Factual round-up: WildBrain preps ‘Degrassi’ doc; Sky NZ, Prime add Abacus shows

WildBrain preps Degrassi doc Kids producer WildBrain has started produciton on a three-hour docuseries exploring renowned Canadian television series, Degrassi. The as-yet-untitled documentary series is being produced in partnership with Peacock Alley and features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. It will dive into Degrassi lore and the teenage experience with its creators, cast, crew and […]

WildBrain recruits eOne’s Nick Gawne & unveils new leadership & business structure

Canadian kid’s entertainment company WildBrain has appointed former Entertainment One (eOne) general manager Nick Gawne as its CFO in a restructure of its senior team and a new “streamlined business structure” to focus on its “core capabilities.” Based in Toronto, Gawne reports to WildBrain President and CEO, Josh Scherba. Starting in the role today, 8 […]

Wildbrain & BBCS alum Deirdre Brennan joins Screen Australia as CEO

Wildbrain’s COO Deirdre Brennan is leaving the company to head up funding body Screen Australia. Brennan will become CEO from 8 January and replaces Graeme Mason, who is departing the agency in early November after a decade in the role. The Wildbrain exec had been with the Canadian kids company since 2020, rising to her […]

WildBrain closes $11.8m acquisition of animation firm House of Cool

Canadian kids & family firm WildBrain has closed its $15.5m ($11.8m) acquisition of Toronto-based animation company House Of Cool. The deal, which was first announced in March, sees WildBrain taking full control of the firm, which is behind What If…? for Marvel Studios; Gravity Falls for Disney; Maya And The Three, The Magician’s Elephant, Trollhunters, […]

Jetpack Distribution snags WildBrain’s Rebecca Lugo to head global sales

Jetpack Distribution has hired WildBrain exec Rebecca Lugo as head of global sales. Lugo will oversee the sale of all content for the global kids and family distributor, working specifically across the US, Canada, Latin America, France, Spain and Portugal. She arrives at Jetpack following an almost nine-year stint at WildBrain, where she worked in […]

News round-up: China says ‘Let’s Go!’ to ‘Teletubbies’; Dandelooo teams with Midolala; Asylum strikes co-pro deal with Tom Morello

China says ‘Let’s Go!’ to ‘Teletubbies’ WildBrain has struck a range of new licensing deals for shows in its Teletubbies franchise in China, the UK and Canada. The recently reimagined live-action Teletubbies series (26 x 12-minutes), which launched on Netflix in December 2022, has sold in China to Youku, launching 1 June for an exclusive six-month window, […]

WildBrain promotes Josh Scherba to president and CEO, as Eric Ellenbogen steps down

Canadian kids and family firm WildBrain has promoted Josh Scherba to president and CEO, taking over the helm from Eric Ellenbogen, who has stepped down as CEO and vice chair. Scherba has also been appointed to the company’s board of directors, while Jim Fielding, chief marketing and brand officer, has been named as strategic advisor […]

WildBrain inks $11.4m acquisition of Toronto animation firm House of Cool

Canadian kids & family firm WildBrain is to acquire Toronto-based animation company House Of Cool for $15.5m ($11.4m). Launched in 2004 and led by co-founders Wes Lui and Ricardo Curtis, House Of Cool specialises in pre-production and early planning on animated series and features. Its series credits include What If…? for Marvel Studios; Gravity Falls for Disney; Maya And The […]

News round-up: Prime Video & ABC pick up ‘Summer Memories’; Abacus shops Andrew Tate doc; Netflix & NITV kids’ co-commission

Prime Video, ABC & Showmax think on ‘Summer Memories’ Prime Video for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ABC Australia, and Showmax for Africa have picked up the first season of animated series Summer Memories following deals with Canada-based distributor Wildbrain. The 2D-animated series is created by Adam Yaniv and produced by A&N Productions, Aircraft Pictures and […]

Guru Studio hires Wildbrain alum for sales, VP of development steps down

Canadian animation outfit Guru Studio’s VP of development is stepping down, while the kids’ firm has also bolstered its sales ranks with the hire of a former Wildbrain exec. Rachel Marcus is to leave her development role but will continue to consult on selected projects, while Dave Padbury has seen his remit expanded to oversee […]

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