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The Jim Henson Co. Signs New Distribution Deals for Splash and Bubbles

SplashandBubblesThe Jim Henson Co. signed multiple new distribution deals for its CGI-animated adventure series Splash and Bubbles, which is co-produced with Herschend Studios and currently airing in the U.S. on PBS KIDS.

MBC GROUP 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 acquired global streaming rights; Fox Latin American Channel LLP secured rights for Nat Geo Kids; and POD Worldwide acquired free TV rights for Thailand. Canadian public broadcasters TVO (Ontario) and Knowledge Network (British Columbia) acquired the broadcast rights to the series earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Young Scientists Club Extends The Magic School Bus Line

YoungScientistsClubThe Young Scientists Club will launch new science products for it’s The Magic School Bus line next year. The products will feature packaging inspired by The Magic School Bus Rides Again, the new Netflix series that launches this month.

In the series, Professor Frizzle recently earned her doctorate degree and takes off to travel the world, leaving her sister, Fiona Frizzle, in charge of her class. Ms. Fiona Frizzle and her class will soar into outer space, dive into the ocean, and travel into the human body.

MarVista Entertainment Named Exclusive International Distributor for Dream Street

DreamStreetMarVista Entertainment was appointed as the exclusive international distributor for Dream Street, the preschool series created by Nigel Stone.  MarVista will debut 65 x 10’ episodes to worldwide buyers for the first time at the upcoming MIP Jr. market.

Dream Street follows the charming adventures of Buddy the Magical Truck, Daisy the Police Car, and their toy box friends as they embrace everyday challenges in a world filled with incredible edible delights, toys and games, and fantastic gadgets, all of which come to life at Magic Time. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Super Wings Season Two Launches on Treehouse, New Toys to Launch from The Alpha Group US

nelvana_superwingsThe second season of Super Wings is now available on Treehouse. Season two features new stories, destinations, and characters.
The preschool follows a jet plane named Jett who travels the world delivering packages to children. On every delivery, Jett encounters a new problem that he and his friends, the Super Wings, must work together to solve.

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Sony Pictures Consumer Products Appoints Jazwares as Master Toy Partner, Adds Publishing Partners for Hotel Transylvania

HotelTransylvaniaSony Pictures Consumer Products named Jazwares as master toy partner for Hotel Transylvania. Additionally, Simon & Schuster Children’s Group, Papercutz Comics, and Bendon Publishing will create books inspired by the film franchise and new TV series. Both categories will anchor the global licensing program, which will have cross-category representation.

Jazwares’ toy line will be based on new and classic characters from the franchise and will hit shelves next summer leading up to the release of Hotel Transylvania 3. A range of books from Simon & Schuster Children’s Group, Papercutz Comics, and Bendon Publishing will be available in different formats and begin to debut this fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

 

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