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Pocket.watch Names Former Genius Brands President as Chief Revenue Officer

StoneNewmanPocket.watch appointed Stone Newman as chief revenue officer. Stone will oversee all of pocket.watch’s revenue generating activities, and he will launch efforts involving licensing and merchandising, sponsorships and brand integrations, and the global sales of premium content.

Stone will focus on sponsorship and brand integration sales of pocket.watch’s YouTube channels and their marquee YouTube creator partnerships. Newman will drive pocket.watch’s initiatives into licensing and merchandising and will be responsible for bringing pocket.watch’s series to TV and streaming distributors in global markets. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaumont Promotes Tim Stephen to Head of Business and Legal Affairs in the U.S.

TimStephen_GaumontGaumont promoted Tim Stephen to head of U.S. business and legal affairs at its Los Angeles office. The announcement was made Thursday by Christophe Riandee, vice, CEO, Gaumont.

Stephen joined Gaumont in 2014 as SVP, U.S. business and legal affairs. His responsibilities encompass TV, animation, and distribution divisions. During his tenure he has worked across multiple projects including Narcos (Netflix); F is For Family (Netflix); Hannibal (NBC); Hemlock Grove (Netflix); High in the Clouds, an animated feature in development based on the book by  by Sir Paul McCartney and Philip Ardagh;  Do, Re & Mi, an animated series in development; and The Star Shards Chronicles, also in development, based on the book trilogy from Neal Shusterman. Read the rest of this entry »

DHX Media, Virgin TV Enter Distribution Deal for Portfolio of Kids’ Titles

DHXDHX Media entered a distribution deal with Virgin TV UK for streaming (SVOD) rights in the UK and Ireland, and linear rights for its Irish network, TV3 Ireland, for a total of 615 half-hours of content.

A total of 30 titles from DHX Media’s library have been licensed on a non-exclusive basis. The deal includes seasons 15 to 19 of Bob the Builder, as well as nine specials; seasons 6 to 9 of Fireman Sam and three specials; seasons 1 to 5 of In the Night Garden; seven Air Bud movies; and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

 

DXH Media Launches Season Two of Teletubbies in the U.S.

teletubbiescarSeason two of DHX Media‘s Teletubbies premiered on Nick Jr. in the U.S. last week.

Season two also introduces viewers to a new area of Teletubbyland, the Hidey Hup, a beautiful hidden glade where Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po discover the Tubby Bouncy, Tubby Slidey, Tubby Spinny, and Tubby Uppy Downy–equipment that inspires loads of physical Teletubby fun.

The reimagined Teletubbies series is designed to captivate today’s digital toddlers with updated elements and CGI-enhancements, introducing a contemporary twist for a new generation of preschoolers.

BBC reveals Jodie Whittaker as the New Doctor Who

Dr WhoFollowing the Men’s Wimbledon Final over the weekend, BBC One revealed that Jodie Whittaker will be the star of the new Doctor Who. She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi, who leaves the global hit show this holiday season.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who will take over for Steven Moffat on the next series, made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role. Read the rest of this entry »

Spin Master Expands PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour in the U.S.

Spin Master Ltd PAW PatrolSpin Master Corp. will debut the third annual PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour, a multi-city tour that combines the toy line with the preschool. The tour kicks off on July 28 and will run until October, traveling throughout North America.

Each PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour stop is free to the public and will make stops at select Walmart, Toys “R” Us, and Target retail locations in 13 different markets. Kids can explore the inside of the life-size PAW Patroller, meet PAW Patrol characters, and reenact rescue missions through an interactive play experience featuring the new Sea Patrol theme. There will also be photo opportunities and limited edition giveaways. Read the rest of this entry »

HBO Global Licensing, GES Events Partner for Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition

GameofThronesInspired by the HBO series Game of Thrones, a new exhibition will feature authentic props, costumes, and set decorations from the show. In collaboration with HBO Global Licensing, global events provider GES will design and build the interactive experience and will exclusively tour the exhibition to worldwide destinations beginning this fall. The tour will start in Europe, with the first location to be announced soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Genius Brands, Nat Geo Kids Sign Broadcast License Deal for Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab in Latin America

EdisonGenius Brands International Inc. signed a broadcast licensing agreement with Nat Geo Kids that will bring Genius Brand’s animated children’s series Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab to viewers throughout Latin America. Genius Brands also appointed Latin American independent licensing agency Tycoon Enterprises as the pan-Latin American licensing agent for the Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab brand.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab premiered on Nat Geo Kids in all Spanish-speaking markets this month and will premiere in all Portuguese-speaking markets in September. Tycoon will work with Genius Brands to develop and execute a licensing and merchandising program. Categories include toy, apparel, accessories, school supplies, electronics, collectibles, novelty, and publishing. The retail program will begin to rollout next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Technicolor Partners with Industry Leaders for Team DroniX Series

TeamDronixTechnicolor Animation Productions established for its new original property Team DroniX. Technicolor Animation Productions, along with France Télévisions (France) and Gloob (Brazil) will produce the new 26 x 22’ animated series, while Silverlit has signed on as worldwide master toy partner, and PGS will lead all global distribution, licensing, and merchandising activities.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bungalow Media + Entertainment to Launch Googles.com Kids Entertainment Platform

BungalowLogo_Bungalow Media + Entertainment will launch Googles.com, a destination for original, short-form “edutainment” that encourages curiously and a love for discovery. This content will target kids ages 8 to 12, including online, mobile, apps, and over-the-top (OTT) content.  It will also incubate new content and talent for distribution across multiple platforms.

Using a combination of live-action and animated video, along with activities, quizzes, and polls, Googles.com will offer a topical, fast-paced, and engaging experience for kids. The Googles.com buzzword is GO, empowering kids to go think, go play, and go explore. Read the rest of this entry »

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