January 19, 2018
In this week's edition:
• Jetpack Distribution’s Dominic Gardiner
• Distributor Spotlights: Distribution360,
Mediatoon Distribution & Sinking Ship Entertainment
Jetpack Distribution’s Dominic Gardiner
With two decades of experience working in the industry, including at The Walt Disney Company and Cartoon Network, Dominic Gardiner co-founded Jetpack Distribution in 2014. The company prides itself on being a flexible “one-stop shop” for kids’ content makers, from finding the best homes for shows to consulting on such areas as financing and marketing. Jetpack is currently looking to expand its sales team and ramp up its presence in the LatAm and Asian markets.
In this video interview, the CEO talks to TV Kids Weekly’s Kristin Brzoznowski about the types of series that the company wants to add more of to its catalog. He also discusses Beano Studios’ new animated comedy Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed—which Jetpack acquired late last year—and how the comic-based brand has been refreshed to appeal to today’s viewers, with more diversity and strong female characters.
Watch the interview here.
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.
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World Screen's Top OTT Platforms 2018
Distributor Spotlight: Distribution360
ADDRESS: 74 Fraser Ave., Toronto, ON M6K 3E1, Canada
TELEPHONE: (1-416) 646-2711
SENIOR VP, INTERNATIONAL SALES & ACQUISITIONS: Diane Rankin
DIRECTOR, SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Donnie MacIntyre
SALES MANAGER: Smiljka Baljozovic
PROGRAMS: Give: 26x30 min., live action, factual entertainment, family; Genius Genie: 18x22 min./78x5 min., animation, preschool, 2-6; George & Paul: 26x5 min., animation, preschool, 2-6; I’m Ready: 40x2 min., live action, preschool, 2-5; Driving Me Crazy: live action, factual entertainment, family; Opie’s Home: 39x7 min./13x30 min., live action, preschool, 2-6; The Mystery Files: 26x30 min., live action, entertainment, 6-11; Snapshots: 6x30 min., live action, factual entertainment, 6-11; MathXplosion: 50x3 min., live action, educational, 6-11; Splatalot: 52x30 min., live action, factual entertainment, 8-12; YaYa & Zouk: 18x22 min./78x5 min., animation, preschool, 2-6.
“Distribution360 is a rapidly growing leader in international distribution and global rights management, representing a robust catalog of kids’ and factual programming and digital media content from award-winning production companies around the world.
With our focus on kids and factual, our mandate is to be leaders and trusted experts in these genres, working closely with producers and broadcasters to secure the best opportunities for the titles we represent. More than just a traditional rights-management business, we work closely with partners to help get shows off the ground and to get them the exposure they need internationally to be successful.
Our catalog of kids’ and family content [was] bolstered with great new additions this MIPCOM, including Give, the 2017 Emmy Award winner for outstanding children’s/family viewing series; the brand-new preschool animated series Genius Genie from the producers of YaYa & Zouk and George & Paul from Pedri Animation; and finally, I’m Ready, a live-action preschool series dedicated to introducing young children to some of life’s many firsts, like going to the dentist or having a birthday party.”
—Diane Rankin, Senior VP, International Sales & Acquisitions
Distributor Spotlight: Mediatoon Distribution
ADDRESS: 15/27 rue Moussorgski, 75018 Paris, France
TELEPHONE: (33-1) 5326-3100
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Jérôme Alby
PROGRAMS: Little Furry: 78x7 min., 2D, adventure, preschool; MaXi: 26x11 min., 2D, adventure/action/comedy, kids; Bobby & Bill: 52x12 min., 3D, comedy, kids; Teen Crumpets: 52x13 min., 2D, comedy, kids & family; Sardine in Outerspace: 52x12 min., 2D, adventure, kids; Martin Morning: S4 in dvpmt., 52x13 min., CGI, adventure, young kids; The Garfield Show: 214x11 min., 3D, comedy, kids; Yakari: 156x13 min., 2D, adventure/edutainment, young kids; Miru Miru: 50x5 min., 2D, edutainment, preschool; Minimighty Kids + Minimighty Squad: 78x8 min., 2D, action/comedy, kids & young kids.
TRAILERS: Please visit Mediatoon Distribution’s Screening Room to view clips of MaXi, Bobby & Bill, The Garfield Show, Yakari, Miru Miru, Little Furry, Martin Morning, Minimighty Kids + Minimighty Squad and Teen Crumpets.
“With 2,500 hours of animation series produced in-house and enriched by independent third-party producers such as Toon Factory, Haut et Court and 4.21 Productions, Mediatoon Distribution aims to create tomorrow’s iconic series for kids all around the world.
Mediatoon’s main goal is to keep bringing productions into the market that kids will love and in which TV, VOD and licensing professionals from all around the world can safely invest. We are always looking to further develop our brands on all platforms and on an international scale. We also aim to find new production talents to collaborate with in order to bring out ever more engaging, innovative and magical programs.
Following the launch of MaXi simultaneously on TV and mobile, we will continue to think about digital development, and TV strategy in particular, as we look toward the future in order to continue creating tomorrow’s iconic series for kids worldwide.”
—Jérôme Alby, Managing Director
Sinking Ship Entertainment
ADDRESS: 1179 King St. W., Suite 302, Toronto, ON M6K 3C5, Canada
TELEPHONE: (1-416) 533-8172
PARTNER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: J.J. Johnson
PARTNER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Blair Powers
HEAD, SALES, AMERICAS, FRENCH-SPEAKING WORLD & ASIA:
HEAD, SALES, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA: Marilyn Kynaston
HEAD, PRODUCTION: Carla de Jong
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & HEAD, DEVELOPMENT: Christin Simms
PROGRAMS: Dino Dana: 26x22 min. & 26x22 min. in prod., live action/CGI, scripted, 5-9; Odd Squad: 80x22 min./154x11 min. & 1x66 min., live action/CGI, comedy, 4-8; Annedroids: 52x30 min., live action/CGI, scripted, 6-10; Scout & The Gumboot Kids: 60x5 min., live action/stop motion, scripted, 2-5; Giver: 43x22 min., live action, unscripted, family/co-viewing.
“Sinking Ship had another successful year in our quest to bring inspiring and meaningful content to kids around the world. Dino Dana became the number one Amazon original on IMDB when it launched [last] spring and it was quickly renewed for another season…bringing the total episodes to 52x22 minutes. In addition, we are producing a companion theatrical film to be shot in 2018.
We had an exciting moment [last] year when Annedroids became our first series to sell to every country in the world. There is obviously an appetite for engaging STEM series with great female and male characters.
We [delivered] more Odd Squad episodes [last] year, bringing the total to 80x22 minutes. The series is a critical success with five Emmy wins [last] year (and 11 total) and continues to sell around the world.”
This Week's Top 5
9 Story Buys Kids’ TV Producer Out of the Blue
9 Story Media Group has acquired Out of the Blue Enterprises, which was founded in 2005 by Blue’s Clues co-creator Angela Santomero and former Nickelodeon exec Samantha Freeman.
VIMN Places Preschool Programming in LatAm
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has licensed a number of Nickelodeon preschool shows in Mexico and Brazil, including the animated hit Rusty Rivets.
DHX Secures Global Sales for Fireman Sam & More
DHX Media and Mattel Creations have unveiled new international deals, spanning linear broadcast, VOD, home entertainment and theatrical, for the latest seasons of the preschool shows Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder.
Nick LatAm Ties Up with Mediapro for Gaming Show
Nickelodeon Latin America has unveiled the new scripted gaming series N00Bees, created by Enrique Pérez and produced by Mediapro’s 100Balas.
Xilam Hires Former Gaumont Alum Céline Carenco
Xilam Animation has appointed Céline Carenco, who worked at Gaumont Animation for 15 years, as senior VP of media distribution for Asia Pacific.
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