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More mobile buzz for Maya the Bee

Gaming developer BulkyPix and Belgium-based family entertainment company Studio 100 are growing the family of Maya the Bee-branded apps with The Ants Quest, which is now available for iOS and Android devices.

Sylvan wants to reach kids through new mobile network

US-based tutoring service Sylvan Learning is marking its presence in the mobile space by tapping tech company Fingerprint to create SylvanPlay, an educational mobile games network consisting of eight educational apps for kids.

Video service Play Kids expands with more content and territories

After beefing up its content offering with shows from PBS, DHX Media and The Jim Henson Company, Movile’s Play Kids subscription-based app has added 20 new shows to its lineup while expanding into 24 new countries.

Monster Factory toy brand churns out app extension

A mobile app based on the Monster Factory toy brand is heading into production following a second round of funding from the Canada Media Fund’s Experimental Stream. Toronto, Canada-based 9 Story Entertainment, which acquired a 50% interest in Monster Factory in late 2011, plans to launch the Monsters Everywhere app later this fall.

Nine essentials for surviving the app apocalypse

A mobile app apocalypse is upon us. Thousands have been flocking to create apps, but it’s a hostile climate with steep competition, low prices and limited distribution channels. How does one survive?

A Fingerprint-powered app network hits Samsung devices in Asia

Both kids and mobile developers alike in the Asia-Pacific region are set to benefit from a new partnership between mobile tech company Fingerprint and electronics giant Samsung. The new Fingerprint-powered  Kids’ Play-and-Learn Content Initiative is a developer-focused program designed to drive the creation of play-and-learn Android apps for kids in Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Winx Club delves deeper into mobile space

European girl-skewing IP Winx Club is furthering its position in the mobile space with the release of Winx Fairy School, which follows the May release of the Winx Sirenix Power app that has been downloaded more than a million times.

Imira Entertainment launches apps for Sandra, The Fairytale Detective

Spain-based Imira Entertainment has launched a library of five new apps based on its animated series, Sandra, The Fairytale Detective.

Cupcake Digital cooks up Yo Gabba Gabba! partnership

New York-based developer Cupcake Digital, the outlet behind recent Animal Planet and Strawberry Shortcake mobile offerings, has been tapped by DHX Media to develop a series of preschool apps based on the Yo Gabba Gabba! brand.

Sprout, DHX and yummico want to re-invent the TV pilot concept

“Broadcasters are already creating appisodes based on existing content, and this is flipping the model and taking advantage of the ability to reach audiences quickly and get immediate feedback.” says yummico’s head of strategy Susanna Pollack on her company’s plans with DHX Media and Sprout to debut a number of original apps, based on new property Edison the Invention Detective, that will eventually shape a traditional TV series.


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