of a 26-part animated toon serial from Japanese media groups NHK and Studio Ghibli and Pippi Longstocking writer Astrid Lindgren. Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter follows a young girl born in a mountain fort near a strange forest who grows to befriend her father’s rival, which begins […]

Eye Present & CBeebies to co-produce ChuckaBops

Kids prodco Eye Present is coproducing ChuckaBops a new preschool series with UK channel CBeebies. Eye Present is the prodco formed by Genevieve Dexter and Jules Coke last year. Its deal with CBeebies is the first copro deal it has struck with a broadcaster and the 52x5mins dialogue-free series will follow a fast response team […]

Eye Present develops Minecraft-inspired toon

UK indie Eye Present has landed a development deal to work up an animated TV series based on the Minecraft avatars of a pair of YouTube stars. Xephos & Honeydew will be a 52x11mins toon based on the eponymous characters voiced by comedy pair Lewis & Simon, who run YouTube channels group Yogscast and to […]

Serious Lunch feasts on Art Ninja!

UK children TV producer Serious Lunch has taken international rights to a CBBC Saturday morning comedy art show. Serious Lunch will take Dot to Dot Productions’ Art Ninja! to the international market following a finished series and formats rights agreement. Serious Lunch has previously taken UK kids medical series Operation Ouch! to the international market […]

Dexter, Squint/Opera form production JV

Children’s TV consultancy Serious Lunch is producing a joint venture production company with London-based studio Squint/Opera. The two companies are launching Eye/Present, which will develop, animate, produce and coproduce programming for the international kids TV market. Serious Lunch, which former Cake Entertainment boss Genevieve Dexter, helped Squint/Opera finance the upcoming £4.5 million (US$7.2 million) CBeebies […]

Wombles owner rejects £10m offer

Wombles rights owner Mike Batt has turned down a £10 million (US$16 million) offer for the famous British brand, TBI can reveal. An unnamed UK company – understood to be well-known in the children’s TV business and acting on behalf of a larger investor – made the offer, which included taking 85% of the business while […]