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C21Kids is the children’s entertainment section on which pulls together all our coverage of the genre in one dedicated area. From licensing to apps and good old fashioned television this is a one-stop-shop for all your kids content news. C21’s Kids Weekly carries further coverage of this sector.

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PBS in the US has promoted Sara DeWitt to a role in which she will lead the pubcaster's children's programming and education strategy across all platforms.
Cartoon Network is following up its first original production in Africa, Pop Up Party, with another dance-themed show featuring two animated dance instructors.
French producer and distributor APC Studios has appointed former Agat Films & Cie exec Agathe de Lorme to work across its slate of productions in France.
CONTENT CANADA: Broadcasters and distributors must “change the thinking” around the launch of kids’ properties and franchises to give new IP room to breathe and find its audience, according to WildBrain's new chief operating officer.
CONTENT CANADA: Reports of the demise of the television screen have been greatly exaggerated when it comes to how Canadian children consume content, according to new research.
The UK's Film & TV Charity has published a host of industry perspectives on anti-racism as it seeks to "catalyse industry-led action" ahead of the launch of a £1m (US$1.4m) Impact Partnership Scheme in early 2022.
Sony Pictures Networks India is taking a majority stake in local conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises, creating a new media giant in the country.
Gary Marsh, the president and chief creative officer of Disney Branded Television, is stepping down to launch his own production company backed by the Mouse House.
Canada's Guru Studio has appointed former Boat Rocker and Blue Ant Media executive Dattaguru Mahabal as its VP of finance.
Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company, giving it the rights to characters including Matilda, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, Willy Wonka and The Twits.
Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav says the blockbuster merger of Discovery and WarnerMedia will create the most “compelling menu of IP” for global consumers, as the merged entity prepares to take on the likes of Disney and Netflix.
Canadian children’s content company WildBrain has elevated execs Stephanie Betts and Deirdre Brennan to its senior team, while Jon Gisby, MD of its WildBrain Spark AVoD business, is leaving.
Disney youth channels division Disney Branded Television has agreed a deal with actress and producer Eva Longoria and her prodco UnbeliEVAble Entertainment to develop a sci-fi comedy based on youth novel Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez.
French free-to-air channel TF1 has agreed a pre-sale for Spanish animated series Mironins (26x7’), based on the work of Spanish painter Joan Miró.
Montreal-based producer-distributor Media Ranch has secured a pair of production deals for animal-based factual format Stung Bitten Burned, owned by the Danish Broadcasting Corp.
Spanish kidcaster Clan has teamed with Barcelona-based Imira Entertainment to coproduce new 2D animated comedy series Sunnyside Billy.
VFX and animation studio DNEG has appointed former DreamWorks employee Kara Oropallo as its VP of training, outreach and artistic development.
Vincent Bollore’s Vivendi, owner of French pay TV operator Canal+, has acquired another stake in local production firm Lagardère.
MBC Group in the Middle East has acquired the rights to hit Russian children’s series Masha & the Bear for the MENA region.
A language learning app that uses TV shows and movies to help people learn a new language has acquired a range of programming from ZDF Enterprises in Germany.
Canada’s Boat Rocker is continuing to expand its roster of partnerships with international talent, inking an overall deal with producer-director Scott Weintrob and his LA-based production outfit Large Eyes.
RTS: Chief executive of Ofcom Dame Melanie Dawes has shut down claims that the UK media regulator’s independence is in danger.
UK prime minster Boris Johnson has appointed Nadine Dorries MP as the latest secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.
Média-Participations in France has appointed former Groupe M6 exec Lila Hannou as VP of creative development and strategy for its audiovisual production division.
Broadcasters in Latin America, Europe, Africa and North America have acquired TeamTO's animated series Presto! School of Magic from Federation Kids & Family.
RTS: A privatised Channel 4 would mean programming such as Russell T Davies’ hit drama It’s a Sin would not be made, according to its CEO, Alex Mahon
RTS: The BBC’s licence fee contributes to fighting “media poverty” because it provides educational and informative content at a lower price point than its competitors, the UK pubcaster’s chairman Richard Sharp has said.
LA-based Latinx-focused media company Mucho Mas Media has partnered with UK-based streaming tech specialist Digital Media Distribution to launch a lifestyle and entertainment VoD platform in Latin America.
RTS: Discussion around the privatisation of commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 should not become “insular and parochial,” according to YouTube UK and Ireland’s managing director Ben McOwen Wilson.
RTS: The next trend in the streaming space will be commerce, according to YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl.