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With a cool US$19 million in new year-one Ready to Learn funding from the US Department of Education, PBS KIDS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are turning their attention to science-based, multiplatform content development. PBS KIDS’ Sara DeWitt and CPB’s Debra Sanchez reveal more to iKids.
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In a deal worth US$212 million, Entertainment One has taken a 70% controlling stake in London-based animation studio Astley Baker Davies, creator of the billion-dollar Peppa Pig property.
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To mark its 10th anniversary, 24-hour US preschool net Sprout is rolling out a new look and feel across its platforms and plans to double the volume of its original series to more than 30% of its schedule. President and GM Sandy Wax gives Kidscreen the scoop.
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“We wanted to creatively have our muscles ready for VR when it does take off tremendously,” says Cartoon Network Digital’s VP Chris Waldron, one of the forces behind the net’s ambitious new Adventure Time project that’s taking a first step in the impending virtual reality race.
Following its September debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior US, which drew 1.6 million viewers across both channels, eOne Family preschool series PJ Masks is sporting a comprehensive digital strategy.
- Following complaints over inappropriate content, YouTube’s Kids app is getting an update (TechCrunch)
- Despite its deepened ties with Hollywood, China isn’t ready to budge on its foreign movie quota (Los Angeles Times)
- Sony gets into the Ghostbusters spirit, with an animated feature film in the works (Variety)
- A look inside Google’s secretive robotics group (Bloomberg)
- Salary breakdown: What nearly everyone in Hollywood is really making (The Hollywood Reporter)
- After having children of their own, millennials are quite literally re-connecting with TV (The New York Times)
- Searching for a cause? A new mobile search initiative gives dollars directly to youth campaigns (Mashable)
- Simpsons showrunner hints the long-running series will end after season 30 (Independent)
The original series keep on rolling in for Netflix. It’s making room for seven new shows aimed at kids, tweens and teens, including Saban Brands’ girl-skewing Glitter Force (pictured).
Amberwood Entertainment is teaming up with Mexican kids brand Fulanitos to produce an animated preschool series in development with Kids’ CBC.