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Disney has combined two of its core business divisions – consumer products and interactive – into a single Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) arm in an effort to better meet changing consumer preferences in a technology-driven marketplace.
BROADCASTING / TV
Turner Broadcasting has bought nearly 450 half hours from Warner Bros. Animation for Boomerang, marking the newly rebranded 24-hour kidsnet’s first-ever exclusive original content deal.
Disney Publishing is expanding the digital presence of the House of Mouse’s popular Palace Pets franchise with the launch of the Palace Pets in Whisker Haven iOS app.
Music-based interstitial preschool series Will’s Jams starring Canadian entertainer Will Stroet has been picked up by US satellite provider DISH for its VOD channel, and Picture Box has come on board as the show’s international distributor.
UK-headquartered publishing powerhouse Parragon has tapped former Bendon exec Claire Payne for its senior director of mass market sales position.
- Inside Out helps drive Disney past the US$1 billion mark at the US box office in record time (The Guardian)
- Harry Potter heads from page to stage (The Wall Street Journal)
- Project Runway gets a teen spinoff series (Variety)
- These smart wooden dolls let kids play together without the screen (Kickstarter)
After last week’s report from UK-based SuperAwesome that family YouTubers are gaining traction with children, iKids Weekly talks with the kid-safe ad platform’s Insights team to find out why these family-focused/oriented channels are growing in popularity with kids and parents.