PEOPLE MOVES / TV
More than a month after Zodiak Media and Banijay Group confirmed they were in merger talks, the France-based media companies have today agreed to unite, creating a global producer-distributor with a footprint in 18 territories and revenues surpassing US$1 billion.
With the rollout of Wishenpoof on August 14 to US, UK and German Amazon Prime members, and a renewal for Creative Galaxy, show creator Angela Santomero is on a roll with the studio.
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Three years after raising US$85,964 on Kickstarter to fund their wired building toy, Roominate co-founders Bettina Chen and Alice Brooks are once again looking for that spark – this time through new product rPower and by inspiring STEM-driven careers for girls. The pair gives iKids the inside scoop on the project.
The box-office success of Jurassic World, as well as preschool toys, contributed to a 1% rise in North American sales during Hasbro’s second quarter of 2015. Notwithstanding a negative US$71.5-million impact from foreign exchange, the company saw revenues increase by 5%.
Toys ‘R’ Us has been vocal about growing its US$1.2 billion e-commerce business in 2015, and is now bringing the US end of these operations in-house after nine years of outsourcing to a third party.
Multi-lingual online channel Oznoz is going on an original programming drive. The kid-targeted OTT service is set to debut its first Oznoz Original, a miniseries called Lili & Lola from Vancouver, Canada-based Big Bad Boo Studios.