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iKids Weekly takes a look at the top apps for kids ages six to eight across the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Russia and Germany. Education- and creativity-based apps get top marks, according to analytics database App Annie.
BROADCASTER / BROADCASTING / TV
Canadian animation net Teletoon’s fall TV Gotta Gotta See It campaign kicks off today at Fan Expo Canada in support of the network’s new season which includes the debut of Total Drama: Pahkitew Island (pictured), Dr. Dimensionpants and Chop Chop Ninja.
A partnership between Outfit7 and Merchant On Demand will allow UK fans to pick the character, quote and image that appear on Talking Friends branded apparel.
When Jocelyn Christie, publisher of this magazine, sent out her poll last month asking which city we’d prefer to have the next Kidscreen Summit in, Miami or New York, I honestly thought it was a joke poll. I rolled my eyes, clicked New York and then waited for a follow up question asking, “Who’s a better actress, Meryl Streep or Ariana Grande?” But there was no follow up and this was no joke.
Cornering the tablet gaming market? Activision Publishing is launching its latest addition to the Skylanders franchise, the Skylanders Trap Team video game, on tablets this fall.
Cologne, Germany-based pubcaster WDR, a regional affiliate of ARD, has hired Stefanie Fischer as its head of content with a focus on the international distribution of its children’s programs, as well as new content acquisition.
Looking to reach Angry Birds heights, new mobile company Seriously has grand plans for Best Fiends, which launches in October as an app game.
- Amazon starts new dispute with Disney, stops DVD pre-orders (The Wall Street Journal)
- Frozen adventures to continue as a book series (The Independent)
- Era of the TV binge? Netflix viewers watch more TV shows than movies (USA Today)
- YouTube and Vine stars are big winners at Teen Choice Awards (Mashable)
Proving once again that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, 10-year-old Robert Irwin is continuing the legacy of his late father Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin by starring in Wild But True, a new nature/science series heading to MIP Junior thanks to Beyond Distribution.