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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.
- April Fools’! J.J. Abrams will not be directing a Sesame Street movie, but how great would that be? (WBAY)
- Facebook rolls out Scrapbook feature that lets parents create customized shared photo albums of their kids (Mashable)
- Short film on R2-D2′s quest for love inspires all kinds of awww (Mashable)
- A push for users to 3D-print their own board games (PurplePawn)
Corus Entertainment and Nickelodeon are extending their partnership with a new long-term deal that gives Corus exclusive rights to all Nick content across digital and linear platforms in Canada.
During Sandbox Summit at MIT last month, PlayScience released a study that revealed some surprising findings about parents’ perceptions regarding their children’s play platforms. Wendy Smolen asks Dr. Alison Bryant, co-CEO of PlayScience, to explain some of the study’s implications and why developers need to rethink platform strategies.
Monday, April 6 is the deadline for a new survey from LIMA that aims to provide a comprehensive report of the global licensing industry. The industry org is inviting all qualified companies to participate.
L.A.-based Genius Brands International (GBI) has partnered with cable service provider Comcast to launch Kid Genius, a new channel for toddlers to tweens that will launch on Xfinity On Demand this fall.