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KidScreen is proud to present the fifth annual Dream Block as part of our MIPCOM Jr. coverage. Once again, we conducted an on-line survey of 28 international programmers, who told us which shows they'd look to acquire if they had an unlimited budget.
September 1, 2001

KidScreen is proud to present the fifth annual Dream Block as part of our MIPCOM Jr. coverage. Once again, we conducted an on-line survey of 28 international programmers, who told us which shows they’d look to acquire if they had an unlimited budget.

Proving the power of the girl as the programming target du jour, animated entry Angela Anaconda, along with live-action series Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, elbow past boy-skewing fare on our panelists’ Dream Blocks.

Preschool (Ages two to five)

Gold

Bob the Builder

Nickelodeon

‘An original concept–one of the very few that have really made it through and resounded with kids. The theme song is catchy!’

Silver

Bear in the Big Blue House

The Jim Henson Company for the Disney Channel

‘A wonderfully thoughtful program for preschoolers. Bear is able to engage kids in a way that makes them feel safe and allows them to open their hearts and minds.’

Bronze

Blue’s Clues

Nickelodeon

‘There are so few shows that you can call truly innovative. Blue’s Clues is definitely on the short list for innovation.’

Runner-up:

Sesame Street

Sesame Workshop

Kids ( Ages six to 12)

Gold

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Hartbreak Films/Viacom Productions

‘Kids can watch Sabrina again and again because girls like her and boys fancy her.’

Silver

Angela Anaconda

Decode Entertainment/Core Digital Pictures

‘Cut-and-paste brilliance!’

Bronze

Art Attack

Media Merchants/Disney Channel

‘A fun take on ‘how-to’ programming.’

Runner-up

Hey Arnold!

Nickelodeon

‘Each season, it has kept the character fresh and relevant to the audience.’

Teens (Ages 12 to 17)

Gold

The Simpsons

Gracie Films/20th Century Fox Television/Film Roman

‘The all-time animated show for everyone.’

Silver

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The WB

‘Buffy took the high-school format and gave it a vital blood transfusion.’

Bronze

Friends

Warner Bros. for NBC

‘Despite the odd flaky moment, the series is as enjoyable now as it was in its first season.’

Runners-up

Dawson’s Creek

Columbia TriStar Television

for The WB

South Park

Comedy Central

The Dream Block Academy

Donna Andrews, ABC Kids consultant, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Finn Arnesen, VP of programming and acquisitions, Cartoon Network Europe

Sarah Baynes, editor, children’s and young people, Channel 4 UK

Gunvor Bjerre, program buyer, Danmarks Radio/TV

Carole Bonneau, director of programming, Teletoon

Cherrie Bottger, network manager of children’s television, Network Ten Australia

Jan-Willem Bult, program director, KRO Youth

Gary Cooke, program manager, Fox Kids Australia

Andre de Semlyen, VP of Cartoon Network (French-speaking territories)

Francois DePlanck, managing director, Teletoon France

Patricia Ellingson, creative head of children’s youth and daytime, TVOntario

Donna Friedman, executive VP, Kids’ WB!

Frances James, children’s acquisitions programmer, TVOntario

Dominic Gardiner, director of programming, Cartoon Network UK

Sarah Tomasi Lindman, VP of production and programming, Noggin

Jennifer Lupinacci, associate director of children’s programming, PBS

Deborah Macdonald, head of acquisitions and co-productions, Nickelodeon UK

Trish Magee, program manager, CiTV

Catherine Nebauer, program director, Nickelodeon Australia

Natalie Neu, head of children’s programming, RTL Television

Dea Perez, VP of programming, Cartoon Network US

Dominique Poussier, head of children’s programs, TF1

Susanne Schosser, program director, Super RTL

Jo Sweby, acquisitions manager, Cartoon Network Europe

Annikki Viitala, program buyer, Channel Four Finland

Joanna Webb, manager of program acquisitions, Corus Entertainment

Nick Wilson, controller of children’s and religious programs, Channel 5

Kevin Wright, VP of programming, Family Channel (Canada)

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