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Hong Kong’s pan-Asian channel operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment is moving into the kids programming space for the first time with the upcoming launch of Miao Mi, a new 24-hour Mandarin children’s channel.
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Making its first move into the kids TV and video space, Swedish app developer Toca Boca has set up a brand-new video division in New York, appointing former Sesame Workshop creative director J Milligan to run the studio as executive producer.
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Disney Channel will make its debut in the Canadian television market on September 1, thanks to a wide-ranging licensing deal that has just closed between Toronto’s Corus Entertainment and Disney ABC Television Group in LA.
In an effort to turn around its slumping sales and revitalize its management team, toy maker Mattel has appointed interim leader Christopher Sinclair as its permanent CEO, expanded Richard Dickson‘s role to president and COO and upped Michael J. Dolan to independent lead director.
- Disney planning on Winnie the Pooh live-action feature (Hollywood Reporter)
- Meanwhile, Play-Doh is also getting a live-action film, courtesy of Hasbro and 20th Century Fox (Entertainment Weekly)
- How Walmart is making a push for more urban consumers (NPR)
- YouTube gamers turn backs on Nintendo’s strict ad revenue grab (eCanadaNow)
Two months after its launch, TotallyKidz, the kid-focused business unit of TotallyHer, has secured an exclusive ad partnership with tween-oriented online fashion game Stardoll.
Paris-based animation producer Millimages has secured a raft of presales for its new animated short series Molang.
Fox-owned BabyTV, the 24/7 commercial-free channel geared to babies and toddlers, is rolling out new animated series Animal Party and a corresponding mobile app.
With a little Disney expertise in-hand, Boulder, Colorado-based connected-toy company Sphero is launching its first branded cartoon series Las Aventuras de Sfero y Jhonny-C on Mexican entertainment network Telefantasía this fall.