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With two decades under its belt, Kidscreen looks at where the kids entertainment industry is headed next with the help of industry analysts, a little number-crunching and some nifty VR headsets.
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A new study from Sesame Workshop’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center reveals that under-connected internet access among low-income American families is having a far-reaching impact when it comes to education and economic opportunities.
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With more than 200 million books sold worldwide over the past 40 years, the Little Critter franchise from venerable children’s author Mercer Mayer is being developed as a global multiplatform entertainment property with the help of ex-Cartoon Network prez Stuart Snyder.
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After lengthy study of the effects of technology on kids’ development, Sesame Workshop is now looking to invest directly in it with the nonprofit’s launch of Sesame Ventures.
- Who is ruling the app world in 2016? A lay of the mobile land (The Guardian)
- Star Wars: Episode VIII release date pushed back to December 2017 (The Hollywood Reporter)
- How Verizon is successfully breaking from its past through its Go90 video service (CNET)
- The on-demand world of Uber infiltrates the child-care space (Fast Company)
Tapping into the power of digital influencers, Florida-based toyco Jazwares has launched an educational program created by the real-life YouTube stars of its popular Tube Heroes toy line.
- Nielsen to add Facebook and Instagram to its social content ratings (Variety)
- YouTube is making a comeback in Pakistan after a three-year ban (Wired)
- Thanks to Star Wars toys, overall holiday toy sales in Canada were up 22% this year (Financial Post)
- Has this startup won the social advertising game? (Forbes)
For its first venture into kids content creation, Herschend Family Entertainment has teamed with The Jim Henson Company to co-produce new PBS KIDS series Splash. Execs from both companies tell Kidscreen about launching the aquatic brand into the live entertainment space.
In its Q4 2015 report, SVOD giant Netflix highlighted some barriers to growth, as the company welcomed 2016 with more than 74 million global subscribers.
DHX Brands has renewed its license with UK-based master toy partner Golden Bear for revived preschool brand In the Night Garden.
Toei Animation has licensed the newly remastered versions of the studio’s hit animated series Dragon Ball Z and Saint Seiya to broadcasters in Ecuador and Nicaragua.
- How Minecraft‘s upcoming Education Edition will make it easier for teachers to adapt the game to their own curriculum (Tech Crunch)
- As young people increasingly pay for things with their smartphones, the consumer banking industry faces hurdles (The New York Times)
- Why TV data measurement service Symphony – and its tracking of Netflix – is music to media companies’ ears (Advertising Age)
- The rise of robots means significant job losses (Bloomberg)