CONSUMER PRODUCTS / RETAIL
The first quarter of 2014 brought net losses of US$11.2 million for Mattel, as the worlds largest toymaker saw Barbie sales drop 14%. Meanwhile, Barbie’s American Girl and Ever After High sisters continues to rise in popularity.
iKIDS / MOBILE / SOCIAL / WEB
After setting sights on the US market with the acquisition of L.A.-based MobiGirl Media, UK-based kid and teen mobile marketing platform SuperAwesome is looking at a home-court advantage, as the company has now acquired the advertising business of UK virtual world Bin Weevils.
PEOPLE MOVES / TV
Nigel Pickard is stepping down from his role as CEO of Zodiak UK Kids and chair of production company The Foundation at the end of this month, Zodiak Media has confirmed.
COMPANIES / iKIDS / TV / WEB
Make way for Relativity Media. The television and film studio is trying to scoop up YouTube multi-channel network Maker Studios from Disney with a last-minute bid worth up to US$1.1 billion.
Featured iKids / iKIDS / SOCIAL / TV / WEB
Dane Boedigheimer’s Annoying Orange online comedy series has spawned a Cartoon Network show and a number of licensed consumer products. And now, the Orange’s signature yellow-toothed smile has been viewed two billion times on YouTube, a feat that holds more significance than ever as multi-channel networks and online TV creations continue to be courted by huge traditional media companies.
Presented at MIPTV in Cannes, Kenya’s Shujaaz.FM Reloaded, (Well Told Story) took the prize in the children & young people category at the annual competition that’s open to digital content creators outside of the US.
- Leave it to a five-year-old to discover a security flaw with Xbox One (Mashable)
- A Polish priest offers his controversial opinion on the evils of Lego, Monster High (The Toronto Star)
- Disney’s Captain America sets box office record (Reuters)
- Microsoft inks comedy talent for upcoming content play (Variety)
Saban Brands has inked a new broadcast distribution agreement for its animated preschool series, Julius Jr., to air on Disney Junior in Italy.
Paris-based indie producer and distributor Cyber Group Studios has signed a five-year financing agreement with France’s Natixis Coficiné bank in effort to accelerate its distribution activities of third-party productions.
With a new distribution arm, original content and funding, UK-based CHF is in full swing. The company – through distributor Monster Entertainment – is launching the first of four new programs at this week’s MIPTV market.
DHX Media chairman Michael Hirsh is pacting with Jacqueline Kelly and John Vandervelde to offer interim financing and expertise for Canadian indie film and TV producers.
- The politics of plastic: What Barbie may really be telling girls about their future (The Guardians)
- Nearly 80% of parents talk about online safety with their kids (Mashable)
- The trouble with Facebook’s News Feed (TechCrunch)
- Meanwhile, Twitter ads seem to be outperforming those on Facebook (The Wall Street Journal)
To mark its upcoming 50th anniversary, children’s and youth TV festival Prix Jeunesse International is set to honor the most outstanding, influential and daring TV programs of the last 50 years at its upcoming gala on June 4 in Munich, Germany.