This year’s Asian Animation Summit in Phuket, Thailand, just wrapped. Find out what projects caught the eye of Sprout, Disney, KiKA, BBC Worldwide and Rovio Entertainment.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS / iKIDS / MOBILE
Rovio Entertainment‘s foray into free-to-play gaming is in full effect with today’s launch of Angry Birds Go!, which also features integration with Hasbro’s Telepods toys.
iKIDS / TV / WEB
Netflix members in the UK and Ireland are gaining access to a range of Cartoon Network and Cartoonito content including Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown following a streaming deal between the world’s largest internet TV network and the kidsnet.
Sean Gorman has been promoted to director, kids channels, UK at Turner Broadcasting, where he will oversee the development and growth of the channels as well as acquire and commission new local talent.
This week, University of Chicago economists Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro open up about their research suggesting that TV’s arrival in the US had a beneficial effect on students’ cognitive achievement. I spotlight the economists’ unique methodologies and I chat with them about the detective work of finding patterns in reams of data.
Hudson, Ohio-based toyco The Little Tikes Company and its parent company MGA Entertainment have partnered with L.A.-based youth and lifestyle production shop Concrete Media on a brand new commercial initiative targeting Millennial moms and kids.
The language learning deals are continuing to infiltrate the interactive space, with Canadian online children’s platform Kidobi striking an exclusive partnership with fellow Canuck Mark Animation for the release of the new short-form Mandarin-English preschool series Miaomiao.
- Oakland-based toyco GoldieBlox aims to inspire the future generation of girl inventors with its creative new ad (The Huffington Post)
- Black Friday is a big test for new-style retail (Forbes)
- Twitter, the next TV Guide? (All Things D)
- India’s fast food sector is expanding, and it’s about get even bigger with Burger King (The Wall Street Journal)
Through its regional agent Global Pursuit, the Uglydoll brand is securing its footprint in China via a new retail agreement with Galeries Lafayette. The upscale department store chain will introduce Uglydoll apparel, accessories and other products at its flagship Chinese store in Beijing.
This week, Claire Green, Sandbox Summit co-founder and president of Parents’ Choice Foundation, shares the magic of kids media conference Dust or Magic. Among the takeaways? Child development matters.