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Corus Entertainment records decline in its Q1 financial results

Corus Entertainment records decline in its Q1 financial results

Studio
With slight gains in its kids content business and radio advertising offset by sharper decreases in TV ad revenue, Canadian media conglomerate Corus Entertainment recorded a year-over-year decline in its Q1 financial results. The Toronto-based company posted Q1 revenue of US$332.7 million across its TV assets a climb down by 2% from US$340.8 million at the same period last year while revenue in its radio business remained flat at US$33.5 million. Overall, segment revenue fell to US$366.2 million, from US$374.6 million a year ago. Consolidated profits across TV and radio businesses fell more sharply with TV profits going down by 9% to US$135 million from US$147.6 million in Q1 of 2017. Meanwhile, combined ad revenue for TV and radio fell by 4% to US$250 million, from US$258.9 million a ye
9GO! picks up the second season of Beyblade Burst Evolution

9GO! picks up the second season of Beyblade Burst Evolution

Channels
Australian free-to-air digital TV channel 9GO! has picked up the second season of Beyblade Burst Evolution, the newest instalment in the popular Beyblade franchise. The new 22-minute episodes debuted on the Nine Network channel on January 6 and will air regularly every day. Season two continues the saga of a group of Bladers trying to reach top status. Beyblade Burst Evolution is distributed by New York-based entertainment rights company Sunrights outside of Asia. (d-rights handles the toon’s rights in Asia and the Middle East.) The series is commissioned by Disney XD and Canada’s Corus Entertainment, and recently inspired a line of Beyblade Burst Switchstrike from master toy licensee Hasbro.    
Playmates Toys brings on its Mysticons toy line

Playmates Toys brings on its Mysticons toy line

Licensing
Playmates Toys has introduced its Mysticons toy line that is based on the new animated action series that airs on Nickelodeon. The line will include an assortment of flying creatures, plush, and role play items, and is available at select Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com and Amazon.com. The line will be available at additional retailers later this year. The Core Action Figure assortment features highly detailed and articulated 7-inch figures including the four warriors and other characters and villains from the animated series. Additional figure assortments include Magic Lights Talking Figures and a Griffin & Figure Assortments. Each figures also includes a Mysticons Topps trading card with unique codes to unlock quests in the Mysticons’ Digital App. Playmat
Nelvana ties up with Round Room Presents to bring its original pre-school series Ranger Rob to the stage

Nelvana ties up with Round Room Presents to bring its original pre-school series Ranger Rob to the stage

Animation
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has partnered with Round Room Presents to bring its original pre-school series Ranger Rob to the stage in a live global tour. The locations and dates for the tour will be announced in May with the show officially due to kick off in Canada later next year. Recently given the green signal for a second season, Ranger Rob follows the titular character and his friends as they go on adventures in Big Sky Park. The animated series premiered on Corus-owned Treehouse in Canada last fall and NBCUniversal-owned Sprout broadcasts the toon in the US. Nelvana’s decision to bring Ranger Rob center stage comes as location-based brand extensions and live shows in particular continue to grow in popularity. Location-based events, from permanent and large-scale theme par
Masha and the Bear to be aired on Nick Jr. India from November 13

Masha and the Bear to be aired on Nick Jr. India from November 13

Animation
Good news for lovers of Masha and the Bear in India. The Animaccord series is coming to the country on Nick Jr. India in a deal that expands the popular toon’s presence in the region. The pre-school series first premiered in India earlier this year on the country’s VOD platform VOOT Kids. Nick Jr. India will begin airing season one of the series on November 13. The episodes will be broadcast twice per day from Monday to Sunday. The series follows a mischievous girl and her kind, father-like friend. It began airing nine years ago in Russia and has since expanded to more than 100 countries via broadcasters like SBT (Brazil), Rai Yo-Yo (Italy), Canal 5 (Mexico) and KiKA (Germany). Recently, Masha landed on Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse in Canada and joined NBCU-owned Universal Kids in t
Nelvana announces two major partnerships

Nelvana announces two major partnerships

Animation
Canadian animation company Nelvana has announced two major partnerships over the last week that’ll see the company work with others around the world. Firstly, the studio has agreed to launch a Chinese animator incubation programme with distribution company WeKids and animation software ToonBoom. The three will aim to discover new talent and cutting-edge concepts out of China that have the creative potential to be developed into globally successful properties. The winner will receive a development deal. The incubation programme will start accepting submissions in January 2018. Nelvana has also partnered with Discovery Communications to launch a new joint-venture aimed at the Latin American, Canadian and international markets. Though the new company will be based in Canada, but it wil
Sonar Entertainment starts work on animated series Go Away, Unicorn!

Sonar Entertainment starts work on animated series Go Away, Unicorn!

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Sonar Entertainment has recently started work on a new animated adaptation of the children’s book Go Away, Unicorn! directed by Emily Mullock. The series that is targeted for kids aged 6 to 9 will debut on Disney Channel in the US and on Corus Entertainment’s YTV in Canada in Fall 2018. A multiple territory rollout will follow courtesy Disney. Go Away, Unicorn! is a colorful tale that focuses on the adventures of a girl named Alice and her exuberant unicorn, both of whom learn an important lesson that friendships can blossom out of the unlikeliest of places. Chris Diamantopoulos and Rebecca Husain  will star as lead voice talent. “Go Away, Unicorn! is a beautiful, original children’s book with a strong girl character who is not afraid to be different” said Andrea Gorfolova, Preside
Masha and the Bear continues with its global exploit

Masha and the Bear continues with its global exploit

Animation
Not yet done with its expansion all over the world, the Russian CG sleeper hit Masha and the Bear is already enjoying airtime on Corus Entertainment’s pre-school network Treehouse (Canada) while Turner is airing the first two seasons in Latin America via Cartoon Network. The episodes comprising season 3 has also been ordered. INK Group also signed deals with RAI and De Agostini in Italy for the 3rd season as well as the 2D animated spin-off series Masha’s Spooky Stories. In France, Spooky Stories has been picked up by Canal Plus while France TV ordered season 3 of the main series. Puls TV in Poland also opted for Spooky Stories. And Clan TV in Spain has started airing seasons 1 and 2 this summer. Season 3 sales have been secured with other major European channels, to be announced late
Sprout and Treehouse acquire rights of Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle

Sprout and Treehouse acquire rights of Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle

Animation
NBCUniversal-owned pre-school net Sprout and Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse have acquired rights of an upcoming series made by Australian musical group The Wiggles entitled Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle. The deal is part of two separate multi-year licensing agreements inked with ABC Commercial that also gives Sprout and Treehouse rights to existing TV series Ready, Steady, Wiggle! which will begin airing on weekdays on both networks this week. A large back-catalogue was also acquired by the US and Canadian nets including exclusive rights to studio-recorded albums The Wiggles Meet the Orchestra, Taking Off!, Rock and Roll Preschool, Apples & Bananas and more. Altogether, the agreements span more than 60 hours of content across each network. Sprout currently reaches 58 million US homes
Second season of Ranger Rob gets a go-ahead signal

Second season of Ranger Rob gets a go-ahead signal

Animation
A go-ahead signal for season two of Ranger Rob comprising 14 new episodes has come as a shot in the arm for Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana that is already celebrating a successful first season run of the animated series. “Ranger Rob ignites a sense of adventure and discovery in kids, and we have been overwhelmed with how kids and families have embraced the series and joined in on the fun with us,” averred Pam Westman, Head of Nelvana Enterprises. “The journey has only just begun and fans should get Ranger Ready for lots of new and exciting outdoor adventures to come in season two,” she added. The series follows 10-year-old ranger-in-training Rob around the Big Sky Park as he ziplines, swings and snowboards, discovering and exploring all that the natural adventure park has to offer. Bi