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Making its first move into the kids TV and video space, Swedish app developer Toca Boca has set up a brand-new video division in New York, appointing former Sesame Workshop creative director J Milligan to run the studio as executive producer.
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Disney Channel will make its debut in the Canadian television market on September 1, thanks to a wide-ranging licensing deal that has just closed between Toronto’s Corus Entertainment and Disney ABC Television Group in LA.
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In a move that will expand its portfolio of children’s animation and international programming in one fell swoop, American MCN Frederator Networks has acquired two popular preschool series, Cloud Bread and Pom Pom & Friends, from South Korea’s Gangwon Information and Multimedia Corporation (GIMC).
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The former CEO of Zodiak production house The Foundation is heading up the newly minted Zodiak Kids Studios, with dual operations in the UK and France.
The toys-to-life market just got a little more crowded, thanks to the introduction of Lego Dimensions, a new video game that combines physical bricks with console gameplay.
Mickey Mouse, and his longtime friends Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald, is getting a brand-new Disney Junior adventure series that blends CG animation with live-action footage.
The rapid nature of technology innovation is a mashup of Moore’s Law with a marketplace ever-hungry for the newest gadget. But what effect is this having on kids and families? David Kleeman ponders this tech time-crunch and what it means for children’s media.
- With Nickelodeon’s ratings slipping more than 34% in Q1 of 2015, Viacom looks to new content and initiatives for a ratings rebound (Forbes)
- Unbundling US cable - niche networks, particularly kids channels, hardest hit as cable carriers start slimming down (Washington Post)
- Activist groups are grumbling over advertising on YouTube Kids app, but will more parents be willing to pay for their kids online entertainment? (The Guardian)
- Disney continues its run of live-action film projects with Pinocchio (Variety)
- Moshi Monster Muffins? Furi & the Moshlings take over Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube kitchen to create a sweet treat (YouTube)