NBCU rebrands Sprout as Universal Kids

US children’s channel Sprout has been renamed Universal Kids, though the brand remains as a daily programming block. Sprout parent NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks has made the move after acquiring DreamWorks Animation last year. The new look network, aimed at 2-11s, will launch on September 9, with DreamWorks Animation Television shows such as All […]

Paul Robinson’s firm launches Sindbad toon

Former KidsCo boss Paul Robinson’s services company, Creative Media Partners, has launched its first series, animated toon Sindbad & the 7 Galaxies. Middle Eastern free-to-air MBC3, India’s Sun TV and Nigerian free TV channel Be.Television have signed up to air the show, which comes from CMP creative director Raja Masilamani, who worked with Robinson on a […]

Mid East paycaster welcomes Yourfamily

Low-cost Middle East pay TV service provider My-HD has added German kids channel Yourfamily to its programming line-up. Your Family Entertainment-owned kids channels Yourfamily and RiC TV have focused on expanding international distribution since the company hired former KidsCo CEO Paul Robinson (pictured) earlier this year to drive the international rollout of the channels beyond […]

KidsCo to close following NBCU Sprout deal

The shareholders of international kids channel KidsCo are closing down the joint venture following NBCUniversal’s move to buy all of preschool network Sprout. The decision has been made to stop broadcasting the channel due to the “challenging” nature of the crowded kids TV channels business and problems “growing” the net. “As a result, both shareholders […]

Sendokai Champions a win for KidsCo

International children’s channel KidsCo has acquired CG-animated series Sendokai Champions from Spanish distributor Nottingham Forest. The 26x12mins two season series, which comes from Spanish prodco Kotoc and pubcaster TVE, will premiere on the new Syfy Kids block in October as a first run in central and eastern Europe, south east Asia, South Africa and parts […]

News brief: Syfy Kids set for Asia, SA launch

International children’s channel KidsCo will launch its Syfy Kids programming block in Asia and South Africa on Monday. The fully dubbed block, which KidsCo and NBCUniversal stablemate Syfy jointly programme, will include original content and shows from parents NBCU and Corus Entertainment. These will include The Future is Wild, Z-Squad, Back to the Future, Dino […]

News brief: Syfy Kids block spreads to Asia

Syfy Kids, the programming block from international children’s channel KidsCo and pay channel Syfy, will launch in Asia this summer. The block will launch on Syfy’s local Asian channel feeds in a peak time slot and feature dubbed content including KidsCo original animated series Zuzu & the Supernuffs and acquired programmes. The block is also […]

News brief: KidsCo buys hidden camera series

International children’s channel KidsCo has acquired Novovision’s series Junior Hidden Camera for its global networks. KidsCo has acquired 25 half-hours of the candid camera show, which French comedy producer-distributor Novovision will be pitching in Cannes in 52 epsiode format. “Acquiring quality, on-brand content remains a core element of KidsCo’s strategy. Junior Hidden Camera‘s humour resonates […]

Syfy Kids heads for CEE

KidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids programming block in Central and Eastern Europe in June 2013. The NBC Universal and Corus Entertainment co-owned children’s channel will air the block of shows – through a partnership with NBCU-owned science fiction channel Syfy – at peak times and fully dubbed. The partnership, which was […]

NBC closing international channels and cutting jobs

NBC Universal is closing several of its international channels and has placed a group of its staff at risk of redundancy, TBI has learned. Industry sources confirmed that NBC will close several of its networks. The channels are part of NBC Universal’s international television group, which is run by Kevin MacLellan. Specifically, its channel division […]