Disney Branded TV hires Netflix & Nickelodeon alum Jenna Boyd to head scripted development

Disney Branded Television has hired former Nickelodeon and Netflix exec Jenna Boyd as SVP of development. Reporting to Charlie Andrews, Disney Branded Television’s EVP of live-action and unscripted, Boyd will be responsible for the scripted series development team. She will creatively supervise the production of scripted series pilots for Disney+ and Disney Channel, with a […]

Saudi Arabia’s MBC Group extends kids pact with Paramount’s Nickelodeon

Saudi Arabia-based MBC Group has extended its programming deal with Paramount Global Content Distribution, with a raft of kids shows heading to the MENA-focused media giant. The three-year pact will see a minimum of 350 episodes of Nickelodeon shows heading to MBC’s children’s channel MBC3 and its VOD service Shahid, with the group securing free-to-air […]

Nickelodeon extends ‘Paw Patrol’ & spin-off ‘Rubble & Crew’

Nickelodeon has renewed both Paw Patrol and its spin-off Rubble & Crew as the animated kids’ franchise celebrates its 10th anniversary. Paw Patrol has been extended for an 11th season of 26 x 30-minute episodes, which will follow heroic pups, Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest and Tracker, as they take on new missions […]

Kids round-up: Nickelodeon preps ‘Paw Patrol’ spin-off; Canadian animation deals; ITVX & Wizz welcome ‘Momolu’  

Nickelodeon preps ‘Paw Patrol’ spin-off Nickelodeon and Spin Master are launching a spin-off from pre-school animation Paw Patrol following the character of Rubble. Produced by Spin Master Entertainment, the 26-part Rubble & Crew will debut on Nickelodeon on 3 February and continue to roll out on Nick Jr. channels internationally next year. The show follows […]

Nickelodeon sets one-hour ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ crossover special

Nickelodeon in the US has ordered the first-ever crossover special for its hit animated SpongeBob SquarePants franchise. SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone will tie together the shows SpongeBob SquarePants, The Patrick Star Show, and Paramount+ original Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years for a one-hour special debuting in 2023. Described as a “multidimensional adventure deep […]

Nickelodeon boards S3 of ‘The Adventures of Paddington’

StudioCanal has renewed its global distribution deal with Paramount kids’ brand Nickelodeon, which has come board the third season of CG-animated series The Adventures Of Paddington.  Produced by Heyday Films and StudioCanal, in association with Copyrights, the series is directed by Blue Zoo Animation Studio’s Adam Shaw and Chris Drew. Developed for television and written […]

Nickelodeon to “supercharge” franchises, with renewals and spin-offs for ‘PAW Patrol’ & ‘Transformers’

Paramount kids brand Nickelodeon is expanding some of its biggest franchises, such as PAW Patrol, Transformers and SpongeBob SquarePants, through spin-off shows, theatrical outings and recommissions. Its annual upfront presentation this week detailed plains to “supercharge” its franchises with new animation, pre-school and live-action content across streaming, linear and digital platforms – as well as at […]

Brian Robbins to replace Gianopulos at Paramount, David Nevins takes TV remit

Nickelodeon boss Brian Robbins is set to become the new chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, following reports that incumbent Jim Gianopulos is exiting the studio. Robbins currently serves as president of ViacomCBS kids and family, taking on the role in 2018, after a stint as head of Paramount Players, and following his 2017 exit […]

ViacomCBS & Rakuten join forces to take kids’ streamer Nick+ to Japan

US-based ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has signed a long-term agreement with Japan’s Rakuten Group to bring Nickelodeon’s kids’ streaming service Nick+ to Japanese VOD platform Rakuten TV. Nick+ will launch on Rakuten TV on 28 April, bringing Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, Blaze And The Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies and Dora The Explorer to Japanese […]

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 […]

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