Michael Carrington


ABC Kids & BBCWW partner for animated series

ABC Kids and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) have partnered with Ludo Studio on a new preschool animated series. Production has started on Bluey, an Australian animated preschool series created by Joe Brumm and co-commissioned by ABC Kids and the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. The series has received funding support from Screen Australia, which […]

ABC television chief exits

Richard Finlayson has resigned from his post as director of television at Australian public broadcaster the ABC. The shock moves comes after rumours emerged over his future, and brings to an end his three-year tenure as the ABC’s top television executive. The ABC’s managing director, Michelle Guthrie, who succeeded Mark Scott nearly nine months ago, […]

ABC launches ABC MEe channel and app

Australian pubcaster the ABC will launch its new kids TV and digital service, ABC Me, at the end of the week. The channel replaces ABC3, as previously announced, and targets 5-to-11s with local content and international kids fare. The ABC will launch a companion app at the same time as the channel on September 16. […]

ABC retools ABC3 under new guise

Australian pubcaster the ABC has renamed its kids-focused network ABC3 to create “a complete digital and broadcast service designed to reflect and celebrate the lives, interests and diversity of young Australians”. The channel will be known as ABC Me from September 19, and will “embrace the experiences of Australian school-aged children”. It will focus on […]

Carrington to ABC, Hughes steps up at Zodiak

Kids TV veteran Michael Carrington is exiting Zodiak Kids Studios to become head of children’s and education at Australian pubcaster the ABC. The broadcaster said the role is a new one, although the position running the kids department has been vacant since Deidre Brennan left earlier this year, before resurfacing at Canada’s Corus. Carrington, who […]

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 […]

Zodiak, Coolabi team for Sea Quest adaptation

The kids division of Zodiak Media has joined forces with IP specialists Coolabi Group and will develop a TV series based on the popular Sea Quest book franchise. Coolabi owns the rights to the books, which are written by Adam Blade and have sold over 500,000 copies. The property is a spin-off from Blade’s 20-million […]

Disney EMEA to remake Israeli teen drama

Disney EMEA is to remake Disney Channel Israeli original musical drama North Star. The live-action series will likely feature a UK cast with filming commencing in spring next year ahead of launch of Disney Channels across EMEA later in 2016. The 13x22mins show, also titled North Star as a working title, is based on a […]

Zodiak Kids signs Mumfie creator deal

Zodiak Kids has signed a development deal with Magic Adventures of Mumfie and Thomas & Friends creator Britt Allcroft. The deal with Britt Allcroft Productions cover development of a new version of Mumfie, which ran for 79 episodes on CiTV in the UK and Fox Kids in the US during the 1990s and as a […]