iKIDS / TV / WEB
AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins hand-plucked the IP from the DreamWorks Classics portfolio. The reimagined Richie Rich, where the world’s wealthiest boy is a self-made tycoon, will hit Netflix in North and Latin America in early 2015.
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ZAG Entertainment founder Jeremy Zag is joining forces with Harry Potter filmmaker Chris Columbus, his 1492 Pictures producing partner Michael Barnathan, and Haim Saban to launch ZAG Animation Studios.
BROADCASTER / iKIDS / MOBILE / TV / WEB
PBS KIDS is rolling out full-length video content for new series Odd Squad on digital platforms one month prior the show’s US broadcast debut. Ira Rubenstein, GM of PBS Digital, gives Kidscreen Daily the scoop.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS / NEWS
From spinning fan-fiction to 3D printing, Hasbro has met with success in letting fans dabble in product creation.
PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market are teaming up to sell the pubcaster’s new line of educational and eco-friendly toys exclusively at the US-based grocery chain.
Hailed as the Sesame Street of Japan, preschool series Be Ponkickies is heading to the US and Canada for the first time, thanks to an exclusive deal inked by online bilingual channel Oznoz with Fuji Television Kids Entertainment.
- Rupert Murdoch wants TV industry to throw down the gauntlet with Amazon, Netflix (The Guardian)
- DreamWorks flies into higher profits with How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Variety)
- Layoffs hit as Xbox Entertainment Studios closes its doors (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Samsung, Apple lose ground to Chinese smartphone makers (Wall Street Journal)
Minnie Mouse and the Marvel superheroes are now part of the Black Label range of luxury bedding from Kip & Sew, the new British lifestyle brand from licensee Character World.
- Aeropostale teams up with Vine stars to launch new collection (Retailing Today)
- Marvel unveils five-year ‘Phase Three’ superhero slate (Forbes)
- How Mark Zuckerberg’s long-term spending strategy for Facebook has investors worried (The New York Times)
- Mario to the rescue - Nintendo expects first annual profit in four years (Reuters)
The toy industry legend and former Toys ‘R’ Us and Mattel Brands exec is the new president and CEO of Fairfield, New Jersey-based toyco Alex Brands.
Distributor Cinedigm has inked a deal with Vimeo to bring releases from its catalog to the online video platform, starting with My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks.