Amazon Studios is giving the green light to another children’s series pilot, bringing the total number of kids’ original series pilots in development to six. The production arm of Amazon.com is greenlighting a test pilot for Sara Solves It from the creators of Martha Speaks and Blue’s Clues.
Canadian conglomerate BCE’s new bid to purchase Astral Media proposes that Corus Entertainment, entering into separate agreements with Shaw Media and BCE, acquire remaining stakes in specialty channels Teletoon and ABC Spark, and expand its presence in the French-language specialty market, to the tune of US$494 million.
In appealing to the changing viewing habits of its kids and tween demographic, Radio Disney will present this year’s Music Awards in segments across multiple platforms like Vevo, Disney Channel, Radio Disney, RadioDisney.com and Disney.com. Superstar Selena Gomez will headline the annual event.
With Netflix members having watched more than two billion hours of kids content in 2012, the video streaming giant is heading into original children’s programming by partnering with DreamWorks Animation to launch a series based on the upcoming film Turbo.
Nicktoons is set to join sister networks Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in Mexico starting next month. With the addition of the 24-hour animation channel, Nickelodeon will soon reach roughly 20 million TV households in the country.
National Geographic Kids will boost its short and long-form video content output with the help of Emma Rigney, who has stepped into the newly created role of creative producer, Kids & Family Video Platforms.
Canada’s Youth Media Alliance (YMA) has officially launched its English-language Awards of Excellence, which honor achievement in TV programming and digital content for young viewers over the past two years.
Nickelodeon has signed a number of global broadcasting deals for series such as the new re-imagined Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, iCary, Victorious and Supah Ninjas.