The US children’s digital book industry is growing exponentially with the help of more consumable content. In fact, the children’s and young adult eBook category drew US$469 million last year, a 117% rise over 2011. But while the numbers seem big, developers and publishers are still thinking small.
With the influx of new movies and shows hitting Netflix in the past number of weeks – and upticks in kids content viewing occurring in the summer months – the Internet streaming service has now launched a Families page designed to help parents better find entertainment options.
After a strong response in the region to season one, China’s IPTV service BesTV has picked up season two of the New Zealand-bred preschool series The WotWots.
The biggest original content deal in Netflix’s history is for the little ones. A new multi-year deal will see DreamWorks develop more than 300 hours of original content based on properties like Shrek and Madagascar exclusively for subscribers of the Internet streaming service.
Even Bedknobs and Broomsticks is riding the streaming wave. With select Disney and Pixar films now offered on Netflix in the UK and Ireland, Amazon‘s European LOVEFiLM Instant service will now stream modern and classic Disney films on its on-demand platform.
New York-based FlickerLab has hired Jordan Geary to head up the creative company’s multiplatform production and development projects and to manage its operations.
New York-based developer Cupcake Digital has forged a partnership with Canada’s Nelvana Enterprises and the Clifford Ross Company to develop the first-ever enhanced storybook apps based on the popular animated kids TV series Babar and the Adventures of Badou.
Next week at Licensing Show, The Jim Henson Company will unveil its latest property, infant/toddler-targeted interactive brand, Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo.
Mind Candy’s Moshi Monsters brand can now add TV series to its list of media extensions as the company has unveiled plans to produce a 52 x 11-minute animated series for both linear and digital platforms.