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The Jim Henson company signs global and pan-regional deals for ‘Splash and Bubbles’
2:40 pm PDT 05/10/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The Jim Henson Company (Dinosaur Train, Sid The Science Kid, Doozers), an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years, has signed multiple new distribution deals for its underwater CGI-animated adventure series, Splash and Bubbles, co-produced with Herschend Studios, and currently airing in the US on PBS Kids. MBC GROUP, through its kids edutainment channel MBC3, has secured basic cable and satellite rights to Splash and Bubbles in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as well as worldwide Arabic language rights; Netflix has acquired global streaming rights; Fox … Read More

Animated series ‘Dot.’ gets multiple global broadcasters
4:00 pm PDT 28/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years, has signed several new deals with linear broadcasters around the world to deliver the original animated series, Dot. (52 x 11’) to more families across the globe. Dot. is based on the popular children’s picture book by New York Times best-selling author and tech expert Randi Zuckerberg. Ireland’s TG4, Finland’s YLE, Israel’s Hop, Australia’s ABC, and EBS Korea have all licensed the series that teaches digital citizenship and how … Read More

TNT Series Original ‘4 Blocks’ Coming Soon On Amazon Prime Video Worldwide
1:00 pm PDT 27/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

From Berlin-Neukölln out into the world! More than 1.5 million viewers watched the Hamady clan’s battle for control of their 4 Blocks in the award-winning TNT series original. Now the Berlin gangster drama will be available worldwide. From 4 October, Amazon Prime Video will offer the TNT Serie Original in more than 150 countries, including Asia Pacific. Hannes Heyelmann, Turner’s senior vice president and managing director, Central and amp; Eastern Europe and International original programming strategy: “With 4 Blocks, we took … Read More

Xilam signs broadcast deals for ‘Oggy’ and ‘Zig & Sharko’ in Russia and CIS
4:00 pm PDT 18/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Xilam, the French animation production company, has signed a raft of broadcast deals with networks across Russia and CIS for its hit animated properties Oggy and the Cockroaches and Zig & Sharko. New broadcast licensees for seasons five, six and seven of Oggy and the Cockroaches include: Ukraine’s PlusPlus, Kanal 2 in Estonia and LNK in Lithuania. Seasons three and four of the series have also been sold to ViaPlay in the Baltics and MTG Viasat for its channel TV3 … Read More

Cake signs deal with Cartoon Network for ‘Angelo Rules’ S4
3:00 pm PDT 18/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading kids’ entertainment specialist Cake has announced a deal with Cartoon Network for a fourth season of multi-award winning comedy hit series Angelo Rules. The forthcoming series of 52 x 11 minutes will premiere on Cartoon Network (as well as other Turner Kids channels in select markets) in EMEA and APAC in 2018 and promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats with new plot twists, on-trend technology including virtual reality, crowdfunding, Skype and social media as well … Read More

DQ Entertainment taps licensing agents for Jungle Book in American regions
3:30 pm PDT 15/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

DQ Entertainment (DQE), one of the world’s leading international producers and distributors of children’s animated content has announced the appointment of new licensing agents for its popular brand, The Jungle Book. The series will be represented for licensing and merchandising by The Licensing Group (TLG) in North America, by CPL for Latin America and Mexico, and by CIMCA in Central America. Sinecast has been appointed as promotional partners for the brand in Turkey. The first two seasons of The Jungle Book … Read More

Disney creates North and South Asia regional hubs; Mahesh Samat appointed MD South Asia
11:20 am PDT 13/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Walt Disney International (a part of The Walt Disney Company responsible for managing the company’s businesses outside of the United States, excluding theme parks and ESPN businesses) today announced a new Asia management structure that will see the creation of North Asia and South Asia regional hubs. North Asia will merge Japan, South Korea and Greater China under the leadership of executive vice president and managing director of Walt Disney International North Asia, Luke Kang. The South Asia hub merges … Read More

Cake to bring key titles to Virgin TV and Kids App in new deal
11:15 am PDT 08/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Leading kids’ entertainment specialist Cake has announced a distribution deal with Virgin TV. The agreement, which totals nearly 500 episodes, will see programmes from Cake’s catalogue airing on Virgin TV Kids’ on demand service, (available to Virgin Media subscribers in the UK and Ireland), and on its brand new kids app which launched on 24 August 2017. Cake CCO and managing director Ed Galton said, “It is exciting to be working with Virgin TV as they expand their offering to … Read More

Videocon d2h ushers a “sunshine of happiness” with own kids services
5:15 pm PDT 07/09/2017 By Swati Panda

Videocon d2h “Asia’s Most Promising DTH service” has packets of happiness not only for kids but also for their parents with its broad range of TV channels for kids infotainment. Kids love a variety of content which matches their psyche like animated cartoons, rhymes shows, mythological characters. AnimationXpress team explored the fascinating world of kids entertainment and we spoke to Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera about the same. The regular kids channels in Videocon d2h range from Nick, Hungama, Disney … Read More

Nick’s Gurucool Campaign peps up Teacher’s Day
2:30 pm PDT 05/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Teacher’s Day usually sees the kids celebrating the teachers in their lives for their constant, selfless efforts in a child’s growth and education. However this year, Nickelodeon decided to celebrate Teacher’s Day with a fun twist by identifying the ‘guru’ inside every child and making them the heroes. The present generation of kids are masters of technology, social media and the latest trends. They train their parents and grandparents to use gadgets and social media platforms. Nickelodeon, to amplify the … Read More

Entertainment One expands pre-school properties ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘PJ Masks’
11:40 am PDT 30/08/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Entertainment One (eOne) today outlines developments for its preschool properties Peppa Pig and PJ Masks that will see them expand on-air and at retail across Nordic territories. Plus Licens represents the consumer products programmes for both Peppa Pig and PJ Masks and will introduce new categories across the region in 2017 for both properties. Peppa Pig airs across four terrestrial state broadcasters in Norway (NRK), Denmark (DR), Finland (YLE) and Sweden (SVT). A publishing program is established in Finland, Norway, Otava and Gyldendal where Peppa Pig story books and novelty formats are available. In … Read More

Nick’s immersive School Contact Programme to make school time fun for kids
6:30 pm PDT 28/08/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Nickelodeon has upped the fun and entertainment quotient for kids this quarter.  The franchise has flagged off a high octane on air campaign Nickelodeon’s “Best Friendshake Forever” and Sonic’s “School with Toons” Contest, presented by McVitie’s Creams and co-powered by Parle Cafechino, Parle Kachcha Mango Bite and Dabur Redpaste. The campaign will be brought alive on-ground by a high decibel school contact programme across 650 schools spanning over 20 cities. Days spent at school are most memorable and Nickelodeon’s school contact programme is all set to … Read More