BLOGS / Bridging The Gap
In light of the FTC’s recent ruling that Focus Education made unproven claims about its Jungle Rangers game, David Kleeman shares how developers and companies can avoid ending up in this position.
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman announced today that the new kids programming platform will be an effort to reach the fast-growing mobile market.
PEOPLE MOVES / TV
Laura Clunie is joining Spin Master Entertainment as its new VP of creative affairs, girls and preschool.
COMPANIES / NEWS / PEOPLE MOVES
On the heels of Michelle Raimo Kouyate’s departure as production president of Sony Pictures Animation, the studio has tapped DreamWorks Animation vet Kristine Belsonas its new president.
After 15 years with the company, Mattel’s chief executive and chairman Bryan Stockton (pictured) is resigning from his position, as Christopher Sinclair takes the reins as chairman and interim CEO.
Ink Global has secured 11 new Italian licensing deals for Russian animated preschool series Masha and the Bear.
After a string of under-performing films at the box office, DreamWorks Animation has announced a restructure that will see the studio cut 500 jobs and reduce its film slate. Entertainment analyst Tuna Amobi says DWA is on the right track.
- Children’s TV pioneer Peggy Charren passes away (Variety)
- What matters most to Gen Z (today’s kids) (AdAge)
- South Korea’s largest entertainment conglom CJ E&M launches animation division with eye on China (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Can Maker Studios draw traffic from YouTube to its own site, Maker.tv? (Wall Street Journal)
iKids Weekly checks in with Justin Hsu, co-founder and president at New York-based developer Marco Polo Learning, to get the lowdown on how the company’s experiential preschool apps Ocean and Weather have reached nearly two million downloads in less than a year.
The head of YouTube Originals, who’s launching the first of his team’s development slate later this year, discusses which creators make the cut.