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More than a month after Zodiak Media and Banijay Group confirmed they were in merger talks, the France-based media companies have today agreed to unite, creating a global producer-distributor with a footprint in 18 territories and revenues surpassing US$1 billion.
With the rollout of Wishenpoof on August 14 to US, UK and German Amazon Prime members, and a renewal for Creative Galaxy, show creator Angela Santomero is on a roll with the studio.
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Three years after raising US$85,964 on Kickstarter to fund their wired building toy, Roominate co-founders Bettina Chen and Alice Brooks are once again looking for that spark – this time through new product rPower and by inspiring STEM-driven careers for girls. The pair gives iKids the inside scoop on the project.
- Netflix’s DVD business dwindles in subscribers but not profits – see how the company’s positioning for growth next (The New York Times)
- Tesco, the UK’s biggest grocery chain, rids its shelves of some sugary kids’ drinks (Mashable)
- Comcast looks to new media companies as it vies for a younger audience (CNET)
- The gaming geeks have won. Now what? (Los Angeles Times)
Japanese lifestyle licensor Sanrio has tapped Russian licensing agent Megalicense International to represent its global property Hello Kitty in Russia and Ukraine.
- For American teens, YouTube star power is outpacing mainstream celebrities. Variety survey reveals the year’s biggest online stars (Variety)
- Amazon rocks its second quarter with more than US$23 billion in revenue (Techcrunch)
- Cisco’s set-top box biz gets scooped up by France’s Technicolor for roughly US$600 million (Reuters)
- European regulators take on six Hollywood studios in antitrust case involving digital content consumption (Los Angeles Times)
There’s no question that virtual reality will be enormously attractive to young people. What should we consider now, so that future franchises will win parents’ respect and kids’ love? Dubit’s David Kleeman takes a research-driven approach to chartering unknown VR territory.
- With a craving for connections, teen girls make wearable tech fashionably functional (Wired)
- After raising US$225 million, Jet.com takes on Amazon with a pledge to offer the lowest prices on the internet (The New Yorker)
- Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe opens a new world of LGBT representation (The Huffington Post)
- The return of tween brand Limited Too (Mashable)