COMPANIES / TV
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.
UK pubcaster CBBC has ordered a second season of Leopard Drama’s popular children’s adventure drama Eve. The female-led homegrown series will begin production in Scotland this summer.
Guru Studio has hired former Nickelodeon US exec Rachel Marcus as its new development executive.
- Facebook to face massive class-action lawsuit over children’s online purchases (Reuters)
- Verizon bulks up mobile video offerings with over 200 hours of programming from AwesomenessTV, DreamWorksTV (Los Angeles Times)
- Tim Burton to direct live-action remake of Dumbo (The Independent)
- Mobile device ownership and usage in the US continues to skyrocket: Report (Hollywood Reporter)
Kids tablet maker Fuhu has inked deals with Disney and Discovery Communications to include a range of their content in its new nabi Pass subscription service.
Scholastic Media president and EVP Deborah Forte is leaving the company to launch Silvertongue Films, a new venture under which a slate of popular Scholastic properties will be brought to the big screen via a three-year first-look deal with Universal Pictures.
Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm have announced a global publishing program peppered with clues about the new Star Wars movie and 20-plus titles.