DreamWorks Animation

Apple TV+ orders DreamWorks animation based around Be@rBrick toys

Apple TV+ has ordered Be@rBrick, an animated kids & family series based on the Medicom’s collective bear-shaped toys of the same name. The 13-part series, from DreamWorks Animation and Dentsu, is a “music-driven comedy” about young singer-songwriter Jasmine and her bandmates as they pursue their dreams and inspire others to do the same. But it […]

Viaplay takes DreamWorks Animation streaming rights in NBCU deal

NENT Group SVOD Viaplay has taken exclusive streaming rights for more than 400 episodes from kids and family series, including several DreamWorks Animation shows, after inking a deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution. Starting in spring 2022, Viaplay will have exclusive streaming rights to NBCUniversal’s children and family portfolio across the Nordics, Netherlands and Poland. The multi-year […]

Peacock doubles kids animation slate, with ‘Abominable’ & ‘Megamind’ spin-offs

NBCUniversal-owned OTT service Peacock has doubled its animated kids programming slate, announcing several new and returning titles, including follow-ups to DreamWorks Animation features Megamind and Abominable. Megamind’s Guide To Defending Your City is a CG animated series picking up from where the 2010 film left off as Megamind has transformed from being a supervillain and […]

Kids round-up: Peacock & Hulu catch ‘Dragons’ spin-off; Nick India launches original; SPI Int’l takes ‘Smurfs’ digital rights

Peacock & Hulu catch ‘Dragons’ spin-off NBCUniversal-owned Peacock and Disney’s Hulu have both picked up Dragons: The Nine Realms, the latest spinoff in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise from DreamWorks Animation. The CG-animated series will debut simultaneously on both US streaming services on 23 December, with the 6 x 22-minute series set 1,300 years after the events […]

Amazon Studios developing live-action ‘She-Ra’ & ‘Victories Greater Than Death’ adaptation with Michael B. Jordan

Amazon Studios is in development on two new scripted series – an adaptation of the Charlie Jane Anders novel Victories Greater Than Death, from Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society, and a live action She-Ra series with DreamWorks Animation. Jordan and Elizabeth Raposo will exec produce the series, which falls under Jordan’s overall deal with Amazon, […]

Katzenberg’s 20-year journey to short-form domination

Jeffrey Katzenberg is the superstar Disney alum who has built a 30-year reputation for the quality of his work as a film executive, producer and media proprietor – and now he’s taking on short-form. He speaks to Kaltrina Bylykbashi about why his work on premium platform Quibi may be his most enduring yet Quibi was […]

Netflix extends DreamWorks Animation deal

Netflix has struck an expanded relationship with Comcast-NBCUniversal-owned DreamWorks Animation in a move that will initially see animated series Fast & Furious debut on the subscription video-on-demand service. Following Comcast-NBCUniversal’s acquisition of DreamWorks Animation in 2016, which pitched Comcast head-to-head with Disney in the kids and family programming market, Netflix said it had expanded its relationship with […]

Skydance names ex-DreamWorks exec animation president

Skydance Media has named former DreamWorks Animation exec Bill Damaschke as president of animation and family entertainment, effective immediately. In the newly created role, Damaschke will curate and oversee a team dedicated to creating animated and hybrid family programming, in conjunction with the company feature film and TV divisions. Damaschke will report to chief creative […]

NBCU expands Donati’s role into kids, lifestyle

Comcast’s NBCUniversal International has appointed Duccio Donati to take on the newly created role of executive vice president for lifestyle and kids. Donati will report to Kevin MacLellan, NBCU’s chairman for global distribution and international. The position sees Donati broaden his on-going oversight of E! Entertainment Television outside the US, adding international responsibility for the […]

Hasbro ‘ends Lionsgate takeover talks’

Toy giant Hasbro was recently in talks to buy North American studio Lionsgate but has now ended the discussions, according to US reports. A Reuters story unnamed quoted sources saying the deal had fallen flat last week over price disagreements. Hasbro’s strategy for a deal was to improve its position in Hollywood, and create a […]

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