Germany’s KiKA & Israel’s Zoom land on Mars-set teen series

Israeli and German networks have greenlit DreaMars, a new live-action sci-fi show about eight teenagers who fly to Mars for a critical mission.   Aimed at older children and teens, the 20 x 22-minute series is set to debut on German channel KiKA, and Israeli broadcaster HOT’s kids channel Zoom in 2023. It is a […]

Teletubbies returning to Germany

KiKa has acquired the new Teletubbies, marking the return of the iconic preschool series in the German market. KiKa, the kids net run by German pubcasters ARD and ZDF, aired the original version of the show in 1999 and has now acquired season one of the reboot. DHX and UK prodco Darrall Macqueen produce the […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: is a breakout global kids content hit coming?

It is hard to get new shows away, and even harder to get new shows to stand out when they do make it to air. Despite that and the lack of new global hits in recent times, the industry remains broadly positive that we will see a new breakout programme this year.   Generally, it […]

KiKA looks to Boomerang’s Avatars

German children’s channel KiKA has acquired European live action coproduction The Avatars from Spain’s Boomerang TV Group and Onza Distribution. The show will debut on the ARD- and ZDF-owned network today with back-to-back episodes at 8.10pm. The 52x24mins show will run stripped Monday to Thursday. The Avatars comes from Lagardere Studios-owned Boomerang, Italy’s Fly Distibuzione […]

ZDFE now handling KiKA preschool slot

ZDF Enterprises is to distribute all rights from the preschool brand of ZDF children’s channel KiKA. This means ZDF’s commercial arm will overseeing KiKANiNCHEN, KiKA’s flagship brand, which runs between 6.10am and 10.25am each week and bundles various shows. The pick-up covers all German-speaking territories in Europe and covers programming and licensing rights. ZDFE has […]

Uecker to exit ABC Children’s

Barbara Uecker is leaving Australian public broadcaster the ABC. Uecker, who is head of programming and acquisitions for ABC TV Children’s, is exiting on March 28 to “pursue other opportunities”, according to the broadcaster. She has been with the ABC since 2008, during which time she is credited with building the ABC3 and ABC4 Kids […]

News brief: KiKa buys Irish toon

German children’s channel KiKa has acquired Irish animated preschool series ­Joe & Jack from Canada’s 9 Story Entertainment. The 39x7mins series will beginning broadcasting on the public channel on May 12. Czech channel Česká Televise has also recently picked up rights. Produced by Ireland’s Dancing Girl Productions, Joe & Jack has aired on Irish pubcaster […]

Disney Channel launches on German free TV

Germany’s latest competitor in the children’s free-to-air channels market has arrived. Disney Channel launched on Friday as the newest entrant in a market that already includes Super RTL and KiKA. Disney Channel was previously available on pay TV in Germany, but The Walt Disney Company decided to make the move some 18 months ago after […]

Cloudbabies emerge in Germany

Boutique children’s TV distributor Hoho Rights has sold its Cloudbabies preschool series to a leading German broadcaster. ARD and ZDF-owned kidsnet KiKA has bought the 52x10mins series ahead of a 2014 debut. The CBeebies show has already sold into Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Wales, Taiwan and Poland. “Germany is a hugely significant European territory and […]