Henrietta Hurford-Jones


BBC Studios’ Keelan exits amid Content Partnerships rejig

BBC Studios’ scripted portfolio director Liam Keelan is exiting the business as the distributor once again restructures its exec ranks. The exec’s departure comes six months after Mark Linsey was made chief creative officer of BBC Studios, in charge of its Content Partnerships team and portfolio of production relationships. Keelan joined BBC Studios, previously called […]

ABC Kids & BBCWW partner for animated series

ABC Kids and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) have partnered with Ludo Studio on a new preschool animated series. Production has started on Bluey, an Australian animated preschool series created by Joe Brumm and co-commissioned by ABC Kids and the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. The series has received funding support from Screen Australia, which […]

Komixx, Worldwide team for Stanley the Hamster

Kids prodco Komixx and BBC Worldwide are joining forces for the first time and working up Stanley the Can-Do Hamster, an animated preschool series based on the William Bee series of Stanley books. Komixx will produce and Worldwide exec produce and take rights for its UK and international CBeebies net. Author and illustrator Bee will […]

Worldwide kids: Miami and Liverpool beckon

With trips to Miami and Liverpool coming up, Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Worldwide’s director of childrens, tells TBI about new and returning shows, and her kids TV shopping list. The calendar for kids execs is well-populated with kids conferences, markets, screenings and producer get-togethers, and Showcase comes just days after the Kidscreen event, which corrals all […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: which digital service has the most potential?

It seems fair to throw this question to the people running digital services first. Hopster’s Nick Walters selects his own service as the one with most potential, but also sees promise elsewhere. “I think PopJam is really interesting and a promising take on doing social for kids in a way that’s cool, doesn’t condescend, but […]

CBBC, Worldwide create toon pilot scheme

UK kids channel CBBC and its commercial cousin BBC Worldwide have launched a pilot scheme designed to identify Britain’s next generation of animators. ANIM8 represents the first time CBBC has created a pilot scheme that will offer successful entrants development funding. CBBC and BBCWW are inviting pitches from individuals, studios and companies for comedy projects […]

Geography, play-along for CBeebies

UK preschool channel CBeebies has commissioned a show based on world geography and a play-along sketch show. Go Jetters is a 52x11mins animated comedy series that brings together accessible geography concepts with relatable stories, while 26x14mins Spot Bots is billed as a series of funny live-action sketches that each contain games for viewers to play […]

CBeebies, BBC Worldwide join Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures

UK public children’s channel CBeebies and commercial counterpart BBC Worldwide Channels have hooked up to co-commission a new dinosaur-themed factual series featuring presenter Andy Day. The BBC’s Natural History Unit is attached to produce the 20-part Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures, which is a follow up to Day’s previous series, Andy’s Wild Adventures. While that show saw him […]