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Paris-based producer/distributor Cyber Group Studios and The Jim Henson Company have joined forces for the first time in a co-production collaboration that will see two new book-based animated children’s series come to market.
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A new study from research, consulting and innovation firm PlayScience sheds light on parents’ perceptions about their kids technology and media use and finds a child’s gender plays a significant role.
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In a partnership that’s taking educational mobile game content to heady new levels, two Irish companies, Kavaleer Productions and neuroscience lab Cortechs, have joined forces to launch a suite of brain-fitness apps for kids with autism and ADHD.
As part of parent company Viacom’s restructuring efforts, a wave of layoffs has hit Nickelodeon’s preschool and animation operations, with the departure of five senior-level executives across both divisions, including EVP of preschool programming Teri Weiss (pictured).
The company’s app/physical toy game Tiggly Counts has been found to improve early numbers skills by 71%. It’s now turning its attention to letter-based learning. iKids Weekly takes a look at how Tiggly is continuing to bridge the gap between hands-on and electronic learning in the app market with its latest product Tiggly spells.
- Russo brothers to take over billion-dollar Avengers franchise from Joss Whedon (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Hulu vets officially launch online video subscription service Vessel, but will consumers buy in to its mini-YouTube format? (Tech Crunch)
- DreamWorks and Pixar animators launch Indiegogo campaign for new animated series (Indiegogo)
- Disney app Tsum Tsum hits the US$300 million mark in revenue, driven by Japanese mobile messaging service Line (Games Industry)
- Adding up the audience views: PBS KIDS’ math-based show Odd Squad pulls strong January ratings (Forbes)
- With more competition than ever from emerging video sites, can YouTube retain the same number of eyeballs? (Variety)
- Netflix Australia undercuts its local competitors with low US$6.99 per month pricing (Variety)
- As more viewers cut the cord, content companies are making the jump to OTT (Mashable)
Former Scholastic Media exec Caroline Fraser (pictured) is joining the company as its new VP of program development and acquisition alongside Leigh Zarelli, who becomes the new SVP of consumer brands.