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August 10, 2018

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The Wiggles’ Lachy Gillespie,
Anthony Field & Emma Watkins

By Sara Alessi

***Viacom***The Wiggles have been encouraging youngsters to get up and get moving for nearly 30 years. The children’s music group was co-founded by Anthony Field, also known as the Blue Wiggle, in Australia. When three of the original members retired in 2012, Emma Watkins donned Yellow as the first-ever female Wiggle, while Lachy Gillespie took over as the Purple Wiggle and Simon Pryce became the Red Wiggle.

The Wiggles have sold more than 30 million DVDs and CDs, and 8 million books. As the way children consume entertainment has evolved, the group has made a ***Image***point of ensuring that they are accessible wherever kids are. They are on air daily in 58 million homes across the U.S. on Universal Kids, and their YouTube channel has reached over 350 million views. Plus, Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle, the group’s latest TV series, gave life to a live show of the same name, for which The Wiggles have toured Australia and North America.

Field, Watkins and Gillespie recently sat down with TV Kids Weekly to talk about the brand’s enduring success and the new feel of the group.

Watch the interview here.

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This Week's Top 5

Disney Channel Commits to New Live-Action Comedy

Disney Channel has given a straight-to-series order to Gabby Duran & the Unsittables, a new live-action comedy that is slated for broadcast next year.

Nick Unveils New VR & Augmented Reality Series

Nickelodeon has begun developing Meet the Voxels, a tentatively titled original virtual reality and augmented reality show for television.

Keshet International Places Kids’ Content on HBO Europe

Keshet International (KI) has inked two separate deals with HBO Europe and SIC in Portugal for more than 200 hours of live-action finished programming for children made by Ananey Communications’ Nutz Productions.

Hasbro Renews Brian Goldner Contract, Ups John Frascotti

Hasbro has extended its employment agreement with Brian Goldner, chairman and CEO, for another two years, while John Frascotti is being elevated to president and COO, among other appointments at the company.

Nickelodeon Alum Alexi Wheeler to Join Netflix

Alexi Wheeler, former VP of animation production and development at Nickelodeon in London, has been hired by Netflix for a senior manager role.

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Top 50 OTT Platforms 2018 

Gain valuable insight into leading online platforms across the globe with World Screen's Top 50 OTT Platforms 2018 report. This new and improved edition, at 92 pages, contains significantly more information than its predecessor.

The OTT business is booming across the globe, and new services are appearing every day, especially in the kids’ content space. In this comprehensive report you’ll find profiles of 50 platforms, including such children’s services as Ameba TV, Hopster and PlayKids.

This report also contains a specific Genre Focus on kids’ programming.

Learn more about
World Screen's Top OTT Platforms 2018
report here.


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