The rapid evolution of technology not only has created new opportunities for receiving and broadcasting content, but also has changed the playing field when it comes to TV programming. The digital revolution and the growth of new technologies—the internet and consumer electronics devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets—have made it even more challenging for TV networks and broadcasters to capture a significant share of their markets. According to a new research report … [Read more...] about What’s Trending in Kids’ TV?
Multi-platform potential is the way to go in the global kids entertainment business. Just ask MIPJunior, whose International Pitch competition this year will specifically judge finalists on the very criterion of how much potential there is for an idea to extend into as many platforms across as many territories as possible – from digital games to web-series; and apps to merchandise. It seems that broadcasters are less willing to take the plunge until an idea has been proven to have the … [Read more...] about Rides, Slides and Flights
Since the wonderful cat Felix made his debut in 1919’s Feline Follies, the first animated film to achieve mass commercial appeal, animators have exponentially extended that initial curiosity of giving a sketch a life of its own to the colourful world of cel animation and the modern process of computer animation. The economies of scale that computer animation provides changed the industry, allowing more content to be produced in a relatively shorter timeframe, and was more cost-effective … [Read more...] about It’s in the way it moves
Q: Describe your objectives at MIPCOM. A: This is my first MIPCOM with BBC Worldwide. My priority is to get people talking about the slate of programming we’re taking. Technically the new slate of shows but also the landmark series that still performed very well, shows like Teletubbies and In the Night Garden and I know they’ve been very successful across Asia and they’re successful everywhere really. For the new series, they are shows with the BBC seal of approval because … [Read more...] about What do buyers want?
The home of the famous mouse ears is growing wheels, rolling on skateboards and is into sports, rock music and superheroes. Disney XD, which made its Asian debut on leading payoperator Astro Malaysia on September 15, is unabashedly boy-skewed. Disney says it’s for “kids aged 6 – 14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humour.” “The channel boasts of many firsts,” says Natasha Malhotra, General Manager, … [Read more...] about Disney XD powers into Asia
How many of us, when told of a channel with hardly any dialogue, a higher-than-usual repeat rate, and babies as target audience – would take such a channel seriously? For the management team at BabyTV, the initial struggle was to convince affiliates that there was a market for pre-preschool content to begin with. “At first we had a difficult time letting platforms know they were missing this niche,” says Maya Talit, Global Marketing, BabyTV at FIC, and one of three co-founders … [Read more...] about BabyTV, TV for Tots