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BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund: a fund indeed for a nation in need

The UK children’s industry is already feeling the benefit of a new $70m fund but what are the longer repercussions both domestically and internationally? Ann-Marie Corvin reports Funding kids content is a challenge in many territories but the market failure of domestic children’s programming in the UK has finally prompted government intervention. One of its […]

Kids round-up: Nick taps Disney for strategy exec; Serious Lunch hires ex-CAKE exec for global sales

Nickelodeon has hired Disney Channels Worldwide exec Paul DeBenedittis as executive VP of programming and content strategy. At Disney DeBenedittis was senior VP of programming strategy across worldwide channels, including Disney Junior and Disney XD. Now at Nick, the exec will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for the flagship network, […]

Minecraft toon prodco wants more digital IP

The CEO behind YouTube-born cartoon Xephos & Honeydew is scouting for more digital properties, saying such IP is becoming “wrinkle cream for broadcasters”. In a panel discussion here in Luxembourg at Cartoon Digital on the challenges of new digital economy, Genevieve Dexter said she was looking for intellectual property born on the internet that can […]

Serious Lunch reps NHK, Studio Ghibli toon

UK-based distributor Serious Lunch will oversee the international roll-out of a 26-part animated toon serial from Japanese media groups NHK and Studio Ghibli and Pippi Longstocking writer Astrid Lindgren. Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter follows a young girl born in a mountain fort near a strange forest who grows to befriend her father’s rival, which begins […]

Serious Lunch feasts on Art Ninja!

UK children TV producer Serious Lunch has taken international rights to a CBBC Saturday morning comedy art show. Serious Lunch will take Dot to Dot Productions’ Art Ninja! to the international market following a finished series and formats rights agreement. Serious Lunch has previously taken UK kids medical series Operation Ouch! to the international market […]

Dexter, Squint/Opera form production JV

Children’s TV consultancy Serious Lunch is producing a joint venture production company with London-based studio Squint/Opera. The two companies are launching Eye/Present, which will develop, animate, produce and coproduce programming for the international kids TV market. Serious Lunch, which former Cake Entertainment boss Genevieve Dexter, helped Squint/Opera finance the upcoming £4.5 million (US$7.2 million) CBeebies […]

Discovery, Noga register for Operation Ouch!

Discovery Kids in Asia and Israel’s Noga are among new buyers of CBBC’s BAFTA-winning children’s factual series Operation Ouch!. Ultra TV in the former Yugoslav states Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia has also picked up the show, and further deals with broadcasters in the Middle East and Turkey are in negotiations, according to Genevieve […]

Danish kids undergoes localised Operation

DR’s children’s channel DR Ultra has ordered a local version of CBBC medical entertainment series Operation Ouch! and has acquired the original British programme. The Danish pubcaster has commissioned local prodco Koncern TV & Filmproduktion to produce a series for a 2014 debut, following a deal with distributor Serious Lunch, which launched the format at […]

Genevieve Dexter attached to Channel 5 Wombles remake

Children’s TV coproduction specialist Genevieve Dexter will co-executive produce the upcoming remake of UK kids brand the Wombles, which has been confirmed for UK broadcaster Channel 5. Earlier this month, it emerged Wombles co-creator Mike Batt and his Dramatico Entertainment label had bought out the brand’s co-owner, Wombles Copyright Holdings, and was planning a new […]