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CBeebies, Zodiak execs launch kids prodco

Jon Hancock and David Hallam have created a new Manchester- based kids indie, Three Arrows Media. Former CBeebies producer Hancock and Zodiak Kids head of development Hallam have the new business up and running with a development deal with CBeebies, and project for Discovery Kids Asia. They also co-own a new format that is being […]

Disney EMEA to remake Israeli teen drama

Disney EMEA is to remake Disney Channel Israeli original musical drama North Star. The live-action series will likely feature a UK cast with filming commencing in spring next year ahead of launch of Disney Channels across EMEA later in 2016. The 13x22mins show, also titled North Star as a working title, is based on a […]

Carrington to head Zodiak Kids Studios

Zodiak Kids has created a studio that will bring together the DeAgostini-owned company’s UK and French production arms. Zodiak Kids Studios will consist of UK-based prodco The Foundation and France’s Marathon Media and Tele Images Productions, with Foundation CEO Michael Carrington taking on the same post for the umbrella brand. Marathon’s chief creative officer Eryk […]

Kids producers welcome tax break announcement

The UK children’s TV business is today united in praise for the newly-announced tax credit for live-action kids programming. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne yesterday revealed in his Autumn Statement that the much-wanted credit for children’s TV series would be implemented from April next year. This would stimulate what he described as a […]

Channel 5 is new Zack and Quack fan

The UK’s Channel 5 is among buyers of Zodiak Kids-sold toon Zack and Quack. Channel 5’s Viacom stablemate Nickelodeon already broadcasts the show in the US, and a raft of channels have also come on board. These are Discovery Networks Italy, which will broadcast it on free DTT channel Frisbee, Clan TV in Spain, TG4 […]

Carrington swaps Hit for Zodiak

Michael Carrington is leaving his position of VP of global content at Hit Entertainment to join Zodiak Kids’ prodco The Foundation as CEO. He is being replaced at Hit by former Warner Bros. executive Christopher Keenan. The move to Zodiak comes after the departure of the long-serving Foundation chief exec Nigel Pickard. “Michael is an […]

Nigel Pickard leaves Zodiak

Nigel Pickard is leaving Zodiak Media. Pickard was in charge of kids programming at RDF Media and at Zodiak after it acquired RDF in 2010. He will also step down as chairman of Zodiak-owned kids prodco The Foundation. Zodiak said Pickard will return to programme-making and will “pursue new ventures”. Recent commissions for The Foundation […]

ABC Oz buys Mister Maker and Waybuloo

The ABC has acquired a 30-hour package of programming from Zodiak Kids. The Australian pubcaster has picked up live-action show Mister Maker (pictured) and preschool hit series Waybuloo as part of the deal. Both shows are on CBeebies in the UK and the UK digital channel recently extended arts and crafts show Mister Maker with […]

New boss at Zodiak’s The Foundation as founder departs

The Foundation has appointed Gwen Hughes as its new boss after co-founder Vanessa Hill announced her departure from the Zodiak Media-owned kids producer. Hill is leaving to join Jacabo, the company formed by The Foundation’s co-founder, Ged Allen after he left the Zodiak company last year. She will retain a connection with The Foundation and […]

CBeebies’ Mister Maker gets companion app

Mister Maker, the CBeebies preschool TV series, has got its own companion app. Mister Maker: Let’s Make It! has this morning (August 12) launched on the Apple Store, available for iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iPod touch for £2.99 (US$4.63). The P2 Entertainment-produced app allows users to create pictures using nearly 400 different digital art […]