Genius Brands International


Kids roundup: Disney+ lands ‘Muppets’ unscripted series; New Oz kids’ channel; ‘Batman’ producer Uslan tapped for Stan Lee IP; and more…

New Muppets show crashes on to Disney+ Disney+ has ordered the first-ever Muppets streaming show, Muppets Now, a six-part unscripted series set to premiere on the service on 31 July. The series is being produced by The Muppets Studio and Soapbox Films and will feature improvised comedy and celebrity guests, including entertainers, comedians, chefs, as […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with the kids

From $15m funding slates to discussions about driving diversity, the past week has provided plenty to consider for those in the kid’s TV business. With the 17th edition of the Children’s Media Conference wrapping today, TBI reflects on the key takeaways. Reflecting your audience The conference kicked off on Monday with a keynote panel discussion […]

Genius Brands & POW! Entertainment team to develop Stan Lee’s post-Marvel IP

Genius Brands International and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment have launched a joint venture, Stan Lee Universe, which will assume worldwide rights, in perpetuity, to the works and likeness of the iconic comic book creator. The venture gains control of the name, physical likeness, physical signature, live-action and animated motion picture, television, online and digital, publishing, […]

Kids round-up: Blue Ant expands on Roku; Sky strikes Moonbug SVOD deal; Dandelooo to sell ‘Kosmix’; and more…

Blue Ant expands kids nature presence on Roku International media company Blue Ant Media has launched three new family and kid-friendly linear channels on The Roku Channel in the US; Love Nature, Love Nature Español and ZooMoo. Love Nature (and Love Nature Español) is a family-friendly wildlife and nature brand and includes programming including 7 x 60-minute […]

Hollywood’s Schwarzenegger becomes “significant” investor in Genius Brands

Hollywood actor and former governor of the US state of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has become a “significant” investor in global entertainment company Genius Brands International. Schwarzenegger (Terminator: Dark Fate, Killing Gunther) will star in and co-produce a new animated children’s series with the company – Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten – which is co-produced by Genius […]

Genius Brands appoints former Disney, Fox execs to run new streamer

Genius Brands International has appointed former senior execs from Disney and Fox to run its soon-to-launch ad-supported streamer Kartoon Channel!. Margaret Loesch, the founding president and former CEO of Fox Kids Networks Worldwide, becomes executive chairman of Kartoon Channel!, which will be available in over 100 million US television households and 200 million mobile devices […]

Kids round-up: ‘Moominvalley’ lands in Nordics; Super RTL orders monster comedy; ‘Rainbow Rangers’ travels; and more…

Moomins return to the Nordics SF Studios in the Nordics, NRK in Norway and RÚV in Iceland have picked up prodco Gutsy Animations’ series Moominvalley following deals with distributor PGS Entertainment. The 13 x 22-minute series is based upon the popular Moomin stories by Finnish-Swedish author Tove Jansson and was commissioned by Yle in Finland […]

Cheddar & Genius Brands to debut Warren Buffet kids’ series

Cable company Cheddar and Genius Brands International are set to launch Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, a kids’ series that will be made available across Cheddar’s OTT partners. The 26 half-hour episodes will be made available across Cheddar’s partners Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Philo and fuboTV. It will continue the series throughout 2018 and […]

Sony Pictures buys into Genius

Sony Pictures’ home entertainment arm has bought into LA kids company Genius Brands International. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment previously had a multiyear marketing and distributing agreement with Genius for its Kid Genius and Baby Genius labels in North America, but will now rep all of the company’s brands in the US and Canada. Genius brands […]

ProSieben signs crime series from Cineflix

German broadcaster ProSieben has signed a multi-series deal with UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights. Crime and investigation series such as Cineflix Productions’ Cold Blood (seasons 1-8, comprising 99 hours), Nowhere to Hide (seasons 1-2. 12x60mins), Unusual Suspects (seasons 6-8, 20x60mins) and Murder Book (seasons 1-2, 23x60mins) are included in the agreement. ProSieben also gets new Cineflix […]