European Commission sets animation growth plan

The European Commission has set an animation growth plan for the economic region that looks to support talent and gain global reach. The European Animation Plan has three objectives for the next five years: to foster the global reach and appeal of EU animation; to make Europe an inviting place to work for European talent […]

Chinese SVOD platforms buy DHX toons

Chinese subscription on-demand platforms have acquired animated programming from Canada’s DHX Media in two separate deals. iQiyi has taken AVOD and SVOD rights to more than 400 half-hours, including the original Teletubbies, Paddington and Caillou (pictured). iQiyi rival LeTV has taken English- and Mandarin-language OTT television rights (for smart TV and set-top boxes) and web […]

Sky opens up movie store to non-subs

Pay TV operator Sky has opened its download-to-own movie service to all consumers in the UK and Ireland. Previously, only Sky subs could access the store, but it has now opened to everyone, meaning all consumers can now download films to connected devices. Non-Sky subs can access films on their TV via the service Now […]

Amazon extends StudioCanal movie deal

Amazon Prime Instant Video has renewed its movie deal with Europe’s StudioCanal. The multi-year extension to an existing agreement hands Amazon’s on-demand services in the UK and Germany upcoming films such as Paddington (pictured) and Shaun the Sheep. Post-apocalyptic teen trilogy The Hunger Games will also be available in Germany, where the service is under […]