Acknowledging that channels dedicated to toy reviews and product unboxing have become one of the fastest-growing genres of family programming online, Maker Studios has cut a deal to syndicate five of the largest ones across its extensive multichannel network.
Co-founded by a former creative director at Disney’s Internet Group, California-based startup codeSpark has launched new learning game The Foos to teach kids the basics of coding. The new title will be featured in nonprofit Code.org’s upcoming global Hour of Code event that expects to draw 40 million kid participants.
On the heels of higher fourth quarter and full-year earnings, DHX Media has claimed full ownership of 117 kids and family titles and distribution rights for 34 titles including successful teen drama Degrassi from indie distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment.
The two animated kids series are up for sale, with New York-based financial advisory firm Gapstone LLC heading up the call for expressions of interest in the properties.
L.A.-based Genius Brands International has enlisted PBS Distribution as its home entertainment licensing partner across DVDs, CDs and digital for its catalog of Baby Genius songs, videos and planned new content.
As blockbuster hits Transformers Age of Extinction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and affiliate fees from its media networks helped drive a 9% bump in fourth quarter revenue, Viacom is upping Pierluigi Gazzolo to president of its VIMN Americas division.