Phineas and Ferb

Viewpoint: Kids TV funding for indies

If you work in kids TV, you can’t help but look over the fence and wonder whether the competition’s grass is greener. One of my favourite animated shows, which I had nothing to do with, is Disney’s Phineas and Ferb. It’s a brilliant concept, totally kid-connective and has run for four seasons and 113 episodes; […]

German Disney Channel claims best ever free TV launch

Disney Channel’s debut on German free TV has produced strong results for the Mouse House. The network launched last Friday (January 17) and scored a 9.9% market share of children aged 3-13 and a 2.5% share among 14-49s. This lead to a total of 10.8 million watching the channel during the weekend and an overall […]

Disney Channel launches on German free TV

Germany’s latest competitor in the children’s free-to-air channels market has arrived. Disney Channel launched on Friday as the newest entrant in a market that already includes Super RTL and KiKA. Disney Channel was previously available on pay TV in Germany, but The Walt Disney Company decided to make the move some 18 months ago after […]

Disney Channel joins Turkish VOD service

The Disney Channel has launched on Turkish VOD platform NetD. The deal will allow NetD subscribers watch Disney programming such as Phineas and Ferb live and on-demand. NetD is channel operator Doğan Media Holding’s VOD service. Besides Disney, it offers channels such as Kanal D, CNN Turk and TV2 as they broadcast on linear TV. […]

Disney XD launches on Canadian pay platform

The Walt Disney Company-owned boys’ channel Disney XD has launched in HD on Canadian pay TV platform Shaw Direct. The English-language network went live on Shaw yesterday alongside younger-skewing French-language channel Disney Junior en Français, also in HD. Additionally, HD versions of Family Channel and Disney Junior’s English-language feed have launched. Channel operator Astral Media […]

Exclusive: Al Jazeera Children’s Channel inks huge programming deal with Disney

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) has inked a programming deal with Disney for TV series and Disney and Disney/Pixar movies for its kids’ net and its preschool offshoot, TBI has learned. JCC, which reach hundreds of millions of homes across the Middle East, will get a raft of Disney series including hit cartoon series Phineas […]

Girls want toons!

Commissioners want more girl-skewed animation and say there is not enough coming their way. Producers say that commissioners often shun girl-skewed ideas as they are worried boys will turn off. Meanwhile, a handful of shows with girl characters are global hits. Asking kids TV executives why there are not more cartoons with lead girl characters […]