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US retail toy sales grew by 4% to US$18.08 billion and Disney’s Frozen was the top US property in 2014, according to the latest numbers from market research firm The NPD Group.
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iKids Weekly talked with Matthew Warneford, CTO at kids digital agency Dubit, to get the scoop on the company’s latest report that examined pricing trends for kids games in the Apple App Store. Warneford shares Dubit’s findings on in-app purchases (IAPs), price-points and monetization strategies.
After a string of under-performing films at the box office, DreamWorks Animation has announced a restructure that will see the studio cut 500 jobs and reduce its film slate. Entertainment analyst Tuna Amobi says DWA is on the right track.
- Children’s TV pioneer Peggy Charren passes away (Variety)
- What matters most to Gen Z (today’s kids) (AdAge)
- South Korea’s largest entertainment conglom CJ E&M launches animation division with eye on China (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Can Maker Studios draw traffic from YouTube to its own site, Maker.tv? (Wall Street Journal)
iKids Weekly checks in with Justin Hsu, co-founder and president at New York-based developer Marco Polo Learning, to get the lowdown on how the company’s experiential preschool apps Ocean and Weather have reached nearly two million downloads in less than a year.
The head of YouTube Originals, who’s launching the first of his team’s development slate later this year, discusses which creators make the cut.
Nickelodeon and Saban Brands will debut the new season of the classic Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge, which marks the first time in 10 years the dinosaur theme has aired on Power Rangers.