Moonbug Entertainment

Exclusive: Moonbug to ramp up IP portfolio following acquisition

Global kids content firm Moonbug Entertainment will seek to create and acquire “more and better IP” following its recent acquisition by Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Blackstone Group-backed investment outfit. The purchase last week was the second acquisition for the as-yet unnamed Mayer-Staggs firm, which acquired the CoComelon rights holder in a deal valued by Bloomberg […]

Kevin Mayer’s investment firm strikes $3bn deal for ‘CoComelon’ outfit Moonbug

Global kids content company Moonbug Entertainment has been acquired by Disney execs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Blackstone Group-backed investment outfit, as the nascent firm continues its buying spree. Founded in 2018, Moonbug holds the rights to major kids franchises including Blippi, Little Baby Bum and CoComelon, which is the second-most subscribed YouTube channel, with around 120 […]

News round-up: Netflix & Moonbug expand kids franchises; ‘Detention Adventure’ returns; Dantar inks first-look deal with Pilgrim

Netflix & Moonbug expand kids franchises Netflix and US-UK kids content company Moonbug Entertainment are working an new animated preschool series and specials based on the CoComelon and Little Baby Bum franchises. The shows, which will debut starting in 2022, will include 4 x 60-minute new nursery rhyme compilations and three seasons (24 x 7-minutes) […]

Amazon Kids+ & Moonbug expand ‘Blippi’ franchise

Amazon Kids+ has ordered a new series starring children’s performer Blippi. Moonbug Entertainment is producing the new long-form, episodic series, Blippi’s Treehouse, which will premiere exclusively on the Amazon Kids+ streaming service at an as-yet undisclosed date. Moonbug’s current Blippi series is one of its most popular titles, with the show’s YouTube channel averaging are […]

Kids roundup: WarnerMedia APAC hires Disney alum Melissa Lim; Moonbug shows comes to BBC iPlayer; Ferly & Toonz partner for ‘Kingdom Of None’

WarnerMedia APAC hires Disney alum Melissa Lim WarnerMedia has appointed Melissa Lim as the new head of content acquisitions and co-productions for its children’s networks in the Asia Pacific region, which include POGO, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Lim will also advise on licensing content to fuel the growing slate of kids and family programming on the […]

Kids round-up: Amazon Kids+ & Moonbug strike content partnership; BBC names Kate Morton as pre-school programming lead

Amazon Kids+ & Moonbug strike content partnership Amazon Kids+, the retail and streaming giant’s child-focused subscription service, and London-and-LA-based kids content company Moonbug Entertainment, have partnered to create original productions for children. The first joint streaming project will be animated series Arpo Robot Babysitter, based on the YouTube series Arpo, which will premiere exclusively on Amazon Kids+. […]

Kids round-up: Super RTL inks Moonbug deal; Zigazoo gains $4m capital funding; TVOkids makes BGM double order  

Super RTL inks Moonbug deal German FTA linear children’s network Super RTL has acquired global pre-school hit CoComelon, and a number of other series, in a wide-reaching deal struck with London-and-LA-based kids content company Moonbug Entertainment. Moonbug shows, also including Little Baby Bum, Go Buster and Playtime with Twinkle, will be brought to German-speaking markets, […]

Exclusive: Moonbug snags NBCU alum Meghan Sheridan as senior creative executive

London-and-LA-based kids content company Moonbug Entertainment has appointed NBCUniversal alum Meghan Sheridan as senior creative executive. Based out of the LA office and reporting to Moonbug’s head of creative, Richard Hickey, Sheridan tells TBI that one of the responsibilities of her new role is to serve as a “creative guardian” to its marquee CoComelon brand, […]

TBI Weekly: Making a success of YouTube-first content

Streamers might be king right now but video-sharing platforms are more than holding their own, finding their place as a more natural home for viral videos and short-form content from professional studios and ‘bedroom creators’ alike. Services such as TikTok and YouTube are also providing a rich vein of creative talent for streamers in search of […]

Disney alum David Levine joins Moonbug as studio head

UK-based kids animation company Moonbug Entertainment has appointed former Walt Disney Company exec David Levine as its new head of studio. Levine, who most recently served as VP of kids programming for Disney Channels Europe & Africa, and UK & Ireland, has been tasked in his new role with driving the expansion of Moonbug’s IP […]