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NBCU expands Donati’s role into kids, lifestyle

Comcast’s NBCUniversal International has appointed Duccio Donati to take on the newly created role of executive vice president for lifestyle and kids. Donati will report to Kevin MacLellan, NBCU’s chairman for global distribution and international. The position sees Donati broaden his on-going oversight of E! Entertainment Television outside the US, adding international responsibility for the […]

Wiggles arrive at Universal Kids & Treehouse

The US’s Universal Kids and Treehouse in Canada have bought rights to the latest series from Australian kids band The Wiggles. The separate multi-year licence deals hand NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s Universal Kids and Corus Entertainment’s Canuck cable channel, Treehouse, rights to range of Wiggles TV shows. The deals come ten months after ABC Commercial, the sales […]

NBCU rebrands Sprout as Universal Kids

US children’s channel Sprout has been renamed Universal Kids, though the brand remains as a daily programming block. Sprout parent NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks has made the move after acquiring DreamWorks Animation last year. The new look network, aimed at 2-11s, will launch on September 9, with DreamWorks Animation Television shows such as All […]

Sprout touts robot toon, trio in development

US kids channel Sprout has greenlit a 26-episode toon about a girl and her robot friend, and outlined a development slate that includes a series inspired by Shaquille O’Neal. Remy and Boo represents Sprout’s first series commitment since Deidre Brennan was tapped to lead NBCUniversal-owned channel as general manager. The new series comes from Canadian […]

Corus Kids chief to run Sprout in US

Deidre Brennan is leaving Canada’s Corus Entertainment after less than a year to become general manager of NBCUniversal’s children’s channel Sprout. Brennan will oversee all aspects of Sprout’s programming, development, marketing, business strategy and performance at the network, which sits within NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks portfolio. She will report to Frances Berwick, president of […]

Sydney Sailboat docks at Hulu

US streaming service Hulu has taken exclusive US subscription on-demand rights to animated preschool series Sydney Sailboat. The deal with distributor Bejuba! Entertainment means Hulu will debut the 52x11mins series on September 26. The show was an ABC Kids commission, which airs on NBCUniversal-owned Sprout in the US. It comes from Essential Media and Entertainment, […]

New Noddy set for NBCU cable channel

US cable network Sprout will debut a new Noddy animated series this autumn. Following a deal with producer and rights holder DreamWorks Animation, the NBCUniversal kids net will air Noddy Toyland Detective. The deal is an example of how Comcast, which owns Sprout, will look to use properties from the library DWA, its latest major […]

TBI Kids April/May 2016

The TBI Kids Survey; Focus on Brazil; Kids Hot Picks Click here to download the issue   Click here to view the PDF version

Sprout goes Kapow with Zodiak Kids Studios

US kids cable channel Sprout has commissioned Kody Kapow, an animated superhero original from Zodiak Kids Studios. The show is billed to launch on the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment channel in 2017, and will follow an aspiring martials arts superhero who spends the summer with his extended family in a small Chinese village. Zodiak Kids, the […]

McCumber rises as NBCU rejigs entertainment

NBCUniversal is shaking up its entertainment networks division, with USA Networks president Chris McCumber heading up a new-look unit. McCumber will be president of NBCU Entertainment Networks, a group comprising USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo. Syfy president Dave Howe is being moved to a new post as president, strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable […]

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