CONSUMER PRODUCTS / RETAIL
The first quarter of 2014 brought net losses of US$11.2 million for Mattel, as the worlds largest toymaker saw Barbie sales drop 14%. Meanwhile, Barbie’s American Girl and Ever After High sisters continues to rise in popularity.
iKIDS / MOBILE / SOCIAL / WEB
After setting sights on the US market with the acquisition of L.A.-based MobiGirl Media, UK-based kid and teen mobile marketing platform SuperAwesome is looking at a home-court advantage, as the company has now acquired the advertising business of UK virtual world Bin Weevils.
PEOPLE MOVES / TV
Nigel Pickard is stepping down from his role as CEO of Zodiak UK Kids and chair of production company The Foundation at the end of this month, Zodiak Media has confirmed.
COMPANIES / iKIDS / TV / WEB
Make way for Relativity Media. The television and film studio is trying to scoop up YouTube multi-channel network Maker Studios from Disney with a last-minute bid worth up to US$1.1 billion.
Featured iKids / iKIDS / SOCIAL / TV / WEB
Dane Boedigheimer’s Annoying Orange online comedy series has spawned a Cartoon Network show and a number of licensed consumer products. And now, the Orange’s signature yellow-toothed smile has been viewed two billion times on YouTube, a feat that holds more significance than ever as multi-channel networks and online TV creations continue to be courted by huge traditional media companies.
Toronto, Canada-based Tricon Kids & Family has secured international distribution rights to preschool series Shutterbugs, a new science- and math-themed animated preschool series from Ottawa companies Amberwood Entertainment and Big Jump Productions.
Why schlep all the way to Cannes in April to pitch to (or be pitched by) the same middle-aged bunch of boozers you just saw in February in New York City? Here’s why: Because MIPTV is still one of only three markets on the planet that puts you within air-kissing distance of buyers and sellers from Singapore to Slovenia and from Ukraine to YouTube. Though it may not be what it once was (who among us is?) MIPTV remains, in my view, an essential children’s TV market.
- Harry Potter fans now have a trilogy of “Fantastic Beasts” spinoff films to look forward to (Variety)
- One DreamWorks animator takes home videos to a whole new level (Mashable)
- Disney’s Frozen becomes the top-grossing animated film of all time (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Hollywood’s anti-piracy forces add a new voice (The New York Times)
With plans of a tablet-themed TV series in the works, Fuhu, the company behind the children’s nabi tablet, continues to diversify its reach by now collaborating with DreamWorks Animation on interactive exhibits that will be housed within Simon Malls in the US.
Former Little Airplane and Disney producer Tone Thyne is stepping into the newly created role of VP of creative at Boston-based FableVision, as the interactive development studio looks to significantly ramp up original content development for multiple platforms.
This week, Anne reflects on games that aim to make us examine our emotions. Through the lens of the recent indie breakout game for adultsPapers Please , she reviews some games that evoke a strong emotional response in both adults and kids, highlighting recent examples of interactive products that are targeted explicitly at fostering emotional literacy in children.
Amazon Studios announced today that it has greenlit six of the 10 original series tested during Amazon Prime Instant Video’s second pilot season earlier this year. And among the series heading into the pipeline are children’s shows Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Wishenpoof!