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Acknowledging that channels dedicated to toy reviews and product unboxing have become one of the fastest-growing genres of family programming online, Maker Studios has cut a deal to syndicate five of the largest ones across its extensive multichannel network.
UK-based King Rollo Films and Koko Media have struck a development deal for new preschool series Deer Little Forest from creator Jo Rose.
Budge Studios has inked a deal with KD Interactive to have its apps preloaded onto the latest edition of the Kurio line, Kurio Xtreme.
- Mockingjay has biggest US opener of 2014, but worst of the franchise (Wall Street Journal)
- Rumors of an ad-supported Amazon streaming service that will be cheaper than Netflix surface again (The New York Post)
- Children’s Technology Review sets up tech database to improve product discoverability (Games and Learning)
- A new internet media giant has surfaced in China thanks to Shanghai Media Group (The Hollywood Reporter)
With eight nominations, Canada’s Spin Master leads the Toy Industry Association’s annual awards competition, but Lego and Hasbro are in hot pursuit with six nominations each. Frozen’s Elsa, meanwhile, will be duking it out with the likes of TMNT, Minecraft and Paw Patrol for Property of the Year.
On the heels of higher fourth quarter and full-year earnings, DHX Media has claimed full ownership of 117 kids and family titles and distribution rights for 34 titles including successful teen drama Degrassi from indie distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment.