Disney is looking to keep kids connected to its flagship princess and pirate brands this summer by expanding Sofia the First to daily telecast, debuting new episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates and making this content available via its WATCH video platform.
Netflix has taken its relationship with Disney one step further by picking up the US rights to a total of five Disney Junior and Disney XD shows, including Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Halifax-based DHX Media, The Jim Henson Company, Nat Geo Kids, Corus and BabyFirst Plus are among the first creators of paid YouTube channels.The move puts the Google-owned online platform closer to acheiving an affordable a-la-carte lineup of premium content and in a better position to compete on the SVOD front.
Disney is amplifying its preschool mobile offerings with a new Doc McStuffins iOS app, as well as new additions to the Disney Junior Appisode lineup.
Virtual world Moshi Monsters will sustain its UK retail presence following a renewed partnership between brand-owner Mind Candy and Toys ‘R’ Us.
After looking at nearly 900 pitches from writers, artists, directors, designers and comedians from around the world, Nickelodeon has picked 12 finalists for its second annual Animated Shorts Program, which is intended to cultivate creative talent and develop original comedy-driven kids content.
Educational toy designer LeapFrog reported a 15% sales increase for the first quarter of 2013 driven by content sales for its multimedia platforms such as the popular LeapPad2 learning tablet for kids.
The licensing world has caught the attention of another digital property, as the Space Heroes Universe virtual world is set to inspire toys, books and card games thanks to a deal between Bubble Gum Interactive and new venture AT New Media and Virtual World Licensing.