TBI Weekly: How streamers are putting kids first

In the global streamers’ ongoing battle to claim the best IP, everything is up for grabs, with services digging in their heels to take everything from top formats to great factual and scripted content. But recent days have particularly seen a growing demand for children’s programming, with streaming heavyweights targeting younger demographics to draw in […]

ViacomCBS Kids & Family rejigs leadership as Shelley Zimmerman exits

ViacomCBS Kids & Family has given Nickelodeon execs Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin combined oversight of all its live-action production, following the exit of Awesomeness EVP Shelley Zimmerman. With responsibility for the programming now falling under one roof, the pair will look after Nickelodeon’s live-action scripted content, as well as live action programming for the […]

Netflix & Nick alum Jenna Boyd partners with The Cartel for new prodco

Former Nickelodeon and Netflix exec Jenna Boyd has partnered with production and management firm The Cartel to launch a new prodco. Field Day Entertainment is described as “a talent-centric” production company that will focus on creating kids and family content for streaming platforms. Boyd, who spent nearly two decades at Nickelodeon and more recently led […]

TBI Weekly: Delivering diversity in children’s programming

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton takes a deep dive to explore how the global TV industry is working to improve inclusivity and representation in children’s programming, and asks what needs to happen both in front of and behind the camera in order to bring about real change. Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in […]

Nickelodeon ups Ramsey Naito to animation president

ViacomCBS-owned kids network Nickelodeon has promoted Ramsey Naito to president of animation. In her new role, Naito, who was previously EVP of animation production and development for the Nickelodeon Group, will oversee its animation content across all formats and platforms, spanning linear, digital, TV movies, theatrical motion pictures and SVOD. Continuing to report to Brian Robbins, […]

Nickelodeon adds ABC Studios alum Zack Olin to oversee live action

ViacomCBS-owned kids channel Nickelodeon has appointed former ABC Studios exec Zack Olin to oversee its live action offer. Olin takes the newly created role of SVP of live action at Nick, with a remit to work across scripted, movies and specials for the children’s operator. He will be based out of LA and will work […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with the kids

From $15m funding slates to discussions about driving diversity, the past week has provided plenty to consider for those in the kid’s TV business. With the 17th edition of the Children’s Media Conference wrapping today, TBI reflects on the key takeaways. Reflecting your audience The conference kicked off on Monday with a keynote panel discussion […]

Kids round-up: Nickelodeon takes Xilam’s ‘Athleticus’ and Mr Magoo’ global and greenlights second “It’s Pony’ trek; YouTube Kids launches on Amazon Fire TV

Nickelodeon acquires ‘Athleticus’ and ‘Mr Magoo’ from Xilam Nickelodeon has made global deals with French animation studio Xilam Animation for two of its properties – Athleticus and Mr Magoo. The ViacomCBS-owned broadcaster has taken exclusive pay-TV rights to two seasons of short-form CGI series Athleticus covering Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America. It has also […]

ViacomCBS appoints Disney’s Yolanda Cochran to head kids production

ViacomCBS has appointed Yolanda T. Cochran from Disney-owned Freeform to oversee production for its Kids & Family division. Cochran becomes SVP of live-action long-form production for the ViacomCBS unit, responsible for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons, as well as Gen Z-focused brand Awesomeness. She will be based in Hollywood and reports to Megan Ring, […]

ViacomCBS outlines plans for ‘super-serving’ SVOD with 30,000 hours

ViacomCBS will look to retain more rights to its programming as it prepares to roll out a new ‘house of brands’ streaming service in 2021, CEO Bob Bakish has confirmed. The company initially announced plans to launch a large-scale streamer comparable to the likes of HBO Max and Netflix in February, but the CEO has […]

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