Kay Benbow


‘Rising star’ named BBC Children’s chief

The COO of BBC England, Alice Webb, has been named as Joe Godwin’s replacement as director of BBC Children’s. She will take on the post in February, following Godwin’s move to take over at the BBC’s training division, BBC Academy. CBeebies controller Kay Benbow has been overseeing BBC Children’s, which comprises the CBeebies and CBBC […]

CBeebies plots new show from Teletubbies creator

UK preschool channel CBeebies has commissioned a series from Teletubbies creator Anne Wood. Twirlywoos comes from Wood’s Ragdoll Productions, which is behind Teletubbies, In the Night Garden and Abney and Teal!. Wood sold the commercial division of Ragdoll to Canada’s DHX Media last year for £17.4 million (US$27.7 million), after which a reboot of Teletubbies […]

CBeebies bringing back Teletubbies

UK preschool channel CBeebies has ordered new episodes of hit series Teletubbies for the first time since in 13 years. Canada’s DHX Media and UK indie Darrall Macqueen (Baby Jake)will create 60 episodes of the show, which will feature a “refreshed and contemporary look and feel”. This will see the iconic live-action Tinky Winky, Dipsy, […]

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 […]

BBC brings back Clangers after 45 years

Classic British animated series Clangers is coming back to the BBC, 45 years after the last series. The new Clangers will go out CBeebies in the UK and Sprout in the US following the commission. BBC Worldwide has international distribution rights, while the UK’s Coolabi and original series producer Smallfilms are attached for production duties. […]

CBeebies goes for Melody, Minibeast

UK digital kids net CBeebies has ordered a pair of new series, one themed around classical music and the other a wildlife series about tiny animals and insects. Melody is a 20x7mins mixed media series co-commissioned by BBC Learning from Wish Films and LAAH Entertainment with support from the RNIB. It will attempt to introduce […]

FremantleMedia and BBC on kids partnership

Earlier this year the BBC and the Kids and Family division of FremantleMedia inked a multi-year deal that will see them co-develop and produce a range of kids series for preschool and older audiences, across live-action and animation. BBC Children’s boss Joe Godwin and FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment’s Bob Higgins tell Stewart Clarke about […]

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 […]

CBeebies orders Get Squiggling spin-off

UK public broadcaster the BBC’s dedicated preschool channel CBeebies has ordered a 26x7mins new series, Get Squiggling Letters. It is a spin-off from existing CBeebies series Get Squiggling. Like that show will be produced by Dot to Dot Productions. It was commissioned by CBeebies controller Kay Benbow.

Girls want toons!

Commissioners want more girl-skewed animation and say there is not enough coming their way. Producers say that commissioners often shun girl-skewed ideas as they are worried boys will turn off. Meanwhile, a handful of shows with girl characters are global hits. Asking kids TV executives why there are not more cartoons with lead girl characters […]