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Kantar: U.S. Ad Spending Down in Q3 2013

NEW YORK: Total advertising expenditures in the third quarter declined 1.9 percent from last year, finishing the period at $34 billion, according to Kantar Media. The quarter faced a tough comparison, though, from the Olympics and election year spending in 2012. Without the benefit of an Olympics event, network TV ...

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Programming Strategies: Canal Panda & Panda Biggs

NEW YORK: Isabel Mimoso, the channel director of the Portuguese kids’ services Canal Panda and Panda Biggs, discusses recent acquisitions and originals, as well as current content wish lists. Canal Panda targets preschool and upper-preschool children, from 4 to 7, while Panda Biggs is boy-skewing and targets older kids, from ...

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Eccho Rights Secures Sales for Japanese Game Show

STOCKHOLM: Eccho Rights has licensed Ultimate Brain, a Japanese game show, in the U.K., Russia, Belgium and Denmark. Ultimate Brain has been picked up by Zig Zag in the U.K., Strix in Denmark, Sputnik in Belgium and Rossiya in Russia. The family-friendly program asks some of a country's most intelligent ...

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AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins

TV Kids recently spoke with Brian Robbins, the founder of AwesomenessTV, about creating content for the new generation, bringing the AwesomenessTV brand to linear television with a half-hour Nickelodeon series, and the opportunities he sees for mining DreamWorks Animation's deep library of IP. With almost a million subscribers and 200 ...

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NUVOtv Set to Bring Dexter to Basic Cable

LOS ANGELES: NUVOtv has licensed Showtime’s award-winning series Dexter, which is set to begin airing on the Latino entertainment network next month. The syndication deal marks the basic-cable debut of the serial-killer drama. The first episode is scheduled to air January 13 and will be followed by uncut episodes from ...

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MP & Silva Acquires Rights to Winter Soccer Friendlies

LONDON: MP & Silva has obtained the broadcast rights for several friendly soccer matches between big-name European clubs this winter. The exclusive package features teams from German, Dutch, Belgian and Turkish leagues, among others. The highlight showdown will pit French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain against Spanish champions Real Madrid on January ...

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Zodiak Rights Sends Killer Karaoke to India

LONDON: Zodiak Rights has placed the format of Zodiak Media's Killer Karaoke with Zee Tamizh, a local Tamil network in India. The Indian adaptation of Killer Karaoke is being produced by Zodiak Media's Sol Production. The 42×1-hour version of the entertainment show is set to premiere in the country on Saturday, ...

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Univision Promotes Mehul Nagrani to SVP & GM of Digital

NEW YORK: Univision Communications has promoted Mehul Nagrani to the post of senior VP and general manager of digital. Nagrani, formerly the senior VP of digital operations, has been with Univision since 2011. He’ll continue to work out of the company’s New York office, where he reports to Kevin Conroy, ...

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BabyTV Delivers Apparel & Plush in Chile

LONDON: Fox International Channels' BabyTV is releasing its first range of apparel and plush merchandise at La Polar stores in Chile. The apparel collection will include t-shirts, nightware, bodysuits, bibs and hats for young children. More apparel items will become available next year. The plush line will feature popular characters from ...

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