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 […]

Bright Little Labs recruits Wildbrain alum as COO

Warner Bros. Discovery-backed kids media company Bright Little Labs has appointed Wildbrain exec Nick Young as COO. Founded in 2015 by CEO Sophie Deen, the UK-based firm produces content and products with a focus on inclusive role models and learning inspired stories to teach 21st century digital skills, like computer science, coding and critical thinking. […]

HBO Max expands live-action kids & family offering

Warner Bros. Discovery streamer HBO Max is expanding its kids and family live-action slate, with two new show acquisitions and a renewal for teen dance drama The Next Step. New shows headed to the service include Hank Zipzer, which is based on the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, written by Barry and […]

China’s iQiyi & Canada’s WildBrain partner on Keith Chapman kids show

Chinese streamer iQiyi and Canadian kids entertainment company WildBrain have partnered to produce Jonny Jetboy, a new children’s series from Paw Patrol and Bob The Builder creator Keith Chapman. The new 40 x 11-minute series is being produced by iQiyi, in collaboration with WildBrain, which will act as supervisor on the show’s development and production, […]

Apple TV+ orders ‘Peanuts’ documentary special

Apple TV+ has announced Who Are You, Charlie Brown? a new documentary special exploring the origins of the popular US comic strip Peanuts and its creator Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain and narrated by Lupita Nyong’o, the special is executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and will debut globally […]

Kids round-up: Wildbrain hires Spin Master alum Withrington for development role; Genius Brands appoints Harold Chizick to head sales; CBBC seeks Screen Glue show

Wildbrain hires Spin Master alum Withrington for development role Canada’s WildBrain has appointed Lorna Withrington to the newly created role of VP of development-animation. The former Spin Master exec will help drive the strategic vision behind the company’s multi-genre slate of original animation, collaborating closely with creators, writers, artists and other production stakeholders to “instil […]

Kids round-up: ‘Paddington’ heads to China; CBBC & Family Channel return to ‘Malory Towers’; Kartoon Channel! lands ‘Roblox’ series

‘Paddington’ heads to China French production and distribution company StudioCanal has partnered with distributor Shanghai Senyu Media to bring animated series The Adventures Of Paddington to China. The series will be represented to broadcasters in Mainland China at the forthcoming Filmart in Hong Kong, which kicked off with a digital version on 15 March. Shanghai Senyu […]

Kids round-up: Netflix revs up ‘Sonic’ series; Youtube hires Hunter to oversee preschool originals; ‘Donkey Hodie’ gets $3m funding

Netflix revs up ‘Sonic’ series Netflix has commissioned a new animated series, Sonic Prime, based upon SEGA’s iconic video game franchise about a speedy blue hedgehog. The 24-episode series will be produced at Canadian company WildBrain’s Vancouver studio, with SEGA and WildBrain working together across production, distribution and licensing. Ben 10 creators Man of Action […]

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