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Nick Launching Weekly Sports-Themed Block for Kids

NEW YORK: Nickelodeon is teaming up with major professional sports leagues such as the NFL, MLS and NASCAR to launch a new NickSports prime-time programming block on its Nicktoons channel. The two-hour weekly block comes on the heels of the company’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports award show this summer. It’s ...

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ATF Lines Up Commissioners for Animation Lab

SINGAPORE: Commissioners from Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, DHX Media and Turner, among other companies, are taking part in the three-day Animation Lab pitching event at this year's Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF). The lineup of commissioners includes Thom Chapman, the ...

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New Preschool Toon Trucktown for Canada’s Treehouse

TORONTO: Canadian preschool channel Treehouse is slated to debut the new animated show Trucktown, based on a series of best-selling books. The 80×11-minute CGI program is due out September 6 at 4 p.m. Inspired by a book line from children’s author Jon Scieszka, the show centers on Jack Truck and ...

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Canadian Drama Saving Hope Lands U.S. Slot

WEST PALM BEACH: ION Television has reached an agreement with Entertainment One (eOne) Television International to be the exclusive U.S. TV home for the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope. Produced by eOne and ICF Films in association with CTV, the series is set for a third season of 18 new ...

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Banijay Licenses Super Star Ding Dong in Brazil

LONDON: Banijay International has scored a format deal for its musical entertainment series Super Star Ding Dong with Globo in Brazil. The series was originally created by Vision Independent Productions. It was developed for TV3 in Ireland. The Brazilian version will be produced by Globo's in-house production team for live ...

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Super RTL Goes for More of The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue!

HONG KONG: PGS Entertainment has presold the sophomore season of the animated comedy series The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue! to Super RTL in Germany. The 52×11-minute new season was commissioned by France Télévisions and is currently in production. The show, which comes from TAT Productions and Master Films, follows ...

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Spike TV Hires First SVP of Scripted Original Series

LOS ANGELES: Ted Gold has been tapped for the newly created post of senior VP of scripted original series at Spike TV. Gold will be reporting to Sharon Levy, the executive VP of original series. He is tasked with oversight for all scripted programming at the network, from development through ...

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MTV to Air The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in Africa

JOHANNESBURG: MTV has picked up the exclusive African TV broadcast rights for the U.S. series The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution. The show will begin airing in Africa as of September 24 in a daily slot. The Tonight Show has been a U.S. TV institution ...

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