Kay Benbow


Hello Halo hires kids head as first CBeebies series lands

UK indie Hello Halo has appointed development exec Terri Langan (pictured) as its first head of children’s, as the prodco lands its first commission from preschool net CBeebies. Langan takes on the post more than three years after Wendy Rattray founded Hello Halo, initially as a factual company. Langan, who has developed kids series for […]

TBI Weekly: UK kids TV shake-up

Kids television has been on the agenda this week as the industry gears up for Cartoon Forum and MIPJunior. Kids shake-ups galore News broke that Kay Benbow would leave the children’s division of pubcaster BBC as part of a major team shake-up. Cheryl Taylor will now lead the team in a newly created role of […]

Benbow exiting in BBC Children’s shake-up

Kay Benbow is the leaving the children’s division of UK pubcaster the BBC as part of a major shake-up that makes Cheryl Taylor its content chief. The key change sees CBeebies chief Benbow (pictured right) leaving the Corporation at the end of the year, with current CBBC chief Cheryl Taylor (below left) becoming head of […]

CBeebies boards new Andrew Davenport show

UK children’s channel CBeebies has commissioned the debut series from the partnership of Andrew Davenport’s new prodco and Bento Box Entertainment’s kids division. The 50x22mins Moon and Me comes from In the Night Garden creator Davenport’s Foundling Bird and Bento Box’s Sutikki, which former Nelvana execs Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr set up last year. […]

BBC swipes app upgrades

The BBC has updated its popular news app, introducing new elements including allowing users to swipe through the day’s new stories. The UK pubcaster said that 60% of BBC News’ digital traffic comes from mobile, with 7am and 10pm the peak viewing times. The app has 7.6 million unique users each month. The latest update, […]

BBC, Fremantle team again for kids series

The kids division of UK pubcaster the BBC, and FremantleMedia Kids & Family are teaming to make another kids series, Bitz & Bob. The 44x11mins show will debut in 2017 on preschool channel CBeebies, and is described as a comedy adventure with a twist, relaying funny and whimsical stories underpinned by key educational principles. Specifically, […]

CBeebies: report card, recent hits, shopping lists

CBeebies controller Kay Benbow and her CBBC counterpart Cheryl Taylor took the stage at the Children’s Media Conference last week to tell content companies what is working on their services and what they are looking for. After they had outlined recent news and the profile of their service, TBI quizzed the pair on the details […]

CBeebies goes to The Farm

UK preschool channel CBeebies has commissioned a five-part series about farming featuring former boyband star JB Gill. Down on the Farm will look at where food comes from and it’s grown, with Gill and Storm Huntley presenting. BBC Scotland is attached to produce, with Yvonne Jennings executive producing. The presenters will visits various farms, with […]

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 […]

BBC kids nets joint-order Arabian Nights series

Preschool channel CBeebies and older-skewed BBC sister CBBC have jointly-commissioned a contemporary re-imaginging of the Arabian Nights story for the UK. Jamillah & Aladdin will be a 52x14mins coproduction of British indie Kindle Entertainment, Canada’s Mediamax and India’s Toonz Entertainment. Mediamax’s parent, finance and production group Mediabiz, is co-financing the show with the BBC channels. […]

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