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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.
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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%.
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Knowing what makes today’s post-millennial kids tick is crucial for kids content producers given how fast the entertainment industry is evolving. Thankfully, a new study from Nickelodeon entitled The Story Of Me explores just how different this emerging generation of kids is compared to the the millennials before them in terms of technology useage and appetite for content.
“We currently don’t have a broadcasting platform, so it’s unique,” says DHX Media COO and president Steven DeNure on the proposed US$160 million cash deal with Bell that will place Canada’s Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in his company’s hands.
Through its regional agent Global Pursuit, the Uglydoll brand is securing its footprint in China via a new retail agreement with Galeries Lafayette. The upscale department store chain will introduce Uglydoll apparel, accessories and other products at its flagship Chinese store in Beijing.
This week, Claire Green, Sandbox Summit co-founder and president of Parents’ Choice Foundation, shares the magic of kids media conference Dust or Magic. Among the takeaways? Child development matters.
- Sesame Street spoofs The Hunger Games (Slate)
- Mattel tries again with Barbie in China (Forbes)
- Snapchat sees 400 million photos shared every day – that’s more than what’s happening over at Facebook and Instagram (TechCrunch)
- The controversial and costly Spider-Man Broadway show will take its last bow in January (The Hollywood Reporter)
- What does it say about us? ‘Selfie’ is 2013′s word of the year (Los Angeles Times)
Italian public broadcaster RAI, and OFLAZ Media Group’s kids channel in Turkey, have both snapped up Platinum Films’ boys action-adventure series Matt Hatter Chronicles. The studio has also sold the third season to Canal Panda (Portugal and Spain).