Mia and Me

Kids bulletin: Shaftesbury grows kids team; CCTV scoops UYoung slate

Shaftesbury grows kids and family portfolio with McCann appointment Canada’s Shaftesbury has hired veteran producer Jennifer McCann for the newly created role of executive producer for kids and family. Reporting into Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings, McCann will lead the company’s kids and family entertainment division, overseeing original series as well as the recently launched Shaftesbury […]

Studio 100 buys M4E

Europe’s Studio 100 has acquired a majority interest in Germany’s m4E. Belgium-based Studio 100 has taken a 68% holding in the brand management and production firm for an undisclosed amount. The deals sees M4E founders and principal shareholders Hans Ulrich Stoef, Michael Büttner, Oliver Jansen and Cees Wessels (the latter through his associated companies TSC […]

m4e buys Rainbow out of Mia and Me

German brand management and production firm m4e has acquired Italian toon producer Rainbow’s shares in Mia and Me, the animated preschool series the pair coproduces. The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, hands m4e the 45% of the international rights the brand it didn’t already own, though Loreto-based Rainbow retains 100% of the […]

M4E preps Mia and Me-style kids series

Content company m4e is teaming with kids author Thomas Brezina to make a new boy-skewed series that will have the same animation-live-action style as its hit series Mia and Me. Germany-based m4e has joined forces with Austrian author Brezina who will develop a new, as yet unnamed, adventure series for boys in the 6-to-12 demo. […]

Asian SVOD site opens local Winx Club

Asian subscription on-demand platform iflix has signed an output deal with Italian family entertainment producer Rainbow. The deal hands iflix children’s series Winx Club, Mia and Me, PopPixie and Huntix for its operations in Malaysia and the Philippines, and for Thailand and Indonesia when iflix launches there later this year. In Malaysia and the Philippines, […]

News brief: Nickelodeon UK picks up Mia and me

UK kids channel Nickelodeon has acquired animated series Mia and me. The Rainbow-prodcued and distributed series -year old Mia as she juggles her life in the real world with another role in the magical kingdom of Centopia, where she turns into an elf who becomes the guardian of the land’s unicorns. The Nick deal means […]

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 […]