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On the heels of higher fourth quarter and full-year earnings, DHX Media has claimed full ownership of 117 kids and family titles and distribution rights for 34 titles including successful teen drama Degrassi from indie distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment.
Just one day after announcing its new Camp Yeti preschool series, Nelvana is joining forces with Brown Bag Films and Candy Bear to produce another original series for under-fives, Cozy Island.
As The Furchester Hotel makes its global debut today on Sesame Workshop’s YouTube channel, Kidscreen got a little one-on-one time with one of the series’ stars. Cookie Monster talks biscuits, waiting tables and the perils of hosting guests who happen to be cookies.
- It’s the quality of the screen time that matter for toddlers (PBS)
- Sony’s Q2 loss is narrower than expected thanks to strong PS4 sales (Reuters)
- Mario creator makes first foray into film with Pikmin 3D-animated shorts (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Hasbro helps pay for surgery for Operation creator (ABC News)
Amazon Studios VP of children’s series development Tara Sorensen shares the strategy behind Amazon’s growing kids programming slate, including Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, which is set to premiere next month.
Toca Boca’s gender-neutral characters and open play approach are keeping the Swedish app maker at the top of the charts. iKids Weekly got to chat with CEO Bjorn Jeffrey about how its design philosophy helps Toca Boca stand apart from the crowd, why it recently retooled 2011′s Toca Robot Lab app, and the significance behind its new temporary tattoo line created by noted tattoo artist Virginia Elwood.
PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market are teaming up to sell the pubcaster’s new line of educational and eco-friendly toys exclusively at the US-based grocery chain.
Hailed as the Sesame Street of Japan, preschool series Be Ponkickies is heading to the US and Canada for the first time, thanks to an exclusive deal inked by online bilingual channel Oznoz with Fuji Television Kids Entertainment.
- Rupert Murdoch wants TV industry to throw down the gauntlet with Amazon, Netflix (The Guardian)
- DreamWorks flies into higher profits with How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Variety)
- Layoffs hit as Xbox Entertainment Studios closes its doors (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Samsung, Apple lose ground to Chinese smartphone makers (Wall Street Journal)