Increased big-box competition and decreased momentum for videogame sales, both at home and abroad, led to continued losses at global retailer Toys ‘R’ Us, which saw a 4% drop in US sales during its crucial holiday quarter of 2013.
Preschool property Tree Fu Tom is stepping up its marketing game through FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment’s Spring Into Action campaign, a brand awareness initiative that will support new series episodes on CBeebies and the show’s coinciding product range.
Debbie Ries has resigned from Texas-based NCircle Entertainment, the kids-focused distribution company she founded in 2006. During the past seven-plus years, as SVP and GM, she built NCircle into one of the top independent distributors of children’s home entertainment.
Zodiak Media has struck a significant content agreement in China with Ciwen Media Group, which is set to distribute more than 390 episodes of Zodiak programming and serve as a regional distribution agent across free TV, cable and satellite, home entertainment and VOD platforms.
Gaumont Animation (formerly Alphanim), along with co-production partners Calidra, Italy’s Studio Campedelli, TV Tokyo, and Kodansha, will bow the new CGI animated Calimero series on Italy’s RAI on March 25. Gaumont has also signed a European master toy deal for the property.