Raft of OTT channel deals for Celestial Tiger

Celestial Tiger Entertainment has struck a raft of OTT deals for its movies, action and horror nets. The Lionsgate and Saban-backed channel operator runs a bouquet of linear nets in the region including Celestial Movies, Celestial Classic Movies,action channel Kix and horror net Thrill. In Hong Kong free-to-air broadcaster TVB has added CCM, Kix and […]

Chinese kids channel app launches in the US

Mandarin-language kids net Miao Mi has launched via a dedicated iOS app in North America. The channel is operated by Celestial Tiger Entertainment, which is backed by Saban, Astro and Lionsgate. It created its Chinese-language net in 2015 as a local alternative to the big three international kids services – Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon […]

Celestial launches Miao Mi kids channel

Celestial Tiger Entertainment has rolled out its preschool channel Miao Mi, securing carriage for the new service on the PT MNC Sky Vision platform in Indonesia. Celestial, which is backed by Saban and Lionsgate, created Mandarin-language Miao Mi specifically to reach out to Asian viewers and to provide an alternative to the big international nets […]

Celestial Tiger renews output deals

Asia’s Celestial Tiger Entertainment has renewed three key output deals, securing a pipeline of Chinese movies for its channels. The Saban-, Lionsgate- and Astro-backed channel operator has re-upped with Hong Kong-based studios Emperor Motion Pictures, Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited and Universe Entertainment. The agreements give Celestial exclusive pay TV, pay-per-view and OTT rights to the […]

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 […]

Saban returns to distribution with new division

Saban Brands has launched a new international content sales unit. Saban Brands founder Haim Saban has a long history in the content sales arena, but the US-producer and brand owner has been working with third-party distributors including LA-based Marvista. It will now take global sales in-house. The distribution unit will sell properties including Power Rangers, […]

Amazon buys Peppa Pig and raft of kids series

Amazon has acquired a slew of kids series for its streaming service in the UK, including preschool hit Peppa Pig. Amazon has invested in several original kids shows for its Prime Instant Video services and the acquired content will sit alongside those. It has picked up new episodes of Peppa Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, […]

ITV Studios’ EVP to lead Zodiak Kids

Jean Philippe Randisi has been named as Zodiak Kids’ first CEO. He joins from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where he was executive VP and director of consumer products. The appointment comes after the departure of long-serving children’s programming chief Nigel Pickard in April. Randisi will be in charge of Zodiak Media’s entire kids’ business, which […]

ITV buys Digimon anime series

ITV has picked up the latest series of kids anime show Digimon. The UK free-to-air broadcaster has acquired Saban show Digimon Fusion from its distributor MarVista in a deal that also covers related licensing and merchandising. ITV will represent the brand for consumer products and licensing in the UK with the first products slated to […]

Lovefilm snags Warner Bros. deal

Lovefilm has agreed a programming deal with Warner Bros. giving it access to a raft of the studio’s animated content. The Amazon-owned streaming service already has deals for kids shows and cartoons from Disney, Marvel, NBCUniversal and Saban and the Warner Bros. deal gives it Thundercats, Justice League and Young Justice. It also covers several […]