Canada’s TVO puts best foot forward with kids’ docu-dance series

Canadian pubcaster TVO has acquired a new original docu-style dance series for its children’s brand TVOkids. Co-produced by TVOkids and Pillango Productions, with Paris-based Federation Kids and Family handling global distribution, Let’s Dance (39 x 7-minutes) is aimed at 3-7-year-olds and set in the studios of the National Ballet School of Canada. It is set […]

Kids bulletin: TVOkids commissions Bristow, Splash scores with R. L. Stine

TVOkids commissions Bristow Global Media for ‘Backyard Beats’ Canada’s TVOkids has commissioned Toronto-based producer Bristow Global Media for 26 x 11-minute series Backyard Beats. The music and crafting series is aimed at 6-9 year-olds and explores music from all angles. Each episode features a host-led DIY segment, in which kids are challenged to build a […]

Discovery Lat Am, TVO buy Cottonwood kids show

Discovery Kids Latin America and Canada’s TVO have acquired The Ollie and Moon Show from distributor Federation Entertainment. The deals mean the show, which comes from Federation sister firm Cottonwood Media, will be distributed in 25 new territories, including all of the Americas and most English-speaking markets. The animated preschool series follows a couple of […]

CBC names interim kids chief after Markle exit

Canadian pubcaster CBC has named Marie McCann interim senior director of Kids CBC following the recent exit of Martin Markle. A CBC spokesman confirmed McCann had been upped to the position “while we take the time to consider a longer plan”. McCann has worked in children’s television for two decades, and has been with CBC […]

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 […]

TV deal for Stephen Hawking toon

Canadian broadcaster TVO has partnered with celebrated theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his author daughter Lucy on a science-themed animated kids series. The show will be based on Lucy Hawking’s George Greenby books, which explores various aspects of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will follow a pair of 11-year-old children that are […]

MIPTV to launch Kids TV Summit

Reed MIDEM will hold a one-day summit focusing on how digital disruption is effecting both the production and distribution of children’s TV programming. The Future of Kids TV Summit will take place on Tuesday, April 8 at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, sponsored by Canadian investment fund Shaw Rocket Fund. Reed MIDEM says the event […]

All3Media sells Rome and Ancient Egypt series around the world

All3Media’s sales arm has shopped Lion Television factual special Meet the Romans and Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings to various international broadcasters. Franco German cultural channel ARTE has picked up the Egypt series and Viasat has taken pan-Scandi and CEE rights to the 2x1hr show. Meet the Romans, meanwhile, […]

Wild Kratts gets new season order

PBS Kids in the US and TVO in Canada have jointly ordered a new season of animated wildlife series Wild Kratts. The order for an additional 26x22mins will mean there are three seasons of the show, which is produced by 9 Story Entertainment and the production company of wildlife presenters and zoologists the Kratt Brothers […]

Canada’s TVO picks up Neptuno’s preschool series Zoomix

Canadian broadcaster TVO has picked up Neptuno Films’ preschool series Zoomix. The public broadcaster, which covers the Ontario region of Canada, has acquired the 104x3mins series from the Spanish producer and distributor. Neptuno expects to announce a number of further deals for the property in the coming weeks following MIPCOM. The show introduces preschoolers to […]