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Comcast completes $3.8bn DreamWorks takeover

Comcast is set to go head-to-head with Disney in the kids and family sector after NBCUniversal completed its US$3.8billion takeover of DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands entertainment wing NBCU franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, online assets in the shape of multichannel operator AwesomenessTV, and a sprawling toon-focused […]

DOJ clear DreamWorks deal

NBCUniversal’s US$3.8 billion deal for DreamWorks Animation has gained regulatory clearance from the US Department of Justice, according to Comcast. The deal is expected to close in coming months, an NBCU rep told a number of US news outlets via email. The DOJ has found no threat in the proposed deal, which will see DWA […]

Gulli targets African eyeballs with local content

French free DTT kids and family channel Gulli expanded to Africa this March and is planning to reach out to a local kids and parents with a raft of local content. Having launched a local version in Russia six years ago, where the channel is now received by five million homes, Lagardère Active, launched Gulli […]

Televisa buys 500 hours of Nickelodeon fare

Mexican TV giant Televisa has acquired a 496-hour package of content from Viacom kids channel Nickelodeon. The content will air across Televisa nets in Mexico and extends a programming agreement between it and Viacom International Media Networks. The huge package of Nick fare includes seasons of Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as […]

China and UK coming together at the Children’s Media Conference

Trevor Lai will be at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK, this week to share his thoughts on how international and Chinese kids companies can work together. Lai runs UP Studios, the China-based indie that has grown from studio for hire to creator of original shows such as Super Boomi, a CGI series in-the-making. […]

DreamWorks launches YouTube channel

Hollywood and family content studio DreamWorks has launched DreamWorksTV, a new YouTube channel programmed with original short-form live-action and animated shows. Brian Robbins will run the new channel having attracted significant volumes of viewers to his teen-skewed YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, which was acquired by DreamWorks last year. As well as the original short-form series there […]

DreamWorks into TV: Classic and Awesome

In diversifying away from movies, DreamWorks has made two key acquisitions, the multimillion dollar deal for digital producer and channel manager AwesomenessTV and US$155 million acquisition of Classic Media. Classic Media founder Eric Ellenbogen tells Stewart Clarke about becoming part of DreamWorks. DreamWorks Classics offers something no other kids company can, says Eric Ellenbogen: the […]

Nickelodeon sells toons to China

Viacom International Media Networks has sold several Nickelodeon animated series to broadcasters in China. The regional Guangdong JiaJia Cartoon Channel has bought the first season of Kung Fu Panda and the first two seasons of Fanboy and Chum Chum. Kaku Kids, which is part of Beijing TV’s channel portfolio, has also picked up the first […]

Netflix inks ‘largest ever’ deal for originals with DreamWorks

Netflix says that its new deal for original programming from DreamWorks is its largest yet and will cover 300 hours of new programming. The streaming service and animation studio already had a programming deal in place with Dreamworks for Turbo: F.A.S.T., a TV spin-off from upcoming DreamWorks animated movie Turbo (pictured). The new deal will […]

Viacom cuts content deals with French broadcasters

Viacom international Media Networks has cut a raft of programming deals with French channels in the wake of MIPTV. It has licensed SpongeBob SquarePants, the SpongeBob Christmas special and season seven of Dora the Explorer to TF1. France’s largest commercial broadcaster has also acquired the second season of Kung Fu Panda and renewed deals for […]