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Ofcom’s latest media report finds that tablets are increasingly being used as a default entertainment screen, particularly among younger children in the UK.
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Michael Smith, CEO of Yip Yap, thinks the last thing kids need is their own smartphone. So his startup designed a Bluetooth-enabled device that connects to parents’ phones instead. Smith tells iKids about Pipsqueak’s plans to face a crowded market through innovative hardware and software.
Aussie kids can now get their hands on Nick Play, a free app that features hundreds of Nickelodeon videos, original short-form animations and newly created games, as well as full-length episodes of the net’s biggest hits.
- Who are Pixar’s biggest competitors? (The Hollywood Reporter)
- How director Peter Sohn gave The Good Dinosaur new life (Los Angeles Times)
- “We pretty much have to restock daily. It sells that fast,” says one Canadian retailer of the Shopkins craze (CBC)
- How superhero-themed TV shows are benefiting from Warner Bros.’ new DC Entertainment policy (Variety)
Sporting a winner’s seal on a toy package is a great marketing tool. But being on a top product list doesn’t always guarantee a great product. Blogger Wendy Smolen asks what this all means for buyers who really really want to get the best toys possible.
Crunchyroll founder Kun Gao breaks down his plans for the influx of funding and talks about the reasons the SVOD has endeared itself to anime fans.
Longtime Nickelodeon show creator Chris Viscardi has been appointed to the newly created position of SVP of content development, Nickelodeon Franchise Properties, and will be bringing classic series Hey Arnold! back as an original TV movie.
Sesame Workshop is on-board to launch an app for the Tiggly Words learning system, which fuses physical toys and digital elements in play. Tiggly’s co-founder tells Kidscreen about opening the door to a branded partnership for the first time.
- American Girl among brands betting big on digital advertising this holiday (Adweek)
- Disney’s global success doesn’t hinge on a cookie-cutter approach, says global chairman Andy Bird (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Learn-to-code morphs into learn-to-build for this kids tech startup (TechCrunch)
- A pre-holiday tour inside Lego’s factory in the Czech Republic (Bloomberg)