Last Christmas, WhatsApp was flooded with loads of Christmas greetings that was either accompanied by images or animated shorts. Though all the videos stood well, one that caught our eye was the one that was presented by Pankoo Kids, a YouTube channel of Astute Media-Vision. Astute Media-Vision is a Mumbai based well equipped production house established by producer, writer, director Pankaj Sharma for the complete in-house production from concept to Final Output of Kids Programs, 3D Animation Feature Films and Live Action Composite Feature Films with Visual Effects under one roof. Animation Digital Digest sits across Sharma for a freewheeling interview. The Christmas jingle that you have made looks very nice and attractive. Could you tell us as to how much were the applauds o...
In a move that brings its homegrown pre-school property Giggle and Hoot to a worldwide online audience, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation’s distribution arm, ABC Commercial has curated a range of content for the IP’s newly launched YouTube channel and the YouTube Kids app. ABC Commercial has also sold exclusive streaming rights to YouTube for full episodes of ABC’s Giggle and Hoot animated spinoff series Hoot Hoot Go! that premiered in May 2016 introducing a new best friend Hootly for owl stars Hoot and Hootabelle. Giggle and Hoot YouTube content featuring host Jimmy Giggle, Hoot the owl and his owl bestie, Hootabelle, includes classic songs from the original live-action/puppetry series like 5 Steps to Bed and Hoot’s Lullaby. Since launching earlier this month, the Giggle and Hoo
As families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, YouTube is in the process of detailing the efforts it is taking to make its own platform more family-friendly. In a blog post, it shared five avenues through which it is combating the presence of inappropriate videos aimed at children. The first item on YouTube’s agenda is tougher application of our Community Guidelines and faster enforcement through technology, a policy whose results have already been seen. In the last week, YouTube says that it has terminated 50 channels that target young viewers with violent, sexual, or otherwise disturbing content while deleting thousands of videos that together received billions of views. The list of banned channels includes Toy Freaks, a controversial collection of skits that had 8.5 million subscrib
As families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, YouTube is in the process of detailing the efforts it is taking to make its own platform more family-friendly. In a blog post, it shared five avenues through which it is combating the presence of inappropriate videos aimed at children. The first item on YouTube’s agenda is tougher application of our Community Guidelines and faster enforcement through technology, a policy whose results have already been seen. In the last week, YouTube says that it has terminated 50 channels that target young viewers with violent, sexual, or otherwise disturbing content while deleting thousands of videos that together received billions of views. The list of banned channels includes Toy Freaks, a controversial collection of skits that had 8.5 million subscr
Following consumer outrage over YouTube’s handling of disturbing videos aimed at children on its network, the channel has now banned one of the more controversial kid channels it hosted-Toy Freaks. The channel, the 68th largest on YouTube with over 8.5 million subscribers, was severely criticised for its vile and seemingly exploitive videos featuring a dad and his daughters, which many were of the opinion that it meant abuse. According to YouTube, the ban is part of a new tightening around the enforcement of its child endangerment policies. It says that it will now remove videos to protect “viewers, uploaders and children” when the it receives signals that cause concern. The removal is part of a broader review of similar content on YouTube, the channel added. Earlier videos on the ch
YouTube Kids has announced a number of updates designed to better customize the experiences of its young users. The YouTube Kids update comes shortly after YouTube was named as the most-loved brand among kids ages 6 to 12 in the US by the annual Brand Love study from youth and family research firm Smarty Pants. This marks the second year in a row that the Google-owned video platform took the top spot. The updates include kid profiles that allow children to customize their app use across all devices. Based on the date of birth entered on each user’s profile, YouTube Kids will change the way the app looks. Younger kids will also see less text compared to their older siblings who woul see more content on their home pages when they log into their profile. Kids can also set a secret passco
Kids content startup Pocket.watch has entered into a long-term partnership with YouTube channel and Ryan’s Toys Review. This understanding will see Pocket.watch create a multi-platform franchise development plan for the YouTube channel that boasts of nearly 10 million subscribers that will cover publishing, licensing, original programming and merchandising. The partnership will also provide Pocket.watch with Ryan's Toys Review’s library of videos for packaging and distribution outside of YouTube. Those clips will be used for commercial opportunities, including branded integrations, sponsorships and licensing. As part of an understanding, Pocket.watch will offer the channel a significant equity stake as it did with its inaugural YouTube partner HobbyKidsTV. Pocket.watch is run by
DHX Media has teamed up with YouTube to release We Are Savvy, a magazine-style series featuring engaging segments about music, fashion, dance and DIY on YouTube Red. Each half-hour episode is introduced by Annie LeBlanc of the Bratayley YouTube channel along with segment hosts Spencer, Tehya and Sarah who’ll explore a broad range of topics ranging from handy DIYs and life hacks, to inspiring peer profiles and celebrity interviews including, singer Alessia Cara, Nashville stars Lennon and Maisy, and Supermodel Coco Rocha, and more! We Are Savvy is set to premiere on YouTube Red this fall. It is produced by B-Minor Productions, a division of Banger Films and is distributed globally by DHX Media. Comments Josh Scherba, EVP Distribution and Content at DHX Media, “We Are Savvy has a fre
In an effort to capitalise on ad-based video on demand (AVOD) dollars within YouTube’s streaming services, German brand management and media company m4e is in plans to upload its complete catalogue of kids and family programmes on YouTube. The company has already digitised more than 5,000 videos on YouTube representing more than 2,300 episodes from kids- and family-based series including Mia and Me (pictured), Wissper, Beatrix Girls and The Beginner’s Bible. The videos, according to the company, have generated more than 500 million views to date. Most of the content is watchable on m4e’s new Made 4 Kids TV YouTube channel. M4e’s enhanced commitment to AVOD growth follows the company’s takeover by Belgian production company Studio 100 earlier this year.
Herotainment and Toonz Media Group have brought to light the full might of their original animated series Smighties worldwide via the streaming video service YouTube and its kid-friendly arm YouTube Kids. Smighties is a half an hour plus minutes comedy adventure series that focuses on relatable and inspiring heroes who encourage positive values. Three more episodes will be added to the Smighties library via the Smarties Youtube channel and will be made available in a variety of languages that include English, French, Spanish, and more as they are translated. “We are thrilled to premiere the Smighties series on YouTube and YouTube Kids, the largest global platform where kids discover and enjoy content today,” said Herotainment co-CEO Caryn Teman. Smighties is about the small and mighty