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Rovio Entertainment‘s foray into free-to-play gaming is in full effect with today’s launch of Angry Birds Go!, which also features integration with Hasbro’s Telepods toys.
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Negotiations finally wrapped up yesterday between Australia and South Korea on their recently announced and long-awaited Free Trade Agreement. At Kidscreen’s Asian Animation Summit, taking place in Phuket, Thailand this week, kids content producers, broadcasters and government agencies weighed in on the significance of the deal, which includes an Audiovisual Co-production Agreement for film and television.
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Netflix members in the UK and Ireland are gaining access to a range of Cartoon Network and Cartoonito content including Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown following a streaming deal between the world’s largest internet TV network and the kidsnet.
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With tablets dominating US Black Friday sales last weekend, a takeover appears to be in full swing. Perpetuating the trend are new numbers from PBS Kids that indicate tablets are tops on parents’ holiday tech purchases list, edging out videogame consoles by more than 10%.
Actress Julianne Moore is extending her reach as an author thanks to a five-book deal with Random House Children’s Books based her Freckleface Strawberry character.
Sean Gorman has been promoted to director, kids channels, UK at Turner Broadcasting, where he will oversee the development and growth of the channels as well as acquire and commission new local talent.
This week, University of Chicago economists Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro open up about their research suggesting that TV’s arrival in the US had a beneficial effect on students’ cognitive achievement. I spotlight the economists’ unique methodologies and I chat with them about the detective work of finding patterns in reams of data.
Hudson, Ohio-based toyco The Little Tikes Company and its parent company MGA Entertainment have partnered with L.A.-based youth and lifestyle production shop Concrete Media on a brand new commercial initiative targeting Millennial moms and kids.
The language learning deals are continuing to infiltrate the interactive space, with Canadian online children’s platform Kidobi striking an exclusive partnership with fellow Canuck Mark Animation for the release of the new short-form Mandarin-English preschool series Miaomiao.
- Oakland-based toyco GoldieBlox aims to inspire the future generation of girl inventors with its creative new ad (The Huffington Post)
- Black Friday is a big test for new-style retail (Forbes)
- Twitter, the next TV Guide? (All Things D)
- India’s fast food sector is expanding, and it’s about get even bigger with Burger King (The Wall Street Journal)
Through its regional agent Global Pursuit, the Uglydoll brand is securing its footprint in China via a new retail agreement with Galeries Lafayette. The upscale department store chain will introduce Uglydoll apparel, accessories and other products at its flagship Chinese store in Beijing.