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Jazwares announces YouTube content partnership with USP Studios

Jazwares announces YouTube content partnership with USP Studios

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Jazwares, LLC has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with USP Studios, one of the world's foremost creators of online animated content for kids. Through this strategic partnership, Jazwares has obtained the licensing rights for USP Studios original properties that air exclusively on YouTube. In addition, JazWings®, the innovative idea incubation arm of Jazwares, and USP Studios will develop animated content based on exciting new brands in the JazWings incubation program to air on YouTube. With billions of views and growing, animated shows by USP Studios are known by kids and parents worldwide. Jazwares and USP Studios, recognizing the way in which kids consume content, believe that products based on YouTube brands will play an increasingly large role in the toy industry in the
Hoho Entertainment commences production of ‘Shane the Chef’

Hoho Entertainment commences production of ‘Shane the Chef’

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Hoho Entertainment has commenced production on Shane the Chef, a new 52 x 11' animated pre-school series, it has announced. The series will be shown on Channel 5's Milkshake and will follow the foody adventures of an energetic chef, Shane and his young daughter Izzy. “We’ve very excited to be collaborating with Hoho Entertainment on Shane the Chef,” said Jon Rennie, Managing Director at Cloth Cat. “The fact that Hoho have decided to place all the animation work in Cardiff is a resounding vote of confidence in Cloth Cat and the talent and skills available in Wales.” Shane the Chef has received production funding from Creative Europe, and is supported by the Children’s Food Trust. Entirely produced in the UK, Shane the Chef is being animated by Cloth Cat Animation in Cardiff, with the
Interview: YouTube Pre-school Sensation ChuChu TV’s CEO & Creative Director, Vinoth Chandar

Interview: YouTube Pre-school Sensation ChuChu TV’s CEO & Creative Director, Vinoth Chandar

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ChuChu TV is the third most subscribed YouTube Channel in the country with 7.13 billion views. Many may not know what is ChuChu TV? It is the country’s most watched children’s rhymes channel. With the motto of ‘spreading goodness among children’, ChuChu TV has become the ‘to-go’ place for kids and their parents to educate and entertain them. The century old nursery rhymes have been given a positive twist thereby inculcating the good thoughts and habits among kids. With its vibrant touch and jazzy beats, they have been the daily endeavor of feeding and pacifying children. In an exclusive interview with Animation Digital Digest’s Leo Oommen, ChuChu TV CEO & Creative Director Vinoth Chandar talks about what inspired him to start ChuChu TV and his take on the licensing and merchandisin
eOne gears up for the retail launch of Peppa Pig in India

eOne gears up for the retail launch of Peppa Pig in India

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Entertainment One (eOne) today unveils plans for the retail launch of its global entertainment preschool property Peppa Pig in India, as the show begins to attract a new international audience. The award-winning TV series made a strong broadcast debut in the country in June 2016 on VOOT Kids, the VoD destination by Viacom18 for kids’ content in India. Peppa Pig has also just made its debut on Nickelodeon preschool Channel Nick Jr. India where it began to air on January 9th 2017. Building on the rising popularity of the show, eOne is readying the launch of Peppa Pig at retail and has signed the merchandizing and licensing division of Viacom18 - Viacom18 Consumer Products - to represent licensing rights for the brand across India and the Indian subcontinent. Viacom 18 recently rolled ou
Nickelodeon and Viacom plans for Undersea Resort in Asia

Nickelodeon and Viacom plans for Undersea Resort in Asia

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Viacom Media Networks first resort in Southeast Asia is slated to open in 2020 Viacom International Media Network (VIMN) is collaborating with Asian resort developer Coral World Park Undersea Resorts on a new Nickelodeon resort and attraction in the Philippines. The attraction will be part of Coral World Park Undersea, a 400-hectare development in the Philippine province of Coron, Palawan that is expected to open in several steps starting in 2018 and is described as the world’s first undersea attraction. Nickelodeon’s part of the resort is slated to open in 2020 and will consist of 70 hectares for accommodation and 30 hectares for the themed attraction. Inspired by some of Nickelodeon’s most popular properties, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the E
Beauty and the Beast new poster and trailer revealed

Beauty and the Beast new poster and trailer revealed

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The new clips sees Emma Watson singing and meeting the beast, the new trailer was revealed at Golden Globe Awards Disney aired a special sneak peek of the live-action Beauty and the Beast during the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday. The film, directed by Bill Condon, brings the classic fairy tale classic to life with Emma Watson as Belle, a young woman whose love for a monstrous beast (Dan Stevens) could break a curse placed upon a castle. Watson sings “Belle (Reprise)” in the below clip, which features a glimpse of her character meeting the titular Beast for the first time. Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.
Star Wars ‘Princess Leia’ Carrie Fisher passes away at 60

Star Wars ‘Princess Leia’ Carrie Fisher passes away at 60

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Carrie Fisher, the iconic actress who portrayed Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died Tuesday following a massive heart attack last week. She was 60. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Fisher's family, said in a statement to People. Fisher’s career was characterized by her willingness to acknowledge, challenge and satirize the stereotypes of her upbringing and privilege. As the daughter of two Hollywood stars, Debbie Reynolds and the late singer Eddie Fisher, she brought awareness and humor to her work, whether in film or in numerous books that tracked and reviewed her fortunes in life – or what she herself had termed “what it’s like to live an all-too-
Disney to create Mini-TV series for Snapchat

Disney to create Mini-TV series for Snapchat

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The Walt Disney Company’s U.S. television arm will create shows for Snap Inc’s Snapchat, Disney announced on Wednesday, in Snapchat's latest deal with a major U.S. media company. Financial terms were not disclosed. Snap, which is preparing for next year's initial public offering, has signed a variety of advertising and content agreements this year with Viacom, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Time Warner Inc’s Turner Broadcasting System Inc. Media companies such as Disney partner with Snapchat in an effort to reach the type of younger viewers the social media company targets, which increasingly eschew traditional television. The two had previously worked together for a special Live Stories, a Snapchat feature that curates user-submitted photos and videos tied to a specific event, around ABC
UN drops Wonder Woman as the Ambassador for Women Empowerment

UN drops Wonder Woman as the Ambassador for Women Empowerment

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The UN has dropped the superhero Wonder Woman as an ambassador for empowering girls and women after a brief stint that drew widespread criticism. The DC Comics cartoon character was appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls on her 75th birthday in October. Wonder Woman has long been considered a feminist icon (her creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, was reportedly inspired by the suffrage movement) and she was expected to be the face of a year-long social media campaign promoting gender equality. Wonder Woman’s appointment, the protests, and her recent exit have all contributed to an ongoing conversation about the involvement of fictional characters in real-world issues. To be sure, the UN and others have effectively used fictional characters to ra
Watch the One in a minion trailer of ‘Despicable Me 3’, it’s time for some Gru+Lucy = Grucy!

Watch the One in a minion trailer of ‘Despicable Me 3’, it’s time for some Gru+Lucy = Grucy!

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Gru, Lucy, and the Minions are back, and up against a new villain — the shoulder-pad sporting, moonwalking Balthazar Bratt. The “Despicable Me 3” trailer features Bratt (voiced by “South Park” creator Trey Parker) moonwalking on the ocean and up the side of a ship on a pair of skis, while clad in a purple jumpsuit and mullet, as Michael Jackson’s “Bad” pays in the background. Meanwhile back at the Anti-Villain League headquarters, they suspect they are witnessing a monster on the loose, until one member recognizes the villain for who he really is: “That’s no monster — that’s a man wearing shoulder pads!” Bratt is a former ’80s child star whose show got canceled after he hit puberty. Now he plans on executing a full-fledged world domination. But where are the minions? Are they even the