ITVX & ABC Kids acquire ‘Riley Rocket’; TVOKids orders ‘Project Rube’

ITVX in the UK and ABC Kids in Australia have acquired TVOkids original, Riley Rocket, while the Canadian channel has commissioned STEM-learning live-action series Project Rube. The 30 x 11-minute music-based animated series, Riley Rocket, which premieres on TVOkids on 21 October, is an original creation from composers and producers Matthew Gerrard and Mladen Alexander […]

Kids round-up: Wildbrain takes Carmen Sandiego global; Sphere & Mojumbi partner on ‘Rock Girl’; Zigazoo & Moonbug launch ‘Blippi’ NFT

Wildbrain takes Carmen Sandiego global WildBrain has acquired exclusive linear broadcast distribution rights to Carmen Sandiego. The deal with HarperCollins Productions will see WildBrain selling seasons one to four of the series. It was originally produced for Netflix by HarperCollins and WildBrain’s animation studio in Vancouver. WildBrain has already secured deals for all four seasons of […]

News round-up: Amazon reaches for more ‘Reacher’; TVOkids blasts off with ‘Riley Rocket’; Apple TV+ gets ‘Sunny’ with Rashida Jones

Amazon reaches for more ‘Reacher’ Amazon Prime Video has renewed action thriller series Reacher for a second season, just a few days after its initial debut. Produced by Amazon Studios, Skydance Television, and Paramount Television Studios, the series is based upon the novels by Lee Child. Reacher premiered its first season on Prime Video on […]

UK’s CBeebies says ‘Let’s Dance’ to Canadian kids doc format

BBC-owned UK kids’ channel CBeebies has acquired Canadian docu-style kids dance series Let’s Dance.  The UK pubcaster struck a deal with distributor Federation Kids & Family for the series, which is produced by Canada’s TVOkids and Sarah Haasz for Pillango Productions. The 39 x 7-minute dance coaching series will debut on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer early next year. It […]

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 round-up: Super RTL inks Moonbug deal; Zigazoo gains $4m capital funding; TVOkids makes BGM double order  

Super RTL inks Moonbug deal German FTA linear children’s network Super RTL has acquired global pre-school hit CoComelon, and a number of other series, in a wide-reaching deal struck with London-and-LA-based kids content company Moonbug Entertainment. Moonbug shows, also including Little Baby Bum, Go Buster and Playtime with Twinkle, will be brought to German-speaking markets, […]

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 […]

Canuck firms prep Goonies-inspired drama

Canadian producers Marblemedia and Omnifilm Entertainment have partnered to create a scripted series that Toronto-based Distribution360 will sell internationally. The Odyssey is billed as a “fun and suspenseful adventure with a tone reminiscent of the classic adventure comedy The Goonies”. Showrunners Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (Fangbone), who are currently creating an original one-hour pilot […]

9 Story plans Look Kool in Cannes

9 Story Media Group has bought live-action children’s show Look Kool and its French-language counterpart series, C’est Wow. The Canadian producer-distributor will launch the show at MIPTV next week. Look Cool is an educational, math-based series for 69s from Apartment 11 Productions for TVOKids and TFO in Canada. Billed as a “zany show about geometry”, […]