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If the 10 companies named to Disney’s 2015 Accelerator program show us anything, it’s that robotics and 3D printing are hot commodities. New startup Cannybots combines both of those elements, while putting an educational spin on a toy car that’s had plenty of Kickstarter backers sold to the idea already.
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According to new research from PlayScience, more than 50% of families that subscribe to any SVOD or media app service are subscribing to two or more, yet 42% of parents spend just US$5 to US$10 each month on this form of entertainment.
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In a deal worth US$212 million, Entertainment One has taken a 70% controlling stake in London-based animation studio Astley Baker Davies, creator of the billion-dollar Peppa Pig property.
The Jim Henson Company has appointed Florida-based toyco Jazwares as master toy partner for its Emmy-nominated preschool series Dinosaur Train.
- Three Star Wars products crack the industry hot 20 toy list, but Elsa isn’t cooling off just yet (Bloomberg)
- Animation Show of Shows will screen in US theaters for first time, thanks to Kickstarter funds (Variety)
- Big nets are re-thinking Netflix strategies, cutting deals with more local SVOD providers amid cord-cutting fears (Advertising Age)
- When do TV viewers commit to a show? A rare glimpse into Netflix data shows some interesting revelations (The Wall Street Journal)
Scholastic’s new tween-targeted book series Upside-Down Magic has been optioned by Disney Channel for an original TV show – ahead of the books’ arrival on US shelves later this month.
Toronto’s 9 Story Media Group has secured a number of new international deals for the first and brand-new second season of preschool series Guess How Much I Love You – The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare.
- Permission to selfie: Companies tapping user-generated content are running into some problems (The New York Times)
- Product innovation hub Quirky files for bankruptcy (Fortune)
- The Muppets co-creator Bill Prady dishes on ABC’s new decidedly adult primetime series and the Pig of the 90′s campaign (The Hollywood Reporter)
- EyeClops, FurReal Friends…remembering the hottest toys of the past 10 years (Huffington Post)
Mattel exec Andrea Carpenter dishes on the new collaboration with the talent-sourcing platform that has resulted in the creation of YouTube-specific programming for American Girl, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Monster High.