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Bridge to Terabithia and The Chronicles of Narnia producer Walden Media is coming aboard to co-finance and co-produce DreamWorks Studios’ film adaption of Roald Dahl’s beloved book, The BFG.
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As any content producer and brand owner can attest, games have the potential to greatly extend a property in the digital realm. But for renowned digital designer and Playmatics CCO and co-founder Nicholas Fortugno, games have far more power than just extending the brand—they have the potential to create one as well.
BLOGS / CONSUMER PRODUCTS / Out of the Sandbox
Wendy Smolen’s take on some of the most buzzed about tech toys at this year’s Toy Fair, held last month in New York. Filtered through her Sandbox Summit lens, Smolen examines what each toy teaches kids and how the tech factored into play.
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The winners of the 2015 iKids Awards were announced tonight, at this year’s Kidscreen Summit in Miami. Now in its third year, this annual set of awards recognizes and celebrates the market’s best digital media products and platforms for children.
Production has started on Jamillah & Aladdin, a new series co-ordered by UK kidnets CBeebies and CBBC that is currently being filmed in South Africa’s Western Cape.
Amazon Studios has assembled its first-ever Amazon Kids Thought Leader Board, under the direction of educational adviser Dr. Alice Wilder, to further guide the development of preschool programming that engenders lifelong creative learning. The four renowned founding board members come from academic and creative circles.
With production of Dinosaur Train season four underway, The Jim Henson Company has secured a bundle of international broadcasting partners for its hit CG-animated preschool program.
From the mag: How Cirque du Soleil Média and Saban Brands are making the impossible possible with the first Cirque-inspired kids property, Luna Petunia.
New London-based distribution company Jetpack Distribution, headed up by Disney alum Dominic Gardiner, has inked deals with producers in Australasia for the exclusive global distribution rights to two kids shows, Heart and Soul and The Moe Show (pictured).
Viacom is restructuring its three domestic network groups – MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, Media Networks Entertainment Group and Kids & Family Group – into two organizations under separate leadership. (Pictured, L-R: Doug Herzog, Cyma Zarghami)
- Lost Dr. Seuss book What Pet Should I Get? to be a big summer book bet (Wall Street Journal)
- Freeplay Music sues YouTube MCNs including Maker and AwesomenessTV for copyright infringement (Variety)
- Japan launches school for pro-gamers (Anime News Network)
- To help boost popularity for its board games, Hasbro opens new promo to get users to design the Monopoly board (Engadget)