Teletubbies


Nickelodeon US buys Teletubbies reboot

Nickelodeon has bought the new Teletubbies series, taking the preschool reboot into the US. Nick Jr. has acquired linear and on-demand rights to the upcoming series. It has been commissioned by CBeebies in the UK and will launch in 2016. Canada’s DHX Media owns the Teletubbies brand after acquiring the library of Ragdoll, the UK […]

DHX sells thousands of hours to SVOD

DHX Media has shopped 5,000 half hours to various international SVOD platforms. The Canadian kids producer and distributor has shopped 2,800 hours to Shomi, the SVOD service backed by cable companies Shaw and Rogers that launched late last year. DHX shows including Caillou, Johnny Test and Super Why! are now on the platform. UK-produced preschool hit […]

DHX cuts Chinese streaming deal with CCTV

Canada-listed kids producer and distributor DHX has struck a streaming deal with China National Television, the new media division of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The pair will launch a new streaming platform in China that will carry DHX’s kids and family programming. DHX will provide 700 half hours of kids fare, in Mandarin, for the […]

CBeebies plots new show from Teletubbies creator

UK preschool channel CBeebies has commissioned a series from Teletubbies creator Anne Wood. Twirlywoos comes from Wood’s Ragdoll Productions, which is behind Teletubbies, In the Night Garden and Abney and Teal!. Wood sold the commercial division of Ragdoll to Canada’s DHX Media last year for £17.4 million (US$27.7 million), after which a reboot of Teletubbies […]

Swiss Netflix rival launches, preps original comedy

Liberty Global-owned Swiss operator UPC Cablecom has launched a subscription video-on-demand offering, MyPrime, that is to offer an original comedy series. The service will also offer several thousand classic films, series, children’s programmes and documentaries as well as programming from public broadcaster SRF. The move comes ahead of Netflix’s imminent launch in the country. MyPrime […]

CBeebies bringing back Teletubbies

UK preschool channel CBeebies has ordered new episodes of hit series Teletubbies for the first time since in 13 years. Canada’s DHX Media and UK indie Darrall Macqueen (Baby Jake)will create 60 episodes of the show, which will feature a “refreshed and contemporary look and feel”. This will see the iconic live-action Tinky Winky, Dipsy, […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]

ABC1 drops children’s programming

Australian broadcaster ABC1 will move children’s programming to dedicated digital channels as the country completes its digital switchover, it was announced today. From 2 February children’s programmes – including mainstay Play School, which has been broadcast on the ABC since 1966 and acquired shows including Peppa Pig (pictured) – will be transmitted on ABC3 and […]

DHX makes UK hires following Ragdoll deal

Canadian content firm DHX Media has hired a UK brand director following its £17.4 million (US$28.3 million) acquisition of Teletubbies firm Ragdoll Worldwide. Tor Bushell has joined the company from HIT Entertainment, where she was brand marketing and retail development director for Thomas & Friends. Based out of DHX’s London officer, she will oversee brands […]

DHX pays US$27.5m for Teletubbies owner Ragdoll Worldwide

Canada’s DHX Media has acquired Teletubbies and In the Night Garden owner Ragdoll Worldwide for £17.4 million (US$27.5 million). The deal for the commercial arm of UK prodco Ragdoll will be funded from a C$25 million (US$24.2 million) expansion of DHX’s debt facility and cash reserves. The deal, closed with Ragdoll Worldwide owners BBC Worldwide […]