Netflix has confirmed the appointment of former Nickelodeon SVP of live-action development Brian Wright to a senior executive role that will see Wright head up original kids and family programming for the popular streaming service.
Splash Entertainment’s free VOD kids network Kabillion has joined forces with Base79, the largest YouTube partner outside North America, to increase the global viewership for its popular Kabillion YouTube channel and launch new original programming.
Nick is switching things up for its annual Worldwide Day of Play. This year, three of its on-air hosts will literally take the show on the road, travelling to various US cities and hosting local events to build excitement for the big day, September 20, when Nick will go dark in an effort to get kids outside and active.
Genius Brands International has inked a deal with LeapFrog that will see Genius Brands’ Baby Genius, Secret Millionaires Club and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab join LeapFrog’s library of kids learning content. And it’s tapped Andrew Berman to head up its new distribution division.
With sales of its girl-skewing toys up 21%, Rhode Island-based Hasbro swung to profitability during the first quarter of 2014. Hasbro’s results tell a different story from its closest competitor, Mattel, which posted quarterly net losses of US$11.2 million last week after a 14% decline in Barbie sales.
London-based trade association Pact has launched a new campaign calling for a children’s TV tax break similar to recent government tax credits for the UK film, high-end television and animation production industry.
Make way for Relativity Media. The television and film studio is trying to scoop up YouTube multi-channel network Maker Studios from Disney with a last-minute bid worth up to US$1.1 billion.