Zodiak scores Sky SVOD deal, renewal

Sky’s subscription on-demand services have acquired episodes of CBeebies shows Waybuloo and Mister Maker, while Sky One has renewed wacky game show Wild Things. The SVOD deal with Zodiak Kids hands Sky more than 150 episodes of the CBeebies series, which will be made available in the UK and Ireland via Sky On Demand and […]

Zodiak launches kids YouTube channels

The kids division of Zodiak Media will launch two YouTube channels later this year. ZeeKay and ZeeKay Junior will target the kids and preschool sectors respectively and launch as part of YouTube’s recent kids initiatives. Zodiak said there will be original online pilots as well as established Zodiak Kids shows including Mister Maker (pictured), Waybuloo, […]

CCTV identifies CBeebies’ Waybuloo

Chinese children’s channel CCTV-14 has acquired CBeebies live-action/puppet hybrid Waybuloo. The deal hands the state-owned CCTV 150 19-minute episodes dubbed in Mandarin. CCTV-14 will begin rolling them out in March. Though Zodiak Kids, the children’s programming arm of Zodiak Media, owns the show, BBC Worldwide sells it in China and closed the deal.

Channel 5 recognises m4e’s Wissper

UK broadcaster Channel 5 is to broadcast a new CGI animated toon from German children’s entertainment firm m4e, Waybuloo creator Dan Good and Ireland’s Telegael. The 52x7mins Wissper is targeted at 4-8 year-olds and a “pint-sized animal whisperer” who helps creatures around the world. It comes from Absolutely Cuckoo’s managing director Good, who created the […]

News brief: Horrid Henry heads for Hulu

US on-demand service Hulu has acquired another season of Horrid Henry and another UK kids show, Waybuloo. The deal with Zodiak Kids sees Hulu take streaming rights to the 26x11mins Waybuloo and season two of the 26x11mins Henry. It already offers the first season.

News brief: Waybuloo scores Taiwanese deal

Zodiak Kids’ preschool series Waybuloo has found carriage on a Taiwanese broadcaster. The 50x19mins show will launch on kids platform YoYo following a deal brokered by BBC Worldwide, which reps it in Taiwan and China. The show comes from Zodiak-owned prodco The Foundation and currently comprises an overall 150 episodes. A new 50 episodes season […]

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 […]