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Making its first move into the kids TV and video space, Swedish app developer Toca Boca has set up a brand-new video division in New York, appointing former Sesame Workshop creative director J Milligan to run the studio as executive producer.
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Disney Channel will make its debut in the Canadian television market on September 1, thanks to a wide-ranging licensing deal that has just closed between Toronto’s Corus Entertainment and Disney ABC Television Group in LA.
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In a move that will expand its portfolio of children’s animation and international programming in one fell swoop, American MCN Frederator Networks has acquired two popular preschool series, Cloud Bread and Pom Pom & Friends, from South Korea’s Gangwon Information and Multimedia Corporation (GIMC).
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The former CEO of Zodiak production house The Foundation is heading up the newly minted Zodiak Kids Studios, with dual operations in the UK and France.
Two months after its launch, TotallyKidz, the kid-focused business unit of TotallyHer, has secured an exclusive ad partnership with tween-oriented online fashion game Stardoll.
Paris-based animation producer Millimages has secured a raft of presales for its new animated short series Molang.
Fox-owned BabyTV, the 24/7 commercial-free channel geared to babies and toddlers, is rolling out new animated series Animal Party and a corresponding mobile app.
With a little Disney expertise in-hand, Boulder, Colorado-based connected-toy company Sphero is launching its first branded cartoon series Las Aventuras de Sfero y Jhonny-C on Mexican entertainment network Telefantasía this fall.
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Nelvana Enterprises has inked a trio of new licensees for Nelvana/Spin Master co-pro Little Charmers, which debuted on Nick US and Treehouse Canada in January.