The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

NRK, TVO add Doki

Norway’s NRK and Canada’s TVO and Knowledge Network have acquired an animated series from Toronto-based Portfolio Entertainment. The trio has bought Doki, a 26x30mins preschool series about a character that explores distant parts of the world with his friends. Elsewhere, UAE’s E-Junior has acquired season two of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot […]

Portfolio hires former Teletoon exec

Canadian producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment has hired Trent Locke as chief operating officer. Locke was previously vice president, business operations, for Canadian kids channel Teletoon. At Portfolio he will work across strategy and business development as well as finance and the day to day running of the company. He will report to co-CEOs Lisa […]

News brief: KiKA buys Cat Xmas special

German children’s channel KiKA has acquired a cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Christmas special from Portfolio Entertainment. The special, which Portfolio developed with Collingwood O’Hare Productions and Random House Children’s Entertainment, first aired last year on PBS in the US and Treehouse in Canada. The Cat in the Hat series already […]

Reinventing the classics

Children’s TV is something that binds and defines peer groups. With new versions of Thunderbirds, Noddy and various others in the works the commercial power of nostalgia is clearly intense, but when updating a classic respect and modern-day relevance are key, reports Jane Marlowe. Turner’s Cartoon Network was built with classic properties and senior VP […]

Canada’s turn to shine

Canada is a top originator of English-language scripted and factual content. Ever savvier of the international market, the country’s producers and distributors are more aggressively seeking out US partnerships as a springboard to the rest of the world, reports Mark Dillon. One reason Canadian producers need a global outlook is a challenging broadcast landscape at […]