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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.
iKids talks with startup GivingTales’ chairman Klaus Lovgreen about landing the voice talents of renowned actors Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Ewan McGregor and Joan Collins for a new educational app project.
- A Tesla Model S you can put in your pocket, courtesy of Mattel (Bloomberg)
- With its new virtualized system, Disney/ABC Television Group could offer channels available for a few hours/days or around a specific event (Multichannel)
- Can active videogaming be as beneficial for kids as playing outside? (TechCrunch)
- The little red-haired girl at the center of the new Peanuts Movie (Mashable)
Customized-video provider PercyVites has inked licensing agreements with MGA Entertainment and Zodiak Kids to add Lalaloopsy and Tickety Toc to its digital party invitation platform.
Toronto, Canada-based Nelvana Enterprises co-head Andrew Kerr discusses securing the EMEA consumer products rights to Shopkins and worldwide licensing plans for Zhu Zhu Pets.
The latest OnTrack Media report from UK-based SuperAwesome, which studies trends in video and digital media for kids (two to 16), finds Family YouTubers are rapidly growing in popularity with kids watching videos online, particularly under-13s.