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The winners of the 2015 iKids Awards were announced tonight, at this year’s Kidscreen Summit in Miami. Now in its third year, this annual set of awards recognizes and celebrates the market’s best digital media products and platforms for children.
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Kidscreen Summit in Miami kicked off with a bang as YouTube’s head of global family and learning Malik Ducard formally unveiled the company’s first standalone app for children which is now available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
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As part of its continued investment in kids programming, Amazon has renewed four of its kids series for a second season, including preschool series Tumble Leaf. (pictured)
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Two brand-new miniseries, a reboot and its first original digital series are all part of Cartoon Network’s 2015/16 upfront, which is being pitched on the road for the third consecutive year in key cities across the US through February and March.
From the mag: How Cirque du Soleil Média and Saban Brands are making the impossible possible with the first Cirque-inspired kids property, Luna Petunia.
New London-based distribution company Jetpack Distribution, headed up by Disney alum Dominic Gardiner, has inked deals with producers in Australasia for the exclusive global distribution rights to two kids shows, Heart and Soul and The Moe Show (pictured).
Viacom is restructuring its three domestic network groups – MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, Media Networks Entertainment Group and Kids & Family Group – into two organizations under separate leadership. (Pictured, L-R: Doug Herzog, Cyma Zarghami)
- Lost Dr. Seuss book What Pet Should I Get? to be a big summer book bet (Wall Street Journal)
- Freeplay Music sues YouTube MCNs including Maker and AwesomenessTV for copyright infringement (Variety)
- Japan launches school for pro-gamers (Anime News Network)
- To help boost popularity for its board games, Hasbro opens new promo to get users to design the Monopoly board (Engadget)
Spanish toyco Famosa has secured a deal with Madrid’s Anima Kitchent, a new prodco incorporated by Mexico’s Anima Estudios, to turn its popular mini-doll brand Pinypon into an animated TV series for girls ages six to eight.