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Good content can find success online without regulation – that’s the message VOD services are presenting to Canadians this fall.
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Last week, I was in the port city of Qingdao for Kidscreen East and my morning run took me past fishermen with cute dogs, old men in swimming trunks and, much to my dismay, a scary Chinese clown pulling a dark, empty cart through the fog. At first, I thought I must be going insane because, when you’ve spent as many years as I have making preschool shows, seeing a clown emerge from the fog is almost certainly the form that your madness would take. But this was not madness. No, it was just one of the many odd and inexplicable things that you see when you’re in China.
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Trevor Lai, founder and CEO of the Shanghai-based UP Studios, recently spoke at CMC about Chinese IP and international companies doing business in China. He followed up his speech with a Google Hangout, discussing how to design apps for the Chinese market, as well as creating apps that are hits in both China and the US.
KreaKids at Egmont Publishing has developed and released Mia and Me – The Legend of Centopia, the first ever app based on the popular girl-skewing animated TV series Mia and Me from Lucky Punch (a joint venture between m4e and Gerhard Hahn), Rainbow and March Entertainment.
After a glorious weekend of parades, barbeques, fireworks and picnics, I got back to the real business of summer by connecting with Kristin Riddick, author of the Kat McGee middle school book series, including the timely Kat McGee Saves America. Kristin’s take on holidays and media made me rethink the reasoning behind all those red, white and blue cupcakes I devoured.
Netflix has confirmed the appointment of former Nickelodeon SVP of live-action development Brian Wright to a senior executive role that will see Wright head up original kids and family programming for the popular streaming service.
An executive shuffle at HIT Entertainment sees Michael Carrington (pictured) leaving the company to become the new CEO of The Foundation, a Zodiak Kids-owned production company. Industry vet Christopher Keenan, meanwhile, will succeed Carrington as HIT’s new global head of content and production.
- DreamworksTV on a mission to be the go-to site for kids ages six to 11 (Adweek)
- Harry Potter resurfaces as a now 34-year-old wizard in brand new short story on JK Rowling’s Pottermore website (The Guardian)
- Google goes after Amazon market (Re/code)
- King Digital readies latest game: Candy Crush Soda Saga (Wall Street Journal)
The latest LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventure arrives on DVD, VOD and PPV in September.