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With two decades under its belt, Kidscreen looks at where the kids entertainment industry is headed next with the help of industry analysts, a little number-crunching and some nifty VR headsets.
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A new study from Sesame Workshop’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center reveals that under-connected internet access among low-income American families is having a far-reaching impact when it comes to education and economic opportunities.
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With more than 200 million books sold worldwide over the past 40 years, the Little Critter franchise from venerable children’s author Mercer Mayer is being developed as a global multiplatform entertainment property with the help of ex-Cartoon Network prez Stuart Snyder.
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After lengthy study of the effects of technology on kids’ development, Sesame Workshop is now looking to invest directly in it with the nonprofit’s launch of Sesame Ventures.
The Jim Henson Company has secured multiple deals with international broadcasters, including Disney Channel and ABC Australia, for a trio of its popular preschool programs: Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and Pajanimals.
Coolabi Group has appointed two European licensing agents for children’s fantasy book series Beast Quest, marking the IP’s first foray into the region’s licensing realm.
Within an overall stagnant US video game market, interactive toy accessory (toys-to-life) sales experienced 13% growth in 2015, according to the most recent findings from market research firm The NPD Group.
- Drones and mind-controlling toys take center stage at this year’s Hong Kong Toy Fair (CNN)
- Texting is so 2015. Why videos and animations may be the next big messaging trend (Advertising Age)
- A transformed Sesame Street readies for its HBO debut (Chicago Tribune)
- Netflix to crack down on illegally accessed content (The Globe and Mail)
Nickelodeon has signed on to serve as the official broadcaster in the US for the Power Rangers television series through 2018.
The hit grocery-themed collectible property from Australia’s Moose Toys has added eight new licenses in North America, where retail sales surpassed US$100 million in 2015.