In the Night Garden

Amazon buys Peppa Pig and raft of kids series

Amazon has acquired a slew of kids series for its streaming service in the UK, including preschool hit Peppa Pig. Amazon has invested in several original kids shows for its Prime Instant Video services and the acquired content will sit alongside those. It has picked up new episodes of Peppa Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]

News brief: CEE deals for DHX kids shows

Chellomedia Central Europe is among buyers of DHX Media’s kids series. The channels operator has renewed season one and acquired season three of Martha Speaks for its channel Minimax in Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia. In Croatia, RTL Kockika has acquired Arthur, Johnny Test and Caillou (pictured). Elsewhere, pan-Arab broadcaster MBC has acquired shows […]

News brief: CBeebies opening CBeebies Land at Alton Towers

BBC preschool brand CBeebies will open a themed section within UK theme park Alton Towers. CBeebies Land is being run by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, and Merlin Entertainments, which runs Alton Towers. Within CBeebies Land there will be rides and attractions based on content from the popular CBeebies kids […]

BBC agrees seven year In the Night Garden deal

CBeebies has inked a deal with DHX Media for In the Night Garden that will allow it to screen the show through to 2020. Canada-based kids powerhouse DHX Media recently acquired the hit preschool show as part of a US$27.5 million deal for Ragdoll Worldwide. The show has proved popular in the evening bedtime hour […]

DHX pays US$27.5m for Teletubbies owner Ragdoll Worldwide

Canada’s DHX Media has acquired Teletubbies and In the Night Garden owner Ragdoll Worldwide for £17.4 million (US$27.5 million). The deal for the commercial arm of UK prodco Ragdoll will be funded from a C$25 million (US$24.2 million) expansion of DHX’s debt facility and cash reserves. The deal, closed with Ragdoll Worldwide owners BBC Worldwide […]

BBC cuts huge kids programming deal with Al Jazeera

BBC Worldwide and Al Jazeera have agreed a deal for almost 200 hours of new kids programming. The wide-ranging deal between the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster and the Qatari state-backed channel operator covers different genres and categories of programming from preschool to tween. Worldwide has previously sold programming to Al Jazeera Children’s […]