ChuChu TV, one of the most popular edutainment channels worldwide, in only its fourth year of existence, has received 10 million subscribers with just 154 videos making it the fastest ever growing YouTube channel in the world in the family entertainment and pre-school education space. This incredible milestone which reiterates ChuChu TV’s remarkable success was achieved on 17th June 2017. ChuChu TV is the fourth largest YouTube channel in India with its online audience larger than that of All India Bakchod (AIB), Viral Fever Videos or Comedy Nights, Colors TV and Star Plus. The channels more popular with a larger subscriber-base than ChuChu TV are T-Series, Sony and ZeeTV. However, T-Series has grown over the years through an upload of around 10000+ videos, SET India has around 17000+
Montreal, Canada-based streaming service Playster has acquired more than 350 episodes of Nelvana-produced content through a deal. Under the deal, Playster picked up non-exclusive streaming rights to eight series: Babar, Backyardigans, Pippi Longstocking, Nancy Drew, Bob & Margaret, Rupert, Hardy Boys and Berenstein Bears. The content is available to Playster subscribers in the US, UK, France, Italy and Spain. The deal comes as the streaming service looks to bolster its content library. In April last, Playster inked a deal with DHX to acquire more than 165 episodes from its library that included pre-school series Franny’s Feet, Trollz, Bo On the GO! and Animal Mechanicals. Before that, Playster picked up a number of live-action and animated series such as Transformers: Animated,
French broadcaster TFI has acquired the second season of global co-pro Super Wings which will air on the broadcaster’s children’s slot TFOU. Super Wings is a co-production of China’s Alpha Group, Korea’s Funny Flux Entertainment and New York’s Little Airplane Productions. The round an hour long toon that is aimed at children between three to six-year-olds follows the adventures of a transforming robot-plane that is trying to deliver packages to children across the world. The series recently secured broadcast deals for both Portugal and German-speaking areas with broadcasters Canal Panda and KiKA respectively. The show currently airs on NBC Universal’s pre-school channel Sprout in the US.
Los Angeles-based The Africa Channel recently launched a production arm, TAC Studios, to produce original lifestyle programming about contemporary African life, and to market its existing library of premium content. The channel is currently using WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform in marketing content to broadcasters, streaming services and other distribution outletSelect Filess worldwide. The WCPMedia Services platform allows TAC Studios to set up secure virtual screening rooms to share content with current and potential customers. “Our customers are able to log in and enjoy a high-quality experience on their desktop, tablet or mobile device,” explains Bill Admans, technology consultant to TAC Studios.“The quality is equivalent to watching shows on a streaming s
Canada’s Wow Unlimited Media has entered into a new partnership with Bell Media that will see the kids animation company acquire a specialty channel from the Canadian media conglomerate. As part of the deal, Wow will also provide children’s programming for Bell Media’s CraveTV and newly launched mobile app SnackableTV. The two Canadian companies will also partner to develop and produce kids content across all platforms, though no further details were revealed. While Michael Hirsh, chairman and CEO of Wow did not reveal which specialty channel Wow will acquire from Bell, he said that the new Wow-branded, ad-supported channel will focus on kids and youth content. The channel’s initial programming will be aimed at kids between zero to 12 years old, while the later part of the programmin
Beyond Distribution has sold Netflix' original co-production Beat Bugs to Nickelodeon Australia. The channel will start airing the music-centric animated series on Nick Jr. from the end of May. The around an hour long series by creator Josh Wakely features re-imagined versions of famous Beatles songs performed by popular recording artists like Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Vedder, The Shins, Robbie Williams and Pink!. Co-produced by Netflix, Grace: A Storytelling Company, Beyond Screen Production and Thunderbird, Beat Bugs had firstly appeared on television globally in August 2016 on Netflix.It currently airs on Seven Network in Australia. The series, which Netflix renewed for a second season last July, is expected to officially launch on MIP Jr. later this year. Licensing deals have also
Going by the great response the serialized comedy series Andi Mack has been garnering, Disney Channel has called for a second season. The series made its US digital premiere in March before hitting linear TV on April 7. The show, that follows the life of 13-year-old Andi and her overprotective parents, has garnered roughly 40 million views across seven digital platforms, linear TV and social media. Horizon Productions will begin filming season two in July in Salt Lake City. It is executively produced by Terri Minsky and Michelle Manning. Phil Baker is the co-executive producer. Interestingly, Andi Mack has several upcoming programming events to encourage more viewers, including back-to-back episodes on May 26.
After delighting scores of viewers across the world, Animaccord’s hit 3D family comedy Masha and the Bear is now heading to Spain where leading animation channel Clan TV has picked up its season 1 and 2. “Clan TV is the best broadcaster we could have in Spain for Masha so we are delighted to team up with them and we are sure this will boost the whole licensing program,“ said Jordi Rey, CEO of Biplano Licensing, the sub-agent of Ink Group for licensing in Iberia and France. The show’s TV presence currently covers nearly every country in the world. Other recent deals brokered by Ink Group that represents Masha across Europe, MENA and Turkey, include those with Danish Broadcasting Corporation (season 2), free TV channel PTS and MOMO TV in Taiwan (season 2), ANTV in Indonesia (season 3), I
Nickelodeon International has acquired international broadcasting right of seasons three and four of the much loved animated pre-school series The Day Henry Met..? It has also renewed rights of the first two seasons from distributor Monster Entertainment. Produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo Ltd., the charming show has won a Pulcinella Award from Cartoons on the Bay (2015) and this year took the Best Animation prize at the Irish Animation Awards. Here, it must be mentioned that Nick had originally picked up the first two seasons last year for its channels across markets on six continents including the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Australia & New Zealand, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America; TV Onta
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation have revealed the debut details of their new animated series Hotel Transylvania: The Series that is set to premiere on Disney Channel on 25 June. The series is based on the film franchise of the same name. The around half an hour series, produced at the Nelvana studio in Toronto, focuses on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter Mavis and her three closest friends Hank N Stein, Pedro and Wendy Blob. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Disney Channel to share the visual and epic storytelling of Hotel Transylvania: The Series with audiences worldwide,” said Nelvana, president, Scott Dyer. “Working with our partners at Sony Pictures Animation, we are excited to build on the incredible global success of the franchise and bring