Character Character & Entertainment 

‘Mighty Little Bheem’ India’s first animation show for children on Netflix now a global hit

India’s animation series ‘Mighty Little Bheem’ is now a win as Netflix’s first Indian original animation show for kids has become the first to break a geographical barrier in just over a month. As per the video streaming service, the spin-off of Indian studio Green Gold Animation’s popular kids’ franchise ‘Chhota Bheem’ has become Netflix’s top preschool title globally. Even within the kids’ genre, ‘Mighty Little Bheem’ is the second most-watched original series globally, after ‘Boss Baby: Back in Business,’ a Netflix spokesperson said. Launched on April 12, the series…

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Character & Entertainment Character Licensing 

Netflix acquires children’s media brand StoryBots

Netflix has acquired StoryBots, the company behind the original Netflix children’s series “Ask the StoryBots.” StoryBots was founded by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, the creators of JibJab. The price of the acquisition will be immaterial to Netflix, according to reports. The acquisition marks a turn for the company toward buying intellectual property. It’s Netflix’s second content company acquisition after buying MillarWorld in 2017. StoryBots will expand its series offerings within Netflix after the acquisition. Season three of “Ask The StoryBots” comes out later this year. The show is available in…

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TV & Films 

Tubi signs content deal with MGM Television

Tubi (www.tubi.tv), the world’s largest ad-supported video on demand (VOD) service announced it has entered a content partnership deal with MGM Television to become the exclusive home for all 15 seasons of The Apprentice franchise. Hosted initially by Donald Trump, then Arnold Schwarzenegger, fans of the franchise will relive moments from such recognizable competitors as Omarosa, Bill Rancic, Piers Morgan, Bret Michaels, Arsenio Hall, Trace Adkins, Leeza Gibbons, Khloe Kardashian, Cyndi Lauper, Lil Jon, Vivica A. Fox, and Geraldo Rivera as they proved their entrepreneurial savvy and business acumen. Starting…

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Global Licensing Sports 

Dolly Parton signs licensing deal with IMG

Dolly Parton, the most honored female country musician of all time, from America has appointed IMG as her first exclusive global licensing representative. Parton is already a client in North America of IMG partner company WME, where she signed in 2018. The multi-year partnership will see IMG work with Dolly to create a lifestyle brand that will provide engaging new touchpoints for the eight-time Grammy Award winner’s fans around the world. A diverse range of licensed consumer product initiatives will be explored, including everything from fashion and jewelry to homeware…

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Character Licensing 

Aurora World highlights a new era for YooHoo at Licensing Expo

Leading character and content company Aurora World is expecting a stronger response than ever to its hit brand YooHoo from visitors to the Korean Pavilion at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. It’s already been an amazing year for YooHoo. The global launch of the pre-school animated series YooHoo to the Rescue took place on Netflix in March, followed by a number of free-to-air launches. And the new show has inspired a refreshed line of YooHoo plush, with a new look and new characters. Along with the Netflix global premiere, the…

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TV & Films 

Netflix added nearly 10mln subscribers in Q1

Netflix, Inc has released its first-quarter 2019 financial results. Netflix generated $4.5 billion in revenue, while average streaming paid memberships increased 26% year over year and ARPU decreased 2% year over year due to currency headwinds. The company’s paid net adds subscribers in Q1 were 9.6 million (with 1.74m in the US and 7.86m internationally), up 16% year over year, representing a new quarterly record. Streaming content obligations dipped sequentially in Q1 due in part to the timing of run-of-series commitments. In addition, as we shift to more original content,…

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TV & Films 

India to be among top-10 entertainment and media markets by 2021: Study

India’s per capita media and entertainment spending will be capped at a mere 32 dollars by 2021 compared to 222 dollars in China and 2,260 dollars in the United States, according to an ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study. India is one of the fastest growing entertainment and media territories in the world, with a CAGR of 11.7% from 2017 to 2022, growing from 30,363.72 million USD (19,78,045 million Rs) in 2017 to 52,683.15 million USD (34,32,044 million Rs) in 2022. It is set to be in the top 10 entertainment and media…

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TV & Films TV Series Licensing 

‘Friends’ to now stream on Netflix in India, as it leaves Hotstar

Popular sitcom Friends will now be available on Netflix in India, in addition to its permanent home on fellow streaming service Hooq, which is partially owned by Warner Bros., the company that helped produce the iconic show. Friends was previously also available on Hotstar in India, as part of its tie-up with Hooq, but that deal expired at the end of March. Starting April 1, all 10 seasons of Friends are now on Netflix and Hooq in India. On traditional linear TV, Friends airs on Viacom 18-owned Comedy Central in…

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Collaborations TV & Films 

YouTube denies reports on plans to cancel high-end dramas, comedies

YouTube has denied reports on plans to cancel high-end dramas and comedies on its paid service platform. Earlier Bloomberg reported that the platform has stopped accepting new pitches for high-budget scripted shows. YouTube has several high-end dramas and comedies currently in production and will soon reveal new and returning series, says report. There is direct competition with Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video service. The platform also denied reports that its head of original productions Susanne Daniels and a former MTV executive hired by YouTube in 2015, will quit…

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TV & Films 

Netflix to create original anime series with 3 production houses

Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, has entered into partnerships with Anima, Sublimation. and David Production. On top of Netflix’s earlier deals with Production I.G and bones in 2018. These production houses and Netflix will jointly create original anime series including the animated series Altered Carbon: Resleeved from Anima. Altered Carbon is based on Netflix’s original live action science fiction series whose first season launched in February of 2018 and for which a second season is currently in production. Netflix will also partner with Sublimation on Dragon’s Dogma, an…

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