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With a cool US$19 million in new year-one Ready to Learn funding from the US Department of Education, PBS KIDS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are turning their attention to science-based, multiplatform content development. PBS KIDS’ Sara DeWitt and CPB’s Debra Sanchez reveal more to iKids.
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In a deal worth US$212 million, Entertainment One has taken a 70% controlling stake in London-based animation studio Astley Baker Davies, creator of the billion-dollar Peppa Pig property.
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“We wanted to creatively have our muscles ready for VR when it does take off tremendously,” says Cartoon Network Digital’s VP Chris Waldron, one of the forces behind the net’s ambitious new Adventure Time project that’s taking a first step in the impending virtual reality race.
To mark its 10th anniversary, 24-hour US preschool net Sprout is rolling out a new look and feel across its platforms and plans to double the volume of its original series to more than 30% of its schedule. President and GM Sandy Wax gives Kidscreen the scoop.
- Netflix will have 130 million global subscribers by 2020, and programming spend will swell to US$6 billion in the next five years (Digital TV Europe)
- She’s been crowned the prom queen of Instagram, but she’s really a subject in digital teendom (New York Magazine)
- A new chapter? eBook sales are sliding and the print world sees rejuvenation (The New York Times)
- Virtual reality prepares for life in the mainstream (TechCrunch)
A new study conducted by Fisher-Price indicates more similarities than differences in terms of global child-rearing beliefs, the most notable one being that the majority of Millennial parents place a strong emphasis on emotional intelligence as they help their kids grow.
First quarter numbers are in for Scholastic, and as the global children’s publisher expected, results were relatively stagnant for the seasonally small quarter.
Sao Paulo-based TV and film production company Glaz and animation facility Copa Studio in Rio are set to consolidate into a new holding company named Glaz, following the receipt of a seven-figure Investimage 1 fund under Brazil’s government incentive system Funcine.
The Jim Henson Company has appointed Florida-based toyco Jazwares as master toy partner for its Emmy-nominated preschool series Dinosaur Train.
- Three Star Wars products crack the industry hot 20 toy list, but Elsa isn’t cooling off just yet (Bloomberg)
- Animation Show of Shows will screen in US theaters for first time, thanks to Kickstarter funds (Variety)
- Big nets are re-thinking Netflix strategies, cutting deals with more local SVOD providers amid cord-cutting fears (Advertising Age)
- When do TV viewers commit to a show? A rare glimpse into Netflix data shows some interesting revelations (The Wall Street Journal)