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Sesame Workshop to Expand Sesame Street and Autism Content this Year

SesameWorkshop_JuliaSesame Workshop announced a new phase of the autism initiative Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, which welcomes Julia, a Muppet with autism. Julia was introduced last year in digital form and will come to life as a Muppet, in addition to a release of resources designed to increase awareness and understanding of autism.

The See Amazing library will add digital videos, books, and e-books, which will be available in English and Spanish. The “Meet Julia” special episode airs on next month on HBO and PBS KIDS in the U.S. and around the world on Cartoonito UK, Australia’s ABC network, and Mexico’s Televisa, with worldwide rollout planned within the year. Read the rest of this entry »

eOne Debuts New Toy Ranges for its Properties at Abrin Toy Fair

PJ Masks 4x3FEB15 no logoEntertainment One (eOne) outlined plans to strengthen its brands in Latin America with a new appointment to manage its portfolio for TV properties including, Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, and PJ Masks.

Bruna Sawada joins the company in the newly created role of regional territory manager – Brazil and will report directly to London-based Murilo Hinojosa. Hinojosa leads consumer products for the entire Latin American region. Read the rest of this entry »

DHX Media Appoints Studio and Distribution Management Teams

Anne Loi, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, DHX MediaDHX Media appointed management members to integrate its studio and distribution teams, as well as enhance synergies across its businesses to propel its global growth strategies, effective immediately.

Anne Loi was named executive vice president, global operations, and will oversee all studio and distribution group operations as well as global technical services and business analytics. Josh Scherba was appointed to the position of executive vice president, distribution and content, with responsibility for creating and selling kids and family content. Loi and Scherba will report to Steven DeNure, DHX Media’s president and chief operating officer.

In addition, Stephanie Betts was named senior vice president, development and current series, and will report to Josh Scherba. Betts will continue to lead the company’s development slate, and in her new position will also take an active role in the creative oversight of production for all DHX Media original content.

Ken Faier was named senior vice president and executive producer, DHX content, and will report to Steven DeNure. Faier will continue his focus on new business, interactive, and brand development.

Kids Genius Cartoon Channel Goes Live on OTT Platforms

KidGeniusCartoonChannelGenius Brands International Inc. (Genius Brands) extends the reach of its Kid Genius Cartoon Channel as the channel “goes live” on OTT (over-the-top) platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon’s Fire, boosting the channel’s reach to an estimated 50 million U.S. households. Additionally, the company is launching new apps for its signature Baby Genius and SpacePOP brands on these platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon Studios Premieres Creative Galaxy Valentine’s Day Special Next Month

Creative GalaxyA Creative Galaxy Valentine’s Day special guest starring Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) and Jason Jones (The Daily Show) as Arty’s parents will premiere Tuesday, Feb. 7 on Prime Video in the U.S. In the special, Epiphany  is ready to show her love with a special performance on Groovopolis, but accidently ruins her costume before the show. She and Arty fly into the Creative Galaxy for a solution and help all his friends along the way, learning how everyone has their own special way of saying “I heart you!” Read the rest of this entry »

Rovio Creates a Licensing Program for Kit^n^Kate

rovioToonbox Animation is partnering with Rovio Entertainment to create a consumer products licensing program for Kit^n^Kate, Toonbox’s educational short-form animated series for preschoolers. Kit^n^Kate has also been extended for two full seasons that will be available by the end of 2018.

 

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Epic! and Sesame Workshop Team Up for Sesame Street Books and Short Videos

epic_sesamestreetEpic! partnered with Sesame Workshop to bring Sesame Street content to its subscribers for the first time. A collection of Sesame Street audio-enabled read-to-me books and a range of learning-based short-form content will join the library of e-books and educational videos available to Epic! subscribers. The new Sesame Street material is included in Epic’s regular monthly subscription price.

Epic! subscribers will have access to favorite books, such as The ABCs of Cookies, Elmo Visits the Dentist, and Monsters in the Bathroom, as well as videos including People in Your Neighborhood and Elmo’s Got the Moves.

EatWith, MasterChef Partner To Bring Fans a MasterChef Dining Experience

EatWith_MasterChefEatWith and MasterChef will offer fans the opportunity to dine with their favorite MasterChef contestants and winners.

Former MasterChef contestants will join EatWith to host their own meals and events. Read the rest of this entry »

Rubie’s Costume Co. Releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Collection

unnamedRubie’s Costume Co. will launch officially licensed costumes, accessories, and masks inspired by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Available in toddler, child, tween, adult, and plus sizes, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Collection includes DC Comics superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more. Each detailed costume reflects a representation of the characters portrayed in the film. The collection will be available this Halloween season.

Al Kahn and Jillian Crane Form Kids Entertainment Company

Alfred Kahn, founder of 4Kids Entertainment Inc., and Jillian Crane, a writer, actress, and producer, have formed CraneKahn, an international children’s entertainment and licensing company that will focus on products and experiences.

As part of their licensing and marketing strategy to bring new forms of entertainment to children living through the digital revolution, CraneKahn has hired Kerry Novick, as senior vice president, global sales and acquisitionsNovick spent the past 20 years in global program distribution, representing Sesame Workshop and other top children’s series and brands in the world.

Kahn has been responsible for many of the biggest hits in licensing, including Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Yu-Gi-Oh!

In 2005, Kahn was inducted into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) Hall of Fame.

Jillian Crane, along with Kahn, is currently producing a young adult film franchise based on the book series, H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education). They are also developing two Broadway musicals: “The Boys of Summer,” based on the iconic book about the Brooklyn Dodgers and “The Blind Boys of Alabama,” the world renowned gospel group.

Novick spent five years working at Sesame Workshop distributing the company’s programs to Asia, Latin America, and Canada. She also founded Small Screen Distribution in 2004.

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