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Netflix builds LEGO, CiTV partnerships

Netflix has commissioned six original kids series, one from the LEGO Group and another from ITV Studios that will debut in the UK on CiTV. The series are LEGO Elves, Robozuna, The Hollow, Kibaoh Klashers, Super Monsters and Treehouse Detectives. LEGO Elves is notable for extending production partnership between SVOD giant Netflix and Denmark’s LEGO […]

Schwartz, Dekel to aid UYoung with int’l launch

Kids TV veterans Sander Schwartz and Elie Dekel are to help Chinese media group UYoung Entertainment launch a US base. King Duckling coproducer UYoung is launching LA-based UYoung Entertainment International, which will debut at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this summer. Former FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment chief Schwartz (left) and ex-Saban Brands boss […]

Ex-Nick exec joins Saban Brands

Former Nickelodeon senior VP Rick Magallanes is joining Saban Brands. Magallanes left Nick Animation Studio earlier this year as part of the wide-ranging restructure at the Viacom network, and now becomes Saban’s senior VP, development and production. His hire comes just over a week after Sanrio president and COO Janet Hsu was revealed as Saban’s […]

Saban Brands names CEO after Dekel exit

Saban Brands is getting its first CEO in the shape of the president of Hello Kitty lifestyle brand president and COO Janet Hsu. The appointment comes after Saban Brands founding president Elie Dekel exited his post after five years, though he remains a senior advisor. The CEO post is not a direct replacement, however. A […]

Dekel to exit Saban Brands

Elie Dekel is leaving Saban Brands, the intellectual property arm of Saban Capital Group. Dekel has run Saban Brands as president since its launch five years ago, but is now leaving to pursue other opportunities, according to Licence Global, which broke the news. Joel Andryc, Saban Capital Group’s managing director, has been named interim president […]

Four original kids series for Netflix

Streaming service Netflix has lined up another four original kids series. The shows are Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia from Saban Brands, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane from 41 Entertainment and ARC Productions, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs from Splash Entertainment and Outlook Company, and Puffin Rock from Penguin Random House Children’s, Dog […]

NATPE announces Prague newbies

NATPE says a raft of new companies are signed up for its flagship European event, which takes place in Prague next month. The roster of 120 companies in town selling programming, from 25 countries, includes about 20 first-time exhibitors. The new attendees include Gaumont International Television, HoHo Rights, Onza Distribution, Orange Smarty, Saban Brands and […]

Celestial Tiger pounces on Chinese kids opportunity

Celestial Tiger Entertainment announced its entry into a very crowded space last month when it said it was launching Miao Mi, a preschool kids channel. With the big three of Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner all well established in the region Miao Mi will need to provide kids and parents with something new, and that is […]

News brief: Saban hires distribution director

Saban Brands has recruited Zofia Karpinska as director of distribution. She joins from London-based producer/distributor 3DD where she was head of sales and coproductions. In the newly-created role at Saban she will oversee TV sales, digital distribution and home entertainment for Eastern Europe. Karpinska will be based in the London office of Saban and report […]

Netflix orders Popples kids show

US streaming service Netflix has ordered a 26x30mins kids series based on the Popples brand. The Popples animation show will launch on Netflix in 2015, with Saban Brands commissioned to make it alongside ZAG Entertainment. Each episode will follow a group of friends whose optimistic intentions backfire to comic effect. “We look forward to debuting […]

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