Mattel is looking to liven up Barbie – quite literally. The iconic plastic fashion doll, which has seen continuously falling sales over the past year, is set to star in a live-action comedy movie from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation.
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With sales of its girl-skewing toys up 21%, Rhode Island-based Hasbro swung to profitability during the first quarter of 2014. Hasbro’s results tell a different story from its closest competitor, Mattel, which posted quarterly net losses of US$11.2 million last week after a 14% decline in Barbie sales.
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Tablets and linear TV have long shared a convoluted relationship. And in many cases, the former has been touted as being a strong exponent of the latter. With 30% of its content focused on kids, year-old Swedish cloud-based TV operator Magine’s latest data shines a light on kids` evolving viewing habits and reveals that children are more inclined to watch shows on tablets than their parents.
Saban Brands has inked a new broadcast distribution agreement for its animated preschool series, Julius Jr., to air on Disney Junior in Italy.
Paris-based indie producer and distributor Cyber Group Studios has signed a five-year financing agreement with France’s Natixis Coficiné bank in effort to accelerate its distribution activities of third-party productions.
With a new distribution arm, original content and funding, UK-based CHF is in full swing. The company – through distributor Monster Entertainment – is launching the first of four new programs at this week’s MIPTV market.
DHX Media chairman Michael Hirsh is pacting with Jacqueline Kelly and John Vandervelde to offer interim financing and expertise for Canadian indie film and TV producers.
- The politics of plastic: What Barbie may really be telling girls about their future (The Guardians)
- Nearly 80% of parents talk about online safety with their kids (Mashable)
- The trouble with Facebook’s News Feed (TechCrunch)
- Meanwhile, Twitter ads seem to be outperforming those on Facebook (The Wall Street Journal)
To mark its upcoming 50th anniversary, children’s and youth TV festival Prix Jeunesse International is set to honor the most outstanding, influential and daring TV programs of the last 50 years at its upcoming gala on June 4 in Munich, Germany.
Licensing exec Eric Belloso Gonzalez is joining Spain-based Planeta Junior as DreamWorks brands director. His appointment is timed with last month’s multi-year TV output deal between Planeta Junior and DreamWorks Animation for Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.