Sprout boards Zuckerberg toon

US kids cable channel Sprout has become the American home of Randi Zuckerberg’s debut animated toon, Dot. The NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group network will debut the girls-skewed show, which is from Boat Rocker Media-backed producer Industrial Brothers and Zuckerberg Media in association with The Jim Henson Company and Canadian pubcaster CBC, in September. The series, […]

Sprout buys Maya, Sydney

NBC’s US children’s channel Sprout has acquired European- and Australian-produced cartoon series. One deal with Studio 100 Media sees the network buy the 78x12mins CGI series and 3D feature film of Maya the Bee, while the other, brokered by distributor Bejuba! Entertainment, is for Essential Media and Entertainment’s preschool animation Sydney Sailboat. The series of […]

US commission for David Michel’s Cottonwood

US preschool channel Sprout has ordered The Ollie & Moon Show, the animated series from Cottonwood, the production and distribution start-up launched by kids TV veteran David Michel last year. It is Cottonwood’s first project to go into production and follows the fledgling company picking up rights to the Ollie & Moon book property from […]

MIPTV 2014: Union signs Luna pre-market

UK distributor Union Media has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Earth to Luna!, a Brazilian preschool toon. Earth to Luna! is a 52x12mins preschool show following a science-mad girl who treats the Earth as a giant laboratory. “Earth to Luna! is a wonderful new series to inspire young children about science and discovery and I […]

KidsCo to close following NBCU Sprout deal

The shareholders of international kids channel KidsCo are closing down the joint venture following NBCUniversal’s move to buy all of preschool network Sprout. The decision has been made to stop broadcasting the channel due to the “challenging” nature of the crowded kids TV channels business and problems “growing” the net. “As a result, both shareholders […]

NBCU acquires full ownership of Sprout

NBCUniversal has acquired the shares in US preschool channel Sprout it didn’t already own to make it the sole owner of the cable net. NBCU Cable Entertainment has acquired the stakes from public broadcaster PBS and HIT Television Ventures, an Apax Partners-operated fund. The network was launched in 2005 as a joint venture of NBCU, […]

BBC brings back Clangers after 45 years

Classic British animated series Clangers is coming back to the BBC, 45 years after the last series. The new Clangers will go out CBeebies in the UK and Sprout in the US following the commission. BBC Worldwide has international distribution rights, while the UK’s Coolabi and original series producer Smallfilms are attached for production duties. […]

News brief: Nick Jr., Spout commissions more Poppy Cat

Preschool series Poppy Cat is returning after broadcasters Nick Jr. and Sprout committed to a second season. The show is coproduced by Coolabi Productions and King Rollo Films. With Nick Jr. airing it in the UK and Australia and Sprout in the US. Cake is also back to distribute the 52x11mins season, which is currently […]

News brief: Sprout, Moshi, AwesomenessTV to keynote MIPJunior

Top executives from US kids network Sprout, YouTube multi-channel operator AwesomnessTV and emerging children’s brand Moshi Monsters (above) will deliver keynote speeches at October’s MIPJunior event. Sprout president Sandy Wax, DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins and Moshi’s Michael Acton Smith will give their speeches on Sunday, October 6, as part of MIPJunior Digital Kids conference, […]

Bannister resurfaces, prepping Shanghai Media toon slate

Former PGS Entertainment acquisitions exec Justine Bannister is working with China’s Shanghai Media Group on a slate of new kids’ series, TBI has learned. Bannister has been working with a range of clients on a consultancy basis since leaving PGS last year including SMG-owned animation producer Toonmax and France’s Panache Animation. It is understood Toonmax […]