Kids round-up: Netflix revs up ‘Sonic’ series; Youtube hires Hunter to oversee preschool originals; ‘Donkey Hodie’ gets $3m funding

Netflix revs up ‘Sonic’ series Netflix has commissioned a new animated series, Sonic Prime, based upon SEGA’s iconic video game franchise about a speedy blue hedgehog. The 24-episode series will be produced at Canadian company WildBrain’s Vancouver studio, with SEGA and WildBrain working together across production, distribution and licensing. Ben 10 creators Man of Action […]

TBI In Conversation: Erik Barmack on Spanish drama & adapting video games

In the first of a series of articles with leading US-based writers, producers and showrunners, TBI’s In Conversation strand speaks to Erik Barmack, the former Netflix international originals exec, who reveals new projects and his belief in Spanish-language drama. Erik Barmack soared to prominence on the global scripted stage largely by taking the spotlight away […]

Sonic animated series booms in new territories

France’s LE Rights has shopped the new Sonic the Hedgehog animated series to a raft of international broadcasters. Sonic Boom, which is produced by by Sega and Ouido! Productions, has been picked up by broadcasters including RTVE in Spain, RTBF in Belgium, SIC in Portugal and Noga in Israel. In the US the 52x11mins series […]

Sonic toon speeds to Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network and two French broadcasters are on board the first ever Sonic the Hedgehog CG-animated TV series. Sonic Boom will first launch in the US on Cartoon and France on Canal J and Gulli in the autumn of 2014 before rolling out internationally. France’s Genao Productions is coproducing the 52x11mins series with Sega’s American […]