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Rovio Entertainment‘s foray into free-to-play gaming is in full effect with today’s launch of Angry Birds Go!, which also features integration with Hasbro’s Telepods toys.
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Negotiations finally wrapped up yesterday between Australia and South Korea on their recently announced and long-awaited Free Trade Agreement. At Kidscreen’s Asian Animation Summit, taking place in Phuket, Thailand this week, kids content producers, broadcasters and government agencies weighed in on the significance of the deal, which includes an Audiovisual Co-production Agreement for film and television.
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Netflix members in the UK and Ireland are gaining access to a range of Cartoon Network and Cartoonito content including Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown following a streaming deal between the world’s largest internet TV network and the kidsnet.
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With tablets dominating US Black Friday sales last weekend, a takeover appears to be in full swing. Perpetuating the trend are new numbers from PBS Kids that indicate tablets are tops on parents’ holiday tech purchases list, edging out videogame consoles by more than 10%.
For a toy company like California-based Jakks Pacific that has been weathering stormy sales numbers throughout the year, there’s hope on the other side. Jakks is crossing over into the new year with an interactive toy strategy in place, which it says is in line with changing consumer play patterns, as the company tries to pick itself up from a 27% drop in sales and a company-wide restructure that occurred in 2013.
Both kids and mobile developers alike in the Asia-Pacific region are set to benefit from a new partnership between mobile tech company Fingerprint and electronics giant Samsung. The new Fingerprint-powered Kids’ Play-and-Learn Content Initiative is a developer-focused program designed to drive the creation of play-and-learn Android apps for kids in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Singapore-based August Media Holdings has sold the first season of its preschool series Ella Bella Bingo to Qatar-based Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC), also now known as Jeem TV.
Following a publishing deal with Penguin US earlier this fall, Disney Infinity is set to get its own standalone magazine in the UK courtesy of Egmont, which is consciously building a boy-skewing publishing portfolio based on gaming brands.
Can research give a bottom line on how to connect with my audience? It depends. Can it say what kids want from new technologies? Depends. What tricks do kids media-makers use to so consistently turn out sticky, catchy content? Depends. Maybe there were no firm answers at the recent Bridge Under Construction industry event, but there were respectful exchange about similarities and differences in goals and practices.