Zodiak Kids


Cartoon Forum 2014: pre-market guide, part three

Every year, brave indie producers stand before the great and the good of European animation commissioning to pitch their latest wares at the Cartoon Forum. Ahead of the event in September, Jesse Whittock looks at the projects heading for Toulouse. In the third part of our run-down, we look at efforts from Italy, Spain and […]

MBC3 scores 150 hours from Zodiak Kids

The Middle East’s MBC3 has acquired a 150-hour package of programming from distributor Zodiak Kids. The deal will see Officially Amazing, Extreme Football (pictured), Totally Spies, The Amazing Spiez, Totally Spies – The Movie and Martin Mystery, which all come from Zodiak-owned Marathon Media, heading to the MBC Group channel. They will broadcast in English […]

Carrington swaps Hit for Zodiak

Michael Carrington is leaving his position of VP of global content at Hit Entertainment to join Zodiak Kids’ prodco The Foundation as CEO. He is being replaced at Hit by former Warner Bros. executive Christopher Keenan. The move to Zodiak comes after the departure of the long-serving Foundation chief exec Nigel Pickard. “Michael is an […]

News brief: Extreme Football scores broadcast deals

New broadcasters have acquired Zodiak Kids’ animated series Extreme Football as the FIFA World Cup tournament begins today. In the UK, the BBC’s Scottish service BBC Alba has bought the show for an early July debut, while Finland’s MTV has also bought it. Chinese VOD platforms IQiYi, Tencent and Youku Toudu will also run the […]

ITV Studios’ EVP to lead Zodiak Kids

Jean Philippe Randisi has been named as Zodiak Kids’ first CEO. He joins from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where he was executive VP and director of consumer products. The appointment comes after the departure of long-serving children’s programming chief Nigel Pickard in April. Randisi will be in charge of Zodiak Media’s entire kids’ business, which […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]

Ciwen to sell Zodiak Kids fare in China

China’s Ciwen Media Group will represent more than 390 episodes from the Zodiak Kids catalogue in China. Zodiak has granted Ciwen exclusive distribution rights to programming from Zodiak Media’s French studios Marathon Media and Tele Images and The Illuminated Film Company. From Marathon comes Totally Spies, The Amazing Spiez and Rekkit Rabbit, and from Tele […]

News brief: Discovery, ABC get Officially Amazing

Discovery Networks Asia and ABC in Australia have acquired season two of children’s series Officially Amazing. Discovery’s deal is for more than 25 territories, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Singapore. This comes as the Zodiak Kids-distributed and Lion Television Scotland-produced landed a third 13x30mins season at UK channel CBBC.

News brief: Mid East net winds up for Tickety Toc

Dubai-based MBC3 has acquired preschool show Tickety Toc from distributor Zodiak Kids. The MBC Group channel has taken rights in the Middle East and North Africa in a four-year deal that makes it both broadcast licensing partner and local agent. “We look forward to working strategically with MBC across TV and consumer products to build […]

News brief: Tickety Toc clocks in at LeapFrog

Children’s tablet firm LeapFrog Enterprises has acquired Zodiak Kids’ preschool series Tickety Toc. The deal applies globally, excluding Australia and New Zealand, and will see the 52x11mins series made available on LeapFrog devices. The first bundle of episodes will launch in February in the US, with further episodes premiering throughout the year. An international launch […]