Amazon.com has secured an expanded multi-year, multi-national licensing deal with Viacom that will see a raft of hit kids shows including Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Blue’s Clues and The Backyardigans become available to Amazon Prime Instant Video customers across mobile devices and internet-connected TVs and consoles. The deal comes a little more than a month after Netflix announced it was letting its existing deal with Viacom expire.
As the market for multiplatform youth content continues to swell, the US arm of Komixx Entertainment and management and production company The Gotham Group have formed a new L.A.-based joint venture called KG Entertainment that will develop and co-produce transmedia content for kids and young adults.
If any company emphasizes the art of storytelling its Moonbot Studios, the animation, publishing and interactive studio behind the Oscar-winning short and accompanying app The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Perhaps that’s why the studio has now launched a line of books, called Moonbot Books, with Simon & Schuster.
In paying further attention to the second screen, FremantleMedia’s Wizards vs Aliens American TV premiere will be supported by a synchronized iPad app that’s being touted as the first of its kind to reach kids’ hands.
Canada’s Youth Media Alliance paid homage to the country’s producers and entertainers breaking ground in the field of children’s screen entertainment at its annual Awards of Excellence gala last night. Read on for winners across television and digital content categories.
Amazon is officially entering the original programming race after using customer feedback to whittle down 14 pilots to five full series, three of which are the children’s titles Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf.