While the early success of Disney Infinity helped the House of Mouse’s Interactive segment see sales rise 38% to US$403 million in its first fiscal quarter of 2014, the company is laying off 700 people – or 26% of the division’s global workforce – following particularly sharp losses on the social gaming front.
Following through on the interactive aspect of their new partnership, Cartoon Network and The Lego Group have released Calling All Mixels, an iOS app based on the companies’ new Mixels multi-platform, multi-SKU brand.
As today’s kids entertainment industry becomes progressively affected by multi-platform digital innovation including apps and SVOD streaming services, major kidsnets have been re-jigging their upfront formats to better communicate their brand strategies to their clients.
In a proposed plan that would result in close to US$100 million in savings a year, the BBC intends to close linear channel BBC Three and reinvent the youth-skewing brand as a solely online service – a move that would result in children’s channel CBBC being extended by one hour a night.
UK indie producer Novel Entertainment’s Horrid Henry brand is partnering up with Digital Giving’s T-Shirt Booth app, which will allow kids to create their own bespoke shirts while generating funds for Magic Breakfast, a charity dedicated to ensuring every child starts the day with the right breakfast.
US pubcaster PBS Kids’ 18-year-old Arthur brand is anchoring a new mobile-friendly family health website that offers nutritional information, games, videos and other resources designed to help parents and educators talk to kids about important health issues.
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