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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Spain-based Imira Entertainment has launched a library of five new apps based on its animated series, Sandra, The Fairytale Detective.
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.
“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.
Nowadays, there’s more than enough news – and content – circulating the children’s digital video space, with Netflix and Amazon Studios continuously racking up content deals. Among the latest players in the game is PlayKids TV from Latin America’s largest mobile content platform Movile – and broadcasting heavyhitters like DHX Media, PBS and The Jim Henson Company are now taking note of the subscription-based video app.
Smartphone usage continues to be on a steep upward trajectory in Western Europe and across North America, but nothing holds a backlight to new figures coming out of the Asia-Pacific region, where nearly 2.5 billion of the world’s 4.3 billion mobile phone users reside. So it’s fitting that San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital is making strategic moves in the region.
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