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TeamTo adds Guru’s Mary Bredin to creative team

European kids studio TeamTO has hired Mary Bredin, former EVP of content and strategy at Guru Studio, to its senior creative team. In the newly created position of creative development producer, Bredin will focus on finding up-and-coming talent for TeamTO’s development slate, with an emphasis on telling original stories from unconventional points of view. Bredin […]

Netflix orders trio of kids originals

Netflix has ordered three new animated series for kids: Word Party, Kazoops! and True & Rainbow Kingdom. Word Party comes from The Jim Henson Company and will debut on Netflix in the US and around the world in 2016. The 26x11mins word-learning digital puppet show is aimed at pre-schoolers. Kazoops! will roll out in 2016 […]

State of the industry: Canadian kids TV

Digital disruption and an end to regulatory protection has some in the Canadian kids business worried, but while content providers have one less broadcaster to pitch following the sell-off of Astral Media’s assets, they are optimistic that the same new platforms threatening traditional TV will provide them with greater global reach. Mark Dillon reports. The […]

Guru hires Nick’s Marcus

Canada’s Guru Studio has poached Rachel Marcus from Nickelodeon. Reporting to Guru’s executive VP, Mary Bredin, she will be development executive working on developing new content, sourcing IP and overall strategic positioning at the Toronto-bases company. Marcus joins from Nick, where she was posted in New York. At the Viacom-owned network she developed digital games […]

Netflix greenlights Justin Time spin-off

Streaming service Netflix has greenlit a spin-off of Justin Time, the animated kids series from Canadian studio Guru. The 13x30mins series, Justin Time the New Adventures, will premiere on Netflix around the world in early 2016. The original Guru Studio-produced preschool series Justin Time has run for two seasons, and was recently acquired for distribution […]

Guru, Baby Octopus pact for Pepi

Canada’s Guru Studio has partnered with a kids TV veteran to produce new projects. Guru and Diana Mason’s Baby Octopus will work together on what they define as a “creative partnership”, and first fruits of which will be Pepi. Currently in development, the preschool show is based on books from Laura Ljungkvist and is billed […]

Jetpack powers up with Justin Time

Fledgling children’s TV vendor Jetpack Distribution has scored a deal to represent Canadian-produced cartoon Justin Time. The firm has taken TV and licensing rights to the Guru Studio’s 52x11mins show across CEEMEA (central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa). The series currently has a third season in development. London-based Jetpack launched at Annecy […]

UK, Canada reveal Dinopaws footprints

A trio of UK, Canadian and international broadcasters has commissioned a new transatlantic preschool cartoon about three young dinosaurs. The UK and international versions of CBeebies and Canada’s Treehouse are onboard Dinopaws (52×11′), with BBC Worldwide securing global TV distribution rights outside the UK and Canada and merchandising rights. It will broadcast the BBC Worldwide Channels-owned […]