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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.
Daley Pearson’s top 6 toys of events (and people) that never happened (or existed) in the movie (or tv show)BLOGS / Planet Preschool
From Ace Duck to (the terrifying sounding) Bazooka Fire Skull Armor Capt. Hook, guest blogger Daley Pearson compiles an epic list of toys based on events or characters that never existed in the original properties.
Netflix will stream Justin Time: The New Adventures to its worldwide subscribers in 2016, except in Canada, where Disney Junior has the first window. First announced as a “new original spin-off,” the series is synonymous with Justin Time‘s third season.
Nelvana and new UK prodco Abominable Snowman, co-founded by Keith Chapman and Ian Liddell, have teamed up for new preschool series Camp Yeti.
All in the family: 13-year-old Tilly Ramsay, daughter of celeb chef Gordon Ramsay, is set to create scrumptious dishes in Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, which debuts on CBBC in 2015.
- With new office in Beijing, Universal looks to expand Chinese co-productions and CP sales (Variety)
- SoftBank launches new pay TV service in Japan, lets users choose channels like Disney (Hollywood Reporter)
- The Lego Movie sequel gets more female characters (Comickbook.com)
- Internet of Toys: New project aims to create programmable, connected toys (Kickstarter)
HIT Entertainment is set to bring raft of its preschool properties, including Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina and Mike the Knight, to the Caribu video-calling and reading app.
- It’s baaaack…Dismissal of MGA’s US$1 billion lawsuit against Mattel denied (My News LA)
- Service providers (minus Netflix and YouTube) form Streaming Video Alliance to create standards (Variety)
- Mind Candy’s annual revenue falls, putting pressure on new brands (Games Industry)
- Japanese mobile game-maker Gumi announces IPO valued at close to US$900 million (TechCrunch)