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Exclusive: Duolingo hires PBS Kids chief Linda Simensky in originals push

Veteran children’s TV executive Linda Simensky has left US broadcaster PBS to lead animation and scripted content at Duolingo, TBI has learned. Simensky is taking up the new role of head of animation & scripted content at the fast-growing language-learning company, with a remit to create scripted and character-driven stories featuring the company’s characters. She […]

PBS boards BBC newspaper biz drama

US pubcaster PBS has come onboard upcoming BBC One six-part drama Press. The series – from Deep Indigo, Lookout Point and BBC Studios – will premiere on the PBS Masterpiece strand after a deal with BBC Worldwide, with PBS’s Rebecca Eaton now an executive producer. Press is set in the world of contemporary newspapers, incorporating […]

Amazon and PBS strike kids TV deal

Amazon will show a raft of shows from the PBS Kids service after striking a content deal with the publicly-funded US broadcaster. The streaming service has inked a multiyear deal with PBS Distribution that gives excusive premium rights to titles including Nature Cat (pictured) and Jet Go! As well as continued access to shows such […]

Hulu scoops exclusive Curious George

Hulu has netted an exclusive deal for kids show Curious George. The deal gives the US streaming and catch-up service exclusive rights to new and library episodes of the animated series, including specials and movies. Hulu will play the Curious George content in the ad-free Hulu Kids section of its service. The agreement, struck between […]

PBS preps new kids services

PBS is launching a range of new kids offerings including a round-the-clock kids channel and a streamed version of the linear service. The publicly funded US broadcaster said the 24/7 kids service will be available to its local affiliates later this year. As well as a linear digital channel there will be a live stream […]

DHX net catches Nature Cat

DHX Television’s Canadian channel, Family CHRGD, has licensed 9 Story Media Group’s animated series Nature Cat. The 40x22mins series premiered in November 2015 on PBS Kids in the US, and will debut in Canada in summer 2016. The show comes from Spiffy Pictures and WTTM Chicago, with 9 Story selling the show internationally. Featuring vocal […]

Retooled Bob lands global homes

France 5 and Turner Broadcasting System in the UK are among buyers of the rebooted Bob the Builder animated series. [email protected] in the Netherlands, VRT in Belgium, Rai Yoyo in Italy, E-TV in South Africa, MiniMini in Poland, RTÉ in Ireland and Hop! in Israel have all acquired the show, which has already launched on […]

Cake takes PBS Kids series

UK kids TV distributor Cake has taken rights to new PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go!. The deal with producer Wind Dancer Films hands Cake international distribution rights to the show, which debuts on PBSon February 15, 2016. Ready Jet Go! follows a pair of neighbourhood kids, one who has an insatiable appetite for science […]

CBBC welcomes Odd Squad

UK kids broadcaster CBBC has acquired Sinking Ship Entertainment’s daytime live-action series Odd Squad and will launch it this month. The 40x22mins series will debut on June 22 on the digital BBC channel. Odd Squad follows two young agents working for a government division run by kids equipped advanced but unpredictable gadgetry. Canada’s Sinking Ship […]