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KidsCo Gets Facelift, Acquires New Toons
Global children’s TV channel KidsCo announced plans for a new look and new content that will roll out globally in early 2013. The refreshed KidsCo will feature a redesigned on-air look and graphics and be complemented by original, new content and a new website. In 2013, KidsCo playout will also transition to Corus Entertainment’s state-of-the-art facilities at their Toronto-based headquarters, Corus Quay.
KidsCo will also introduce a series of new titles into its schedule including a new original production: Zuzu and the Supernuffs. Currently being produced by Matchbox Pictures (NBCUniversal) – with whom KidsCo announced a content deal earlier this year – the series will air in Q2 2013. Additional content from Nelvana, which is owned by KidsCo shareholder and key strategic partner Corus Entertainment, is currently being finalized for KidsCo’s programming pipeline and titles will be announced later this year.
Zuzu and the Supernuffs follows five intergalactic Nuffs who crash land on earth in a rusty old bathtub, where they meet a new friend Zuzu. Together Zuzu and her furry friends venture through the galaxy harnessing their unique superpowers to free the planet of negative thoughts. In recent months, KidsCo also secured global rights to Shelldon from Shellhut Entertainment and My Place from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).
“2013 is set to be an exciting year for KidsCo,” says Hendrik McDermott, managing director of KidsCo. “We will leverage the global capability and expertise of both our shareholders, NBCUniversal and Corus Entertainment, to deliver a refreshed and much stronger channel, which will allow us to compete on the global stage. We will continue to drive our international growth plans through investment in safe, responsible and localized content and provide excellent value for our affiliates.”
KidsCo reaches 15 million subscribers worldwide. The company will be at MIPCOM at booth N6.04.