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With two decades under its belt, Kidscreen looks at where the kids entertainment industry is headed next with the help of industry analysts, a little number-crunching and some nifty VR headsets.
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A new study from Sesame Workshop’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center reveals that under-connected internet access among low-income American families is having a far-reaching impact when it comes to education and economic opportunities.
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With more than 200 million books sold worldwide over the past 40 years, the Little Critter franchise from venerable children’s author Mercer Mayer is being developed as a global multiplatform entertainment property with the help of ex-Cartoon Network prez Stuart Snyder.
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After lengthy study of the effects of technology on kids’ development, Sesame Workshop is now looking to invest directly in it with the nonprofit’s launch of Sesame Ventures.
- Why Apple’s iPad sales are dwindling (Fast Company)
- Of all the things coming in tech, augmented reality will be the biggest game changer (Business Insider)
- Netflix and Amazon are stealing the show at Sundance Film Festival (Quartz)
- Pitch perfect: Before Vin Diesel became a superstar actor, he was a ’90s Toy Fair salesman (Entertainment Weekly)
Paris-based indie Cottonwood Media has signed new development partnerships with Shaftesbury and Teletoon Canada for its animated comedy, Squish, which has also been pre-sold to French kidsnet Gulli.
Former KidsCo execs Paul Robinson and Raja Masilamani have pre-sold the first title to come out of their London-based consultancy, Creative Media Partners (CMP), to broadcasters in the Middle East, India and Nigeria.
- Tipping point: Study shows UK kids are spending more time online than watching TV (BBC)
- Low-tech toys show high potential at this year’s London Toy Fair (The Independent)
- A closer look at Disney princesses – and their dialog patterns – opens up a discussion on gender roles (The Washington Post)
- Why Data is helping to sculpt a new age in storytelling (AdWeek)
- An 11-year-old girl wants to change the book world, a thousand books at a time (The Huffington Post)
Cartoon Network Enterprises, the L&M arm of Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, has appointed Singapore’s Pacific Licensing Studio to rep its consumer products division in Southeast Asia.
Disney Junior LatAm has picked up season three of animated preschool series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, bringing the total number of eps available on the network to 170.
Former TVO preschool boss Marie McCann is returning to Kids’ CBC as executive in charge of production for Children’s Content – a title she will share with fellow incoming producer Drew Mullin.
- Doubts are cast on the future of Vine as the Twitter executive exodus continues (The Verge)
- It takes a village to raise a child – and how much intelligence, exactly? (New York Magazine)
- When it comes to startups, a new funding revolution is in play (TechCrunch)
- Toy Like Me, which promotes the presence of disabled characters in play, gains traction during toy fair season (Forbes)