Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Den to bring BabyFirst Channel in India with BFTV

October 18, 2010

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Sameer Manchanda promoted Cable distribution network Den is all set to facilitate its subscribers with global channels like BabyFirst in near future. For this purpose, IME Networks (TV and Media subsidiary of Den) has indulged in a pact with BFTV LCC on a 75%-25% sharing basis.

With this agreement, Indian viewers will get to watch some channels catering the unusual genre such as parenting and baby care. This joint venture between the two entities will possess official rights of all operations of BabyFirst in the country.

Den Network CMD Sameer Manchanda said, “We are very pleased to partner BabyFirst through our JV. We see tremendous potential for a focused channel for babies and parents in a young country like India. The Indian television industry is at the threshold of the next wave of channels in genres that are virtually absent today. This JV marks our first step in introducing such channels to Indian audiences.”

BFTV CEO Guy Oranim added, “We consider the Indian market a top priority for our company due to its size, young population and strong family values. We believe that introducing high quality, age-appropriate educational content, as we have done in more than 30 countries, will benefit both Indian children and their parents by offering them another way to bond and interact. Den is the ideal partner for us in India, and we have the utmost respect for the quality its management, their expertise and their commitment to the success of this JV.”

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Cartoon Network bags global rights to ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ TV show

October 18, 2010

Cartoon Network has announced that DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon TV’ show will be coming to the network globally from 2012.

The film on which the show is based grossed $493.2 million at the worldwide box office and has been released on DVD and Blu-ray on 15 October.

Turner’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Business president, COO Stuart Snyder says, “Great characters and captivating story telling along with state of the art animation is what we love giving our audience. The How to Train Your Dragon weekly series definitely falls into that category of giving our viewers around the globe something they can’t find anywhere else on television and DreamWorks Animation is a proven leader in taking this art form to the next level.”

DreamWorks Animation COO Ann Daly adds, “How to Train Your Dragon has already captured the hearts and minds of audiences around the world and we are thrilled to join together with Cartoon Network to expand on this amazing movie in a television series of its own. It is incredibly exciting to be able to bring viewers deeper into the world of dragons and tell new stories each week inspired by our characters from the film.”

The show deals with Hiccup who is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes — a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both of their worlds.

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Network, the characters and worlds originally created for the big screen will be explored and further developed in a number of ways that will be revealed over time. TV audiences will be taken on original, new adventures with Hiccup and Toothless every week.

CBeebies to air content from DHX Media

October 18, 2010

BBC Worldwide’s international pre-school channel, CBeebies, has acquired two titles from DHX Media – Grandpa In My Pocket and dirtgirlworld – for its global feeds.

From early next year the first three seasons of Grandpa In My Pocket will air for the first time in Asia, Africa and Poland. dirtgirlworld will debut in Africa and Poland.

BBC Worldwide Channels VP acquisitions Bun Scrase-Dickins says, “These are both great titles, hugely popular with kids in the UK, and we are delighted to be able to bring them to our young viewers around the world.” dirtgirlworld is a music-filled series which mixes live action, animation and photo-collage to explore nature. Dirtgirl’s backyard is full of bizarre insects, underground tunnels and performing stunt bugs, and together with a host of larger-than-life characters, she inspires four-to-six-year-olds to have fun in their gardens.

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Grandpa In My Pocket is a comedy drama featuring a Grandpa with a magic shrinking cap that only his grandson Jason knows about. When he puts the cap on, Grandpa shrinks and creates comic mayhem, but with teamwork, Grandpa and Jason always manage to save the day.

Disney brings live telecast of cricket matches on its kids’ channels

September 12, 2010

Embarking a new trend for the Kids Entertainment channels in India, Disney has entered in an association with ESPN Star Sports, the most popular sports network in India, to Live Telecast the cricket excitement of Airtel Champions League T20. This would be the first time live simulcast of a cricket match on a kid’s channel.

From live matches, to exclusive interviews, special opening tosses and more, the Disney Network with ESPN Star Sports is pulling out all the stops to give its young viewers and their families an unforgettable and unprecedented sports experience.

The association has been sought for a few matches only. Beginning Friday, September 10, 2010 young cricket fans from across the country can tune into Disney Channel and Disney XD to support the Mumbai Indians live as they battle the Highveld Lions in the first match of the CL T20 to be aired at 9:00pm. The excitement continues with Chennai Super Kings v/s the Central Stags telecasting on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 9:00pm and Royal Challengers Bangalore v/s Guyana Cricket Board telecasting on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 9:00pm.

This first ever special programming event on a kid’s channel will also feature exclusive quotes from world’s best cricketers during the matches with Disney Channel’s popular host – Murtuza from Big Bada Boom. From interviews with cricketers, all the on-ground excitement with the ESPN Star Sports commentators and hosts of Airtel Champions League T20, the excitement for the audience would be taken to newer heights.

“We are really excited to partner with ESS on the telecast of the Airtel Champions League T20 on Disney XD and Disney Channel. This will be an unprecedented sports programming event in the kid’s genre and a special treat for our young cricket fans to be enjoyed with their families!” said Natasha Malhotra VP and GM, Walt Disney Television India.

Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Dahiya, Vice President – Strategy, Business Development and Cricket Rights, ESPN STAR Sports said, “We are delighted to share the live telecast of three matches from the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 with the Disney network in India. All the young fans of the Disney network will have an opportunity to see champion T20 teams from top cricketing nations battle it out for the title of – Champion of Champions. I am sure that the top quality cricketing action will be enjoyed by one and all in this blockbuster event being held in South Africa from September 10-26.”

KidsCo signs deal with NDTV to debut in Indian TV space

August 21, 2010

Going ahead with its plans of expansion, KidsCo an international children’s entertainment brand has tied knot with India’s NDTV limited to make entry into Indian broadcasting space. The channel has moved this way after launching successfully in markets of Hong Kong, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Under the distribution agreement, The Indian partner NDTV will market the content of KidsCo on all the three DTH, Cable TV and Digital Platforms across the country.

In a press statement, Paul Robinson (CEO, KidsCo) said, “India is a key market for us as we continue our global expansion plan. We are really excited about adding NDTV to our existing partners as it understands that education is at the very top of the agenda for us and has historically built solid relationships with platforms who share this vision. The shows we will be offering are in keeping with our international audience and we anticipate great results.”

The programming of KidsCo includes animated and live action content and movies for family-viewing. Sonic Underground, The Wiggles, Ned’s Newt, Rescue Heroes and Nalong Fly to the Sky are some of the programs of KidsCo that will be marketed by NDTV in India.

KidsCo was founded by Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises, America based producer DIC Entertainment and European broadcaster Sparrowhawk Media Group in April 2007. The channel’s main network is currently based in London.

The channel has presence in countries like Poland, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Cyprus and South Africa.

KidsCo will also be launched throughout France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and the United States in the future. The United Kingdom version will be launching sometime in 2010. But at the moment the channel is eyeing Indian broadcasting space worth Rs.26000 crores. The channel will have to face competition from existing players of the kids segment such as Pogo, Cartoon Network, Nick and Hungama.

Nick joins hands with DQ Entertainment for animation production

August 10, 2010

India based animation firm DQ Entertainment Limited and kids’ entertainment channel Nickelodeon have indulged into a strategic partnership for the production of local animation content.

The partnership will soon produce an animated series ‘Keymon Ache’ for Indian kids in high definition format. The series will constitute 26 half hour episodes. The series is expected to be completed by middle of 2011. Under the agreement, DQE will execute the production for global distribution and licensing whereas, Nick will handle the content front.

Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Nick India commented, “We are very happy to partner with DQE. This is a unique partnership between a broadcaster and a production house; and together we hope to create endearing characters and a show that promises to capture the hearts of our young viewers.”

Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman and CEO of DQ Entertainment said, “The kids’ entertainment space in India has tremendous untapped potential and we are delighted to be partnering with Viacom18-Nickelodeon on this unique and fun filled series. This project has the potential to extend beyond Indian TV audiences as we target multiple media and distribution platforms and engage with children globally. We hope to have many more such interesting concepts from Nickelodeon to offer to viewers in the future.”

Nick India will offer this series in South Asian region. DQE on the other hand will possess rights of property for the rest of the world.

Nick India to acquire revamping

June 26, 2010

Nick India, the popular kids’ entertainment channel is all set to acquire new logo and appearance on June 25th. The new move is for the realigning and for keeping in pace with its international network. The new logo will represent the channel as a whole identity on global platform.

The channel is also going to operate with a new motto of ‘Kids first and then family audience’ rather than the old tag line ‘Kids only’.

According to Steve Grieder (Senior VP, Nickelodeon International), “Globally the change got initiated in fall last year and we finished up with the entire transition across America, Europe and Asia. India is the last major market that will undergo this makeover.”

The channel will focus on content emphasising particularly the entertainment needs of girls and boys rather than telecasting twin appeal programmes. These programmes will cater to the entertainment requirements of whole family. The channel is now concentrating on Gen Y kids of the country with this new attempt of acquiring new appearance and content.

Said Nick India senior VP and GM Nina Elavia Jaipuria, “On the programming front, Nick will launch Artzooka, an art and craft show, on 27 June. The show will be telecast every Sunday at 10 am and every Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. Complimenting the football season, the channel will also launch Dreamkix, a football-based show, in July. It will run from Monday-Friday at 6 pm”.

“Over the last two years, we’ve been the fastest growing brand in the kid’s entertainment space. With innovative, pioneering initiatives across platforms, we aim to further dominate our leadership and widen the gap with other players in this space,” said Jaipuria.

DQ Entertainment Signs Broadcasting Deal With Sun TV Network

June 15, 2010

Animation and gaming firm DQ Entertainment International (DQE) today announced an exclusive tie up with media conglomerate Sun TV Network for broadcasting its international animated content. The size of the contract has not been disclosed.

Under the agreement, DQE will provide 117 half-hours of international animated programs, which have been co-produced with major European, Canadian and U.S. partners.

The properties to be broadcast on Sun TV platform include Casper’s Scare School (3D TV Series) , Benjamin Bear Season 1 (TV Series), Leonardo (TV Series) and Pet Pals (TV Series).

The tie up allows Sun TV to broadcast these programs in four languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam across their extensive network in India, Sri Lanka and many other countries with Indian diaspora.

This is one of the largest Indian TV distribution deals that DQE has concluded which will also take its world famous IPs to kids in India and Indian kids abroad.

DQE which separately controls exclusive audio, visual, licensing & merchandising rights for India and many other countries, believes that the Sun TV agreement will open up a number of potential revenue generating opportunities for these four international properties in publishing, merchandising and home entertainment.

“We are a well recognized entertainment group worldwide with marquee brand ownerships. We have been able to produce fantastic Indian intellectual properties with global broadcasting leaders like Disney, Turner, Nickelodeon and also been able to place high quality IPs owned by us on Indian regional broadcasting platforms to reach out to much larger audiences,” Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQE Group said.

Kavitha Jaubin, Channel Head – Chutti TV, Sun TV Network, India said, ” The titles are those which will create a good viewing base and will attract newer audiences. We are excited as a channel to launch these titles soon and we are looking forward to doing more such rewarding deals with DQE”.

Shares of DQE are now trading at Rs.100.20 on the BSE, up a little over 4% after rising as much as 8% earlier in the day, while shares of Sun TV Network, which operates 20 channels across 27 countries, are up about a percent.

‘Chithiram’, the Tamil kids channel to start soon

June 8, 2010

Adding another sting to its bow, Kalaignar TV is all set to come up with a new channel dedicated to the kids of Tamil Nadu. ‘Chithiram’, the new channel will cater to the entertainment, information and education needs of children of Tamil state. The broadcasting operations of channel will start from 3rd June. All the arrangements for its launch to be completed by the set date.

Since its inception in the year 2007, Kalaignar TV has expanded its ambit of channels in various segments. At the moment, the channels possesses a fleet of 5 channels in state and with the launching of Chithiram, the number will go up to 6. Kalaignar TV, Isai Aruvi, Seythigal, Sirippoli, Kalaignar Asia are the channels constituting the whole group.

Catering to various genres such as comedy, news, general entertainment and music, Kalaignar is foraying in kids section with Chithiram. The content of this channel will be concentrated around cartoons and animation. However, some in-house content of Kalaignar TV will also be telecast on the channel. Moreover, ties ups have been done with international shows like Zodiac Kingdom, Kung Fu Story and Ruffs Patch.

Other information regarding the content of channel has been provided to afaqs.com by the channel. Chithiram will focus on educating and entertaining kids in their own language Tamil. The channel will provide educational stuff related to Tamil culture.

Disney/ABC TV to launch new channel “Disney Junior” in USA in 2012

June 8, 2010

Disney/ABC Television Group has announced that the Company plans to launch Disney Junior, a new multiplatform brand.

The Disney Junior would be a 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel accompanied with an online site devoted to preschool-age children. This new brand from the stable of Disney/ABC TV has been scheduled to debut in USA in the year 2012.

The programming of the brand is being designed around the kids falling in the age group of 2-7 years. Disney Junior will be bringing the parents of the child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, both classic and new, while incorporating specific learning and development themes.

Furthermore, the new Disney Junior brand will also provide affiliate partners with a robust Video-On-Demand offering, a High-definition network and a Spanish language SAP feed.

In the U.S., the new Disney Junior channel will take the place of the SOAPnet channel, currently available in 75 million homes. Prior to the launch of the 24-hour channel, the Disney Junior brand will be introduced on Disney Channel’s daily programming block for preschoolers.

Besides outside the U.S., the 22 Playhouse Disney channels and blocks, currently available in 29 languages in 156 countries/territories, reaching over 45 million households, will be rebranded as Disney Junior beginning in 2011.