Elmo is singing a whole new tune in the mobile world, following Sesame Workshop’s partnership with design firm IDEO and nonprofit org NAMM Foundation to launch Sesame Street Makes Music.
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.
Australia’s free-to-air Seven Network has snapped up animal- and wildlife-focused kids TV series ZooMoo for its 7TWO channel.
Jens Peter de Petro, who helped launch indie Swedish app maker Toca Boca into prominence back in 2011, is departing from his role as the company’s creative director in order to focus attention on his interactive consultancy.
Pesky Productions’ preschool series Boj has inspired a second iOS app, Boj Smoothies, which was developed in collaboration with Cardiff, Wales-based Thud Media.
Blogger David Kleeman notes that humor as the foundation for children’s entertainment and learning isn’t novel. But he contends there should be a new-found emphasis placed on apps like those made by Finnish studio Gigglebug, where laughter is the end, not the means.
A new study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center is reading between the lines when it comes to children’s literacy apps, which are found to be chock full of disparities in educational value as well as roadblocks to being discovered.
The programming blocks seem to be falling into place for coding platform Scratch, which, following its recent collaboration with Cartoon Network, has now teamed with PBS KIDS on an app called PBS KIDS ScratchJr.
Content discovery platform KIDOZ is poised for growth in the US and China after receiving US$3.5 million in additional funding. The company has also tapped Aviram Grinberg as head of marketing.
Our spring edition of iKids Digital is now available! We’re taking a look at the looming rise of VR in kids entertainment, how MCNs are boosting the marketing might of kidsnets, and the rise of artificial intelligence in kids tech toys.