Sesame Street

HBO Max bolsters kids offering with expansive ‘Sesame Street’ deal

HBO Max is bulking up its kids offering by striking a deal with Sesame Street prodco Sesame Workshop for new series and library content. Four new series are in the works including The Not Too Late Show With Elmo, which is a family-friendly version of a late-night talkshow and will include characters from Sesame Street. […]

YouTube shuts down paid channels

YouTube has ended its 2013-launched paid channels initiative and has instead introduced sponsorships in a bid to help content creators make money from the site. Announcing the move, YouTube said that paid channels – a scheme that allowed content owners to charge a monthly subscription fee foraccess to videos – had “never achieved popularity”. Sponsorships […]

In demand chart: Netflix’s Gilmore Girls leads Amazon’s Grand Tour

Netflix’s reboot of US comedy series the Gilmore Girls is leading the pack in Germany, some distance ahead of Amazon’s biggest ever commissioned series, The Grand Tour, our latest In Demand charts reveal. The latest exclusive data set from influential analytics firm Parrot,covering November 27 – December 3, reveals the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the […]

Toca Boca launches kids SVOD service

Sweden-based mobile-centric interactive app specialist Toca Boca has launched a newsubscription video-on-demand service, Toca TV in 150 countries, featuring a selection of curated and original short-form videos from the web. The service is aimed at five-to-nine year-olds – and more specifically, families with iPad tablets. It is also available on iPhones, with Android to follow […]

Simon’s Cat visits Sesame Street

Endemol Shine UK-owned digital brand Simon’s Cat and Elmo from kids series Sesame Street are combining for two videos that will play on YouTube. This is part of Sesame Street’s ‘Love to Learn’ campaign, which will see a Elmo videos exploring a topic each month along with YouTube brand stars such as Rosanna Pansino and […]

Netflix consumes Toast in 200-hour ABC deal

British comedy Toast of London has debuted in Australia and New Zealand on SVOD service Netflix, as part of a 200-hour deal with distributor ABC Commercial. The deal is for all three season of the Channel 4 sitcom, which Australian pubcaster the ABC distributes in Australasian through a digital sub-licensing agreement with UK distributor DRG. […]

Sesame veteran heads to WGBH

Sesame Workshop veteran Terry Fitzpatrick is joining US station WGBH as vice president, children’s education and media. Fitzpatrick moves from Sesame to Boston-based pubcaster WGBH to replace Brigid Sullivan as she moves into an advisory role, effective from year-end. The WGBH new recruit spent 18 years at Sesame, most recently as chief content and distribution […]

HBO strikes five-season Sesame Street deal

HBO and Sesame Workshop have agreed a five-season deal for iconic kids series Sesame Street. The deal means the show will be on the HBO linear channel, its TV everywhere service HBO Go, and SVOD offering HBO Now, for at least five years. Episodes of Sesame Street will debut on the premium cable net and […]

German kids TV veteran dies at 61

Popular German kids TV executive Angelika Paetow has passed away aged 61. Paetow worked at German regional pubcaster NDR for 43 years, and died on April 16 after a long battle with illness. She is known for working on the German version of Sesame Street, and for overseeing children’s series including KI.KA’s Hallo Spencer and German-Austrian […]

HBO, Showtime deals for Presto as Stan taps ABC

Australian on-demand services Presto and Stan have both scored new programming deals. The deals come as Australia’s on-demand market adapts to a number of new services launching in the territory in recent months, and ahead of the upcoming launch of Netflix. Presto’s deals hand the Foxtel-owned SVOD service HBO programming including The Sopranos, Entourage, The […]