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Hong Kong’s pan-Asian channel operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment is moving into the kids programming space for the first time with the upcoming launch of Miao Mi, a new 24-hour Mandarin children’s channel.
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Making its first move into the kids TV and video space, Swedish app developer Toca Boca has set up a brand-new video division in New York, appointing former Sesame Workshop creative director J Milligan to run the studio as executive producer.
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Disney Channel will make its debut in the Canadian television market on September 1, thanks to a wide-ranging licensing deal that has just closed between Toronto’s Corus Entertainment and Disney ABC Television Group in LA.
In another example of kids content moving across screens regardless of format, Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes of comedy-adventure series Welcome to the Wayne, the network’s first short-form web series pick-up for television.
- Comcast walks away from Time Warner Cable deal due to mounting opposition (Bloomberg)
- Scholastic selling off educational tech business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for US$575 million (Reuters)
- Animation and SFX credit in Ontario, Canada clipped to 18% from 20% (Playback)
- AwesomenessTV courts millennial moms with new online channel Awestruck (Stream)
With channel rebrands underway, Goldsmith talks about his team’s programming outlook and how it plans to build off the success of series like live-action drama The Next Step.
iKids Weekly talks with Toronto-based interactive agency Secret Location on the creative process behind Gaming Game, the fan-built online game based on new hit DHX TV/Disney XD Canada series Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage).
Dallas, Texas-based NCircle Entertainment has picked up the North American home entertainment and digital distribution rights for classic stop-motion animated series The Adventures of Gumby.