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AdWeek on the Rise and Fall of Hasbro’s Hub Network

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2015
AdWeek has published an extensive article examining the aborted effort by toymaker Hasbro to break into the TV market with the Hub Network joint venture with Discovery Networks, which began with great fanfare in 2010 but was ended late last year for a number of reasons articulated by the article. Quoting several industry insiders (some […]
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Frederator and Studio Moshi to Co-Produce “Rocket Dog” for Television

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2015
FREDERATOR STUDIOS AND STUDIO MOSHI ENTER CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENT TO BRING SHORT-FORM ONLINE HIT ROCKET DOG TO TELEVISION Part of the Frederator’s Too Cool! Cartoons Incubator that also Launched Online Sensation “Bee & PuppyCat,” “Rocket Dog” Becomes Frederator’s First Incubated Series to Be Developed and Primed for International Broadcast Distribution NEW YORK — (February 24, 2015)—A […]

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HIT Entertainment Adds Televisa to New “Bob the Builder” CGI Series

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2015
HIT ENTERTAINMENT EXPANDS BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP WITH TELEVISA WITH DEBUT OF ALL-NEW CG ANIMATED BOB THE BUILDER® SERIES IN 2016 Mexico’s #1 Free to Air Broadcaster to Add Reimagined Series to its All-Star Preschool Programming NEW YORK, NY—February 24, 2015— HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading pre-school entertainment companies and a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., […]
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Rob Schrab Named as “LEGO Movie” Sequel Director

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2015
Deadline.com reports that Rob Schrab has been named as the director for the sequel to The LEGO Movie, marking his first feature film director’s job after helming episodes of Community, Parks and Recreation, and The Mindy Project. The sequel will be written and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (who co-directed the first movie, […]

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PR: ‘Take That’ Singer Howard Donald Brings Magic To Nick Jr. UK

by Grant Whiteon February 23, 2015
Take That Singer Records Voice for Preschool Series Wallykazam!  Monday, 23rd February, 2015 –Take That star Howard Donald lends his vocal talents to Nick Jr. as the singer records a voice for the showWallykazam! Recording his part in a central-London production house on Friday, Howard worked with the Nick Jr. team on determining the perfect […]
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PR: ‘Covert Affairs’ Star Christopher Gorham And Stars Of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ To Attend MCM Birmingham This March

by Grant Whiteon February 23, 2015
MCM BIRMINGHAM COMIC CON – THE NEC – 21-22 MARCH Covert Affairs star Christopher Gorham to infiltrate MCM Birmingham Comic Con There’s nothing undercover about Covert Affairs lead Christopher Gorham’s next mission; the spy drama star will be joining the special guest line-up at next month’s MCM Birmingham Comic Con! California native Gorham plays field […]

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Amazon Studios Greenlights Second Seasons of “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy”, “Annedroids,” “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2015
Amazon Studios Greenlights Second Seasons of Original Kids Series Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy, Annedroids and Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street Growing original kids programming slate also includes Wishenpoof! and recently greenlit series Just Add Magic and The Stinky & Dirty Show Returning series come from accomplished creators Drew Hodges (Saturday Night Live, Community), J.J. […]
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Review: The 2015 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

by slaion February 20, 2015
For the past 10 years, ShortsHD has made all the short films nominated for the Academy Awards available for viewing across the country just before, and sometimes after, the Oscar broadcast via local small theaters for the general public to watch and enjoy. I myself only discovered the joys of watching their releases a few […]

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Amazon Studios Forms Kids Thought Leader Board for Childhood Education

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2015
Amazon Studios Forms Kids Thought Leader Board to Bolster Lifelong Creative Learning Amazon Studios has formed its first-ever Amazon Kids Thought Leader Board to further its mission of lifelong creative learning. Assembled under the guidance of Amazon Kids Educational Advisor Dr. Alice Wilder, the council will be comprised of: Maker Media President & CEO Dale […]
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Cartoon Network Upfront 2015-16: “We Bare Bears”, “Powerpuff Girls,” “Steven Universe/Uncle Grandpa” Crossover, & More

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2015
Cartoon Network Approaches 2015-16 Upfront with Unmatched Growth Across All Screens Cartoon Network Solidifies #1 Position with Boys and Moves into 2nd Place with Kids 6-11* New Content, Returning Hits and Immersive Programming Highlight New Season Momentum and growth across all screens are driving Cartoon Network into the 2015-16 Upfront. Powered by number one shows […]