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Lion Guard Supervising Director Signs on for CYM Conference

October 20, 2015

MONTREAL: Howy Parkins, the supervising director for the animated series The Lion Guard, is set to participate in an exclusive session hosted by the Youth Media Alliance (YMA) at the 2015 Children, Youth & Media (CYM) Conference. The conference will …

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Superights to Rep Preschool Series Puffin Rock

October 20, 2015

PARIS: Superights has been named international distributor for the preschool show Puffin Rock. The 78×7-minute show is a co-production between Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears and Penguin Random House for the Irish kids’ channel RTÉJr, as well as Nick Jr. in the …

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The Good Dinosaur Merchandise Hits Retail

October 20, 2015

GLENDALE: Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has launched a new line of merchandise based on the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated film The Good Dinosaur, which makes its theatrical debut on November 25. The Good Dinosaur follows Arlo, an Apatosaurus who goes on …

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Pokémon Partners with Build-A-Bear Workshop for Stuffed Toy

October 21, 2015

BELLEVUE: The Pokémon Company International, in association with Build-A-Bear Workshop, is set to release early next year an exclusive stuffed version of its Pikachu character. Pikachu will be available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores throughout North America, Europe and Australia, as …

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Mutant Busters to Debut on Spain’s Neox Kidz

October 21, 2015

BARCELONA: Spain’s Neox Kidz has set an October 31 premiere date for the animated kids’ comedy Mutant Busters. The 52×11-minute series is a co-production between Planeta Junior, toy manufacturer Famosa and animation studio Kotoc. Geared toward kids 6 to 8, …

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Little Charmers Lands European Licensing Agents & Broadcasters

October 21, 2015

TORONTO: Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has signed a trio of new licensing agents and two broadcast partners in Europe for its preschool brand Little Charmers. Representing the brand’s licensing and merchandising program in France will be francetv distribution, with the show …

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YTV Lines Up Part Two of Walmart Toy Testers

October 22, 2015

TORONTO: Walmart Canada has teamed up with Corus Entertainment and Traffik for Walmart Toy Testers, a special televised event spotlighting the retailer's annual toy testing, the second part of which is slated to air on YTV early next month. Hosted …

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Disney Launching Streaming Service in the U.K.

October 22, 2015

LONDON: Disney is planning to launch its own streaming service in the U.K. next month, making a slew of animated shows, live-action series and movies available on iOS and Android devices. Titled DisneyLife, the app will give up to six …

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BAFTA Children’s Awards Nominees Unveiled

October 22, 2015

LONDON: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed the nominations for the 20th British Academy Children’s Awards, with the animated series Peppa Pig up for two honors. Peppa Pig, Operation Ouch!, Sam & Mark’s Big Friday …