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.
Nickelodeon and Saban Brands will debut the new season of the classic Power Rangers franchise, Power Rangers Dino Charge, which marks the first time in 10 years the dinosaur theme has aired on Power Rangers.
- Lawsuit over kids’ privacy against Viacom, Google gets tossed (Bloomberg)
- 23 network chiefs, including Ted Sarandos, dish on trends, can’t-miss TV, and their regrets (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Video game industry IPOs and M&As at an all-time high (Wall Street Journal)
- How Microsoft got its cool back (Engadget)
The UK-based kid-targeted advertising platform has opened up to developers using Oculus Rift and Unity game engines. Unity currently has more than two million registered developers.
London-based prodco Tiger Aspect Productions has upped 25-year industry vet Tim Searle to the position of creative director, animation and children’s.
US retail toy sales grew by 4% to US$18.08 billion and Disney’s Frozen was the top US property in 2014, according to the latest numbers from market research firm The NPD Group.
Caitlin Meek-O’Connor (pictured) will succeed current head of acquisitions Yvonne Body, who is retiring after 25 years in the business.