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Negotiations finally wrapped up yesterday between Australia and South Korea on their recently announced and long-awaited Free Trade Agreement. At Kidscreen’s Asian Animation Summit, taking place in Phuket, Thailand this week, kids content producers, broadcasters and government agencies weighed in on the significance of the deal, which includes an Audiovisual Co-production Agreement for film and television.
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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.
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Following a publishing deal with Penguin US earlier this fall, Disney Infinity is set to get its own standalone magazine in the UK courtesy of Egmont, which is consciously building a boy-skewing publishing portfolio based on gaming brands.
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With tablets dominating US Black Friday sales last weekend, a takeover appears to be in full swing. Perpetuating the trend are new numbers from PBS Kids that indicate tablets are tops on parents’ holiday tech purchases list, edging out videogame consoles by more than 10%.
A merger between A Squared Entertainment and Genius Brands has resulted in the creation of a multimedia and brand management company under the current Genius Brands International, which will be helmed by Andy Heyward and a consortium of kids media, entertainment and finance execs.
As part of its month-long hit programming event Pranksgiving, Disney XD, in partnership with the National Basketball Association, will air two new prank-themed episodes of Crash & Bernstein and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja on November 18.
On the heels of yesterday’s announcement from NBCUniversal that it has taken full ownership of 24-hour preschool network Sprout, the media company and Canada’s Corus Entertainment has revealed they are axing their UK-based joint venture kids channel KidsCo.
- Why Disney is using apps to get kids into the movie theater (Variety)
- Does it really matter that teens are fleeing Facebook? (Forbes)
- Tablets could offer a silver lining to retailers this holiday (Washington Post)
- Crushing it: More than 150 billion individual Candy Crush games have been played to date (TechCrunch)
The world may be getting some more tech-savvy bilingual preschoolers. First Sesame Street backs bilingual platform Oznoz, and now VTech is set to house a new preschool video series from foreign-language learning program Little Pim on its InnoTab learning tablet.