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Paris-based producer/distributor Cyber Group Studios and The Jim Henson Company have joined forces for the first time in a co-production collaboration that will see two new book-based animated children’s series come to market.
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A new study from research, consulting and innovation firm PlayScience sheds light on parents’ perceptions about their kids technology and media use and finds a child’s gender plays a significant role.
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In a partnership that’s taking educational mobile game content to heady new levels, two Irish companies, Kavaleer Productions and neuroscience lab Cortechs, have joined forces to launch a suite of brain-fitness apps for kids with autism and ADHD.
As part of parent company Viacom’s restructuring efforts, a wave of layoffs has hit Nickelodeon’s preschool and animation operations, with the departure of five senior-level executives across both divisions, including EVP of preschool programming Teri Weiss (pictured).
The Vancouver, Canada-based producer has inked a deal with Canadian pubcaster TVO to develop a new animated preschool series that celebrates cultural diversity.
Andra Sheffer (pictured) is picking up the Outstanding Achievement Award, while Mike Geiger will receive the Emerging Talent Award at the Canadian kids media org’s annual English-Language Awards of Excellence Gala,
The Thunderbirds licensee roster grows again, adding a raft of apparel, accessories and homewares partners to the UK-based licensing program.
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