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The winners of the 2015 iKids Awards were announced tonight, at this year’s Kidscreen Summit in Miami. Now in its third year, this annual set of awards recognizes and celebrates the market’s best digital media products and platforms for children.
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Kidscreen Summit in Miami kicked off with a bang as YouTube’s head of global family and learning Malik Ducard formally unveiled the company’s first standalone app for children which is now available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
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As part of its continued investment in kids programming, Amazon has renewed four of its kids series for a second season, including preschool series Tumble Leaf. (pictured)
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Two brand-new miniseries, a reboot and its first original digital series are all part of Cartoon Network’s 2015/16 upfront, which is being pitched on the road for the third consecutive year in key cities across the US through February and March.
From Kidscreen Summit in Miami, David Kleeman reports on the reaction among content creators and distributors to the new YouTube Kids app.
- Everything is awesome for Lego’s 2014 full-year report (Wall Street Journal)
- The kidtech area will be huge in the next few years (techeu)
- What this says about digital connectivity and the family: Modern Family episode filmed entirely on mobile devices (Mashable)
- January sets new record for app downloads (VentureBeat)
Strong sales of Frozen and Max Tow Truck products helped Jakks Pacific post a net income of US$2.8 million for the fourth quarter, up from a net loss of US$16.1 million for the same period last year, and an overall return to profitability in 2014.
In what’s shaping up to be a busy week for the House of Mouse, Disney XD has greenlit a brand-new DuckTales series (pictured) , to air on channels worldwide in 2017, as well as comedic toon Future-Worm!, slated for broadcast this fall.
- After posting quarterly loss, DreamWorks Animation to sell headquarters (Bloomberg)
- Sony names Thomas Rothman as Amy Pascal’s replacement (New York Times)
- Title and director announced for the next Lego movie (Mashable)
- New formats: Telltale Games to create hybrid scripted TV show/video game series (The Verge)
Kabillion will distribute Cyber Group Studio’s animated series Mademoiselle Zazie (pictured) and Ozie Boo in the US on digital platforms.