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Kids’ streamer Hopster launches in Bulgaria

Early learning educational service Hopster has announced its latest expansion to Bulgaria. Platform operator Sandbox Kids has partnered with Bulgarian tech company Vivacom to launch the service in the country, with Hopster exclusively available in Bulgaria via Vivacom’s EON platform. Hopster offers users access to family favourites such as Pingu and Peppa Pig along with […]

Sandbox & Co acquires Fingerprint, launches kids’ SVOD with Hopster, Kidomi & Curious World content

UK-based children’s digital education platform Sandbox & Co has acquired kids-focused US mobile technology company Fingerprint to create a new SVOD service, Sandbox Kids. Fingerprint CEO Nancy MacIntyre will head the SVOD and its portfolio of properties, including existing Sandbox brands Hopster and Curious World, alongside Fingerprint’s Kidomi. MacIntyre will be focused on expanding the […]

How next generation thinking is prompting green production push

Helen Dugdale explores how content consumption is affecting the world’s climate and finds out what those commissioning the shows are doing about it Earlier this year, the UK’s BBC aired a documentary titled Dirty Streaming. As the name suggests, it made for rather uncomfortable watching as it totted up how much energy viewers used consuming […]

TBI Weekly: Delivering diversity in children’s programming

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton takes a deep dive to explore how the global TV industry is working to improve inclusivity and representation in children’s programming, and asks what needs to happen both in front of and behind the camera in order to bring about real change. Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in […]

Hopster founder and CEO Nick Walters to depart

Early learning streaming service Hopster has announced that its founder and CEO Nick Walters will be stepping down at the beginning of next month. The company said that Walters began transitioning to an advisory role at the beginning of June and that he will officially vacate the position on 6 September. Walters founded Hopster in […]

Kids round-up: Hopster comes to Mediacom in US; Ameba picks up anime series

Hopster heads to Mediacom Children’s TV streamer Hopster is now available to US subscribers of the Mediacom OnDemand service. The content, focused on pre-schoolers, includes vocabulary-learning show Lingokids and the numeracy-focused Numberblocks, as well as family favourites such as Bob The Builder and In The Night Garden. Mediacom is currently offering a one-month free Hopster […]

Sandbox & Co takes majority stake in kids streamer Hopster

Kids SVOD service Hopster has secured a multi-million pound investment round that will see educational publishing outfit Sandbox & Co taking a majority stake in the business. Bhav Singh, founder and CEO of Sandbox, will take on the role of chairman at Hopster, which has also secured further funding from existing investor Venture Founders. Sandbox, […]

Kids round-up: 41 Entertainment doubles down on YA animation; Hopster enters New Zealand

41 Entertainment expands YA animation US-based producer 41 Entertainment (41E) has unveiled a second young adult-oriented animation project. Roswell Conspiracies has been created in-house by 41E, which owns exclusive, global, multimedia, animation rights. An 8 x 44 minute first season is planned, with the story revolving around the US site of Area 51 and an […]

UKTV Ventures strikes first investment deal with Hopster

UKTV has struck its first deal through its innovation fund, UKTV Ventures, with an airtime-for-equity investment in kids TV app Hopster. UKTV launched The Innovation Fund in April 2017 in partnership with Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund to invest and take equity stakes in businesses in return for advertising airtime on UKTV channels. Hopster will […]

Hopster content heads to STV Player

Hopster, the kids’ learning and entertainment app, and STV are teaming up to add Hopster content to the broadcaster’s online streaming platform. Hundreds of pre-school titles, such as In the Night Garden (pictured), will become freely available on a new dedicated Hopster-branded children’s area within STV Player. The line-up of content integrated within the new […]

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