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Australian preschool broadcaster ABC Kids and internet TV service ABC iview have launched ABC Kids iview, a new free iPad app targeting preschoolers that offers a robust library of popular content in an ad-free, parent- and caregiver-controlled environment.
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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)
Localization specialist SDI Media has appointed Nicole Brunnhuber as the new country manager for the region, effective immediately.
Boosted by a successful multiplatform strategy for its hit shows and breakout new series, and increases in its girls audience, Cartoon Network has kicked off 2015 with significant ratings growth in key kids demos while main competitors Disney and Nickelodeon have fallen back.
Cartoon Network has named Spin Master as the global master toy partner to anchor the licensing program for The Powerpuff Girls , relaunching in 2016.
- Classic brands like Barbie go high-tech at Toy Fair 2015 (New York Post)
- Teletubbies creator favors original productions over remakes of classic UK kids shows (The Hollywood Reporter)
- To avoid plot spoilers, Star Wars toys kept under-wraps at Toy Fair (International Business Times)
- From puzzle to mobile game: Kickstarter campaign launches to bring Zoombinis to iOS and Android (VentureBeat)
Entertainment One Family and Entertainment One Licensing (eOne), has appointed former Nerd Corps exec Jillianne Reinseth as VP of creative affairs for eOne Family.
The green-hued stars of The Jim Henson Company’s preschool series Doozers are set to appear on more TV screens across the globe, following a raft of pick ups from broadcasters in Europe, the Middle East and New Zealand.
Lego, Hasbro, Spin Master and Crayola headed up an impressive class of innovative toys recognized by the Toy Industry Association at the 15th Annual Toy of the Year Awards at New York Toy Fair over the weekend.