Nick Jr

Nick Jr. brings Euro toon to UK

US channel Nick Jr. has acquired European-produced CGI toon Wissper, and will debut it next year. The 52x7mins show comes from German brand management and content group m4e, compatriot BASTEI Media, Ireland’s Telegael, the UK’s Absolutely Cuckoo (Waybuloo) and Indian’s Discreet Art Productions. Nick Jr. has bought it from m4e after Channel 5 in the […]

Sky to hire first kids content chief

UK pay TV provider Sky is to launch a dedicated kids app next year and will appoint a head of kids content. Sky has tapped design group ustwo, the outfit behind Monument Valley, to design the app, which is expected to launch in early 2016. Aimed at children aged 4-9 years, the app will bring […]

Senior Nick execs axed in restructure

Senior Nickelodeon executives Teri Weiss and Rick Magallanes are among those axed in another round of Viacom lay-offs, US trades reported this week. Weiss, Nick’s executive VP of preschool programming is leaving along with Magallanes, who is Nickelodeon Animation Studios’ senior VP; Jenna Boyd, who had the same role; SVP of production and development at […]

CBBC, Nick Jr. launch kids content apps

The BBC has launched a channel-focused app for its children’s network CBBC, which will house many of CBBC’s most popular brands, while Nickelodeon has also lined up one for its Nick Jr. channel. GO CBBC, which is available for free on Android, iOS and Kindle devices, will feature a range of new games featuring CBBC characters […]

News brief: Nick sprinkles Asian Peppa on schedules

Nickelodeon has acquired seasons one to six of Entertainment One’s Peppa Pig for its Nick Jr. channel feeds in Asia. Nick’s deal is pan-regional, while Singaporean broadcaster OKTO and Taiwan’s Yoyo TV have acquired season five of the show. Furthermore, seasons one and two are now available through the Apple Store and Google Play in […]

Paw Patrol added as Channel 5, Nick grow closer

UK terrestrial net Channel 5 has again turned to its pay TV cousin Nickelodeon, this time taking free TV rights to animated series Paw Patrol. Nick parent Viacom completed its £450 million (US$740 million) takeover of Channel 5 last month, and this immediately lead to the announcement of Neila the Knight, a series co-funded by […]

Nick Jr and Nicktoons debut in Africa

Viacom has launched kids channels Nick Jr and Nicktoons in Africa for the first time on MultiChoice’s DStv platform and has extended the reach of entertainment channel BET International. Nick Jr will be available on the DStv Premium package in South Africa, while Nicktoons will be available via DSTv Family, Compact, Extra and Premium packages. […]

Viacom confirms ‘landmark’ Sony OTT deal

Entertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to provide 22 launch channels for Sony Corporation’s upcoming US cloud-TV service. The deal marks the first time Viacom channels have been offered as live internet TV channels via a VOD service. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but such a significant deal would not have come […]

Viacom names Philippines chief

Viacom International Media Networks has named a former Fox International Channels programming boss as country manager for its operations in the Philippines. Dinna Zaratan will take up the role on September 1, overseeing MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central in the territory, while developing long-term strategic goals. She will report to VIMN Asia’s COO […]

News brief: Nick Jr. returns to Driftwood Bay

Nick Jr. in the UK has commissioned another 52x7mins season of mixed-media preschool animated series Lily’s Driftwood Bay. The show debuted on the Viacom-owned channel in May this year, and has taken more than 1.5 million viewers to date, according to Nick. It comes from Northern Ireland’s Sixteen South, and is created entirely from items […]