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TV Kids: 2014 Year in Review

The latest kids’ programming trend is that what’s old is new again: 2014 had a slew of announcements about reboots of classic shows, coming back to enthrall a new generation of fans. Teletubbies is being redone in live action with CGI elements. Cartoon Network is reviving The Powerpuff Girls. CBBC ...

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Presto Lines Up Kids’ Offerings

SYDNEY: The Australian streaming service Presto has added a mix of kids' educational and entertainment shows to be offered ad-free, including hits such as Dora the Explorer and Littlest Pet Shop. Through a new set of agreements signed with Viacom International Media Networks, Saban Brands, DHX Media and Hasbro Studios, ...

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CBeebies in Oz to Air dirtgirlworld Marathon

LONDON: Foxtel’s kids’ channel CBeebies is due to premiere the series dirtgirlworld January 26 with a back-to-back marathon. The episodes of the series will air from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aimed at children 2 to 7 years old, the animated show centers on a tomboy who teaches kids about ...

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Celebrity Name Game Renewed for Season Two

LOS ANGELES: The U.S. syndicated series Celebrity Name Game, co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury, has been renewed for a second season following pickups by Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cox Broadcasting and many others. The first season, which premiered this past fall in homes across America, ranks number ...

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Discovery Unveils New Highlights Across Channel Bouquet

LOS ANGELES: Discovery Communications has revealed a range of new programming highlights across its suite of channels, including the flagship Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science Channel. At the flagship Discovery Channel, MythBusters is returning with all-new episodes starting January 10. The new season of the long-running ...

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PBS Kids Launches Peg + Cat App

ARLINGTON: PBS Kids has released a new math-focused app for its hit preschool series Peg + Cat. Titled The Tree Problem, the app follows Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills. It extends the show’s preschool math curriculum ...

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BBC Two Commissions New Factual Programming

LONDON: BBC Two has made a number of new factual commissions, among them the three-part Chinese School, in which four teachers from China are given a class full of British teenagers to test out their education system. Chinese School, a BBC Current Affairs production, will see whether British school children ...

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Jane Featherstone to Exit CEO Post at Kudos

LONDON: Jane Featherstone, who has been the chief executive of Kudos since 2011, is set to leave the company in the spring. Featherstone joined Kudos in 2000 as the head of drama. She will continue to work in a hands-on executive producer role on a number of commissioned projects, including ...

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New CEO in Place at Zodiak Nederland

LONDON: Jan Hendrik Smeenge has been elevated to CEO of Zodiak Nederland, replacing Peter Lubbers, who steps down next month to take up a new role outside the company. Smeenge is currently serving as the head of development. In his new post, Smeenge will report to group chief executive Marc-Antoine ...

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Study: Streaming Devices Set to Dominate Viewing Preferences

LAS VEGAS: Streaming devices—laptops, tablets and smartphones—are poised to dominate Millennial viewing preferences, as just 55 percent use TVs as their primary entertainment-consumption platform, according to a joint research study from NATPE and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The study—commissioned ...

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