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Genius Brands ups Jon Ollwerther to president of Kartoon Channel!

US-based Genius Brands International has promoted Jon Ollwerther to president of its kids streaming platform Kartoon Channel!. Ollwerther previously served in the role of general manager for the platform and will also continue as EVP of business development for Genius Brands. Prior to joining the company, was VP of media, arts & entertainment for aerial intelligence […]

Kids round-up: Wildbrain hires Spin Master alum Withrington for development role; Genius Brands appoints Harold Chizick to head sales; CBBC seeks Screen Glue show

Wildbrain hires Spin Master alum Withrington for development role Canada’s WildBrain has appointed Lorna Withrington to the newly created role of VP of development-animation. The former Spin Master exec will help drive the strategic vision behind the company’s multi-genre slate of original animation, collaborating closely with creators, writers, artists and other production stakeholders to “instil […]

Kids round-up: WarnerMedia unveils EMEA kids team; Netflix acquires ‘Rainbow Rangers’; ‘DinoCity’ sells to Europe, Balkans and MENA

WarnerMedia unveils EMEA kids team US-based WarnerMedia has unveiled its leadership team for its EMEA kids division, working across Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Cartoonito and the HBO Max kids offering. Vanessa Brookman, head of kids, EMEA for WarnerMedia, has appointing Sarah Fell to lead original production, with Marc Goodchild as head of digital content, Sean Henry […]

Kids round-up: ‘Paddington’ heads to China; CBBC & Family Channel return to ‘Malory Towers’; Kartoon Channel! lands ‘Roblox’ series

‘Paddington’ heads to China French production and distribution company StudioCanal has partnered with distributor Shanghai Senyu Media to bring animated series The Adventures Of Paddington to China. The series will be represented to broadcasters in Mainland China at the forthcoming Filmart in Hong Kong, which kicked off with a digital version on 15 March. Shanghai Senyu […]

Kids roundup: HBO Max seeks ‘Squish’; Kids execs launch new prodco; Netflix picks up Xilam’s ‘Trico’

HBO Max seeks ‘Squish’ WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max has acquired animated kids’ comedy Squish, following a deal with distributor Federation Kids & Family. The 52 x 11-minute series is due to land on the US SVOD in Q1 of 2021. Produced by Federation-owned Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior, and executive produced and developed by John Derevlany, the […]

Genius Brands hires former Corus exec to head international distribution

Children’s entertainment company Genius Brands International has appointed former Corus Entertainment exec Jessica Brinder as VP of international distribution.       Brinder will be based in Toronto and in her new role, she will oversee global content sales from the company’s portfolio of children’s programming, including flagship titles such as Rainbow Rangers, Llama Llama and the upcoming […]

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