iKIDS / TV / WEB
Netflix members in the UK and Ireland are gaining access to a range of Cartoon Network and Cartoonito content including Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown following a streaming deal between the world’s largest internet TV network and the kidsnet.
CONSUMER PRODUCTS / GEAR / iKIDS
Following a publishing deal with Penguin US earlier this fall, Disney Infinity is set to get its own standalone magazine in the UK courtesy of Egmont, which is consciously building a boy-skewing publishing portfolio based on gaming brands.
GEAR / iKIDS / KID INSIGHT / MOBILE
With tablets dominating US Black Friday sales last weekend, a takeover appears to be in full swing. Perpetuating the trend are new numbers from PBS Kids that indicate tablets are tops on parents’ holiday tech purchases list, edging out videogame consoles by more than 10%.
- Beauty in every snowflake: How Disney went to great lengths to make the snow in Frozen look real (Mashable)
- Intel plans to step away from its over-the-top pay TV business (Variety)
- Why long-form content may become a staple of YouTube thanks to AwesomenessTV (Forbes)
- Flogging a career booster for Hunger Games villain (Variety)
Scholar, author and cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken is set to explore the rise and impacts of binge-viewing during his keynote opener at the upcoming Kidscreen Summit, which will be held in New York from February 9 to 12.
The first Mister Maker (pictured) and Tickety Toc standalone magazine titles are set to hit UK shelves next year following two publishing deals between brand owner Zodiak Kids and Immediate Media and Signature Publishing.
- UK retailers rejoice: Online shopping is expected to rise 19% this holiday season (Reuters)
- Kids and the dangers of too much coddling (The New York Times)
- Holiday wish lists see blasts from the past as kids’ desires revert back to the basics (Washington Post)
- Will Comcast’s new partnership with Twitter change the TV Everywhere landscape? (Variety)
The return of 1990s virtual pet sensation Tamagotchi is in full swing with the nine-month-old Tamagotchi L.i.f.e app garnering 2.7 million downloads and brand owner Bandai set to launch a multiplatform extension next year under the Tamagotchi Friends banner.
Cartoon Network Europe’s The Amazing World of Gumball and CITV’s short-form Share a Story series earned consecutive nods while BBC educational sketch series Horrible Histories made its own history last night as BAFTA handed out its 2013 Children’s Awards at a gala ceremony in London last night.