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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.
- Netflix US viewing expected to overtake major broadcast networks by 2016 (Variety)
- Supreme Court cuts cord on Spider-Man toy inventor patent (Fortune)
- Infographic: How long it takes kids to read popular children’s books (Personal Creations)
- New AI system learns how to create videogames by watching YouTube gaming videos (Wired)
Brit publishing startup Lost My Name, creator of the hit personalized picture book The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name, has scored US$9 million in a financing round led by Google Ventures.
VOD specialist MoMedia has secured a digital distribution deal with DreamWorks Classics for a roster of its kids titles.