Nickelodeon UK

Kids round-up: Saturday Animation preps ‘Aiko And The Masters Of Time’; ‘Theodosia’ travels to France & Lat Am; Nickelodeon UK dives into ‘Big Blue’

Saturday Animation preps ‘Aiko And The Masters Of Time’ Canada’s Saturday Animation Studio is in development on its second original children’s IP – Aiko And The Masters Of Time. The 10 x 22-minute series, from the Digital Dimension Entertainment Group (DDEG)-owned outfit behind Chase And Catch, is a serialised sci-fi action adventure for ages 7+ […]

Nick UK poaches Scripps programming exec

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has hired a Scripps Networks International VP of programming. As of July 3, Katharina Feistauer will be VP of programming at Nick UK, reporting to UK and Ireland general manager Alison Bakunowich. She was previously VP of programming for the UK and EMEA at Scripps. The news comes in the same […]

Nick hires NBCU exec for UK post

Nickelodeon has hired NBCUniversal International’s director of programming in the UK. James Newton is joining Viacom International Media Network-owned Nick UK & Ireland as VP, programming. At NBCU, he was director of UK programming, working across channels such as E!, Syfy and Universal Channel. He will oversee scheduling and editorial strategy at pay TV channel […]

McCann exits Nick UK, new GM installed

Tina McCann is exiting Nickelodeon UK as part of a “management handover” that sees VP, editorial Alison Bakunowich named general manager. McCann has been Nick UK’s managing director for the past five-and-a-half years, but is exiting to resume work as a freelance executive coach and media consultant. Bakunowich takes up her new role in March, […]

TalkTalk adds Nicktoons to YouView line-up

UK operator TalkTalk has added children’s channel Nicktoons to its YouView pay TV service line-up. The Nickelodeon-owned network will be available as part of TalkTalk TV’s Kids Boost and Entertainment Extra Boost packages on YouView channel 560. The Kids Boosts package offers 16 children’s linear and on-demand channels, including Nickelodeon and Nick Jr, for £5 […]

News brief: Technicolor to develop Fun Crew toon

France- and Hollywood-based Technicolor has optioned rights to Cosmo, Bud & Boo, a 52x11mins 2D toon. The comedy, for 4-7s, comes from Fun Crew Ltd and was developed with former Nickelodeon UK exec Debbie MacDonald. It follows three bears, one of whom is a boy in a bear suit.

CiTV, Nick UK look for new laffers

UK commercial children’s channels CiTV and Nickelodeon UK are both seeking to add new comedies to their schedules, as the genre continues to attract young audiences. CiTV is chasing shows for 6-11s in the same vein as My Parents are Aliens and My Phone Genie following a decision to move away from preschool programming earlier […]

Turner taps Nick UK for Asia Pac exec

Turner International has added to its Asia Pacific programming team with the hire of a former Nickelodeon UK executive. Edward Barnieh has joined as programming and acquisitions manager, Asia Pacific, where he will be responsible for the acquisitions strategies for children’s channels including Cartoon Network, Cartoonito, POGO, Toonami and Boomerang. In particular, Barnieh will seek […]