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Wind Dancer Films Expands Kids Entertainment Portfolio

ReadyJetGoWind Dancer Films announced a new slate of animated and live-action projects for kids. In addition to the recently-announced upcoming second season of Ready Jet Go!, the company collaborated with Carin Greenberg, Tod Mesirow, and Craig Bartlett to deliver a range of on-screen entertainment projects.

New projects currently in the works include Ready Jet Go! Season 2; The World Wide Webbers; Not A Box; Hello, I Love You; Muse Entertainment; Good Sam. Additional upcoming Wind Dancer Films productions include a range of animated and live-action series and films.

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 »

Teletubbies Returns to German TV on KiKa

teletubbiescarDHX Media  signed an exclusive deal with ZDF to launch season one of its new Teletubbies series on children’s channel KiKA in Germany. The launch builds on the original version of the preschool series that first aired in Germany in 1999.

The global licensing program for the new Teletubbies series is growing rapidly, with more than 85 partners signed to date. The series follows the same four characters and styling as the original show, but brings a contemporary look and feel to the preschool properties. The series has been picked up by 24 broadcasters worldwide, as well as Amazon Prime Video in the U.K., where the commissioning broadcaster is CBeebies.

 

Cryptozoic, Cartoon Network Enterprises Add Digital Stickers and Trading Cards on Quidd App

Quidd_LogoCryptozoic Entertainment and Cartoon Network Enterprises partnered to bring Cartoon Network and Adult Swim characters to Quidd, the iOS and Android app that lets fans collect digital stickers, cards, and toys featuring different characters. The app will include characters from Rick and Morty, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show, The Amazing World Of Gumball, Courage The Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow And Chicken, The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, Clarence, and Uncle Grandpa. Read the rest of this entry »

Netflix Original Buddy Thunderstruck Premieres This Weekend

BuddyThunderstruckBuddy Thunderstruck debuts its first season on Netflix tomorrow. From American Greetings Entertainment, this goofy action-comedy follows the adventures of a semi-truck racing dog named Buddy and his albino ferret mechanic, Darnell. Buddy’s the brashest, fastest race-truck driver you’ll ever see. Buddy Thunderstruck will feature a 12-episode season.

The Powerpuff Girls Toy Line Launches in the UK

PowerPuffGirls_DeluxeStoryMakerThe revival of Cartoon Network’s franchise The Powerpuff Girls made a debut  across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) last April. As London Toy Fair prepares to open its doors, Cartoon Network details the UK launch plans for the new The Powerpuff Girls range from global toy partner Spin Master.

Argos debuted the initial rollout this month, including the Story Maker play set and plush from its online catalogue. The launch is supported by a TV and digital campaign.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Becomes Global Distributor of Genius Brands

SONY_GenusBrandsSony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc. (SPHE) and Genius Brands International Inc. (Genius Brands) expanded SPHE’s recent home entertainment distribution agreement to include the worldwide home entertainment marketing and distribution of Genius Brands’ Kid Genius and Baby Genius labels of all Genius Brands’ properties. In addition to the broader global distribution agreement, SPHE has taken an equity stake in Genius Brands.

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WildBrain to Manage Turner Kids YouTube Channels for EMEA and Latin America

Ben10 WildBrain will manage a number of Turner Kids YouTube channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Latin America. New local-language channels have already rolled out for The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time in the UK, Russia, Poland, Brazil, and Spanish-speaking Latin America, with more languages following soon. The Amazing World of Gumball and Ben 10 will also be included,along with a selection of other Cartoon Network shows. Read the rest of this entry »

The ZhuZhus Debuts with New Episodes Next Year

zhuzhu_episodic_6b_01Next month, The ZhuZhus debut new episodes that feature Frankie, Pipsqueak, Num Nums, Chunk, and Mr. Squiggles. A new episode will premiere on the Disney Channel every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. between January 7 to 29.

The new episodes include: “Zhu Years Evel,” “Lookies for Cookies,” “Storming The Cat Castle,” “Ha Ha Hamsters,” “Fur-Vivor,” “Zhuper Girl,” “Wingin’ It,” “Dreams O’Clock,” “Badge To the Bone,” “Full Groan,” “The Shell Game,” “If Wishes Were Rainbows,” “Deja Zhu,” “A Total Bust A Move,” and “The Grand Zhu Zhu Pets Hotel.”

Once Upon A Time…Life Secures Distribution Deals Across Europe and the Middle East

OnceUponATime...LifeIndependent French animation studio Procidis secured sales for a new version of animated series Once Upon a Time…Life. The series is part of the Hello Maestro umbrella brand.

Once Upon a Time…Life targets kids ages 6 to 10 and is restored in HD by Mikros Image. Global broadcasters to acquire the new version include: Turner Broadcasting in Italy; France 4; RTBF Belgium; RTS in Switzerland; Israel’s IETV; Puls in Poland; and TV2 Hungary, with further deals pending.

The series will also celebrate its 30th anniversary next year with new digital initiatives and consumer products.

 

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