Saturday, February 25, 2017

DHX Media Signs Licensing Agreement with Amazon Prime Video, India

DHX licenses more than three dozen series to Amazon Prime Video in India, including ‘Caillou,’ ‘Inspector Gadget’ and ‘Strawberry Shortcake.’

DHX Media’s ‘Caillou’ headed to India via Amazon Prime.

HALIFAX, NS Children’s content company DHX Media has licensed more than three dozen kids series to Amazon Prime Video’s new subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) service in India.

Thom Chapman, Territory Manager at DHX Media, said, “This volume deal highlights the scale of our library, and our ability to deliver a wide-ranging slate of great kids’ shows to leading streaming platforms as they expand globally. With Amazon Prime Video taking up our programming for the emerging SVOD market in India, we are boosting our international presence and underscoring our reputation as a trusted ‘go-to’ distributor of quality kids’ content.”

DHX Media titles licensed by Amazon for the region include such evergreen shows as Caillou,Inspector Gadget and Strawberry Shortcake, as well as hits such as Johnny TestKid vs Kat, and many more.

This latest content pact follows a vast offering of DHX Media shows already available through Amazon Prime Video in other key territories globally. Last year, Amazon licensed the DHX Media original series Looped, exclusively for its members in the U.S., as well as adding library content to the U.S. Prime Video catalogue. In the U.K and Germany, Prime members can enjoy more than three-dozen DHX Media kids’ shows including TeletubbiesMessy Goes to Okido and Hank Zipzer.
Source: DHX Media & awn

Squeeze Partners with Viacom18 to Bring ‘Cracké’ to India

CG-animated comedy series from Canadian production company Squeeze is set to debut on Nickelodeon India and stream on VOOT Kids.

QUÉBEC, Canada -- In an exclusive partnership with Squeeze, leading Indian entertainment conglomerate Viacom18 is set to premiere the super-hit TV series Cracké in India. Produced by Squeeze, the riotous family animation series will be broadcast on the preeminent kid’s entertainment channel, Nickelodeon, and stream on the leading OTT platform, VOOT Kids. The partnership with Viacom18 takes the number of countries and territories welcoming Cracké’s paranoid Papa Ed and his runaway eggs to 185.

Speaking about the partnership, Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Head, Kids Entertainment at Viacom18 said, “We are happy to bring alive Cracké to our viewers in India. Kids in India love comedy and Cracké, with its short duration format, unique animation style and adorable characterization, is sure to provide them with an immersive experience.”

“VOOT kids has always endeavored to cater to the discerning needs of parents seeking engaging content that can keep the kids entertained,” said Gauray Gandhi, COO – Viacom18 Digital Venture. “Bit-size fun for the on-the-go viewers being brought alive by Cracké is sure to provide a very enthralling experience with our viewers.”

“It’s a great honor for us to partner with a major broadcaster such as Viacom,” said Denis Doré, Squeeze’s President and Co-Founder. “It’s very rewarding to realize that Cracké will make kids laugh around the world on a renowned and leading TV network such as Nickelodeon.”

Created and produced by Squeeze in Québec City, Canada, Cracké is a universal comedy series starring Ed, an anxious ostrich dad, and his beloved brood. With the good intention to protect his eight eggs, Ed will cause trouble and threats, never missing an opportunity to make things worse for himself. In Canada, the 52 one-minute episodes are broadcast by Teletoon. The original property also comes to life through a mobile video game and an innovative comic book application - only available in Canada for now.

Cracké was produced in Canada in collaboration with Teletoon, the Canada Media Fund, the Quebec Refundable Tax Credit for Film and Television Production (managed by SODEC), the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) – CAVCO, the Bell Fund, and the National Bank. Cracké’s growth and commercialization plan is made possible with the financial support of Québec City’s economic development strategy.

Source: Squeeze & awn