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Rovio Rolls Out Standalone ToonsTV App

ESPOO: Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the Angry Birds franchise, is launching its in-game platform for mobile video content, ToonsTV, as a standalone app. ToonsTV has more than 5.4 billion views globally and 30-plus channels of free, on-demand, family video entertainment. The ToonsTV app is the home of Rovio’s original scripted ...

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Univision Rolls Out Millennial-Targeted Video Platform

MIAMI: Univision Digital has launched a new online video hub and YouTube channel targeting Hispanic Millennials. Called Udisea, the platform is available through Univision’s Spanish-language website in the U.S. and on YouTube. Content will also be accessible on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Udisea will feature short-form video ...

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Disney/ABC Television Group Appoints New CTO

BURBANK: Disney/ABC Television Group has elevated Skarpi Hedinsson to the position of chief technology officer. In his new role, Hedinsson will be tasked with developing and implementing advanced technology strategies and solutions to drive the group’s consumer- and business-facing products and services. He will focus on the use, optimization and ...

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Mr Toast Card Game Wins Hasbro’s Gaming Challenge

PAWTUCKET: Hasbro has chosen Irresponsibility: The Mr Toast Card Game as the winner of its Indiegogo crowdfunding gaming challenge, which the company launched to encourage designers nationwide to share their ideas for a new face-to-face party game. Irresponsibility: The Mr Toast Card Game was created by Dan Goodsell of Los ...

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Report: China & India Lead in AsiaPac Pay-TV Subs

LONDON: Pay-TV subscriptions for the Asia Pacific’s top 68 operators are poised to increase by 74 percent, from a collective 376 million in 2014 to 535 million by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. China and India dominate the operator rankings by subscribers, according to the ...

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WDRmg to Present Celebrity-Concept Formats at MIPCOM

COLOGNE: WDR mediagroup (WDRmg) is heading to Cannes with several prime-time, celebrity-concept formats. At MIPCOM, German TV highlights will be available from WDRmg for international adaptation for the first time. Titles include the ensemble comedy The Unlikely Events in the Life of…, which combines aspects of sketch shows, musicals and ...

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New U.K. Licensing Deals for eOne’s Peppa Pig

LONDON: Entertainment One (eOne) has signed a number of new licensing agreements for the popular preschool property Peppa Pig in the U.K. Winning Moves, which already makes Peppa Pig Top Trumps, has signed on for Junior Monopoly and Guess Who board games based on the brand. These items began rolling out in ...

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Participation Triples for Second MIPCancun

PARIS/CANCUN: The second annual MIPCancun summit had a threefold increase in participation, with 300 television buyers, distributors and producers attending from 40 countries, according to event organizer Reed MIDEM. The three-day gathering ran from November 18 to 20. Its focus is to connect TV and digital content buyers from 22 ...

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Talking Dead Producers Prep The Bachelor After-Show

BURBANK: Starting January 4, ABC is set to launch the one-hour after-show Bachelor Live, which will air following episodes of its long-running reality competition The Bachelor. The show will be produced by Embassy Row, the outfit behind the Emmy-nominated Walking Dead after-show, Talking Dead. Chris Harrison will host Bachelor Live, which ...

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