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Making its first move into the kids TV and video space, Swedish app developer Toca Boca has set up a brand-new video division in New York, appointing former Sesame Workshop creative director J Milligan to run the studio as executive producer.
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Disney Channel will make its debut in the Canadian television market on September 1, thanks to a wide-ranging licensing deal that has just closed between Toronto’s Corus Entertainment and Disney ABC Television Group in LA.
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In a move that will expand its portfolio of children’s animation and international programming in one fell swoop, American MCN Frederator Networks has acquired two popular preschool series, Cloud Bread and Pom Pom & Friends, from South Korea’s Gangwon Information and Multimedia Corporation (GIMC).
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The former CEO of Zodiak production house The Foundation is heading up the newly minted Zodiak Kids Studios, with dual operations in the UK and France.
Turner Broadcasting System has acquired more than 800 minutes of new Mattel content featuring hit brands such as Max Steel and Barbie for Cartoon Network and its newly rebranded Boomerang channel in Latin America.
- With more SVOD and a la carte options, Canucks expected to increasingly cherry-pick entertainment (CBC)
- Top digital trends creating both opportunities and challenges for traditional TV (The Guardian)
- Surprise! New study shows teens in favor of Facebook (alistdaily)
- Amazon updates its Android Kindle App with offerings geared to parents and kids (VentureBeat)
BBC Worldwide has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Media Group to include more co-production and distribution opportunities for its kids and family content in China.
Canada’s DHX Media has come aboard to handle worldwide distribution for Kuu-Kuu Harajuku, a new animated co-pro from Australia’s Moody Street Kids and Malaysia’s Vision Animation that’s inspired and executive produced by pop superstar Gwen Stefani.