Jean-Philippe Randisi

Carrington to ABC, Hughes steps up at Zodiak

Kids TV veteran Michael Carrington is exiting Zodiak Kids Studios to become head of children’s and education at Australian pubcaster the ABC. The broadcaster said the role is a new one, although the position running the kids department has been vacant since Deidre Brennan left earlier this year, before resurfacing at Canada’s Corus. Carrington, who […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: What is the biggest issue facing the industry?

TBI asks the the most influential players in the kids business for their views on the hot-button topics that are defining the sector in 2016 and beyond Asking folks in the kids industry about the biggest challenge they face elicits a range of responses, most of which can be filed into two areas: funding and […]

Zodiak Kids takes on Airside Andy project

Zodiak Kids Studios is the second producer to attempt to an animated television series version of kids property Airside Andy. Former Chapman Entertainment commercial chief Greg Lynn was previously working with Technicolor Digital Productions on the property, but reps for brand creators Robert Cooper and Peter Le Mansurier of UK-based Airside Andy Ltd confirmed Lynn […]

Zodiak joins Tower 10’s Tiger Team

The kids division of production and distribution giant Zodiak Media has struck a deal with Australian prodco Tower 10. Zodiak Kids and Tower 10 said they will coproduce a string of kids shows together, starting with an animated series based on the Tiger Team book series, which was created by Tower 10 founder Thomas Brezina […]

Zodiak launches kids YouTube channels

The kids division of Zodiak Media will launch two YouTube channels later this year. ZeeKay and ZeeKay Junior will target the kids and preschool sectors respectively and launch as part of YouTube’s recent kids initiatives. Zodiak said there will be original online pilots as well as established Zodiak Kids shows including Mister Maker (pictured), Waybuloo, […]

Carrington to head Zodiak Kids Studios

Zodiak Kids has created a studio that will bring together the DeAgostini-owned company’s UK and French production arms. Zodiak Kids Studios will consist of UK-based prodco The Foundation and France’s Marathon Media and Tele Images Productions, with Foundation CEO Michael Carrington taking on the same post for the umbrella brand. Marathon’s chief creative officer Eryk […]

Alessandri exits Zodiak as Runel takes French post

Philippe Alessandri is exiting Zodiak Media, with Benoît Runel upped to run the former’s prodco, Télé Images Productions, and fellow French kids firm Marathon Media, TBI has learned. Runel (pictured) takes the newly-created role of managing director, Zodiak Kids, France following the change, which is effective immediately. Alessandri departs after 16 years at Télé Images, […]

ITV Studios’ EVP to lead Zodiak Kids

Jean Philippe Randisi has been named as Zodiak Kids’ first CEO. He joins from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where he was executive VP and director of consumer products. The appointment comes after the departure of long-serving children’s programming chief Nigel Pickard in April. Randisi will be in charge of Zodiak Media’s entire kids’ business, which […]

MIPTV News: Hell’s Kitchen, Four Weddings to get app companions

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has hooked up with Israeli cross media company Screenz to bring new apps for three of its biggest formats to MIPTV. The dual screen apps for reality singing series Who Dares Sings, marriage-themed Four Weddings and cooking show Hell’s Kitchen, can be adapted for local markets, with the aim to extend […]