Mattel & Nelvana partner on ‘Barney’ animated reboot

Toy company Mattel is rebooting its Barney franchise with plans including a new animated series for pre-schoolers set to debut next year. Co-produced by Mattel Television and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, the Canadian distributor and producer behind Max & Ruby and Franklin, the series aims to introduce the purple dinosaur and his friends to a new […]

TBI Kids Hot Picks: ‘Super Sema’, ‘Unstoppable Yellow Yeti’ & more

TBI takes a look at some of the most interesting projects heading to market as MIPJR throws open its doors in Cannes. Super Sema Producer: Kukua (Kenya/UK) Distributor: Cake Broadcaster: YouTube Logline: A heroic 10-year-old and her brother protect their African village from an evil ruler and his robot army UK-based distributor Cake recently picked […]

Canada’s Corus strikes overall deal with Dominion of Drama, launches Waterside Studios

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has struck an overall deal with UK-Canadian prodco Dominion of Drama and appointed its founder Jeff Norton as the head of its new label, Waterside Studios. Waterside Studios is a new IP and production venture focused on bringing premium scripted Canadian content for youth and primetime audiences to the Canadian and international […]

Disney+ takes Hulu & YTV’s ‘The Hardy Boys’ around the world

Disney+ has snagged international rights to The Hardy Boys, the live-action mystery series that debuted last year on Hulu in the US and YTV in Canada. The show was developed and produced in Canada by Nelvana and Lambur Productions, in association with Corus Entertainment, and will launch on Disney+ outside of North America in 2022. […]

TBI Kids: Nelvana’s president on why kids content is central to the streaming boom

As Canadian children’s producer and distributor Nelvana approaches its 50th anniversary, company president Pam Westman tells Mark Layton why kids’ content is at the heart of the streaming revolution. The global streaming boom has led to a skyrocketing demand for content, in all genres; particularly in the past year or so, with the launch of […]

Round-up: BBC ups Helen Munson to daytime & early peak commissioner; Noovo orders ‘I Can See Your Voice’ Quebec; FilmRise & Nelvana ink 800-hour distribution deal

BBC ups Helen Munson to daytime & early peak commissioner UK pubcaster the BBC has promoted Helen Munson to commissioning editor for daytime and early peak. Based in North East England, Munson will report to Carla-Maria Lawson, the BBC’s head of daytime and early peak. In her new role, she will support suppliers in the […]

Netflix takes rights to ‘Redwall’ book series, preps both TV & film projects

Netflix has acquired the rights to English author Brian Jacques’ Redwall fantasy series for TV and film adaptation, following a deal with publisher Penguin Random House. The streamer already has an animated feature based on the franchise in the works, with Over The Garden Wall’s Patrick McHale attached to write a script that follows the […]

Kids round-up: Studio100 acquires rights to ‘SeaBelievers’; ‘Bakugan’ in slew of global deals

Studio100 acquires rights to ‘SeaBelievers’ German-based production and distribution company Studio 100 has acquired the global distribution rights, excluding Russia and CIS, to CGI animation series SeaBelievers. Described as an ‘eco-tainment’ show, the 52 x 11-minute series will follow a group of characters with distinctive seaweed hair, seashell noses and webbed hands and feet as […]

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