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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.
- Lego Movie creators to inject awesome into a new animated Spider-Man movie for 2018 (CNET)
- A mockumentary for the ages: Muppets reboot to explore the deeper lives of the characters in docu-style series (Entertainment Weekly)
- Verizon FiOS makes move toward unbundling channels (The Hollywood Reporter)
- As Disney continues to build its cinematic empire, competition from Warner Bros. and Sony could see the House of Mouse crack down on licensing (Variety)
Italy’s Rai Fiction has announced its new production slate, including several Euro co-pros, hybrid live-action/animation offerings, two preschool shows and social engagement-focused series.
- How millennials are shaping a sharing economy and big brands are listening (MediaPost)
- US consumers more inclined to stream content rather than watch live TV: Study (Variety)
- More than a toy story: Hasbro’s big screen and entertainment plans (Seeking Alpha)
- New Tree Story app plants a real tree for every virtual tree grown in the game (VentureBeat)
Disney is marking a new interactive chapter for its Disney Story Central platform, teaming up with telecom AT&T to bring its digital library to TV screens across the US.
With Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron set to premiere in North American theaters on May 1, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Marvel have started rolling out a wide-ranging consumer products program at US retailers.
CGI-animated preschool series Olly the Little White Van, from UK-based producer Ideas at Work, is driving into China for the first time with Beijing-headquartered Uyoung Culture & Media.