Children's TV

How Beano is leading the digital revolution

Dennis from Dennis and Gnasher Unleashed (Credit: Beano Studios)

"Slime is officially dead,” declares Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios. As the custodian of one of Britain’s most beloved brands, she is responsible for bringing the Beano brand into the 21st century.

The Beano comic is still profitable, she points out, although the 35,000 copies it sells each week are a far cry from the 2 million copies it sold during its heyday in the 1950s.

BBC announces largest investment in Children's programming in a generation

The move, said BBC Director-General Tony Hall, reaffirmed the Corporation’s “commitment to our youngest audiences,” putting “children’s [programming] front and centre throughout the charter renewal process.”

The expanded budget will fund an enhanced online offering for children, as well as maintaining current children’s programming on the BBC’s children’s television channels, CBeebies and CBBC.

New commissions announced for Disney channels

The new content includes a modern animated series inspired by One Hundred and One Dalmatians, an animated space comedy, a dinosaur adventure series, and the return of hit shows DuckTales and Star Vs The Forces of Evil.

101 Dalmation Street, Disney Channel

A brand new eleven-part series will air next year on Disney Channel based on the Dodie Smith novel and Walt Disney film One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Children’s drama: from concept to screen

Credit: (Claire Harrison)

An RTS North West event at the Lowry Theatre, Salford at the end of October – “Children’s drama: from concept to screen” – looked at how the best shows are put together.

On the panel assembled for the event were the executive producer of The Worst Witch, Marcus Wilson; senior drama producer, CBBC Independents, Amy Buscombe; Lime Pictures drama chief Rebecca Hodgson; and Hank Zipzer producer Jim Poyser. The panel was chaired by head of CBBC production Helen Bullough. 

Event report: An evening with the Chuckle Brothers

The Chuckle Brothers with Louis Barfe

The brothers, Paul and Barry, were interviewed on stage at Holy Trinity Church in Leeds by the author and light entertainment aficionado Louis Barfe.
 
The brothers’ father, Gene Patton, was a well-known Gang Show performer who had worked with a teenage Peter Sellers. Indeed, the brothers think that some of the characters later performed by the chameleon-like Sellers bore a striking resemblance to their father.
 

ITV Studios to produce new kids show for Netflix

Robozuna will premiere on CITV early in 2018, before being made available on the SVoD service across the world. 

The show follows 14-year-old Ariston and his robot sidekick Mangle as they battle evil robot centurions to free a nation from the tyrannical empire.

Steve Green, Executive Vice President of Kids Content and Distribution for ITV Studios Global Entertainment said the show combines "cinematic production values" with "warm and relatable characters and action-packed storylines, as well as a rich and diverse play pattern".

Sky to commission original children's content

Sky Kids app

New episodes of Morph, from Aardman Animation, will premiere on the new Sky Kids app later this year, alongside shorter clips featuring the legendary character, designed to encourage children to have a go at making their own models and films.

The network is also in discussion with other producers to create kids’ versions of some its favourite shows.

The Sky Kids app, which launches this week, is designed to allow children easy and safe access to suitable content.

Pat Younge's TV Diary

Pat Younge, Sugar Films, RTS Cambridge, television, production,

Start the week reviewing Sugar Films’ cash flow and trying to get my head around a new accounting software system. Any of my former CFOs will know that I wasn’t put on planet Earth to do this, but I plough on gamely.

One of the things I discover is that the BBC pitch system doesn’t tell you when a commissioner has been made redundant. So an idea that I thought must be getting lots of consideration has actually been languishing, lonely and unread, in a dead Dropbox on the BBC server. Note to self – don’t take it personally.