iKIDS / KID INSIGHT / MOBILE / TV / WEB
Nielsen findings re-affirm traditional TV as the favored platform for kids, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that viewing habits haven’t changed as time-shifted content and tablet proliferation continue to make marks on the small screen.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS / iKIDS / MOBILE
During its peak, the Angry Birds creator was pulling in revenues upwards of US$200 million. Now, with rapid internal growth belying consumer demand, the Finnish company will lay off 260 employees in a corporate restructuring.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS / GEAR / iKIDS / WEB
The girl-skewing interactive toy market is making room for Flipsies, VTech’s new line of collectible dolls that are designed to encourage both online and offline play.
Will HBO be making Netflix-sized moves into kids TV? What are Sesame Workshop’s plans for its own SVOD service? Kidscreen spoke to HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo and Workshop COO Steve Youngwood to get more insight into the historic deal.
- Netflix raises its subscription costs for new members in Europe by 10% (Variety)
- Warner Bros. is bringing Scooby-Doo back to the big screen in an animated reboot (The Hollywood Reporter)
- A ban on children’s books in Venice, Italy is laced with political undertones (The New York Times)
- Google’s name for its newest version of Android has a sticky ring to it (Mashable)
9 Story Media Group CEO Vince Commisso gives Kidscreen the scoop on the deal that will see his company’s 2D-animation and distribution capabilities bolstered by Brown Bag’s CGI expertise and help the Irish animation studio start producing its own IPs.
Saban Brands and Millennium Entertainment International have teamed up to bring a live Power Rangers experience across the EMEA to fans of the long-running live-action series.
- One Direction, Taylor Swift and Fifth Harmony have big nights at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards (Entertainment Weekly)
- Amazon’s competitive work culture is depicted through more than 100 interviews with current and former employees… (The New York Times)
- …Now, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos defends his company’s corporate standards (NPR)
- If only 37% of Kickstarter projects are successfully funded, what’s driving a boom in the crowdfunded toy space? (Bloomberg Business)