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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.
Just one day after announcing its new Camp Yeti preschool series, Nelvana is joining forces with Brown Bag Films and Candy Bear to produce another original series for under-fives, Cozy Island.
As The Furchester Hotel makes its global debut today on Sesame Workshop’s YouTube channel, Kidscreen got a little one-on-one time with one of the series’ stars. Cookie Monster talks biscuits, waiting tables and the perils of hosting guests who happen to be cookies.
The company is pairing with San Francisco, California-based Fingerprint to create a mobile platform for preschoolers and boosting the presence of Nelvana’s content on YouTube through a deal with L.A.’s KIN Community.
- Secretive no more: Nielsen to measure viewership for Netflix and other streaming services (Variety)
- Netflix brings service to Australia and NZ, including kids titles (Bloomberg)
- Girls rule in reading, Dr. Seuss and Wimpy Kid titles among top favorites: study (Publishers Weekly)
- Were the DreamWorks/Hasbro deal talks sabotaged by an anonymous letter? (Hollywood Reporter)
Corus is launching a series of TV Everywhere apps for its kids channels Treehouse, YTV and Teletoon, starting this spring. The cable channels’ Canadian linear subscribers will be able to stream and download shows like Mike the Knight (pictured) on the go.
- Indecision continues for DreamWorks as animated tentpole B.O.O. gets delayed (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Turning Frozen into a cash cow (New York Times)
- While the DreamWorks-Hasbro deal isn’t happening, expect more of these M&As (Forbes)
- Snoopy ‘leaks’ first pics for the upcoming Peanuts feature (Wall Street Journal)