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American Greetings Entertainment, Aircraft Pictures to Produce Holly Hobbie Live-Action Series

HollyHobbieAircraft Pictures and American Greetings Entertainment will partner to produce a new live-action kids’ series based on the Holly Hobbie brand. The series will debut this fall in the U.S. exclusively on Hulu, followed by its debut in Canada on Family Channel. The series was also pre-sold to Universal Kids, which will have the linear rights to the series after it streams on Hulu. Read the rest of this entry »

FremantleMedia Kids & Family to Stream Tree Fu Tom Exclusively on Hulu in the U.S.

TreeFuTomFremantleMedia Kids & Family will stream Tree Fu Tom exclusively on the Hulu streaming service. The adventure series is currently available in 120 territories.

Tree Fu Tom is a co-production between FremantleMedia Kids & Family and the BBC for CBeebies, with animation by Blue Zoo Animation. The CG series combines heroic action, magic, and interactive physical activity.

Jim Henson’s Animated Preschool Series Doozesr Renewed for Season Two

DoozersThe Jim Henson Co.’s Doozers was renewed for season two on Hulu. The animated series for preschoolers features characters from the classic Henson series, Fraggle Rock.

 Doozers encourages kids to create and innovate with The Pod Squad, as they bounce from one fabulous adventure to the next in Doozer Creek. Preschoolers will learn about design thinking, ways to make eco-friendly choices, and an understanding of how things work. The first season is now available to stream within the Hulu Kids experience and currently airs on Sprout. Read the rest of this entry »

Chicken Soup for the Soul Launches Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has formed Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc. to produce, distribute, and license video content, which will include TV programming, online video content, and motion pictures.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions LLC and certain affiliates have contributed all their video content assets to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment in exchange for a majority stake in Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.

Chicken Soup for the Soul will generate revenue through four core categories of video content:

Sponsored TV and cable programming: third parties will make upfront sponsorship payments to produce quality programming for TV and cable channels

Online video content: third parties will make upfront sponsorship payments to produce short-form, brand-based programming for exhibition on online media platforms, such as Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube, Yahoo, Netflix, Amazon, and online platforms owned by TV and cable networks, such as OWN, A&E, and Discovery.

Network programming: a network will pay upfront licensing fees for programming to broadcast on the network’s TV and cable channels.

Motion pictures: producers and distributors will pay an upfront licensing fees and share of the profits, if any, for the right to utilize the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand and related proprietary content in a major motion picture.

Mr. Bean Live-Action Series Launches on Hulu

British comedy icon Mr. Bean heads to Buckingham Palace to celeb

Mr. Bean’s live-action series has launched on Hulu. The brand celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with a range of product launches from licensees in North America.

The Mr. Bean Bendable, from NJ Croce; Mr. Bean Bobblehead, from Royal Bobbles, and T-shirts, towels, pillows, accessories, and homewares from Tevco, continue to sell across North America. S&A Partners released a collectible 25th Anniversary limited-edition coin.

Home Entertainment: A New Hope

Traditional Home Entertainment is Making a Comeback Via Creative Marketers

by Debbie Dunn

Deb Pix

It appears that the era of plummeting home entertainment (HE) revenue may finally be over. After seven straight years of red ink for the DVD biz, with $4 billion in losses between 2004-2011, consumers in the U.S. spent more money watching movies at home in 2012 than they did the previous year, according to Nielsen’s 2013 Consumption Trends Analysis. Rentrak also reports that in 2013, Transactional On-Demand movies generated $1.1 billion dollars. While the increase is small, experts see it as a sign that the industry could be stabilizing and that the studios’ digital strategy is finally starting to pay off.

The HE business has seen radical changes in the last decade. The traditional storefront video rental business is nearly obsolete. Former leaders, such as Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, have closed shop due to online streaming and VOD alternatives such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Zodiak Kids Inks VOD Deals for the Americas

Zodiak Kids has secured VOD deals with providers in North and South America to allow viewers across the continents to watch Zodiak Kids properties on-demand.

In the U.S., Hulu and Hulu Plus have picked up all three series of animated property Gormiti, originally produced for M6 France by Giochi Preziosi and Zodiak Kids French production company Marathon Media. Gormiti will be available exclusively to U.S. audiences on the free, ad-supported, Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service.

In Latin America, Netflix has acquired the SVOD rights to all three 20 x 20’ series of CBeebies arts and crafts show Mister Maker, produced by Zodiak Kids production company The Foundation.

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