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If the 10 companies named to Disney’s 2015 Accelerator program show us anything, it’s that robotics and 3D printing are hot commodities. New startup Cannybots combines both of those elements, while putting an educational spin on a toy car that’s had plenty of Kickstarter backers sold to the idea already.
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According to new research from PlayScience, more than 50% of families that subscribe to any SVOD or media app service are subscribing to two or more, yet 42% of parents spend just US$5 to US$10 each month on this form of entertainment.
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In a deal worth US$212 million, Entertainment One has taken a 70% controlling stake in London-based animation studio Astley Baker Davies, creator of the billion-dollar Peppa Pig property.
Toronto’s 9 Story Media Group has secured a number of new international deals for the first and brand-new second season of preschool series Guess How Much I Love You – The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare.
- Permission to selfie: Companies tapping user-generated content are running into some problems (The New York Times)
- Product innovation hub Quirky files for bankruptcy (Fortune)
- The Muppets co-creator Bill Prady dishes on ABC’s new decidedly adult primetime series and the Pig of the 90′s campaign (The Hollywood Reporter)
- EyeClops, FurReal Friends…remembering the hottest toys of the past 10 years (Huffington Post)
Mattel exec Andrea Carpenter dishes on the new collaboration with the talent-sourcing platform that has resulted in the creation of YouTube-specific programming for American Girl, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Monster High.
The increasingly influential tween demo will have a new show at its fingertips, as Canada’s DHX-owned Family Channel starts production on Savvy, a new girl-skewing pop culture series set to bow in 2016.
Portfolio Entertainment co-CEOs Lisa Olfman and Joy Rosen discuss the new business opportunities and creative talent that have opened up with the founding of Portfolio Animation.
- Traditional toys are making a comeback in the UK as sales grew by 5% last year (ITV)
- Robo Wunderkind, the Lego of the future? (TechCrunch)
- With the Chinese box office expected to exceed US$10 billion annually, Warner Bros. strikes JV to produce Chinese-language films (Time)
- Currency or commodity? Bitcoin continues to find itself (Bloomberg)