COMPANIES / TV
Paris-based producer/distributor Cyber Group Studios and The Jim Henson Company have joined forces for the first time in a co-production collaboration that will see two new book-based animated children’s series come to market.
COMPANIES / iKIDS
A new study from research, consulting and innovation firm PlayScience sheds light on parents’ perceptions about their kids technology and media use and finds a child’s gender plays a significant role.
- How Osmo’s new Masterpiece app lets kids improve their drawing skills (Wired)
- With a Star Wars vs. Lego Movie showdown, and three more big Disney tentpole releases, summer 2017 is shaping up to be monumental for the House of Mouse (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Critics worry talking Barbie might also be eavesdropping Barbie (The Huffington Post)
- As part of Viacom layoffs, Nickelodeon could also see staff exit (Rotoscopers)
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has tapped Maurizio Distefano as licensing agent in Italy for its hit preschool property Tree Fu Tom.
It’s a big brand’s game on the App Store, according to the latest stats from apps analytics database App Annie. Data shows that Disney, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street, as well as popular characters like Entertainment One’s Peppa Pig and HIT Entertainment’s Fireman Sam, are topping the charts for paid iPad apps for under-fives.
UK pubcaster CBBC has ordered a second season of Leopard Drama’s popular children’s adventure drama Eve. The female-led homegrown series will begin production in Scotland this summer.
Guru Studio has hired former Nickelodeon US exec Rachel Marcus as its new development executive.