iKIDS / KID INSIGHT / MOBILE / WEB
According to The NPD Group’s new Interactive Gaming Toys report, 40% of parents in the US own at least one toys-to-life franchise and have spent an average of US$131 on this gaming segment in the past six months.
BROADCASTING / COMPANIES / CONSUMER PRODUCTS / NEWS / RETAIL / TV
In a period of uncertainty involving new CRTC broadcast regulations and the recent loss of its Disney license, Canada’s DHX Media posted record Q3 fiscal results driven by its digital distribution and TV businesses.
BLOGS / Out of the Sandbox
The founder of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab gives us an inside look at his work at the University and how the Lab is designing stories for the 21st Century.
- Netflix gets more aggressive in pursuit of global exclusive deals (Variety)
- Getting a peek at DC’s focus on female superheroes: CBS offers fans a preview of Supergirl (Mashable)
- Why Walmart still has far to go to compete with Amazon Prime (AdAge)
- Research finds food commercials during US kids shows don’t meet 2011 guidelines (Reuters)
While television continues to rank as the most popular media for kids in Southeast Asia, a new study from Turner Asia Pacific shows that digital platforms are gaining ground quickly.
Munich, Germany-based Studio 100 Media and Universum Film are partnering on animated feature film Princess Emmy – The Movie based on the book series from Egmont’s German publishing arm.
- For all those adults wondering just how Sodor runs, an in-depth look at the Island’s economy and its workers, Thomas & Friends (NPR)
- Australian Government set to launch controversial “Netflix Tax” (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Bricks-and-mortar video game retailers feel the heat from digital downloads (Huffington Post)
- Nestle, Google partner on limited edition KitKat bar in the UK, renamed a “YouTube Break” (The Independent)
Vancouver, Canada-based Rainmaker Entertainment and L.A.-based Blockade Entertainment have named an A-list voice cast for their animated film Ratchet & Clank.